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May 2017 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, Spotify playlists by “Songpickr” and “Release Radar” 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.

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William de Leftwich Dodge – Guinevere (May 2017 Playlist)

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 2017.

1. Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
2. Lenny Kravitz – Again
3. Lady Gaga – The Cure
4. Julia Jacklin – Pool Party
5. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Living in the City
6. Corey Harper – California Sun
7. The Weeks – Hands on the Radio
8. Marc Scibilia – Summer Clothes (Acoustic)
9. The Lumineers – Angela
10. Jack Johnson – Bubble Toes
11. Dave Matthews Band – Space Between
12. Amos Lee – Arms of a Woman
13. L.T.D. – Love Ballad
14. Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry
15. Cinderella – Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)
16. Chicago – Will You Still Love Me?
17. Christopher Cross – Sailing
18. Neil Young – Harvest Moon
19. Lewis Watson – Stay
20. Tristan Prettyman – Come Clean

 

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