I've made a mix tape for my 18 year-old cousin Laurel. She likes Justin Timberlake. I had a hard time picking music that I think she might like. I was ambivalent about putting Björk on there (wasn't sure if Laurel would like her or understand her), but decided that she should hear her music anyway. Here is the list of songs I burned her already:
Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken, Camera Obscura
LDN, Lily Allen
Lo Que Pidas, Julieta Venegas
Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games, Of Montreal
Earth Intruders, Björk
All Is Full Of Love, Björk
Swimmers, Broken Social Scene
Make-Out King, Eleni Mandell
That Teenage Feeling, Neko Case
The Bleeding Heart Show, The New Pornographers
Sénégal Fast Food, Amadou & Mariam
Solta O Frango, Bonde Do Role
If I Ever Feel Better, Phoenix
Nothing Really, Kinky
Once In A Lifetime, Talking Heads
Basically, it's a combination of songs that I think teenage girls can relate to, and some of my favorite songs that I think she should be exposed to.
She left me a couple more cd's for me to burn since she needs new music. So I burned her Feist and the Teddybears as well. I have one more to burn, and I'm trying to decide between Manu Chao and the Postal Service.
Yesterday, we had party on the beach. The boys and men of the McCann clan played wiffle ball as I took photos. Laurel even had her at bat. It seemed symbolic to me, as she is about to begin this new game of college, with life throwing her all sorts of curve balls and sliders in the years to come.