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December 2017 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.

Wassily Kandinsky – Improvisation 27: Garden of Love II (December 2017 Playlist)

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 2017.

1. Amy Shark – Adore
2. Kesha – Bastards
3. Green Day & Miranda Lambert – Ordinary World
4. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – It’s Alright
5. Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
6. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Holy Mountain
7. White Reaper – Judy French
8. Weaves – Walkaway
9. Greta Van Fleet – Safari Song
10. Sallie Ford – Get Out
11. Molly Burch – Please Be Mine
12. Julien Baker – Appointments
13. Yellow Claw & Stor-I – Both of Us
14. Mat Kearney & Afsheen – Better Than I Used to Be
15. Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Lucky
16. P!nk – You Get My Love
17. Atlantic Starr – Always
18. The Williams Brothers – Can’t Cry Hard Enough
19. Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence
20. James Taylor – Carolina on My Mind
21. The Blenders – Last Kiss

 

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