A Mixtape for Someone

“The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up is hard to do. It takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick it off with a killer to grab attention. Then you gotta take it up a notch. But you don’t want to blow your wad. So then you gotta cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.”
-Rob from High Fidelity

Three years ago, when Cindy was just a girl who I talked to via AIM and whose blog I read frequently, she put up a post seeking a concert buddy. Cindy and I have very similar music tastes (According to last.fm, our musical compatibility is “Super”) and I only had one local friend who wanted to go to the same shows as me (Hi Jenny!). I didn’t fit all the qualifications (I still don’t actually) but the main one that eliminated me from competiion is that I didn’t live in or near Los Angeles.

Sometimes there’s a job you’re not qualified for but because you really want it and you think you’d be great at it (whether that’s true or not), you apply anyway hoping that you’ll get lucky (figuratively speaking).  Over the next few days, I worked on my application titled “Cindy Rock.”  I tried to make it a combination of artists I knew she liked and artists/songs I thought she might like.  I designed a cover at work and mailed it to her. I don’t know how well I succeeded but she seemed to enjoy it.  Even though I didn’t get the job, my application was on file.  I made four more CDs so that my interest in the position wouldn’t be forgotten.

I finally got my interview on our first date: The Bird and The Bee at the El Rey Theater.  I was hired on the spot.

We’ve been to several shows in the last year and a half and being Cindy’s concert buddy is everything I hoped it would be.

(Click the photo to download Cindy Rock, Volume 1)

2 thoughts on “A Mixtape for Someone

  1. I just wanted to say I read through your about me page. Great stuff, amazing memory.

    Have some orange soda for breakfast tomorrow you deserve it 🙂

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