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December 4, 2006 7:33 AM   Subscribe

Mix CD time - Songs for a dear friend that has to go get biopsied tomorrow....

There's this girl that I like a lot and she's going to the doctor's office tomorrow to find out if she has Ovarian Cancer. She won't let anyone go with her, but she's letting me make her a mix cd to listen to while she sits in the waiting room. Obviously, I'd like songs that give hope or convey a message that everything is going to be alright. Or that I love her and I'm there for her.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions.
posted by Bageena to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
"Everythings gonna be alright" by Bob Marley.
If she has a dark sense of humor, "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult
posted by cosmicbandito at 7:50 AM on December 4, 2006

How about: Wilco - I'm The Man Who Loves You (off of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
posted by CRM114 at 7:51 AM on December 4, 2006

"Lucky" by Radiohead.
posted by Diskeater at 8:00 AM on December 4, 2006

"Here Comes the Sun" -The Beatles
Anything by Belle & Sebastian - they sing happy songs
posted by elquien at 8:03 AM on December 4, 2006

P.P. Arnold - Everything is Gonna Be Alright (iTunes link)
Komeda - It's Alright Baby

Are you two an item or just friends?

If you're a couple: The Zombies - This Will Be Our Year
posted by hydrophonic at 8:11 AM on December 4, 2006

I like End of the Line by the Traveling Willburys. Don't be put off by the title. It's a really nice, uplifting song.

For just plain cheerful songs that always put me in a good mood:

Do Ya Want my Love - ELO
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch - The Temptations
If I had a Million Dollars - Barenaked Ladies
Anything You Want - Roy Orbinson
Dance the Night Away - Van Halen
Catch my Disease - Ben Lee (may not be appropriate because of title, but really cheerful, up song)
Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest
Let the Good Times Roll - by BB King or Ray Charles
Wouldn't it be Nice - Beach Boys

Songs that convey love:

Someone Like You - Van Morrison
God only Knows - Beach Boys

Depending on her age and her taste in music she may like these selections or gag.

Good wishes for a negative biopsy and good health to your friend.
posted by LoriFLA at 8:22 AM on December 4, 2006

Anytime at All - The Beatles
Hold on John - John Lennon
posted by Jaltcoh at 8:26 AM on December 4, 2006

"Never Be Alone" by Justice vs Simian.
posted by bitpart at 8:28 AM on December 4, 2006

"Both Sides Now," Joni Mitchell.
posted by hazelshade at 8:38 AM on December 4, 2006

If she might appreciate the humor, Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. That came up on the shuffle setting of my MP3 player last time I went to the dentist and it was greatly appreciated. Otherwise:

You've Got A Friend - James Taylor (trite, perhaps, but heartfelt)
Old Friends - Simon and Garfunkel (always make me look forward to being one of the old friends, sitting there with my wife)
Say a little pray for you - Aretha Franklin
Good Vibrations - Brian Wilson
posted by baggers at 9:04 AM on December 4, 2006

Royksopp - Circuit Breaker

BT - Believer

Pendulum - Hold Your Colour

Bif Naked - I Love Myself Today
posted by infinityjinx at 9:26 AM on December 4, 2006

Starfish and Coffee by Prince

Wonder by Natalie Merchant
Jesus, etc. by Wilco
Washing of the Water by Peter Gabriel
although washing of the water is really kind of brooding music...hopefully you will not have to make a mix tape for that.
posted by eckeric at 9:40 AM on December 4, 2006

All of Me -- lots of different performers
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 9:42 AM on December 4, 2006

Sufjan Stevens - Sister
Sufjan Stevens - All the Tree's of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day [either perfect or too close for comfort]
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi vs. the Pink Robots [pt 1] [you have to smile when you hear it]
Led Zeppelin - Rain Song
Dave Mathews - Satellite
Belle & Sebastion - Boy with the Arab Strap
Jane's Addiction - Summertime
Eels - Goddamn Right It's a Beautiful Day
Modest Mouse - Trailor Trash
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Iron & Wine - Passing Afternoon
Phish - Bliss, Billy Breathes, Swept Away [all flow together (7ish minutes) on the Billy Breathes album]
Phish - You Enjoy Myself [maybe too happy...]
Phish - Waste
Verve - A Beautiful Mind
Verve - Already There
posted by trinarian at 9:46 AM on December 4, 2006 [1 favorite]

maybe scratch Flaming Lips Do You Realize?? It has a death-related lyric that could cut it both ways and either be perfect or exactly the wrong thing.
posted by trinarian at 9:52 AM on December 4, 2006

Response by poster: I fucking LOVE you guys.
posted by Bageena at 10:30 AM on December 4, 2006

and further along the dark humor vein, "Everytime You Go Away (you take a piece of me with you)" by Paul Young. Responsible for one of my favorite Letterman moments. But only if she has a strong sense of humor about the situation. I'll do my best to come up with a more appropriate song to make up for this possibly tasteless joke.
posted by dr. fresh at 12:22 PM on December 4, 2006


I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts
posted by The Confessor at 12:37 PM on December 4, 2006

I got through cancer treatment nearly 10 years ago listening obsessively to "Astronaut" by Number One Cup (from their album Wrecked By Lions). I can't tell you quite why; it's just so buzzily energetic and made me feel happy and strong at a time when I often felt sad and weak. The lyrics are rather oblique, though there is a line about "I'm the hero by default," which always resonated with me as if to say that, even though I didn't choose it, I had to engage in a heroic struggle to get through cancer. (Unexpected bonus: about a year or two later, I became close friends with the lead singer when we started working together, and I could finally tell him how much his song meant to me.)
posted by scody at 4:36 PM on December 4, 2006 [1 favorite]

my non jokey answer would be Jewel's "Angel Standing By"
posted by dr. fresh at 7:37 PM on December 4, 2006

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