Mix Tape – Essence of Adolescence

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High school just wasn’t my thing. I was a wee little dude who could have passed for a seventh grader. I was shy, sometimes going a whole school day without saying more than a handful of words. I was nervous around the ladies; my first kiss didn’t happen until the end of my senior year, and even then, I had no clue what the hell I was doing.

But those four years weren’t just filled with social awkwardness. There were delightfully dorkish moments I’ll always remember. I served as co-editor of the school newspaper, which is where I discovered I could say things in print that I’d never have the acorns to utter in a room full of classmates. And I captained the quiz bowl team, a legendary squad that won conference championships and ignited a dominance that lasted for a good decade afterward. We were nerds long before “The Big Bang Theory” made it cool to be one.

If I could re-live my high school years, I’d do a lot of things different. But if given the chance to go back and try again, I’d take a hard pass. A re-do would change who I am today. It’s easy to forget that our fumbles and faux pas establish a firmer self-recognition of who we are and what our role is on this crazy planet.

Numerous songs remind me of high school, and in a good way.  They remind me not only of shortcomings and regrets, but also of good times and good friends who are still my buddies to this very day. Here’s Volume 6 of the Coughing Bison Mix Tapes, songs that truly are the essence of my adolescence. Before we jump in, here’s a quick recap of the previous mix tapes:

Vol. 1 – I Just Wanna Pump… You Up
Vol. 2 – The Songs of Fayette-Nam
Vol. 3 – The Radio in the Garage
Vol. 4 – All the Feels
Vol. 5 – Boombox Beats

“Santa Monica” – Everclear

“Lightning Crashes”
– Live

“Water’s Edge”
– Seven Mary Three

“The Difference”
– The Wallflowers

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”
– Crash Test Dummies

“When I Come Around”
– Green Day

“California Love”
– 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre

When I got my first car (long live the Silver Streak!), my brother put in a new stereo with mega bass speakers in the back. I bought MTV Party to Go Platinum Mix and we sat in the garage and cranked it, with “California Love” getting a good chunk of playtime.

– 311

“Only Wanna Be with You”
– Hootie & the Blowfish

“Here Comes the Hotstepper”
– Ini Kamoze

“Ants Marching”
 – Dave Matthews Band

– Beck

“The Distance”
– Cake


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  1. […] Vol. 1 – I Just Wanna Pump… You Up Vol. 2 – The Songs of Fayettenam Vol. 3 – The Radio in the Garage Vol. 4 – All the Feels Vol. 5 – Boombox Beats Vol. 6 – Essence of Adolescence […]

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