I was at a loss of what to write for today’s Monday Listicles, 10 Songs.
Until last night.
When I remembered Steve telling me that when he was in high school he had a “make-out tape”. It was a dubbed mix-tape with his favorite love songs. The title was “When You’re in the Mood”. (I just puked a little)
He would play it in his car on dates or whenever the “the mood” struck him. I asked him if he remembered the songs on the tape and he said, “I can list them in order.” *eye roll #1*
1. “Open Arms” by Journey
As he started talking about the list, it was almost like he was educating me on creating the perfect “make-out tape.” I quote: “You gotta have a strong start, but you don’t want to lead off with your best stuff.” *eye roll #2*
2. “Amanda” by Boston
Wasn’t it funny how sometimes you’d date a guy, but “your song” was a song about some other girl. Or you’d be at a school dance, slow-dancing to “Sara” by Starship. That was so 1987. There were a lot of girl-title love songs in the 80s: “Joanna” (Kool & the Gang), “Rosanna” (Toto), “Oh Sherrie” (Steve Perry), “Valerie” (Steve Winwood), “Roxanne” (The Police), “Lola” (The Kinks)…okay, that one was from 1970…and it wasn’t exactly about a girl.
Back to Stud-muffin’s list…
3. “Love Walks In” by Van Halen
4. “Hysteria” by Def Leppard
This list reminds me of a time when Steve and I had our own make-out session. It was a warm summer evening and we were laying on the grass (dumb). About 10 minutes in, he started itching. He went and stood under a light and saw that he was covered in a rash, apparently from the grass. It took a couple days before it went away. Needless to say, that ended the make-out session. We haven’t rolled in the grass since.
5. “Faithfully” by Journey
I once got a tape of love songs from a boyfriend. But it was after I broke up with him, so it wasn’t really a “make-out tape,” it was more like a “I-hope-you’re-listening-to-this-and-feeling-guilty-and-your-life-sucks-and-you-see-all-the-misery-you’re-causing-me:-the-person-who-could-have-been-Mr. Right tape.” I loved that tape.
6. “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin
“What? A female vocalist?” I said.
“Top Gun, Baby.” He said.
*eye roll #3*
7. “Alone” by Heart
Hey, another female vocalist.
8. “Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen
I asked him if the song he requested for our wedding dance, “I’ll Stand By You”, by The Pretenders, was on the tape. He said, “No, of course not.” Yeah, maybe because it didn’t come out until 1994! Smart choice, Sweetie.
9. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner
Dude. I am so throwing up right now.
10. “Is This Love” by White Snake
Stop, I’m going to get a bucket.
Now, who wouldn’t want to make-out with this guy? Only if you leave the hat on, Honey.