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Ten songs that might woo you a boo

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

Things were a bit busy last week, what with midterms, a few review copies showing up on my doorstep and stories to edit for Flux, along with a couple of other special projects I’m working on poking their heads into an already-busy schedule. So you can see how I didn’t have time to dedicate to the blog, right? Good.

Well, I still want to make it up to you because I know how much you all love these Music Monday playlists. And, boy, do I have a treat for you this week. In order to make up for my absence over the last few days, I’m giving you not just one, but two collections to choose from. And with everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday just around the corner, what’s better than a grouping of songs that are all about love? Hey, scoff if you will, but sometimes the quickest way to a person’s heart is through song. This playlist is all about wooing a prospective boo. Or maybe you’d rather these provide a soundtrack to a date with an established boo. Either way, if you’re looking for angsty, pissed-off love songs, check these out. Otherwise, enjoy!

10. Steel Train – “Bullet,” Steel Train

The first track from Steel Train’s 2010 self-titled effort is perfect for a date with somebody who fancies him or herself an adventurer. It’s all about falling in love in the backseats of cars, taking risks and learning to trust someone else. As the first song on the band’s first album where the guys were totally independent of a label and on their own for the first time, you can tell a lot of care went into its crafting and execution.

9. Wilco – “I’m The Man Who Loves You,” Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I know including this song on a mix CD where you’re testing the waters with a prospective mate is a bit of a risk, but trust me: The payoff is totally worth it. Hell, the title, should you choose to include it on a custom track listing — I sure would — says it all. And besides, the quirky guitar and fun beat will have that person forgetting who gave it to him or her in the first place, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you choose to look at it.

8. Saves the Day – “Hold,” I’m Sorry I’m Leaving

Okay, so this is one of a few songs that I’ve fallen back to as a sort of sure-fire inclusion on most playlists ever since high school. I guess including it on this list of songs means I’m retiring it from the roster since I’m sure any woman I try to woo in the future would read my blog to get an idea of who I am, right? And how would she feel if this song was on that first mix CD I made her? You’re all lucky I’ve gotten plenty of use out of this song or I’d be hesitant to let you in on the secret. Apologies to any woman reading this who’s had it on a compilation I gave her.

7. The Starting Line – “Island,” Direction

Broads love being whisked away. And that’s what this song is all about. You pack up, find a deserted island and enjoy each others’ company. And, of course, you build a shelter out of palm fronds and the like to protect you from the elements. I’m almost ashamed to write this, but this is probably the heaviest song on the list, which breaks up a bit of the moody, mellow sensibility we’ve explored thus far. But sing out loud to a prospective boo and you’ve given yourself at least two weeks of relevancy on the consideration front.

6. Rooney – “If It Were Up To Me,” Rooney

Aw, here it goes. We’re back to the slower, more sentimental stuff. This song says, “yo: I’m totally into you and your parents approve. Let’s get cooking.” I’mma stop you both right there, because I can tell you from experience that if you head straight into the kitchen together, disaster will strike. Still this is a sure-fire way to get somebody’s attention if you’re trying to get your woo on.

5. New Found Glory – “Too Good To Be,” Coming Home

Many of you might remember New Found Glory from the days when hardly anyone knew what an Xbox was and the guys sang all about their “bros before hos” philosophy. Well, when three of the five guys in this pop-punk quintet were engaged to be married, they were writing and recording a fourth studio full-length. Listen to Coming Home and you’ll hear the vast majority of these songs are all touch-feely “won’t you marry me?” affairs. This one just happens to be the best of them all in that regard.

4. Blind Pilot – “The Colored Night,” We Are the Tide

You know when you’re in the beginning stage of a relationship and it’s all candy, rainbows and all that other sugary crap? Well, this song isn’t much like that. It’s more about having somebody to tether you down during rough times. You know, somebody to trust. It’s also a pretty good make-out song.

3. Dashboard Confessional – “As Lovers Go,” A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar

This is another of those songs that served me well over the years. And today I hand it over to you. Seriously, try playing this song for your prospective boo and your intentions become crystal clear.

2. Death Cab For Cutie – “I Will Possess Your Heart,” Narrow Stairs

Forget that this song is eight minutes in its entirety. Also, try to keep anyone from really listening closely to the lyrics, otherwise you come off as a total stalker. So long as the most attention is paid to the chorus, you’re in great shape. Besides, I’m sure you’ve all thought this at some point: “You know, if he/she just spent a little more time with me, he/she would totally be in love with me. I just know it.” You’re lying if you say otherwise.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeas – “Maps,” Fever To Tell

Now this track’s been in the rotation since about 2003, so I don’t feel it’s much of a loss to give it up. Still, it’s a hell of a song to use to tell somebody, “hey, let’s date.” Use it well.

Well, there you have it. Now that I’ve divulged these ten tracks and their purposes, a couple of things are for certain: 1) I’ll never be able to use any of them in my own gift playlists or mixes in the future and 2) There might be a few pissed-off exes of mine out there who will feel like the compilations I gave them meant nothing. Don’t worry: I’ll be safe. Just make sure to repay me if any of these works out for you (I’m a fan of anything by New Belgium Brewing, by the way.) Oh, and if this list isn’t for you — let’s say you had a bad break-up or just want to be pissed off on Valentine’s Day — I’ve got you covered here.

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