Have you ever seen Blue Valentine?
You ever see Blue Valentine on Valentine’s Day weekend with a significant other?
Well I have. Not my movie choice. It’s the type of experience that leaves you shaken. That movie is dark. And sad. And if you’re anything like me, you want to be left alone, standing in grassy valley with a light breeze and the sun shining on you – for a week after leaving the theater. Not the bitter cold icy-wind tunnels that northeastern US cities double as in February.
Valentine’s Day is the time of year when schlocky films like Serendipity, Notting Hill, and other rom-coms find their way onto cable channels in even greater frequency than normal. Blue Valentine is the pinnacle of counter programming to those lovely films.
In a similar, though less “so this is what it’s like to be in a dead end relationship in a formerly industrial Pennsylvania small city” way, this year’s Composite Mix CD – Not Your Typical February Mix Tape – is counter programming to all the love songs one would hear around this time of year. Or any day of the year.
The inspiration came from a thought that popped into my head in the shower nearly two years.
So that is what I bring you this year. A tale of falling out of love. The stories in the song aren’t as important as the sentiments they convey and how, when pieced together, it provides the arc of a sputtering relationship, the end, and the feelings afterward. Having listened to it incessantly the last few weeks it’s less sad than one would assume. It’s just honest.
Want a CD? E-mail email@example.com by 11:59 pm on February 14 with your address and we’ll send you that CD.
A few things to keep in mind (like the last two years):
To my European friends who find this blog because they are still searching for photos of the Titanic, your request will be honored.
Limit first 100 requests. We came so close last year!
All you need to do to be part of this fledgling tradition is to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.