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December 2010 Playlist

Stina Persson - Rose (December 2010 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, 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… December 2010.

1. Cold War Kids – Finally Begin
2. Wild Nothing – Golden Haze
3. The Weeks – Steamboat
4. Band of Skulls – Honest
5. Kort – I Can’t Sleep With You
6. Duffy – Endlessly
7. Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
8. Solomon Burke – Cry to Me
9. Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown
10. Nick Garrie – Close Your Eyes
11. John Martyn – May You Never
12. Harry Nilsson – Without You
13. Liam Bailey – Long-Term Loneliness
14. Amos Lee – Colors
15. Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
16. A-Ha – Take on Me
17. Lauren Pritchard – Not the Drinking
18. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
19. Peter Frampton – Show Me the Way (Live)
20. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
21. James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
22. Bon Jovi – Bed of Roses

 

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