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The Emperor Who Never Sleeps

The Emperor Who Never Sleeps
Created by: childstar
Tracks: 17
Length: 01:16:25
Keywords 1. boyz
2. crushed
3. distance
Created on 4/25/09 03:32pm
Level 4
Points 1775
Total visitors 68
Unique visitors 14
description:
In my freshman year of high school, I met a boy named Justin via my old best friend Amanda's Methodist youth group. I wasn't really into going to church, but I enjoyed the social time (I later learned he went for pretty much that reason as well, considering he's Jewish). The first thing Amanda ever said to him was, "You look like Jimmy Fallon!" This wasn't really true. He looked better than Jimmy Fallon, to me at least.
Our friendship really took off during my sophomore year, when I found out he lived right down the street from me. He would ride his bike to my house a few times a week, usually, and he would come sit at my computer with me and we'd talk as I downloaded music. I made him his first mix. It featured Violent Femmes and Gang of Four and Ozma, to name a few. I recall one Spring afternoon riding home in my mom's car, and as we came closer to our house, we noticed writing all over the driveway: lyrics to Modest Mouse's "The Good Times are Killing Me" (I was so impressed I took a picture; I wish I knew where it was). Justin rode up shortly thereafter. It was a good day.
Our friendship continued, day in, day out, until the summer after my sophomore year brought some shitty news. Justin had to move to Virginia due to his parents' involvement in the military. I knew I was going to miss the hell out of him, but I was confident I would see him again. We hugged for a long while the day before he was due to leave, and things seemed to be alright. I spent the night with Amanda. The next day we were working at one of her parent's restaurants and I received a call from my mom. Justin was at my house. He was trying to run away; he wanted to stay with me instead of going halfway across the country. I talked to him, and I was really sad, but I didn't get to see him until he visited six months later. Afterward, a year passed with us talking occasionally. My mom always joked, "Tell him I want him to marry my daughter."
Then, right after my high school graduation, I got a MySpace message from him. He told me everything that had been going on in Virginia--some things very surprising, some very depressing. He revealed that I was the first girl he had ever truly loved. I never knew what my mom had known so well. Throughout my first year of college we talked often. I remember him getting me into new music last Spring, just like I had done to him. I told him I wanted him to come back to Texas. And I really did. But I pleaded, "Don't tell me you're coming until you're really coming, like two weeks before at the most. I just don't want to get my hopes up."
That call came, and in January of this year, he came. For about month he lived on my floor. We drank and smoked, amongst other things, at our friend Mike's, until Justin got an apartment; then we did it even more. We made wine, like they do in prison (got us mighty fucked up, by the way). Justin proved to be one of the most interesting people I have ever known, considering I didn't know him as deeply in high school. We gave him nicknames like Sex Panther, JSquared, and Justinian. I learned to play poker with him at my side. He, Chris, Mike, and I formed a band and he taught me some Neutral Milk Hotel on the guitar. But then, about a week ago, the apartment manager decided to evict him because he wasn't paying his electric bill. I told him he could stay on my floor again until he figured stuff out; my mom agreed. We really thought he was going to. But since his friend Kyle was already here visiting, he decided it would be best to go back to Virginia with him. Monday was his last day in town. Needless to say, worst 4/20 ever. I realized a lot of things after he left. I couldn't stop crying for two days. It just seemed really sudden. Chris and I agreed that we didn't feel like we got to give him a good "good-bye." So hopefully we'll be seeing him this summer.
I titled this mix "The Emperor Who Never Sleeps" because that was what the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I was known as. Consider this an homage to someone who has truly changed my life.

tracklist

1 Yo La Tengo : Autum Sweater
"When I heard the knock at the door, I couldn't catch my breath..."

Exactly how I felt the moment [...]
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Track 8 from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Length: 00:05:31
Year: 1997
Track Description:
"When I heard the knock at the door, I couldn't catch my breath..."

Exactly how I felt the moment he called to tell me he was in town.
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2 Wilco : Misunderstood
"When you're back in your old neighborhood, the cigarettes taste so good."

The day after he arrived [...]
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Track 1 from Being There (disc one)
Length: 00:06:28
Year: 1996
Track Description:
"When you're back in your old neighborhood, the cigarettes taste so good."

The day after he arrived he came over and we smoked cigarettes as we strolled down my street, his old street.
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3 The Get Up Kids : A Newfound Interest in Massachusetts
"A place in my heart for my home to the west, where we'll watch the same sunsets..."

Obviously a so [...]
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Track 8 from Red Letter Day EP
Length: 00:03:30
Year: 0000
Track Description:
"A place in my heart for my home to the west, where we'll watch the same sunsets..."

Obviously a song about distance. I like how it seems almost specific to my situation, except the whole Massachusetts part.
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4 Ozma : Natalie Portman

"If I'm a proper Jewish boy, will her family love me?"

I would hope his family would love me [...]
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Track 4 from Rock And Roll Part Three
Length: 00:03:47
Year: 2001
Track Description:

"If I'm a proper Jewish boy, will her family love me?"

I would hope his family would love me.
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5 My Bloody Valentine : Cigarette in Your Bed
I recall once when we were talking on the phone, I said, "I think my favorite MBV song is Cigarette in Your Be [...]
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Track 4 from You Made Me Realise [Creation]
Length: 00:03:30
Year: 1988
Track Description:
I recall once when we were talking on the phone, I said, "I think my favorite MBV song is Cigarette in Your Bed." Right then he turned the song on so I could hear it blaring from his car.
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6 Sonic Youth : Incinerate
"The sirens come to put me out of misery..."

