Summer Mix Series

Summer Mix 2012

Living abroad is an amazing experience. It’s a blessing and a privilege.  If I had to do it again, I would make some changes. I would be more forceful about getting into language classes; I would tutor more frequently; I would go to more ex-pat mixers; I would spend more time out on the town. I would focus on soaking up everything that Warsaw had to offer, and I would’ve definitely visited Krakow more than once.

But in between lesson planning–which I found to be far more difficult than writing a 20+ page research paper–and grading and watching the entire “Ally McBeal” series, I didn’t squander my opportunity.

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My awesome roommate accompanied me on great adventures, often encouraging me to leave the apartment even on the bitterest of cold winter days. We went to Gdansk and Szczecin together. I traveled to Zakopane and Torun. And outside of Poland, I made it to amazing places—Stockholm, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, Sofia, Budapest, Berlin.

I wish we lived in a world that gave more people the opportunity to live abroad, to grow and learn and explore other cultures.

But, a strange thing happened while I was away. I got homesick. To cover my homesickness, I did what any sane person would do. I started to listen to country music. So in between the zaniness of EURO 2012, which almost made me miss my final flight home thanks to a dearth of taxis, and experiencing Eurovision in its entire glory, I got familiar with some of that good old U.S. of A. red-white-and-blue country sounds.

Summer Mix 2012 is transparent and without depth. It’s Eurovision, songs from “Ally McBeal,” the theme of EURO 2012, and country. To mix things up I threw in “Wild Wild West,” my karaoke song bound to please anyone who doesn’t think I have “Wild Wild West” memorized. Because I totally do.

Beautiful Song – Anmary (Latvia)
One Prairie Outpost – Carbon Leaf
Down by the Water – The Decemberists
That Phone – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
So Tired of Being Alone – Al Green
How Will I Know? – Whitney Houston
Tell Him – Vonda Shepherd
The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White
Euphoria – Loreen (Sweden)
Primadonna – Marina and the Diamonds
Endless Summer – Oceana
Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
Stay – Tooji (Norway)
Tell It to My Heart – Taylor Dayne
I Want to Do It All – Terri Clark
All American Girl – Carrie Underwood
She’s Country – Jason Aldean
Don’t Want This Night to End – Luke Bryan
Johnny and June – Heidi Newfield
She Wouldn’t Be Gone – Blake Sheldon
How to Love – Delilah
Wild Wild West – Will Smith

An interesting component to my Summer Mix 2012, is that it’s entirely about the year I was leaving behind, not about the summer that stretched before me. I moved home in late June, moving to Utah a couple of weeks later to begin my MA program. I loved my program, but if I had any idea how miserable Utah would be, I don’t know that as much America home-sick music would’ve made the list.

Summer Mix 2012 Highlights:

I absolutely love the all female acapella cover of Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” by Delilah.

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