Mixed Tape Playlist for Your BFF

~a mixed tape creation by Chrissy~

I know it dates me but I really loved mixed tapes.  They were so thoughtful and took a heck of a lot of effort to make.  The song quality wasn’t the greatest, and yet they were pretty darn amazing because they meant something meaningful.  This was especially true if someone else made you your very own, one of a kind, mix.  Those tapes truly made you feel gloriously special whenever you listened to it.  Nowadays, with itunes and mp3’s, those mixed tape-like playlists have become a heck of a lot easier to make.   We’ve all got our playlists now for working out, cleaning the house, or just plain rocking out!

On my way to my homeship Target this past weekend, I happened upon a song on the radio about best friends.  The song was Oath by Cher Lloyd.  It’s a cute, upbeat kind of song.   I immediately thought of Alicia as I was bopping my head along with the beat.  In between head bops, I got to thinking about making my own BFF playlist, filled with songs that make me think about all my best girlfriends!  I’ll undoubtedly fill it up with an ungodly amount of songs over the days to come, as there are tons of songs out there that call to mind my amazing group of friends. For the sake of my post, I’ll just touch on a handful of my favorite songs to make my BFF list. You’ll probably notice I am heavily influenced by movies/tv.  Ever since I was a girl, I’ve been introduced to many great songs from the movies and tv shows I watch.   I’m a big fan of movie soundtracks!

1.  Joe Cocker “With A Little Help of My Friends” –  Originally a song by the Beatles, the Joe Cocker version was also the theme song for the “Wonder Years” tv show.

2. White Stripes “We’re Going to Be Friends” – What can I say about this song?  It is pretty freaking awesome.  If it sounds familiar but you can’t quite place why, it was part of the soundtrack for the movie Napoleon Dynamite.  That’s just a wee bit of pop trivia for you!

3. Ben E King “Stand by Me” – A classic song, that withstands the test of time.  It is also the theme to a movie by the same name.  If you haven’t seen the movie, please rent it right now.  It is such a great coming of age story about friendship.  Love it!

4. Weezer “My Best Friend” – I was first introduced to Weezer when I heard “The Sweater Song” in college.  What’s not to like about a song about sweaters?  Absolutely nothing!!!  I might have to put that one on a Winter Weather playlist.  I’m veering off course a bit here.  Anyhoo, “My Best Friend” very simply and sweetly, says it all.

4.  Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” –  The title doesn’t sound at all friendly, I know, but this song is one of my favorite songs of all time.  Green Day just so happens to be one of my favorite groups of all time, too.  To me, this song brings to mind memories of the good times shared with my friends/family/what have you.   It is especially enduring to me because of a wedding gift I received from Alicia.  She (with a lot of help from her brother Brian) made a photo slideshow of her and I growing up together, all set to music.  “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” was one of the songs she used.  I guess it was kind of like her mixed tape to me but with pictures! Whatever the case, it is one of my most favorite gifts, ever!!!

6. Natalie Merchant “Kind & Generous” – I told Alicia once that if she had a theme song, this would be hers.  She is exactly who this song was written about!  Everyone should have a person in there life who brings to mind this song and I think it should be your best friend!  Love you girl!!!

7.  They Might Be Giants “Birdhouse in Your Soul” – My friend, Becky first introduced me to They Might Be Giants.  All their songs are very silly and whimsical.  You can’t listen to them without smiling and laughing.  “I’m a little glowing friend”  Love that!

8. Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings” –  A song from the movie Beaches, which if you haven’t seen it is a beautifully touching story about two best friends.   I’m might just cry thinking about this movie.  Ahhh…..so sad.   I have to warn you, if you click the link to the song have a box of tissues ready.   You’re going to need them!

9. The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There For You” – This is probably one of the very first songs I thought of when making my playlist.  “Friends” is my all time favorite tv show.  I’ve probably watched every episode a zillion times.  I could watch them a zillion more as they never get old.  The Rembrandts song is now and  forever ingrained in my head to symbolize my friends (Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe and my real friends, of course, too).

10.  ABBA “Dancing Queen” – My BFF playlist would not be complete without this song.  Dancing Queen is truly a beloved favorite in my group of girlfriends.  If we are all together and this song comes on, I don’t think it’s possible for us all to not get up and hit the dance floor.  We’re all glorious Dancing Queens!


*Image from Photobucket


A Girl Trip Bucket List

Alicia & Chrissy, KC Girl Trip 2012Alicia and I recently went on a Girl Trip to Kansas City, MO for a weekend.  We shopped, ate amazing food and pretty much chill-axed the whole time.  It was the first trip we’ve been on together since the late nineties.  (Geesh, time flies by way too quickly!)  Now that we live within a days drive of each other I imagine we will be able to go on more of these weekend getaway’s in the future.  KC is a great city filled with all sorts of fabulous things to do and see, and it’s also just so happens to be a great halfway point for us to meet up at.  While KC will more then likely be the location of most of our Girl Trips to come, we have developed our own special kind of bucket list with the Girl Trips we dream about taking one day.  These are the places we would love to see together because in some way, shape or form, they symbolize our friendship and growing up together.

