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February 2011 Playlist

Peter Alexander - The Full Moon (February 2011 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… February 2011.

1. Griffin House – The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind
2. Ray LaMontagne – Roses and Cigarettes
3. Bruce Springsteen Back in Your Arms
4. James Taylor – You Can Close Your Eyes (Live)
5. Aretha Franklin – Ain’t No Way
6. Ben E. King – Stand By Me
7. Bobby McFerrin – Thinkin’ About Your Body (Live)
8. Plan B – Love Goes Down
9. Clare Maguire – Ain’t Nobody
10. Adele – Rolling in the Deep
11. Brett Dennen – Make You Fall in Love With Me
12. The Gaslight Anthem – The Diamond Church Street Choir
13. Deerhunter – Memory Boy
14. The School – Is He Really Coming Home
15. Sambassadeur – Stranded
16. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Can’t Hear My Eyes
17. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Our Hearts Are Wrong
18. Brasstronaut – Hearts Trumpet
19. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Fire & Water
20. Justin Rutledge – Waterloo
21. Emerson Hart – If You’re Gonna Leave

 

One Comment

  1. Hawkeye says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!

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