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Beautiful songs of love (and otherwise)

My brain started whirring as I walked this morning. I was listening to music on my phone on shuffle, and it suddenly cut in with a snippet from a film, with one character saying “The answer… is NO.” and the other replying “Well why didn’t you just SAY that?”

And it made me think, as you do, about how you would reject a marriage proposal by mix tape (or playlist, now, I suppose). Because obviously this would be a perfect last track. I always used to like ending each side of tape with a tiny snippet from a film soundtrack or comedy album or, most often, the muppets, and this would be perfect for the purpose, if the purpose was required.

So. a) hello, and b) If you could make three mixtapes, playlists, whatever,
1) one to propose to someone,
2) one to accept a proposal and
3) one to reject a proposal

what would be on them? I might compile them on spotify later.

NB: This is not a subtle way of introducing the fact I am secretly getting married. We are getting married, it isn’t a secret, but also it has nothing to do with mix tapes…

  1. Ooh, CHALLENGE. These are all on Spotify, and are listed in no particular sequence.

    For mixtape 1:

    Do You Want To – Franz Ferdinand
    Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson
    This Love – Shirley Brown
    Closer Than Close – Rosie Gaines
    Marry Me – Krista Siegfrids
    Be My Wife – David Bowie
    Let’s Get Married – Al Green

    For mixtape 2:

    Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
    I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do – Abba
    I Love You Yes I Do – James Brown
    Finally – CeCe Peniston
    I’ll Be Good To You – The Brothers Johnson
    Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
    Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

    For mixtape 3:

    Say Hello Wave Goodbye – Soft Cell
    Walk Away From Love – David Ruffin
    Enough Now – Harleighblu
    What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) – The Tams
    It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bob Dylan
    Drive – The Cars
    No Good (Start The Dance) – The Prodigy

    Comment by mike — 19 July, 2013 4:21 pm

  2. I’m so glad you managed to feature Rick Astley, and I think I want mixtape 3 to listen to when I’m in that sort of mood.

    Comment by Karen — 19 July, 2013 4:27 pm

  3. Mike is pretty good at this.
    My question is, are you doing this to make a tape to say no? Isn’t it a little late for that?
    Why can’t you just look each other in the face and respond?
    (congratulations anyway)

    Comment by joeinvegas — 19 July, 2013 6:04 pm

  4. No, Joe, it was only a joke, really, and a passing thought, of something that would be funny.

    Mike IN addition – well, I’ll add a longer comment with the ones I’d thought of this morning – but it *certainly* contained Let’s Get Married by the Proclaimers.

    Comment by anna — 19 July, 2013 6:20 pm

  5. I would like to contribute to the acceptance mix Blood Wedding by Oysterband: very obscure, and for me, very appropriate.

    Comment by Karen — 19 July, 2013 7:03 pm

  6. Anna–That is one of my FAVE Proclaimers songs.

    Comment by Patricia — 20 July, 2013 4:33 pm

  7. To propose to someone: Could I Have This Dance by Anne Murray

    Comment by Becky Mochaface — 22 July, 2013 7:44 pm

  8. Congrats! And I love the mix tape challenge but my mind is temporarily blank.

    Comment by Nose in a book — 22 July, 2013 10:12 pm

  9. The only ‘let’s get married’ song I can think of right now is that one by Dawn, What are you doing Sunday baby, would you like to marry me?

    Comment by guyana gyal — 23 July, 2013 1:21 am

  10. And Goodbye by The Sundays (Harriet Wheeler).

    Comment by guyana gyal — 23 July, 2013 1:37 am

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