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Count On Me- A Summers Family Fanmix

February 19th, 2013 (12:48 am)

This is a fanmix I've created for the waywardmixes Family challenge. It is on the Summers family from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I mostly went for songs about the family dynamic or songs about what they think of each other rather than songs about the individual characters.

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This fanmix is about the Summers family, consisting of Buffy, Dawn, and Joyce Summers. Buffy Summers is the vampire slayer. She kicks ass and protects the people she cares about. Joyce Summers is more than your average single, working mother. She loves her children and tries her best to understand the world Buffy inhabits. She is not afraid of standing up to those who threaten her children, even when those things are vampires or demons. Dawn Summers shouldn't exist. She started out as a mystical key of energy that was then transformed into a Summers girl so that Buffy could protect her from Glory, a hell god bent on getting back to her own dimension even though it would destroy the world. The memories of Buffy and Joyce (and everyone they ever knew) were altered so that it was as if Dawn had always been there. In spite of her beginnings, Dawn is a Summers. Joyce and Buffy would do anything to protect her. Dawn, the typical teenager, wants to grow up and sometimes feels like Buffy is too protective. And Dawn and Buffy are the typical siblings who both hate and love each other at the same time. In season 5, Joyce dies. Then it is up to Buffy to raise her sister. In a world filled with all kinds of horrors, the Summers family stands together.


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This One's For The Girls- Martina McBride
This one's for the girls
Who've ever had a broken heart
Who've wished upon a shooting star
You're beautiful the way you are
This one's for the girls
Who love without holding back
Who dream with everything they have
All around the world
This one's for the girls

Three Summers women. Each unique and beautiful in their own way.

In My Daughter's Eyes- Martina McBride
In my daughter's eyes,
I am a hero,
I am strong and wise,
And I know no fear,
But the truth is plain to see,
She was sent to rescue me,
I see who I want to be,
In my daughter's eyes

Joyce finds her strength in her children. She loves both of them and would do anything to protect them. She doesn't always know the right thing to say or do, but she does her best. And both Dawn and Buffy, in their own ways, protect her.

Child of Mine- Carole King
lthough you see the world different than me
Sometimes I can touch upon the wonders that you see
All the new colors and pictures you've designed
Oh yes, sweet darling
So glad you are a child of mine

Child of mine, child of mine
Oh yes, sweet darling
So glad you are a child of mine

Joyce doesn't always understand Dawn. And finding out what Dawn is scares her. But Dawn is her child. What she was before does't matter. Dawn is hers.

By Your Side- Tenth Avenue North
Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching
As if I'm not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

'Cause I'll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you
Lyrics from

Buffy confuses Joyce. Even after Joyce finds out she's the slayer, Joyce will never truly understand that world. But she'll be there for Buffy, she'll be what her daughter needs. She sees the weight on her daughter's shoulders. She's always there for Buffy, just waiting for her daughter to confide in her.

By Your Side- Sade
you think i'd leave your side baby
you know me better than that
you think i'd leave you down when you're down on your knees
i wouldn't do that
i'll tell you you're right when you want
and if only you could see into me

Buffy won't leave Dawn. It doesn't matter that Dawn is the key. Dawn is her sister. And after Joyce is gone, she'll be the strength that Dawn needs. Even if it means she doesn't have anyone to lean on herself.

Somebody's Hero- Jamie O'Neal
She's somebody's hero
A hero to her baby with a skinned up knee
A little kiss is all she needs
The keeper of the cheerios
The voice that brings Snow White to life
Bedtime stories every night
And that smile lets her know
She's somebody's hero

Joyce Summers may seem ordinary in comparison to her daughters. Buffy has saved the world countless times. Dawn is the mystical key. And yet Joyce is a hero in her own way.

Don't Grow Up Too Fast (If I had A Sister)- Daisy Mallory
If I had a little sister, and I could talk her,
I’d tell her everything I know and everything I’ve learned.
What I’ve found out the hard way,
That might save her some tears,
So I’d share with her the wisdom of all my sixteen years.

All the things Buffy would tell a sister if she had one. All the things she remembers telling Dawn in the memories that were altered.

Older Sister- Carly Simon
She rides in the front seat, she's my older sister
She knows her power over me
She goes to bed an hour later than I do
When she turns the lights out
What does she think about?
And what does she do in the daylight
That makes her so great?

Oh but to be, oh but to be, oh but to be, I'd like to be
My older sister

Sometimes Dawn would like to be a slayer like Buffy is. It would be nice to be powerful and noticed. She hates being in the shadow of her sister. But she still looks up to Buffy.

