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May 2014 Playlist

Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Untitled Drawing (May 2014 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 2014.

1. Tegan and Sara – Closer
2. Tove Lo & Hippie Sabotage – Habits (Stay High)
3. Lykke Li – Little Bit
4. Lana Del Rey – West Coast
5. Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
6. Poison – Fallen Angel
7. Robert Cray Band – You Move Me
8. Keb’ Mo’ – The Worst is Yet to Come
9. Cool Ghouls – Queen Sophie
10. First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
11. Jim Croce – One Less Set of Footsteps
12. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – If I Am a Stranger
13. Emerson Hart – You Know Who I Am
14. Paolo Nutini – Better Man (Acoustic)
15. Ben Howard – Only Love
16. Van Morrison – Crazy Love
17. Fleetwood Mac – Songbird
18. Kelley Stoltz – Cross Your Mind
19. Temples – Shelter Song
20. Bleached – For the Feel
21. Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth

 

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