For months I clung to the idea of a mailing a mix CD and spreading love and sharing smiles. A link to a playlist just wouldn’t have the same impact. Then, somewhere in that time, probably under the influence of whiskey, I decided to make an ebook, sort of like the way cassettes and CDs had liner notes back in the day. The result: I made a fall playlist and asked friends to send me some beauty to share, not just with the original recipients of the Summer Jamz mix, but also the public at large. The theme: fall. Specifically, the pun of falling in love. Because isn’t that how it usually goes—sex in the summer, romance in the fall, breakups in the winter, single in the spring?
So, here we are, in ebook form—in Spotify playlist form, hopefully spreading love and sharing smiles. I hope you will enjoy this book and the love shared in styles ranging from poetry and flash fiction and essay and art and photography and, yes, even a short play. The formatting got distorted somewhat, but it's interactive and hyperlinked, but sans the hyperlink underline because it kinda kills the vibe. The playlist was hard to make as I wanted songs about falling in love, not songs about falling out of love—alas, that meant cutting out some really great tracks.
I really do hope you will enjoy it, because it was made in earnest, it was made with love. I hope it reminds you about that feeling that lies deep in you, sometimes quietly observing, but always listening, always responding, always wanting to give and accept Love.
— Melysa Martinez
Fall: A Love Story Published November 11, 2013