The day he was leaving I couldn't get a hold of him. E [...]
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Track 2 from Rather Ripped
Length: 00:04:55
Year: 2006
Track Description:
"The sirens come to put me out of misery..."

The day he was leaving I couldn't get a hold of him. Eventually my mom called him because she wanted to know why he wasn't going to be staying at our house. She found out he was at the library printing out directions to Virginia. I drove there and tried to intercept him but it was too late. This song was playing. I've actually been listening to it a lot.
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7 Elliott Smith : Christian Brothers
Elliott Smith needs no explanation.
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Track 2 from Elliott Smith
Length: 00:04:31
Year: 0000
Track Description:
Elliott Smith needs no explanation.
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8 Red Hot Chili Peppers : Breaking the Girl
"She was a girl, soft but estranged;
we were the two, our lives rearranged.
Feeling so good that da [...]
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Track 3 from Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Length: 00:04:55
Year: 1991
Track Description:
"She was a girl, soft but estranged;
we were the two, our lives rearranged.
Feeling so good that day,
feeling a love that day"

Reminds me of the two of us just hanging out at his apartment, cooking dinner together and watching Home Movies.
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9 Interpol : Untitled

"I will surprise you sometime,
I'll come around
when you're down."

He came here at [...]
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Track 1 from Turn on the Bright Lights
Length: 00:03:56
Year: 2002
Track Description:

"I will surprise you sometime,
I'll come around
when you're down."

He came here at a really strange time in my life, so I relate this song to that.
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10 No Age : Teen Creeps
I heard this song and I immediately thought of him. It's on here mostly because I think he would like it.
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Track 3 from Nouns
Length: 00:03:25
Year: 2008
Track Description:
I heard this song and I immediately thought of him. It's on here mostly because I think he would like it.
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11 Neutral Milk Hotel : In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
He taught me to play this song on the guitar.
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Track 3 from In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Length: 00:03:22
Year: 1998
Track Description:
He taught me to play this song on the guitar.
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12 Kings of Leon : Milk
"Tell me the one about the friend you knew,
and the last good night that we toasted to."

Once, [...]
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Track 5 from Aha Shake Heartbreak
Length: 00:04:00
Year: 2005
Track Description:
"Tell me the one about the friend you knew,
and the last good night that we toasted to."

Once, we were driving in my car in the late afternoon and I put on some KOL. He asked who it was. Then he told me he really liked Caleb Followill's voice, and that it didn't sound like what he had anticipated. He said I'd have to make him a CD someday.
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13 Mates of State : For the Actor

"You put your life on hold as we interest one another, two steps closer to the level I imagined. I remem [...]
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Track 6 from Bring It Back
Length: 00:04:33
Year: 2006
Track Description:

"You put your life on hold as we interest one another, two steps closer to the level I imagined. I remember when it poured and you sang to me in summer. It's a fantasy..."

A footnote: I think if he and I had a band, we'd be like Mates of State...BUT BETTER!
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14 Animal Collective : In the Flowers

"Then we could be dancing no more missing you while I am gone
Then we could be dancing and you’d [...]
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Track 1 from Merriweather Post Pavilion
Length: 00:05:22
Year: 2009
Track Description:

"Then we could be dancing no more missing you while I am gone
Then we could be dancing and you’d smile and say I like this song
And then ours would meet them we will recognize nothing’s wrong
And I wouldn’t feel so selfish I won’t be this way very long
To hold you in time
To hold you in time
To hold you in time
To hold you in time
And we’re dancing, early hours drunken days finally ended
And the streets turn for pillowcase
And I fumble all good lie
Then the ecstasy turns the writhing light through our windowpane
Now I am gone, I left flowers for you there"

I remember Justin saying one of the reasons he likes Animal Collective is because no two songs sound the same. True that. This song blows my fucking mind, every time.
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15 Beck : Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime

Whenever I found out he wasn't staying here, a lot of feelings I wasn't sure I had began to surface. Coi [...]
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Track 9 from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack
Length: 00:05:54
Year: 0000
Track Description:

Whenever I found out he wasn't staying here, a lot of feelings I wasn't sure I had began to surface. Coincidentally, he enjoys Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
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16 Pink Floyd : Wish You Were Here
"We're just two lost souls swimmin' in a fish bowl year after year."

What kind of person would I b [...]
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Track 4 from Wish You Were Here
Length: 00:05:34
Year: 1975
Track Description:
"We're just two lost souls swimmin' in a fish bowl year after year."

What kind of person would I be if this song wasn't on this mix? It's perfect.
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17 ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead : The Summer Of '91
This is a really good "reflecting" song. It brings a vivid taste of his brief stay in Texas.
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Track 4 from Worlds Apart
Length: 00:03:12
Year: 2005
Track Description:
This is a really good "reflecting" song. It brings a vivid taste of his brief stay in Texas.
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Thanks for sharing your story, I think the tracks you pick are excellent.
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Heart-rending. I have a whole section of mixtapes along these lines. I lost contact with the first girl I loved and when I found her again, she was married, happily.

I hope whatever should happen does, for both of you.

I just heard that MBV song, among others, live, and it was mind blowing. Nice to follow that up with a Sonic Youth song.

Love the NMH, Beck, Yo La Tengo, and Elliott Smith also.

All the best.
4/30/09 07:14pm
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Thank you for your story. I am interested to know what happens next, as I am sure you are too. This mix is inspired. This mix has inspired me.
4/25/09 09:46pm
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