Never Grow Up- Taylor Swift
h darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
I won't let nobody hurt you, won't let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, never grow up

Buffy wants to protect Dawn from the world. Buffy knows Dawn will always be in danger from the things that Buffy fights daily. But she'd do anything to protect her sister. Sometimes she has a hard time seeing that Dawn is growing up and on her way to becoming a woman. She remembers what it was like when she was Dawn's age, and she'd like to keep all of that away from Dawn as much as she possibly can.

Slipped Away- Avril Lavigne
The day you slipped away
Was the day I found it won't be the same
Na na na na na na na
I didn't get around to kiss you
Goodbye on the hand
I wish that I could see you again
I know that I can't

Joyce is gone. Buffy comes home to find her mother's body. She can't say goodbye. No one was expecting this. Now it is just her and Dawn on their own. They both wish they could have just one more moment with their mother.

My Sister- Juliana Hatfield Three
I hate my sister, she's such a bitch.
She acts as if she doesn't even know that I exist.
But I would do anything to let her know I care.
But I am only talking to myself 'cos she isn't there.

My sister...
I love my sister, she's the best.
She's cooler than any other girl that I have ever met.
She had the greatest band, she had the greatest guy.
She's good at everything and doesn't even try.

Dawn hates and loves Buffy. She hates being ignored. She just wants to be noticed. Buffy has Riley and Spike is in love with her too. Xander is her best friend. Buffy is the slayer. She fights things and she wins. What does Dawn have?

For You (I Will)- Monica
When you're feeling lost in the night,
When you feel your world just ain't right
Call on me, I will be waiting
Count on me, I will be there
Anytime the times get too tough,
Anytime your best ain't enough
I'll be the one to make it better,
I'll be there to protect you,
See you through,
I'll be there and there is nothing
I won't do.

Buffy would do anything for Dawn. And Dawn would do anything for Buffy. They are sisters. They'll protect each other from anything. The Summers sisters stand together, and no one better try and come between them.


Posted by: Lunalelle (lunalelle)
Posted at: February 19th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
buffy spike and mom

I love this. It reawoke all my Season 5 feels.

Posted by: philstar22 (philstar22)
Posted at: February 19th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
Buffy: Rupert and Randy

Thanks. Mine too. I've been rewatching Buffy, and I saw the theme of the challenge and knew I had to do a Summers mix.

Also, your icon! I love the relationship of Spike and Joyce.

Posted by: Lunalelle (lunalelle)
Posted at: February 19th, 2013 06:36 am (UTC)
buffy and spike kissing

Spike's relationship with Buffy's family was always the best. Being the badass big brother to Dawn, the awkward but parental fondness with Joyce and Giles. In general, James Marsters was amazing with the entire cast. I don't think there was anyone he didn't spark with.

Posted by: philstar22 (philstar22)
Posted at: February 19th, 2013 06:37 am (UTC)
Buffy: Spuffy 1

Yup. He kind of does that. I've met him at a couple conventions, and he just sparks with people in general.

Posted by: Ashley (mezzasol)
Posted at: February 19th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
I kissed a girl and I liked it

Such excellent music! I love this family unit, and you really do them justice.

Posted by: (i think i'm ready for my close-up) (sentbyfools)
Posted at: February 19th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)

This is a lovely mix. Great song choices!

Posted by: brontefanatic (brontefanatic)
Posted at: February 19th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Kitty licks

Awwww! I loved that you chose the Summers family as your theme. Great choice of songs - the second one made me tear up a bit.

(Had to use a kitty icon because I don't have an appropriate Buffy one.)

Posted by: Leah (eridanie)
Posted at: February 20th, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
Childlike Empress

Mediafire says "permission denied" T_T

I will cry if I can't have this! CRY!

Posted by: philstar22 (philstar22)
Posted at: February 20th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)

Stupid Mediafire. They seem to block or delete everything nowadays.

All right, uploaded it to box: hxxps://

Posted by: Leah (eridanie)
Posted at: February 20th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)

I know! They used to be the best but they really suck lately!

Thanks so much! You made my day!

Posted by: magical_sid (magical_sid)
Posted at: February 20th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)

I love your explanation to every song and the lyrics are just wow. I never thought I could combine Avril's "Slipped away" with Buffy, but you made it work :)

Posted by: philstar22 (philstar22)
Posted at: February 20th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
Buffy: Buffy

Thanks. :)

Posted by: oh you're in my veins (hbics)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
{Buffy} Buffy: WTF Andrew


Posted by: exvee (the_pursuer)
Posted at: March 4th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
1 Erik and Charles

Really good mix! All songs fit very nicely with each other, and you captured their personalities and quirks very well. I'm not really into this kind of music, but it worked very well there! Congratulations!

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