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May 2011 Playlist

Giotto di Bondone - Freskenzyklus in der Arenakapelle in Padua (May 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… May 2011.

1. Alexander – A Million Years
2. Prince – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
3. TV on the Radio – Will Do
4. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
5. Middle Brother – Blue Eyes
6. Marc Broussard – Our Big Mistake
7. Oasis – Wonderwall
8. R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
9. Cass McCombs – County Line
10. Low – Try to Sleep
11. The Head and the Heart – Lost in My Mind
12. Steve Earle & Allison Moorer – Heaven or Hell
13. Fleetwood Mac – Silver Springs
14. Dave Matthews Band – Say Goodbye
15. The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight
16. Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
17. Talk Talk – It’s My Life
18. Paul Simon – Kodachrome

 

 

One Comment

  1. Jen Kennedy says:

    Raphael Saadiq is where it’s at! VERY NICE!

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