Yes, John Denver Made the List

April 21st

AZ --> CO Mix CD

Since my first recordable cassette tape player, I’ve used music mixes to communicate what I can’t.

Tomorrow night my friends are throwing me one hell of a going away party. In turn, I’m making party favors — my “Arizona –> Colorado!” two disc mix.

What I hope it says is: I love you. More than you could know, I love you, and this town and this state. I love the cactus, Camelback Mountain, always having a tan, the best Mexican food outside of, well, Mexico. I love how my friends’ parents adopted me after my parents moved to Texas. I love that I always have a place at Sunday dinner. I love my church. I love my community garden. I love the African in the guest room, even though he still doesn’t know how to run the dishwasher (or unload it) 2.5 years later. I love the schools I attended. I love the birds chirping outside as I type this, especially the baby quail.

But more than anything, I love the little ones. It’s my friends’ kids I will miss the most.

AZ --> CO Mix CD

AZ --> CO Mix CD

CD 1: Arizona

1. Windows are rolled down: Amos Lee

2. Far Away: Ingrid Michaelson

3. Dots of Maps: Say Hi

4. Summer Wind: Frank Sinatra

5. Carefree Highway: Gordon Lightfoot

6. There is no Arizona: Jamie O’Neal

7. Desert Song: Edward Sharpe + the Magnetic Zeroes

8. Draw Me a Map: Dierks Bentley

9. After the Storm: Mumford + Sons

10. Arizona: Brian Haner


Disc 2: Colorado!

1. I gotta move: Ben Kweller

2. Rocky Mountain High: John Denver

3. Colorado: Chevy Chase

4. Colorado Sunrise: 3OH!3

5. Hold you in my arms: Ray LaMontagne

6. Sn Hands: Local Natives

7. The Long Way Home: Norah Jones

8. A Change is Gonna Come: Sam Cooke

9. Don’t Fence me In: David Byrne

AZ --> CO Mix CD

And in turn, I know you love my sense of adventure and wanderlust. And my sappy mix CDs.


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16 Responses

  1. Jim Tolar April 21, 2011

    Kathleen and I aren’t going to be at the party, but only because we’ll be taking care of the boys so Mini and Jason can represent for the Tolar/Newlin clan.
    Good luck and safe travels. We’ll keep a light on for you in AZ.


  2. I’ll be getting over jetlag in Deutschland when you are driving … enjoy the journey. I’ll be thinking of you!

  3. Safe travels chica! Going to miss the shindig tomorrow night due to football practice for Simon.

    Send me yournew snail mail address please. I have alittle giftie to send for when you arrive in Colorado!

  4. Ooh ooh! I love Amos Lee and John Denver and making mix cds! Great choices. Blessings on this move and this transition in your life. Sending you support from my Northern CA Valley. 🙂

  5. Let me know when you settle here – would love to grab a beer and catch up!

  6. You are extraordinary and brave. The soundtrack of your move will encourage your friends to say good-bye peaceably and your friends welcoming you on the other side are just that more excited to see you. This is good, this is all good.
    Can’t wait to see you!

  7. Samantha Choate April 21, 2011

    I once made such a lifechanging move. It went very well and was the best decision of my life. I miss Arizona, and even when I have been in Oregon longer than Arizona I will always be an Arizonian at heart. I hope your journey as fruitful as my move was and more. You will miss the old, but hopefully find something wonderful in the new.

  8. How fun! I had a friend in high school that was all about the mixed tapes. I wasn’t that into music, but now that I’m older I listen to music differently.

  9. Good luck Kelli!! Download Tom Petty, Time to Move On while you’re at it. It helped motivate my move to Seattle. 🙂

  10. Perfect first song! Love Amos Lee!!

    When are you leaving for your great adventure?? Enjoy all of these memories, my dear friend!

  11. Nothing better than good music when driving, especialy forward to a new adventure! Good luck girl, you’re always in my thoughts.
    Happy Easter to you and your family and friends.

  12. Enjoy & Embrace the new! Good Luck on your move! I love your mixes. 🙂

  13. Kelli the very best to you on your new journey in Colorado!

  14. A fabulous mix I must say! And of course what is Colorado without John Denver I ask you 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful going away party. Happy trails, and enjoy the next chapter! Colorado is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I spent many a summers there. You’ll Love your new home 🙂

  15. YES! So glad BK made the cut. 🙂