I found an old mix cd in my cd holder from high school and college this morning. It was labeled “Anti Romance CD haha,” with the year “2008/2009?” added in after thought.
After listening to it during my morning and evening commutes, I realized two things:
- I had no idea what romance was during the summer after I graduated high school, which is when I think this playlist was created.
- My teenage musical tastes were weird.
Some of the songs on the CD include “Hey There Delilah” by The Plain White T’s, “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd, “I Don’t Wanna Be in Love” by Good Charlotte, “Summer Nights” from Grease, and “1973” by James Blunt.
I don’t understand why I needed an anti-love CD at that point in my life, except that I remember briefly deciding that I was going to be alone for the rest of my life so that I wouldn’t have to fake being straight to please society and my parents, and that I wouldn’t have to be a disappointment to everyone I knew by being gay.
Oddly enough, I think my “anti-love” cd is one of the most romantic playlists I ever made.
What fun mix CDs/ cassettes/ etc. did you make as an angst filled teen?