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January 2013 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, 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.

John Baldessari – Phillips (January 2013 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… January 2013.

1. Lenny Kravitz – Can’t Get You Off My Mind
2. Alicia Keys – Not Even the King
3. Ray LaMontagne – Hold You in My Arms
4. Van Morrison – Someone Like You
5. John Mayer – All We Ever Do is Say Goodbye
6. Tristan Prettyman – I Was Gonna Marry You
7. Brad – Make the Pain Go Away
8. Benjamin Folke Thomas – Paradise Lost (Heaven Found)
9. Jack Savoretti & Sienna Miller – Hate & Love
10. Ruarri Joseph – For the Love of Grace
11. The Smiths – Asleep
12. U2 – With or Without You
13. Jake Bugg – Slide
14. Ben Howard – The Fear
15. Noel Gallagher – AKA… Broken Arrow
16. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
17. Ingrid Michaelson – Live it With Love
18. Emeli Sand̩ РNext to Me
19. Vintage Trouble – Nobody Told Me
20. Cody ChesnuTT – Til I Met Thee

 

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