“When I first saw you, I saw love.”
“All you need is love.”
“Love is a battlefield.”
“I’m not going to write you a love song.”
“I’m all out of love.”
From famed music critic and contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine, Rob Sheffield’s book Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time will grab the heart and ears of any music lover no matter how young or old they might be. Although I-pods have come to replace mix CDs and mix CDs have long replaced mix tapes there is nothing like a good mixture of songs to connect a person to someone else’s life or emotion at the time. Mix tapes have been linked to break-ups, the infamous road trips, and of course as a way to communicate to someone when you have no words.
Rob does just that while explaining his early years as an awkward geek growing up and the music he listened to. It was the path of music that would lead him to his future wife Renee. It was their love of music that kept them together and even after the tragic loss of Renee it was music that continued to keep Rob going. With each chapter beginning with the songs from fifteen of his own mix tapes we follow the soundtrack of his life…and even a couple from our own.
If you have ever wanted a radio station to play the soundtrack to your life check out the Pandora Radio website where you can create your own personal radio stations. Using the Music Genome Project, Pandora will find selections that are musically similar to add to your stations for free. Also, if you have a friend who signs up to use Pandora you can share your stations with one another; just like your own online mix tape.