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April 2015 Playlist

Chris Ofili – Afro Lunar Lovers (April 2015 Mix Cover)

I’m a mix making machine who has finally found the ultimate form of musical expression. One CD per month that defines that 30 day span of my life… a musical diary, if you will, where the songs represent my mood, direction and texture. Each month I pull from my library of classics, and mix in current cuts that have me dancing. I like each mix to span several decades and genres. I am constantly absorbing tastes and ideas from some very knowledgeable music savvy friends, streaming service playlists like Songpickr’s on Spotify and magazines like Paste and Q keep me plugged in to the scene around the world. Bottom line – I am always searching for new music, and the highlight of my day is when I find some.

My rules are simple: 1) The mix must fit in a 120 minute CD. 2) A band, musician and/or song must only be used once a year. In addition, I make a cover for each CD using Google images and Roxio’s “Disc Cover 2” program, found in its Toast software. The cover features art or photography that I feel captures the spirit of the month’s music. As you’ll see, my tempo turns slowly, most often to the beat of a love song. I spend weeks polishing the transitions between songs, so as one ends, the next begins in perfect harmony. In addition to the monthly mixes, I also burn genre-specific discs that are just as carefully constructed. I will post those as added bonuses along the way. In sharing this part of my life with you, my hope is that you will comment on songs on these playlists that move you, and maybe you’ll be inspired to make this a habit, too. If so, please use the comment box below each post to share your CD with us. Of course, feel free to make up your own rules, and certainly no boundaries on the type of music or limits on how you should mix it. Now let’s get to it… April 2015.

1. Rhiannon Giddens & Iron & Wine – Forever Young
2. James Bay – Let it Go
3. Bob Schneider – Montgomery
4. The Killers – Here With Me
5. Morgan Page & Lissie – Fight For You
6. Robin Schulz & Jasmine Thompson – Sun Goes Down
7. Dick Diver – Waste the Alphabet
8. Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
9. JJ Grey & Mofro – Every Minute
10. Coleman Hell – 2 Heads
11. Mat Kearney – Miss You
12. Kid Rock – First Kiss
13. Jack White – Would You Fight For My Love?
14. The Modern Electric – All We Have is Now
15. James McMurtry – She Loves Me
16. Palace – I Want What You Got
17. Joe Pug – Hymn #35
18. The Weepies – Gotta Have You
19. SafetySuit – Never Stop (Wedding Version)
20. Bob Scaggs – Corrina, Corrina
21. Don McLean – Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)

 

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