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January 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, streaming service playlists like Songpickr’s on Spotify 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.

Egon Schiele – The Embrace (January 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… January 2016.

1. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Without You
2. Anderson East – What a Woman Wants to Hear
3. Vance Joy – Mess is Mine
4. Sia – Elastic Heart (Piano Version)
5. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Things I Never Needed
6. Dawes – To Be Completely Honest
7. Caleb Caudle & Lydia Loveless – Trade All the Lights
8. James Bay – If You Ever Want to Be in Love
9. Jonathan Tyler – California Sunshine
10. The Preatures – It Gets Better
11. Lucinda Williams – Protection
12. Bob Schneider – The Stars Over Your House
13. Sun K – Land of Kings
14. Taylor Swift – You Are in Love
15. Ed Sheeran – Photograph
16. Ryan Adams – La Cienega Just Smiled
17. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
18. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – You’ll Always Be My Girl
19. Joy Williams – What a Good Woman Does
20. Butch Walker – I Love You

 

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