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TINA | “How to Follow Your Heart” + The Great Tina Playlist

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 | 0 comments

It’s hard to capture the relationship Tina and I had in a few paragraphs. We met in high school and quickly became very close. Tina was worldly in a way few fifteen year olds are. She’d been to and returned from rehab, she was into Velvet Underground and Al Jolson and had a vinyl collection of everything inbetween, occupying 20 milk crates or more. And she had loads of bookshelves filled with journals and poetry that she regularly destroyed to make room for the new words buzzing around in her mind. I loved her and envied her ability to constantly recreate herself when I held so tightly to everything, afraid to lose any piece of me.


We hung out in her mom’s basement. We    were allowed to smoke and basically do what  we wanted and that’s exactly what we did.  Although, what we wanted was not to do  drugs and be high school assholes, but  instead, play music, read poetry, and paint  the walls. It was a beautiful time in my life  and I remember it all very warmly. It was a  time when I began to find myself and sowed  the seeds of who I am today. Tina was  instrumental in that.


Having overcome trials and numerous reiterations, Tina and I stayed friends. We don’t see each other that often and talk on the phone every few months (for hours though), but I know her and she knows me and we get each other. Perhaps her strongest gift has always been the ability to follow her heart. While others have made decisions that they’ve been compelled to stand by or afraid to turn their backs on, Tina has always remembered to move on, never get stuck, grow, reinvent: live. Sebastian, I’m thrilled for you to know that lesson and I count myself lucky to have had a friend like her in my life.

Tina had once compiled several mixtapes for her much younger half sister. The tracks covered the great music of all time and moved elegantly from genre to genre. I begged her to make one for you and (while the whole playlist is on my iTunes for you to listen to) here it is again, with select links.

  1. Rock & Roll – Velvet Underground
  2. Gold Soundz – Pavement
  3. You and I – Wilco with Feist
  4. Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
  5. Keep on Pushing – The Impressions
  6. Love Is a Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
  7. Suburban War – Arcade Fire
  8. 50 Ways – Telekinesis
  9. Looking Through – Nada Surf
  10. This Must Be the Place – Talking Heads
  11. Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty
  12. Slow Motion – The Flaming Lips
  13. Gone Daddy Gone – Violent Femmes
  14. I Never Learn – Lykke Li
  15. Revival – Deerhunter
  16. Soul Love – David Bowie
  17. Out of Reaches – Steve Malkmus
  18. The Rules – Ben Kweller
  19. Blue Moon – Beck
  20. Your Heart Is An Empty Room – Death Cab for Cutie
  21. Back In Your Head – Tegan and Sara
  22. Certain People I Know – Morrisey
  23. Simple Twist of Fate – Bob Dylan
  24. Every Little Bit Hurts – Brenda Holloway
  25. Freedom of ’76 – Ween
  26. Which Way Your Heart Will Go – Mason Jennings
  27. Disappearer – Sonic Youth
  28. Hell is Around the Corner – Tricky
  29. The Bad In Each Other – Feist
  30. Break Me – Lemonheads
  31. The Wagon – Dinosaur Jr.
  32. Too Young – Pheonix
  33. Mother of Pearl – Roxy Music
  34. Into My Arms – Nick Cave
  35. Vicious Traditions – The Veils
  36. Follow Through – Hotel Lights
  37. We All Lose One Another – Jason Collette
  38. Saint Catherine St. – Sea Wolf
  39. Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
  40. You’re All I Need to Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  41. Grace – Jeff Buckley
  42. Several Shades of Why – J Mascis
  43. Sweet Sweet – Smashing Pumpkins
  44. Non- Believer – La Rocca
  45. Mystify – INXS
  46. Walk On By – Isaac Hayes
  47. Weekend Wars – MGMT
  48. First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  49. Men In Black – Frank Black
  50. Unsatisfied – The Replacements
  51. Sorry Somehow – Husker Du
  52. Cause = Time – Broken Social Scene
  53. Eyes Off You – Bombay Bicycle Club
  54. Boys Don’t Cry – Grant Lee Philips
  55. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea – The Cure
  56. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
  57. Slow Show – The National
  58. Place to Be – Nick Drake
  59. Re: Stacks – Bon Iver
  60. Away – Kathleen Edwards
  61. Old Man – Neil Young
  62. Home by Saturday – Hayden
  63. Wise Up – Aimee Mann
  64. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  65. Everlong – Foo Fighters
  66. Cigarettes In A Theatre – Two Door Cinema Club
  67. Wolf Like Me – TV on the Radio
  68. Summertime Rolls – Jane’s Addiction
  69. Into Dust – Mazzy Star
  70. Pale Shelter – Tears For Fears
  71. Playground Love – Air
  72. Wild Horses – Rolling Stones
  73. Heaven – Psychedelic Furs
  74. This Charming Man – The Smiths
  75. Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds
  76. Bridge to Nowhere – Sam Roberts
  77. Dead Sound – Ravonettes
  78. What I’d Say – Ray Charles
  79. Know that I Know – Devendra Banhart
  80. Beat the Drum Slowly – Timber Timbre

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