My Mixtape Monday – May 30, 2016

First Name: Toby
Twitter: @theanalogdivide
Sex: Male
Age: 36

Occupation: Director of Digital Strategy, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Mixtape Name: This Song Will Save My Life

Side A
1) Blinded By the Lights by The Streets
2) I Let It Go by The Thermals
3) How We Land by P.O.S.
4) Pneumonia by Fog
5) It’s Gonna Take an Airplane by Destroyer
6) Get Up by Sleater-Kinney

Side B
7) Whatever Happened To You? by The Mendoza Line
8) Time Machine by Robyn
9) The Actress by The Delgados
10) The Past is a Grotesque Animal by Of Montreal
11) Brother’s Keeper by Aimee Mann
12) Smog Moon by Matthew Sweet

Liner Notes: November 2004. My girlfriend and I were making the drive down from Chicago to a wedding in the tail-end of southern Illinois. I had finished grad school four months earlier, and roughly 30 job applications had yet to bear fruit. I had depleted my savings and had no idea how long I could float by without getting a job.

Cut to the transmission falling out of my car, just outside of Champaign-Urbana.

One day later, we’re driving back home in a rental car, adding more on to my growing pile of credit card debt. I’m not sure where I’m going next, or even how I’m getting to my next job interview the next day. And if I do figure out how to get out there, I’ve got to interview in a suit jacket two sizes too large, thanks to my inadvertently swapping my own with another wedding guests’. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to make it through the year, when The Streets’ “Blinded By the Lights” comes on the stereo.

Who knows what will happen tomorrow, but Jackie Rawe’s hook may have saved my life on this day.

The next day, I cajoled a friend to give me a ride to the suburbs, where I was offered my first professional job.

These are the songs that have appeared for me at precisely the right moment. Some are melancholy, some are bangers, some are in-between, but each one has been there right when I needed it. I hope you enjoy them.

Spotify Playlist link: This Song Will Save My Life

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