Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Anyone who says mix tapes are a thing of the past should just search the terms “mix tape” on Pinterest. “Love is a thoughtful mix tape” is one of our favorite quotes on one of the many graphics and images that pay homage to not just the mix tape itself, but the meaning behind compiling, creating and gifting the one you love with these little plastic gems. I’m still in the business of creating mix tapes. (Or, as they’re called now: playlists. Doesn’t sound quite as exciting, does it?)

Valentine’s Day mix tapes are tricky. There are a’plenty-o big-giant-ballad declarations-of-love options out there as far as romantic musical musings go. I like to make my Valentine mix tapes so that they can be listened to all year ’round. I also like them to be full of inspiring, understated love songs so they can remind us of many types of Valentines (ie: many types of love): intimate, friendship, passionate, fun – and beyond. All the songs aren’t brand spanking new. I’m often inspired by tunes in movies, movie trailers, TV shows, even smaller TV show trailers and commercials. Marketers have been giving audiences great background music this past year! Look at what happened with The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” when it showed up in every Silver Linings Playbook movie trailer. This year’s Valentine mix is titled “Come on, indie love” inspired by one of my favorite songs (ever) on one of my favorite albums of last year – Birdy’s cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.”

Here’s this year’s Valentine Mix Tape song list!












Side 1
1. Steal Your Heart by Augustana
2. Cutty Love by Milo Greene
3. Reasons to Love You by Meiko (this whole album is packed with quirky love songs!)
4. With A Girl Like You by The Troggs
5. Knot Comes Loose by My Morning Jacket
6. The Tale of You & Me by Wild Child (this whole album is fantastic, the WHOLE thing!)
7. Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
8. My Blood by Ellie Goulding (another fantastic album, in its entirety!)
9. Real Estate by Wild Child
10. Milk & Sticks by Boy & Bear
11. I’m in Love by Wild Belle
12. Traveling by Tennis
13. You’ll Never Go by Wake Owl
14. Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold by The Lone Bellow
15. Barefoot Winter Waltz by The Last Royals
16. You & I by Local Natives
17. What I Love by The Spinto Band
18. Lips Lips Lips by Indians
19. Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow (Steve Winwood cover)
20. Be Mine by Alabama Shakes

Side 2 (don’t forget about Side 2! This is a mix tape, after all.)
(These are songs from our wedding! Its our first ‘married’ Valentine’s Day and listening to our playlist brings back all the wonderful memories of the day!)
1. Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
2. Emmylou by First Aid Kit
3. Some Nights by Tyler Ward and Alex G. (Fun. cover)
4. Tonight is the Night by Outasight
5. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Ingrid Michaelson (Elvis Presley cover)
6. The Scientist by Willie Nelson (Coldplay cover)
7. Sparks Fly by Julia Sheer & Tyler Ward (Taylor Swift cover)
8. Mountain Sound by Of Monsters and Men (I could listen to this entire album ALL day!)
9. Is This Love by Corinne Bailey Rae (Bob Marley cover)
10. I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
11. You’ll Accomp’ny Me by Bob Seger
12. These Are the Days by Van Morrison
13. Further On Down the Road by Jack Johnson and Taj Mahal
14. Ho Hey by The Lumineers (we saw them live at Red Rocks exactly one week before our wedding, and the entire amphitheater danced our hearts out to this song, in the rain, together. It was truly spiritual and joyous – an absolutely perfect way to kick off the wedding week!)
15. Yoü and I by Lady Gaga

Are you a Spotify user? Find the entire playlist here: Emily’s “Come on, indie love” on Spotify Hope you enjoy this mix tape!

You can probably tell that we love cover songs. I have loads of them and am always on the search for more, specifically softer, slower versions of my favorite jams for work music and for… weddings! We combined the father/daughter and mother/son dances at our wedding because we both loved Taken by Trees’ cover of Sweet Child ‘o Mine so much. Please let me know if you’re on the hunt for a specific cover song… I can probably help!

Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all!