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I have to thank Melissa at work for this mix. The two of us were talking about songs featuring female names and she said something like: “Sounds like a Mix Six to me.” Well, I knew I had one song locked in because of Melissa’s suggestion. After that, things started to fall into place very quickly. But it wasn’t until I finished the mix that I realized I happen to know women with all of these names.
“Julie”(Live), Marshall Crenshaw
This song is for my wife. I don’t know if you’ve ever done a song search for “Julie,” but most of the choices are pretty lame. Back in the day when there was a Jefitoblog, he posted this song on one of his Mixtapes (I believe). I had never heard Marshall’s song before, but was surprised to hear that it didn’t suck — you know, given the track record of songs entitled “Julie.” (“Julie” was, of course, originally performed by Bobby Fuller — referred to here by Crenshaw as “my favorite singer ever to have been murdered by gangsters.” –Ed.)
“Mary’s Prayer,” Danny Wilson
I dated a girl in my senior year of high school named Mary. She treated me horribly at times and never returned my calls (but bitterly complained when I didn’t call her). Then I got my revenge. A year later, I saw her at the college I attended. She was all flirty and happy to see me again. I, however, remembered what a terror she was to me. I coolly sat in the quad painting a sign for a midnight showing of Pink Floyd: The Wall . I had long hair (God, how I miss that hair!), dark glasses, and attitude. I was kind of friendly when I first saw her, but said at one point, “Well, I have to get back to painting this poster … call me if you want.” She looked at me in semi-shock and said: “Oh, uh, um, okay.” Ha! that’ll learn ya for not returning my calls!
“Veronica” (Demo Version), Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney
I work with a woman named Veronica, but she’s not an old crazy woman who sailed on the “Empress of India.” Nor is she Elvis Costello’s grandmother. This version of “Veronica,” however, is the demo Elvis and Paul McCartney did prior to recording the song in the studio. Oh, and it was another gift from Jefitoblog.
“Melissa,” The Allman Brothers Band
I think you can guess where the idea to include this song came from. I’m not a big Allman Brothers fan, but this song has a nice vibe to it. It’s such a perennial part of FM rock radio, that if you haven’t heard this song, you don’t listen to FM rock radio much.
“Meet Virginia,” Train
My wife’s grandmother’s name is Virginia. Her family name is Herndon, and they come from (wait for it!) Herndon, Virginia. Oh, and her grandmother loves to sit at home and “Rip on the president.” Go Grandma!
“Carolyn’s Fingers,” Cocteau Twins
I worked with woman named Carolyn when I co-hosted a morning radio show over a year ago. She left for a better paying job, and I moved to the afternoon shift. So, there’s the biographical connection to this song — you know, if you need one. One little trivia bit about this album: the band’s website says that this was the only album by the Cocteau Twins released in DAT format. That had me stratching my head because I don’t remember any band releasing albums on DAT. Maybe they did in the UK and Europe, but in the U.S. there was a whole flap about DATs and copying CDs and LPs. So I wonder if anyone in the U.S. legally bought a DAT copy of a commercial release.