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“Endlessly curious”: Mixtape mavens Ellen and David talk about what it’s like to be a Humans of New York viral sensation, the midlife relationship that mixtapes built, and why rediscovering yourself is a cure for stagnation.

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“He was the RA in my freshman dorm. His nickname was ‘Rock.’ He was blonde and skinny and made legendary mix tapes for the dance parties. We never talked much in college, but we became good friends when we reconnected at a reunion. The event was eighties themed. There were a lot of Talking Heads cover songs, and we danced all night. After that we started talking every day. Even though we live on different coasts, we’d find different ways to connect. He’d create scavenger hunts for me. He’d send me on missions to find obscure books and records. And we began making mix tapes together. Both of us come from research backgrounds, so we take our mix tapes very seriously. MMTR is our acronym for the meaning of music: ‘Magic, Meditation, Therapy, Reunion.’ So there’s a lot of MMTR mix tapes: ‘MMTR I,’ ‘MMTR II,’ ‘MMTR III,’ ‘MMTR 80’s,’ ‘MMTR 90’s.’ Then there’s ‘Clan McJangle,’ which is nothing but Scottish Pop. Then we’ve got another called ‘Buzz Gems,’ which is nothing but guitar songs under three minutes that alternate decades as you go down the playlist. Our mix tapes hold us together. Lately we’ve been working on a business together. And if we ever get too frustrated, we just put on our headphones, choose a mix tape, and hit play at the exact same time.”

A post shared by Humans of New York (@humansofny) on Nov 13, 2018 at 9:46am PST

David and Ellen’s “Buzz Gems” mix was inspired by the Buzzcocks, whose lead singer Pete Shelley passed away last week much too young. I always loved this weird little song. Be homosuperior in your interior this week, k?

Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the Midlife Mixtape podcast – check him out here!

The post Ep 45 HONY Mixtape Couple Ellen and David appeared first on Midlife Mixtape .

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