Jack Johnson
 

Jack Johnson

CNN Music & Art

 
Eddie Van Halen donates guitars to public schools
 

Eddie Van Halen

CNN Music & Art

 
Ben Harper takes on police shootings on latest album
 

Ben Harper

CNN Music & Art

 

August 2016 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.

love will come - kevin wak williams

Kevin “WAK” Williams – Love Will Come (August 2016 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 2016.

1) Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza
2) Tim McNary – The Other Man
3) The O’Jays – Forever Mine
4) Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer
5) The Monkees – I’m a Believer
6) Bananarama – Cruel Summer
7) Grimes – California
8) Jon Bellion – 80’s Films
9) Band of Horses – In a Drawer
10) The Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew
11) Charlie Brennan – Let Me Be
12) NEEDTOBREATHE – No Excuses
13) Dustin Tebbutt – First Light
14) Brett Dennen – Where We Left Off
15) Robert Ellis – California
16) William Bell – The Three of Me
17) Babyface – Never Keeping Secrets
18) Guordan Banks – Keep You in Mind
19) Bishop Briggs – The Way I Do
20) Benedict Benjamin – My Feet Have No Need For the Ground
21) Jessie Ware – Till the End

 

One Comment

  1. Tim McNary says:

    Ben! Thank you so much for including “The Other Man” on your August playlist! It would be great to have you out to the show when I perform in LA in October.

Leave a Comment

*