Riding on the train today, heading home to Newcastle to spend New Year’s Eve with some of my nearest and dearest and I rediscovered in my iTunes playlists a mix cd, compiled for me by one Scott Donnelly a few years ago now. Scott and I were friends of friends, until one day we started chatting and discovered something more. Our first date is still the best first date I’ve ever been on, and I’ll remember it fondly for the rest of my life.


After our date, Scott wanted to make me a mix cd, which, working as a sound engineer, was a task he didn’t take lightly. Having already stated that he was the ‘greatest mix tape maker on the face of this planet, alive or dead’ and able to ‘carve an entire roller coaster in 6 songs… make a two hour road trip journey pass in 24 seconds’, the standard was set pretty high. Selecting the right songs and putting them in the right order took time but once they were locked in, ‘Jesus couldn’t have made a better one. Mostly for technological reasons, but still, accurate’. Here’s the playlist:

Scott’s Mix (1):
There There – Radiohead
In Your Light – Gotye
Let Down – Radiohead
The Best Of My Love – The Eagles
Blue Jesus – Jason Cruz & The Howl
Save Me – Gotye
Best Not To Think About it – Athlete
She’s Only Happy In The Sun – Ben Harper
Railroad Man – The Eels
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room – John Mayer
My Favourite Thing – Silverchair
Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Jeff Buckley
House Of Cards – Radiohead
Make The Most Of It – The Art Of Grace

It’s an amazing mix. I listened to it at least 100 times while I was away for four weeks in America, a trip I had planned before getting together with Scott that unfortunately interrupted the beginning of our relationship. I’m so glad I found this mix today. It’s been a wonderful trip down memory lane, remembering how it felt to fall in love for the first time, with a handsome, charismatic, witty, funny and incredibly clever human being. I fell for you hard and fast Scott Donnelly. I knew I loved you, sitting on the floor of a hostel in San Fransisco when you called to see if I was ok, even though you were 8000 miles away. And now, though our time together has long since ended and our lives have taken different paths, I’m so glad to have the music and the memories 🙂


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