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July 2015 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.

Alex Katz – Yellow Swimsuit (July 2015 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… July 2015.

1. Brandon Flowers – I Can Change
2. Best Coast – Feeling OK
3. Los Colognes – Working Together
4. Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
5. Mumford & Sons – The Wolf
6. Rhett Miller & Black Prairie – Kiss Me on the Fire Escape
7. The Apache Relay – Katie Queen of Tennessee
8. The Tallest Man on Earth – Slow Dance
9. Noah Gundersen – Slow Dancer
10. John Mayer – Comfortable
11. Ryan Montbleau Band – Together
12. Sam Lewis – I’m Coming Home
13. Melody Gardot – Morning Sun
14.  Rose Royce – I Wanna Get Next to You
15. Fort Frances – Falling Down
16. Timberwolf – Grace
17. The Late Call – Carry
18. The Dirty Guv’nahs – Ever Start to Wonder
19. Kopecky – Talk to Me
20. Giorgio Moroder & Sia – Déjà Vu
21. Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor – Marvin Gaye
22. Dangermuffin – Moonscapes

 

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