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May 2016 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.

Rudolf Humm – Urban Portrait—Shattered Dreams (May 2016 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… May 2016.

1. Led Zeppelin – Going to California
2. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
3. Foy Vance – She Burns
4. Lake Street Drive – Mistakes
5. Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Half Way
6. Sean McConnell – Shotgun
7. Smooth Hound Smith – Crazy Over You
8. Jackson Browne – The Barricades of Heaven
9. Rick Astley – Hopelessly
10. Usher – U Got it Bad
11. Soul II Soul – Back to Life
12. Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do (Without You)
13. Phil Collins & Philip Bailey – Easy Lover
14. The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
15. Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
16. The Beatles – Yesterday
17. Langhorne Slim & Jill Andrews – Sea of Love
18. Billy Joel – She’s Always a Woman
19. U2 – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
20. Edwin McCain – Sorry to a Friend
21. Christopher Cross – Jan’s Tune

 

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