At least you know you’re loved
…. even if I’m gone.
Lovely. Be alive. Feed me music.
I have an older brother, six years older, and since I was in high school I have been making him playlists. I would try and bring him one every time I would visit him in Ohio as a sort of fun tradition — and it has become one of my favorite things to do.
He heavily influenced my musical taste as a young kid — playing albums like Live’s Throwing Cooper or Nirvana’s Nevermind, in the car. He was in high school and anything he did was cooler than cool to me.
(I was the only little girl I knew in my town that would sing Pearl Jam’s Jeremy over and over and over again.)
Now, it seems over the past few years I have taken over the pilot’s seat as I navigate him to some new tunes.
He does have very specific taste when it come to these playlist and I have struck out in the past — but I think I have gotten it down. He likes the songs aggressive, but not too aggressive. He loves a catchy hook and a strong melody he can singalong to. I can provide those tunes for sure — but every once in a while I like to slip in something different, always a risk but always appreciated.
Today I am working on a mix for his 31st birthday and I am so excited to give it to him. I will not see him in person this time to hand him the playlist — but I always look forward to hearing his feedback and see what songs he really digs.
Trying to keep him the coolest soccer dad on the block.
Anyway I this has become one of my favorite things to do with my free time. Make my biggest brother a playlist — it’s the little things that keep us close.
What do you guys to keep close with your family?