Mixed Company

What’s a girl to do when she finds two topics she wants to write about on the same day?

If you have been following me for the past few weeks, you know I have been dabbling with some of the Daily Post’s writing prompts.  Today I was clicking around and found this juicy prompt headline:

A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

I bookmarked it, thinking I had found something cool to post about today.

But then I clicked around some more and found this equally as cool little prompt headline from a few days ago:

Put together a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails. 

Now, as a young girl, I received many, many mix tapes from would be boyfriends.  I have also made plenty of mix tapes.  I personally believe this is an art form that has been misplaced in the world of MP3’s and iTunes Genius playlists.

However, I did a playlist post a few months ago – if it weren’t for that, I would have done a post listing my most beloved and cherished tunes.

But I still really liked the idea today, so I didn’t want to let it go.

So, back to my original question:  What’s a girl to do?

My answer is to combine both topics in to one huge, completely imaginative writing prompt post:

“Five musicians I would like to have dinner with and why.”


If I were to host a dinner party where I could invite any five musicians (living or dead) I wanted, my guests would most certainly have to be:

1.  Prince.  Not the symbol version of Prince, just Prince himself.  I think we could have some really interesting topics to discuss on music and religion.  I would also like to know why purple?  Why not black or blue?  And why the high heels?  Yes, I have many questions for Prince…

2. Kurt Cobain.  This guy made it okay for music in the early ’90s to be cool.  Nirvana defined my generation, so naturally, I think sharing a meal with Kurt would be awesome.  But really, I just want the chance to ask him about the whole suicide thing (which really sucked):  “what the heck was going through your head?”  “Dude, what were you thinking????”

3.  Brian Wilson.  I think the conversation possibilities would be very… erm….interesting.  I also want to know if he really did spend a year in bed, like the Barenaked Ladies sang about in the song, “Brain Wilson”.

4. Chrissie Hynde.  Chrissie is one of the coolest girls ever.  I would hope that some of her coolness would somehow be absorbed into me if we sat at the same table together.  I think I would make sure we were seated beside each other.

5. David Bowie.  I would ask him to dress like Ziggy Stardust though – just for old time’s sake.  I would deny him desert unless he performed Rebel, Rebel and ask him to tell me what is like to be David Bowie.

Dinner would be a culinary fusion masterpiece of Moroccan and East Indian dishes, which I would somehow manage to pull off effortlessly.  Red wine would be enjoyed from large, ornate goblets. We would be seated on large, beautiful cushions around a long, low table.  Dozens of lit candles would be the only source of light. The dulcet tones of Ella Fitzgerald would be playing in the background, with a mix of Leonard Cohen and a little bit of Mumford and Sons for good measure…all from a spectacular mix tape I have titled “Songs Of Me.”  My guests would agree:  this is one of the best and most thoughtfully gathered compilations of songs and artists ever.

At the end of the night, after a few bottles of wine, maybe Prince would get up dance while Chrissie and Brian follow the tempo by drumming their hands on the table.  Kurt would probably be bored…but David would cool with the whole scene…


What about you?  Who would you like to have dinner with?

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