Mixtape: I Wish It Was Christmas Today

And a very pop, kitsch, and eighties holiday to you as well. (Warning: mixtape includes non-eighties songs. I forgave them; won’t you?)

“Last Christmas,” Wham!

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

“Wonderful Christmastime,” Paul McCartney

The party’s on
The spirits up
We’re here tonight
And that’s enough

“Christmas Wrapping,” The Waitresses

“Bah, humbug” no, that’s too strong
‘Cause it is my favorite holiday
But all this year’s been a busy blur
Don’t think I have the energy

 “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” Bruce Springsteen

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows if you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
(So you’d)
Better be good for goodness sake

“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” N*SYNC

It’s a wonderful feeling
Feel the love in the room from the floor to the ceiling
It’s that time of year
Christmas time is here and with the blessings from above

“All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey

And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa, won’t you bring me the one I really need?
Won’t you please bring my baby to me?

“Jingle Bell Rock,” Hall & Oates

What a bright time, it’s the right time
To rock the night away
Jingle bell time is a swell time
To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” U2

They’re singing deck the halls
But it’s not like Christmas at all
I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year

“Christmas Treat,” Julian Casablancas

I don’t care about anything
Except hearing those sleigh bells a’ring-a-ding, ding
I wish it was Christmas today
In the good old U.S. of A.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas,” Band Aid

It’s Christmastime; there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime

Mixtape: Holding On Until Morning Light

It’s long past midnight and you can’t decide whether to cut your losses or just make it until the cold light of dawn. There’s something else here, but you’re tired. Yearning, after all, is a kind of straining.

Scissor Sisters, “Night Life”

I was a young girl
Knew next to nothing
Living in the suburbs
And my heart was lusting

Haim, “Days are Gone”

Felt like I was walking on a tight rope
Those days are gone, those days are gone
Sometimes I wish I didn’t miss you at all
Those days are gone

MS MR, “Think of You”

Dark clouds follow you around
Your own worst enemy
You only picked me up to bring me down
Down, down, down, down

Keisza, “Hideaway”

But you’re just a chance I take to keep on dreaming
You’re just another day that keeps me breathing

Baby, I love the way that there’s nothing sure
Baby, don’t stop me, hide away with me some more

Robyn, “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do”

Let go, you’re killing me
Ease up, you’re killing me
Calm down, you’re killing me
My god, you’re killing me

Sia, “Chandelier”

But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight

Keisza, “What Is Love”

I don’t know you’re not there.
I give you my love, but you just don’t care.
Was I right, was I wrong.
Give me a sign.

Mixtape: Didn’t Even Know Your Name

Because Phil Collins muttering softly is my preferred way to cry about Steve Rogers’ sadness. This is also 25% Elissa’s fault.

I was aiming for a Genesis/Phil Collins jukebox musical version of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (“I Don’t Care Anymore” would have been Black Widow triumphant at the end), but it ended up being about Steve, sadness, and Bucky, which is pretty much all I’m interested in at the moment. Hit it.

“Land of Confusion,” Genesis

Now did you read the news today
They say the danger’s gone away
But I can see the fire’s still alight
There burning into the night.

“That’s All,” Genesis

I could say day, and you’d say night
tell me it’s black when I know that it’s white
s’always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all

“Take Me Home,” Phil Collins

I’ve got no far horizons
I don’t wish upon a star
They don’t think that I listen
Oh but I know who they are

“In the Air Tonight,” Phil Collins

I’ve seen your face before, my friend
But I don’t know if you know who I am

“Tonight, Tonight, Tonight,” Genesis

It’s like a helter skelter, going down and down, round and round
But just get it away from me.

Because tonight, tonight, tonight,
We’re gonna make it right

“That’s Just the Way It Is,” Phil Collins

All day long he was fighting for you
And he didn’t even know your name
Young men come and young men go
But life goes on just the same

“Long Long Way To Go,” Phil Collins

While I sit here trying to think of things to say
Someone lies bleeding in a field somewhere
So it would seem we’ve still got a long long way to go
I’ve seen all I wanna see today