A Flashback to College

A couple of weeks ago, Jake and I went to a Classic FM Pops concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. (Some of you may have seen my Facebook post about Josh Turner.) Needless to say, it was a lot of fun. Among other selections, the concert featured a medley of Chicago songs. When I was in pep band in college, we played 25 to 6 or 4 and/or Make Me Smile at nearly every game. There aren’t a lot of things I miss about college, but going to basketball games and playing in the pep band was so much fun. After the concert, all I wanted to do was listen to my old pep band mix.

I realize the past six sentences have made me sound pretty nerdy and a little old. For the record, I did finish undergrad 11 years ago, but Chicago wasn’t exactly a new band back then either. Additionally, it’s not a secret that many of my interests aren’t exactly “cool” (I also took Latin in college) or that my musical tastes are extremely varied. I love Chicago just as much as Miles Davis or Mozart and don’t ever apologize for it.

Pep Band Mix | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Back in the day, I made a lot of music mixes. It makes me a little sad that I don’t anymore. But in college, I created mixes all the time. So naturally, I have a pep band mix. And I still have it, along with a ton of other old mixes in a lovely black Case Logic CD holder (again, dating myself, I know). It’s been years since I last listened to the mix. I had to get it out again after the concert and have been listening to it in the car the past couple of weeks.

Over a decade after making the original mix, I’m finally sharing a digital version online. Way overdue now that it’s 2017, right?


I have to mention that I always include the Save Ferris cover of Come on Eileen. I don’t love the original version (I know, I know). The Save Ferris cover has a lot more energy, and it’s got an amazing brass arrangement, which actually sounds a lot more like a pep band arrangement.

It’s retro. It’s fun. It’s high energy. It features a lot of brass. I’ve always loved listening to it while driving, but it’s perfect for cleaning, working out, or any other time you want something with a lot of energy (and that may or may not be perfect to sing along to, preferably loudly).

Do you have a favorite music mix?

Share your playlist links in the comments!



4 thoughts on “A Flashback to College”

  1. Looks like an awesome playlist to me! And I agree that it’s great for singing along with (and dancing! It isn’t possible to listen to The Time Warp without dancing at least a little). Lately we’ve been listening to a lot of 60s music. The Zombies, The Kinks, and The Beach Boys all had their turn last Friday night when we drove to the other side of the island.

    I remember feeling a little shocked when I realized it had been 10 years since high school, but next year will be 10 since college for me!

  2. I was totally in marching band in high school (and would have tried out for marching band in college, but MSU didn’t have any woodwinds in theirs 🙁 ). We used to play Carry on My Wayward Son, Smoke on the Water was another one I remember well.

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