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December 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, 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.

Eva Hesse, No Title, 1960

Eva Hesse, No Title, 1960 (December 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… December 2016.

1. Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
2. Nathan Sykes – Famous
3. Hootie & The Blowfish – Hold My Hand
4. Tall Heights – Two Blue Eyes
5. James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water
6. Rick Springfield – Jesse’s Girl
7. Tommy Tutone – 867-5309/Jenny
8. King Charles – Find a Way
9. Robin Thicke & Juicy J – One Shot
10. Zara Larsson – I Would Like
11. The xx – On Hold
12. Rhys Lewis – Waking Up Without You
13. Jimmy Eat World – The Middle
14. UB40 – Red Red Wine
15. Hamish Anderson – U
16. Lady Wray – Guilty
17. Palace – Live Well
18. The Wind and The Wave – My Mind is an Endless Sea
19. The Youngest – Make Me New
20. Richard Marx – Now and Forever
21. Noel Paul Stookey – Wedding Song (There is Love)


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