Trip 1 – A Literary Excursion to Prince Edward Island.  Why Prince Edward Island?  Well it just so happens to be the home of a beloved literary character, Anne Shirley, from the series of books, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Alicia wrote about her love of all things Anne a few months ago which you can read here.  When we were young girls we both devoured these books and watched the tv series over and over again, so this would be such an amazing trip to experience together.  Alicia is the one who stumbled on the Anne Vacation Itinerary on the Prince Edward Island tourism website.  There is so much you can see and do that are all related to Anne of Green Gables.  You can visit many of the settings from the books, like Green Gables, Avonlea Village, the Haunted Wood and the Lake of Shining Waters.  Doesn’t that sound simply wonderful?

Trip 2 – A Culinary Excursion to Hingham, MA.  So, what about Hingham, located near Boston, MA would make us want to fly all the way there to grab some grub?  A restaurant called, Wahlburgers.  Wahlburgers is owned by Mark and Donnie Wahlburg.  Do those names ring a bell?  I urge you to read a former blog post I did here, about a concert Alicia and I went to when we were teenagers, Marky-Mark and the Funky Bunch.  While we both really liked Mark Wahlberg, we were truly fanatical about a group called New Kids on the Block.  For quite some time in our teen years, we both ate, slept and breathed NKOTB.  Our favorite NKOTB member was Joey McIntyre but Donnie Wahlberg came in a close second!  Of course, if we ever do manage to take this trip we would find a few other things to do and see while in the Boston area, but eating at Wahlburgers is our #1 priority!

Trip 3 – A Theatrical Excursion to NYC.  Another shared love that stems from our childhood is a movie called Newsies.  It is a musical based on a group of newspaper boys who strike against the big newspaper companies of the day in New York City during 1899.  I will admit to the fact that a movie full of really cute boys may have had some influence on just how much we loved this movie, but it is also a really great story with loads of fun, catchy, toe-tapping tunes!  To this day we both still enjoy watching Newsies, and whenever one or the other of us catches it playing on tv we’ll send out a text, “Newsies is on!”  It wasn’t too long ago when I happened to stumble on a short video for the Broadway Musical, Newsies.  I quickly posted it to Alicia’s Facebook wall and another dream Girl Trip was added to our list! (I am really hoping Newsies will eventually go on tour and come to a city a bit closer to us, like KC, because that would make this trip that much more easier to cross off our bucket list!)

We have three Girl Trips on our bucket list so far.  Hopefully, one of these days when time and money prevail, we’ll manage to actually take one of them! We would love to hear all about the great Girl Trips you dream about taking with your BFF’s, too.


Good Friday, Great Friday!

friendshipHappy Good Friday.  Easter is once again upon us and people everywhere are celebrating it in there own special ways and traditions.  I happen to hold a very special place in my heart for this particular day.  Back in our college days, Alicia and I had a really amazing core group of friends, one of which had his own house where he started what became an annual tradition for us on Good Friday.  We called it Good Friday, Great Friday and it was a basically an excuse for everyone to get together and have a big party.  The parties were a lot of fun and after a couple of years we moved from house party mode to gathering together for a few drinks at a local bar.  Whatever the setting, we looked forward to this day every year.  These days I can’t help but look back fondly on those days every time Good Friday, Great Friday rolls around.

Over the years, after our party days were replaced with more important things like marriages, families and careers, we drifted apart from our group of guy friends and eventually lost touch.  No one likes losing friends but sometimes it happens so gradually you don’t even realize it’s happening until one day you start thinking, “I wonder what  _____ is doing now?” Whatever the case, I am guarenteed to remember those days along with some really great friends, whenever Good Friday rolls back around, or whenever I hear a song from what was our regular dance music playlist at those parties.  Don’t you love how music plays such a powerful part in life that it can evoke such strong memories of people, places and times from your past?

In honor of this special day and in honor of those friends who I will always consider close friends, even though I haven’t seen them in years, I’d like to share some of my favorite songs from the Great Friday, Good Friday soundtrack. (If you click on each link it will take you to You Tube for a quick listen.)  Hopefully some of these songs bring you back to some of your own special memories too!

* Shine All the Time – Blue Moon Ghetto (This is one of my absolute favorites!  It is by a local band here in Nebraska in the 90’s.  Give it a listen, I think you’ll love it!)

* December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) – Franki Vallie & the Four Seasons

* Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

* Dancing Queen – Abba  (Alicia and I always made sure this one was played, it is one of our favorites!)

* Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees  (This one was for my friend Ann, the Disco Queen!)

* Your Time is Gonna Come – Led Zepplin  (This was one of the guys favorites.)

* Come on Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

* All Mixed Up – 311

* Girl You Know Its True – Milli Vanilli  (Lol, how this one made the playlist is beyond me. I think we even had some of those smooth moves down!)