Music That Makes a Difference 2018
 

Music That Makes a Difference 2018

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Jack Johnson

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December 2018 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.

Muktar Alshrief – Woman gazing out of window in Gherian (December 2018 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 2018.

1. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
2. Lucie Silvas – Change My Mind
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – San Luis
4. Steely Dan – Peg
5. Madonna – Like a Prayer
6. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
7. Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart
8. Kings of Leon – Closer
9. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get it On
10. Craig David – Fill Me In
11. Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
12. LANY – If You See Her
13. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle
14. Noah Cyrus & Gallant – Mad at You
15. Lukas Graham – Love Someone
16. The Band Perry – RUN AWAY
17. Aerosmith – Dream On
18. Hall & Oates – She’s Gone
19. Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby
20. Timmy T – One More Try

 

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