Sometimes I like to sit still and close my eyes and I pretend I’m in a convertible with Geneva on the open road, just like Las Vegas. In the morning I wish she could make me coffee, or even just put my tired ass in the passenger seat and take us to Tim Horton’s, just like Nanaimo. I know her in Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Washington. I know her in hotel rooms and in my twin-sized bed, on the sofa and down the highway with the top down, in department stores and ice cream shops, sitting on the deck of the ferry and riding shotgun, sharing my food at my favorite restaurants, holding me for the last time before we go, picking me up after work, falling asleep, waking up.
I sat down to make a playlist about my long-distance relationship and I immediately went to songs about being far away. But what about that feeling of coming home? What about that ever-burning desire? What about saying “wish you were here” and finally realizing what all those cheesy people meant in those greeting cards and tireless postcards. What about talking? (Always. Talking.) What about the photographs, the letters, the packages, the adventures, the urgency, the patience, the waiting, the finally having? Sure, there’s missing her. But what about sending her pictures of Eli during my morning coffee, or finally getting to hold her hand in the car, or when she finds me in the airport with two hot coffees on hand, or how if I close my eyes hard enough, I can put myself in the passenger seat no matter where I’m standing?
I feel like a long-distance relationship is sometimes built on the mountain in-between a memory and a waking dream. Here’s some music from the borderline.
Playlist: Sounds Like A Long-Distance Relationship
I’m in Love With a Girl – Big Star
Radio – Lana Del Rey
Underneath It All – No Doubt
Honey & I – HAIM
I Can’t Stay – The Killers
Elevator Love Letter – Stars
Everywhere -Fleetwood Mac
Lost – Frank Ocean
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Love You Madly – Cake
Hey Hey What Can I Do – Led Zeppelin
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2011) – Amy Winehouse
Part II (On The Run) – ft. Beyonce Jay Z
Bria’s Interlude – (feat. Omario Drake
Blue Whale – Frank Ocean
The Wanderer – ft. U2 Johnny Cash
Gemini (Birthday Song) – Why?
Cape Canaveral – Conor Oberst
XO – Beyoncé
Blue – (feat. Blue Ivy) Beyoncé
As Long as You Follow – Fleetwood Mac
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Bound 2 – Kanye West
Madness – Muse
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Moonlight Mile – The Rolling Stones
Brand New Colony – The Postal Service
Mellow Mood – Slightly Stoopid
Song To Bobby – Cat Power
Lovesong Of The Buzzard – Iron & Wine
My Wife, Lost in the Wild – Beirut
Save Me From What I Want – St. Vincent
This Is The Dream Of Win And Regine – Final Fantasy
Real and True – (feat. Miley Cyrus & Mr Hudson) Future
1000 Times a Day – The Early November
Want to suggest a playlist theme? Hit Stef up and someone on the team might make it for you.