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July 2011 Playlist

Peter Paul Rubens - Venus and Adonis (July 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… July 2011.

1. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love
2. Chris Isaak – Blue Spanish Key
3. Coldplay – The Scientist
4. Cults – You Know What I Mean
5. Agnes Obel – Close Watch
6. Mumford & Sons – Timshel
7. Townes Van Zandt – When She Don’t Need Me
8. George Harrison – Behind That Locked Door
9. Neil Young – Amber Jean (Live)
10. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
11. Them – Don’t Look Back
12. Aloe Blacc – You Make Me Smile
13. K-Ci & Jo Jo – All My Life
14. Lenny Kravitz – Stand By My Woman
15. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – If You Don’t Know Me By Now
16. Alicia Keys – Tell You Something
17. Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You
18. Red Sauce – You’ve Got the Love
19. Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
20. Don Henley – All She Wants to Do is Dance
21. Greg Kihn Band – The Breakup Song

 

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