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August 2015 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, 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.

Ken Auster – St. Regents (August 2015 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 2015.

1. Donald Cumming – In the Early Hours
2. Active Child – 1999
3. Kodaline – The One
4. Joy Williams – Welcome Home
5. Sharon Van Etten – Remembering Mountains
6. Alicia Keys – Distance and Time
7. Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
8. Natural Selection – Do Anything
9. Kygo & Parson James – Stole the Show
10. Raury – Cigarette Song
11. Dave Matthews Band – The Best of What’s Around
12. Rayland Baxter – Yellow Eyes
13. Avery Wilson – If I Have To
14. Tove Styrke – Ego
15. Omi – Cheerleader
16. Snoh Aalegra – Emotional
17. Frazey Ford – Done
18. Elliott Murphy & Bruce Springsteen – Everything I Do (Brings Me Back to You)
19. The Stone Foxes – Count Me as One
20. Yo La Tengo – Automatic Doom
21. Randy VanWarmer – Just When I Needed You Most

 

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