Fairytale Mixtape

A series of short stories about a boy and a girl who met on a blind date and were subsequently married. The stories chronicle each year of their marriage leading up to their 30th anniversary.

Fairytale Mixtape is my gift to my wife for our 30th wedding anniversary.  It is a series of 33 short stories, including an introduction, one each for our engagement year and wedding year and another 30 for each of our anniversary years.  

The stories are about a boy and a girl who meet on a blind date and their subsequent lives together as man and wife.  Each story contains a song a from that year. The title and a lyric from the song are naturally woven into the flow of each story.

The first 5 stories and audio versions (through year 3) are available for free. The rest require a paid subscription.

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Fairytale List

Introduction - Audio Version

A boy and a girl meet on a blind date.

Wedding Year - 1990 - Ready or Not by After 7 - Audio Version

On June 2, 1990 the boy and the girl were married.

Year 1 - 1991 - The Choice is Yours by Black Sheep - Audio Version

In 1991, in their first full year of marriage, the boy and girl are starting to get to know each other as man and wife.

Year 2 - 1992 - Love No Limit by Mary J. Blige - Audio Version

It's 1992 and the boy and the girl are starting to think about starting a family.

Year 3 - 1993 - Whoomp! There it Is by Tag Team - Audio Version

In 1993, after three years of marriage, the boy and the girl have their first child.

Year 4 - 1994 - Never Keeping Secrets by Babyface - Audio Version

It's 1994, and change is in the air for the boy and the girl.

Year 5 - 1995 - Don’t Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days) by Monica - Audio Version

It's 1995 and the boy and the girl are thinking about adding to their family. God has a plan for them.

Year 6 - 1996 - My Heart is Calling by Whitney Houston - Audio Version

In 1996, the boy and the girl welcome a new addition to the family.

Year 7 - 1997 - You Move Me by Cassandra Wilson - Audio Version

It's 1997, the boy and the girl need a night out of the house. Little did they know that this night out would shape their future forever.

Year 8 - 1998 - A Dream of You by Christian McBride - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 1998, the boy takes a road trip to see a concert and the girl has a dream.

Year 9 - 1999 - This Luv by Donell Jones - Audio Version Coming Soon

At the dawn of the new millennium, the boy and the girl are expecting their third child. Things are on the upswing. But what does the future hold? Only God knows.

Year 10 - 2000 - Can’t Believe by Faith Evans featuring Carl Thomas - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2000, the boy files to New York for an interview for his dream job.

Year 11 - 2001 - What if? by Babyface - Audio Version Coming Soon

It's 2001 and the boy and the girl are getting adjusted to life in the Big City and then one day the entire world changes right in front of their eyes.

Year 12 - 2002 - U Don’t Have to Call by Usher - Audio Version Coming Soon

It's 1992 and the family tradition of bedtime story time teaches the boy, the girl and their three children important lessons on life.

Year 13 - 2003 - Milkshake by Kelis - Audio Version Coming Soon

It's 1993 and the boy and the girl and their kids are starting to feel more at home in the Big City and all that it has to offer.

Year 14 - 2004 - If Eye Was the Man in Ur Life by Prince - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 1994, the boy, the girl and the jazz organization move into their new homes.

Year 15 - 2005 - Must Be Nice by Lyfe Jennings - Audio Version Coming Soon

It's 2005 and the boy and the girl find themselves in the middle of their second calamity in 4 years.

Year 16 - 2006 - Till It Happens to You by Corinne Bailey Rae - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2006, the boy and the girl head to the Crescent City and what happens there doesn't stay there. 

Year 17 - 2007 - Heaven Sent by Keyshia Cole - Audio Version Coming Soon

The year 2007 marked a new beginning for the boy, the girl and their family. They start it out with a bang.

Year 18 - 2008 - Never Would Have Made It by Marvin Sapp - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2008, the year of Hope and Change, the boy and the girl are facing hard choices.

Year 19 - 2009 - Pretty Wings by Maxwell - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2009, the boy, the girl and their kids head to their hometown for a summer trip. The family is facing seemingly insurmountable odds on the financial front.

Year 20 - 2010 - My Chick Bad by Ludacris - Audio Version Coming Soon

It's 2010 and as prophesied 10 years earlier, the boy and the girl leave the Big City for the Steel City and a new opportunity. 

Year 21 - 2011 - Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2011, the boy and the girl are facing new challenges in the Steel City that their new steady paycheck can't solve. 

Year 22 - 2012 - Clipped Wings and One Step Closer by R. Kelly - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2012, the boy and the girl face rumor and innuendo in the Steel City forcing the boy to make a tough decision.

Year 23 - 2013 - Songs from The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2013, the boy finally confronts the pain of professional pain and in doing so sends the girl in a tailspin.

Year 24 - 2014 - Say That by Leela James - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2014, the boy emerges from his self-imposed exile and the couple begins to look forward to their third act in this transition year for the family. 

Year 25 - 2015 - Alright by Kendrick Lamar - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2015, the boy and the girl celebrate 25 years of marriage in a rare uneventful year.

Year 26 - 2016 - Songs from In My Mind by BJ The Chicago Kid - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2016, the boy and the girl face one of the biggest challenges of their marriage.

Year 27 - 2017 - Songs from CTRL by SZA - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2017, the boy and the girl officially begin their third act when the youngest little birdie leaves the nest. 

Year 28 - 2018 - Boo’d Up by Ella Mai - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2018, the boy and the girl visit the boy's mother's homeland - the motherland.

Year 29 - 2019 - Higher Love by Kygo and Whitney Houston - Audio Version Coming Soon

2019 is a year of transition and celebration for the boy and the girl.

Year 30 - 2020 - #SitOnDown by The Baylor Project - Audio Version Coming Soon

In 2020, the boy and the girl celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in the middle of a worldwide health crisis.