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August 2011 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, 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.

Gustave Courbet - The Large Oak (August 2011 Mix Cover)

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… August 2011.

1. John Prine – Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (Live)
2. Jackson C. Frank – Blues Run the Game
3. Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge – Loving Arms
4. Christopher Cross – Open Up My Window (Acoustic)
5. Bascom Hill – For You
6. M. Ward – Here Comes the Sun Again
7. Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Atlas Hands
8. Bedouin Soundclash & Coeur De Pirate – Brutal Hearts
9. Counting Crows – Have You Seen Me Lately? (Live)
10. Young the Giant – Cough Syrup
11. Matt Nathanson w/ Jennifer Nettles & Kristian Bush – Run
12. Joss Stone – Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now
13. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
14. Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream
15. The Feeling – Another Life
16. Grouplove – Betty’s a Bombshell
17. Cat Power – Maybe Not
18. Alexi Murdoch – Through the Dark
19. Edwin McCain – I’ll Be
20. Chris de Burgh – The Lady in Red
21. Alphaville – Forever Young

 

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