Some of you will have wisely avoided this blog post because of the inherent mushy lovey-dovey mushiness contained/implied herein. However, I'm primarily concerned about an audience of one--my beautiful inside and out love of my life, Mandy.
She certainly hears me ramble enough as it is, so I'll keep it somewhat brief. I mean, I have to save the REALLY good stuff for our wedding vows, right?
For as long as I can remember, I've loved music. I've spent years listening and collecting and accumulating it. I've used it as a way to cope, to long, to laugh, to commiserate with. And so very much of it was the soundtrack to waiting. Waiting to grow up. Waiting to move forward. Waiting for "her". Music is as much the backdrop of life as the city I live in, the job that I perform, or even the friends that surround me.
A year ago today, I met Mandy. And nothing is the same as it once was. The "her" I've been hearing in all those songs finally has a name. And a face. And a soul. And a giant heart that loves my lame ass.
Everyone's story is a little different. And I was not a huge mess that needed saving by a woman. But a year later, I am more at peace, gentler with people, and humbled by the never-ending, day in-day out love I receive. Mandy is my best friend and the woman I love more than the last number. One year later, all those same songs which have served as faithful companions throughout my journey certainly don't feel the same. But then again, neither do I. And that's because Mandy is so much greater than the "she", the "her", the "baby" from all those songs--so much more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for.
So for my future wife Mandy, a dozen love songs to accompany this love letter to her--some of which I know she'll love, some of which remind me of her, and some of which remind me of the journey to us.
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Spotify version of the playlist is located below the track listing. Not a Spotify member? No problem. An 8tracks playlist (requiring no membership) is also found below.