Songs for 13

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life25 Comments


When Aidan turned 13, Dan made her a mix entitled, appropriately, "13."

He did the same for our latest teen project, Coleman Zielske.

If there is one thing I can say about Dan (and believe me, there are many things) the man knows how to make a mix. I thought I'd share a few tracks from it here today. 

First, this track from Big Star, which also kicked off Aidan's "13" mix.


Here's a Tom Waits classic, as covered by The Ramones. (Note: I've always been amazed at this version and how it takes really tender and sad words and turns them into a raucous punk ditty.)


I've always loved this song by David Bowie. Sure, it's a little cheeky, but being a teenager is nothing if not about being a little cheeky.


And when I heard this song was on the mix, I was a bit of a mess. 


And to cap off the sob fest, it's hard to keep a dry eye when hearing this Dylan cover. Simply beautiful.


I love that my partner in crime has such a tender heart and shares it with his children. 

And that he makes awesome mixes. Dan, you are too cool for school.

p.s. here's the full track listing.


Cathy ZielskeSongs for 13

25 Comments on “Songs for 13”

  1. #2

    I’ll have to come back and listen to these and then find the rest of the tracks. Thanks for sharing! And hoping you’ll share the mix he did for Aidan too πŸ™‚

  2. #3

    You are right. That guy of yours is way too cool for school. I love this mix (and agree – let’s see Aidan’s!), and I love this idea. My kid is such a music nut. I’ve been thinking I need to make a couple layouts featuring the music he’s been into at different ages. Thanks for the nudge!

  3. #5

    That is so awesome. What a cool, creative guy you chose to father those babies. You could do a whole series on music. I want your latest running tracks, Aidan’s mix, etc. Cough it up woman!

  4. #6

    Very cool! Has anyone ever told you that Cole reminds them of Michael Phelps? As I watch the Olympics I keep thinking of your boy!

  5. #7

    So cool. Absolutely loved Still Fighting as I have 2 boys of my own,17 and 5. You have such a wonderful family, Cathy. And as always thank you for sharing!

  6. #11
    Carolyn HP

    I love that he called it Part Deux! So awesome, and such a thoughtful gift from a Dad. You can tell he thought it through and there is so much wonderful music in this list, a little bit of everything! Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. #21

    I love the choices and the idea of a birthday mix!!

    I’m curious about what Cole thinks? Retro cool or too “old” for him? I used to make mixes for my younger brother (8 years younger) and even he thought they were not hip enough πŸ˜‰

  8. #22
    Heather H.

    Love this. I can’t believe that some day my baby faced 6 year old will be 13 but it will be here in the blink of an eye. And Ben Folds always gets me too. He’s a musical genius.

  9. #23
    Gypsy Chaos

    I love Forever Young. The Soweto version is awesome.

    Beautiful Boy was included! Now THAT song makes me cry – forever and always.

  10. #25

    Cathy, I am nearly a month behind, but I too am curious as to what is on Aidan’s playlist. This is a great list and a touching gift. Plus I like your husband’s taste in music, so I’m extra curious about his 13 list for his daughter. πŸ™‚

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