write it on a postcard; "dad, they broke me" - for my father

Artist Song
wolf parade  dear sons and daughters of hungry ghosts 
death cab for cutie  styrofoam plates 
pavement  stop breathin' 
pedro the lion  big trucks 
kevin devine  yr damned ol' dad 
british sea power  remember me 
alkaline trio  hell yes 
built to spill  time trap 
neutral milk hotel  ghost 
casiotone for the painfully alone  i love creedence 
guided by voices  motor away 
magnetic fields  papa was a rodeo 
the microphones  i can't believe you actually died 
modest mouse  trailer trash 
rilo kiley  it just is 
tullycraft  not quite burning bridges 
violent femmes  gone daddy gone 
chixdiggit!  my dad vs. P.M. 
the staggers  last man on earth 
wolf parade  you are a runner and i am my father's son 
bob dylan  knockin' on heaven's door 
rilo kiley  spectacular views 


my father died on december 13, 2006. this one's been brewing in my head for a while, obviously. these are all songs about fathers, or songs that make me think of my father, who was a really great man and who i miss a lot these days, when my bike is broken and my car needs some work and i'm going home for a couple of weeks this summer to a house that he no longer lives in. he wasn't perfect. "styrofoam plates" hits a little close to home, in reality. but i couldn't bring myself to end this on a sad note which is why "spectacular views" is the last track. i listen to songs like "big trucks" and "motor away" and smile, glad his pain is finally gone and sad at the same time that he's never going to hug me again.
title is from the pavement song.


Date: 5/29/2008
Good for you to commemorate your dad in such a personal way. I really love how you ended it with the rilo kiley track. well done
anthony lombardi
Date: 5/29/2008
this is heartachingly poignant. very sorry to hear about your loss, but you've created quite a beautiful mix out of your hardship. 1-3, 9, 12-14, 17, 20-21 hit me the hardest.
Date: 5/30/2008
that is my favorite pavement song.

but dear god this is sad.

but so fucking beautiful.
Date: 5/30/2008
Good on you.
Date: 5/30/2008
this is beautiful. i know it must have taken awhile to make this mix and find the right songs to express what you're feeling. thank you for sharing this with us.
Rebel Princess
Date: 5/30/2008
I'm always impressed when people manage to create something from the pain of losing someone. When I lost my grandmother, I just got numb. Good on you, it looks beautiful.
The Cat Mandu
Date: 5/30/2008
I'm sorry. Good on ya for being positive and honest, though.
Date: 6/1/2008
Sincere sympathy on the loss of your father. Time and music help. But life is forever changed after the death of a parent. Take it easy on yourself.
Date: 6/1/2008
I am sorry for your loss, but you have created an eloquent tribute that will echo to the doors of heaven.