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April 2017 Playlist

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, Spotify playlists by “Songpickr” and “Release Radar” 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.


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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 2017.

1) The xx – I Dare You
2) Alex Da Kid, X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa – Not Easy
3) J. Marco – The Void
4) Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
5) Andy Grammer – Fresh Eyes
6) Ryan Adams – Shiver and Shake
7) Sean McConnell – Leave the Light On
8) The Head and the Heart – Another Story
9) Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song
10) Etta James – At Last
11) Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band – Victim of Love
12) Leon Bridges – River
13) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain
14) Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)
15) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Learning to Fly (Live)
16) Van Halen – Right Now
17) Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside
18) The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
19) SOHN – Conrad
20) Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World


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