Joanna is my wife of 33 years, and this blog is comprised of 132 songs (four per year of marriage) that for one reason or another relate to our lives together. Think of it as a long “mix tape” with video and editor’s comments.

Why do it now (as opposed to some “milestone” anniversary such as the 25th or 35th, for example), and why in this way?  Several reasons:

1) It’s a way to share some good music, which we’ve always appreciated.

2) I didn’t think of it in time for our 25th or 30th anniversary.

3) Writing this serves as an ongoing personal reminder to myself that I am the luckiest man alive — a gratitude journal of sorts. It’s also an uplifting break from my other blog, about media and politics, and my more academic writing.

4) Though it’s sometimes appropriate, as a historian I also have a weird aversion to grouping “history” of any sort into nice packages by decade, century, etc.

5) I had been thinking for some time about doing some sort of history, novel or biography via a blog as a new creative experiment — though until this project came to mind, I hadn’t considered our marriage as a subject.

6) I read about a guy who surprised his daughter with an even longer-term project, and found that to be cool.

7) Someone I knew suddenly dropped dead of a heart attack in his 50s, a friend was seriously injured in an accident and Joanna became ill (she’s fine now; thanks), serving as good reminders that we never know how much time we have. When/if one of us goes, the other will have be able to go back to this for some nice specific memories of our time together. Or when I get senile, I can read it for the same reason.

So now that you’re in on it — if you’d like to share a song title (or more than one, with or without a link and/or the artist’s name) of your own, along with a short explanation of why the song is important to you, please join the dozens of folks who have already done so in the response section of the “Readers’ songs” page. Thank you.

15 Comment(s)

  1. girlinthegloaming

    August 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    What an inspired project! Romantic too. I share your admiration of Mr. Josh Ritter. I found Tom Sawyer and Woody Guthrie in the lines of Idaho:

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  4. SomerEmpress

    November 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Beautiful sentiments. Cheers to many, many more years of wedded bliss and relationship! I am a firm believer in love, romance, gratitude, and breaking from tradition.

    Here’s a beautiful gift from our first soundtrack. My husband made a compilation of songs for our wedding day almost seventeen years ago. I remembered him staying up all night putting it together in the basement of our first home. I had no idea what he was doing then!

    This selection below is “The Best is Yet to Come”, by Grover Washington feat. Patti Labelle. I walked down the aisle for the last time as a single woman, to this song, off a pier to greet my groom. I will never forget that moment! Great music always seals the deal.

    Here is the link:


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  6. Connie Taxdal, author

    November 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    James, you’re a romantic! I’m putting a link to your blog on mine.

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