This mix began to take shape in the summer of 2009. At that time, I'd just moved from Los Angeles back to Oakland, and I had a crush on someone. I started making her a mixtape, but before it really took shape it became clear that it wasn't meant to be. She lived far away, she wasn't into me, you know the story. The mix sat quietly forgotten amongst my playlists, unfinished, ever since. I recently dug it out and rearranged the order of some of the tracks, and I think it is now a passable mix for sharing. It's not a beat-you-over-the-head-with-it-omg-I'm-crushing-on-you type of mix, so it's suitable to play even if you aren't currently crushing on anyone. It's not like the mix screams CRUSH; it's more of a subtle whisper.
However, if you *do* have a crush, as I'm no longer in need of mixtapes to give to crushes, I hereby totally give you permission to pass this mix off on your own, and let it work magic in the heart of your beloved. The original title for this little collection was "The Night Before," but I think the new title is much, much better. Feel free to rename it "Vernon's Mix 4 U," or "From Gertie w/ <3," or whatever you deem appropriate. Go get her, champ! Or him. This will work on a him, too. I promise!