Tracy Jordon; "I'm gonna make you a mixtape. You like Phil Collins?" Jack Donaghy; "I have two ears and a heart, don't I?"
Artwork by Tiago Santos.
Television raised me to believe that if someone wanted to do sex at you, they first had to woo you with a mixtape. Wait a minute, isn't Valentine's Day all about wooing and sexing? Expressing your love with other people's songs has changed since the days of having to spend hours hovering your finger over the RECORD button while the DJ ignored your requests, so here are a few musical ideas that will practically guarantee you a little lyrical lovin'.
MAKE A MIXTAPE.
Artwork by HammerTimeDesign.
Okay, I cheated. But a real life compilation cassette would be pretty sweet. Granted it's tricky; it will probably cost you a few bucks and it will be utterly mortifying asking the snickering staff at Nerdy Tech where the blank cassettes and tape-decks are, but it's not impossible. Make it seem spendier by handing over the boom-box too (thus placing the sequel firmly in their court. Muhahahahaw.)
FAKE A MIXTAPE.
There are a few USB-based mixtape kits knocking around t'internet but Suck UK's are the most authentic looking if you ask me. Holding around 12 songs you're going to have to be choosy with your selection. The purple one is a winner - remember when our taste in music could be swung by the colour of a cassette? Simpler times.
E-MAIL A MIXTAPE.
Artwork by Monachromatic.
Just when you thought the sentence "I emailed you a link" couldn't get any more romantic... Online shareable playlists are for when you absolutely positively gotta express your emotions to your beloved through the words of Vandross, Dion, Cradle of Filth or whoever. Grooveshark's version is pretty user-friendly and blessedly gives you the option to share your compilations on Facebook so all your friends can laugh at you. There's potential for this to be a cute it's-the-thought-that-counts kind of gift but make sure the recipient is a it's-the-thought-that-counts kind of person first. Which nobody is.
Typography art is where it's at right now and has gone way beyond Keep Calm And Something Witty prints. Show them that you really do remember your song and score some hipster brownie points with some lyrical art prints. Music Philosophy is a "weekly dose of song quote" turned into rather beautiful works of art (above). Some are available to buy as prints (around €32) and Nico, the artist behind this project, recommends you download any of his beauties to use as wallpapers. Not quite a mixtape, but a hand-picked selection from Nico's extensive range of lyrical art could well be even mushier. Awwww.
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