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March 2011 Playlist

John Singer Sargent - The Chess Game (March 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… March 2011.

1. Penny & The Quarters – You and Me
2. Ritchie Valens – We Belong Together
3. The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
4. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
5. The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine
6. Bob Schneider – Honeypot
7. Matthew Barber – And You Give
8. Billy Joel – The Longest Time
9. Faces – Oh La La
10. Cold War Kids – Coffee Spoon
11. Band of Horses – On My Way Back Home
12. Robert Francis – Junebug
13. Jenny and Johnny – Scissor Runner
14. The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
15. The Love Language – Heart to Tell
16. Chromeo – Night By Night
17. Ke$ha – Your Love is My Drug
18. The Radio Dept. – On Your Side
19. Steve Miller Band – Swingtown
20. Verus – Gone to Earth
21. Local Natives – Airplanes
22. David Garza – Black & Tan
23. Hootie & The Blowfish – Goodbye Girl

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