Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Thought for Music Lovers

"What is love?

Great minds have been grappling with this question through the ages, and in the modern era, they have come up with many different answers. According to the Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. Her paisan Frank Sinatra would add the corollary that love is a tender trap. The stoner kids who spent the summer of 1978 looking cool on the hoods of their Trans Ams in the Pierce Elementary School parking lot used to scare us little kids by blasting the sweet hit "Love is Like Oxygen" -- you get too much, you get too high, not enough and you're gonna die. Love hurts. Love stinks. Love bites, love bleeds, love is the drug. The troubadours of our times all agree: They want to know what love is, and they want you to show them.

But the answer is simple. Love is a mix tape."

- Rob Sheffield, contributing editor for Rolling Stone and the writer of Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song as a Time. The book traces Sheffield's relationship with the love of his life through stacks of revealing, worn-out cassettes. It's a wonderful book given to me by my dear friend, Meredith. Music lovers: This is a summer must-read!


Erin Kelly said...

AHhh this is on my "To-Read" List too!!! When you're done, wanna send it my way?

Sarah said...

Oh, Erin beat me to it! Remember folks, you can always pick up good reads at your local library. (Sorry, had to get a plug in for my industry!)

Erin Kelly said...

You sound like public information announcer or whatever they are. Too bad libraries usually only have one copy of anything...and usually not many new releases. Oh by the way.. get MSU to change their system, it sucks.

randommsugirl said...

I'm glad you liked it. If you want to read more real life sort of situation like this, go here:
Click on "if you haven't been here before" first.
It is the true story of Matt, Liz and Madeline Logelin. Make sure you have some Kleenex and check back regularly. I love these people as if they were my own.

Miss you girls!

metrogal84 said...

Mere, I saw this on your blog and checked it out. It was awesome...even though I was crying uncontrollable sobs while reading it!

What is with us and tragic stories like this? Is that sick and wrong or normal? It's like our need to watch Extreme Home Makeover...we all know it makes us cry everytime, but we still want to watch it. So weird...This thing they call "life."