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Tune In Tuesday: My Teen Self #3

tune in tuesday greadsbooks.com Good morning! It’s time for another trip into my musical teenage canon with Tune in Tuesday! I’m really enjoying this meme that Ginger of GReadsBooks has organized and I hope that you are too! It’s been very therapeutic and just funny what the mind remembers!

Since I’m being all open about my disasterious love triangles, here’s a fun one. The crazy time when I had a major crush on my boss at work and he had a crazy girlfriend who hated me just because I worked in the same store. That’s just the innocent part of the story too.

After working together for a few months and growing closer because of this crazy girlfriend and her “weird” beliefs as to what was NOT going on, we started making mixed CDs for one another. I was totally trying to throw all the feelings I could not say onto these tapes as non-chalantly as possible. Like, hey! I’m a girl and I totally love sappy songs so this has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with you. I promise. (But it has everything to do with you!)

And you’ll see from the handful I chose to share with you, he was definitely doing the same thing.

Anyway, even though this all happened almost 10 years ago (UGH), and we are both happily married people, we still talk about those mixtapes and I listen to quite a bit of the songs still. (I know he still listens to my Christmas mixes… because, let me tell you, they are pretty stinkin awesome!)

Here are a few of the songs he introduced me to:


Sugarcult – Pretty Girl

The Starting Line – Best of Me

Darren Hayes – Insatiable (He’s from Savage Garden!)

Boyz II Men – Oh Well

Kristian Leontiou – Shining

Don’t some of these just make you want to swoon? I’m glad I can listen to them now and not feel so sad anymore.

P.S. Yes, I was obsessed with boys.

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July 18, 2012 - 5:33 am

VeganYANerds - Ahhh, I loved reading about your story with your boss, Estelle! It sort of reminds me of my life almost 10 years ago!

I had to laugh at Savage Garden, I have to admit they got played a lot here (obvioulsy) and I can’t stand them, but so many girls at school loved them 🙂

July 18, 2012 - 2:21 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hehe. Estelle, I love the story! Didn’t you just love being the safe haven from insane girlfriends? I’ve filled that role before, and it’s like, “Um… I’m so much better than she is!” And seriously, I love Savage Garden! And I never knew Darren did anything solo. His voice is so distinct that I would have pegged him even if I didn’t know who sang the song. Such good choices! I love this blast from the past. 🙂

July 17, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - haha your PS made me laugh – I definitely was, too! I’m kind of in love with this story, scandalous as it was/could have been. I remember seeing The Starting Line WAY long time ago before they were pretty well known, and when people started listening to them I was like ‘really? people like them?’ But then I listened to the CD and they had definitely improved since that first show haha. I miss the days of mixed CDs and tapes. Sending me a Spotify playlist just doesn’t have the same feeling. (Also, Boyz II Men? LOVE FOREVER. They are my ultimate band.)

July 17, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Lena - How cute! I love that you guys still talk about your old mixes and bonded over his crazy girlfriend. Sugarcult and The Starting Line!!! That’s like my youth in a nutshell. 😛

July 17, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I love this story! I love The Starting Line too…I had totally forgotten all about them as well. 🙂

July 17, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - As always, I think the story that goes along with your Tune In Tuesday is FAB. Love the songs and yes, the days of mixed cds <3

July 17, 2012 - 11:10 am

Kayla Graham - Awww I love your choices and your story! I LOVE Boyz II Men because my Mom and Dad would always listen to it when I was a little girl! Thank you for sharing 😀 So glad I discovered this blog… will definitely be visiting more often 🙂

Have a great day!

If you would like to check out my Tune In Tuesday, “CLICK HERE“.

Kayla @ Bengal Reads

July 17, 2012 - 9:50 am

Elena - These posts are THE BEST. Love hearing about your boy stories! I love how mixtapes can convey what you mean through songs, so much thought is put into them. Also omg Sugarcult! I remember them and even saw/met them once. I wonder if they’re still around?

July 17, 2012 - 9:12 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love your teenage musical stories! They are the best. Oh mixed tapes (CDs? haha). They were definitely the unspoken thoughts/feelings we so couldn’t tell our crushes, but the music definitely could! Pretty sure I made a boy listen to “God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You” by NSync on repeat, hahahahaha. Wow.

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