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November 2015 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.

Above – Ease My Tears/Tease My Ears (November 2015 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… November 2015.

1. Jason Isbell – Speed Trap Town
2. Ray LaMontagne – Jolene
3. Jonathan Tyler & Nikki Lane – To Love is to Fly
4. The Statesboro Revue – Count on Me
5. City and Colour – Lover Come Back
6. Phil Cook – Anybody Else
7. Donavon Frankenreiter – Big Wave
8. Kim Churchill – Window to the Sky
9. Selena Gomez & A$AP Rocky – Good For You
10. Justin Bieber – Sorry
11. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
12. Tall Tales and the Silver Lining – Something to Believe In
13. Foals – Mountain at My Gates
14. Fitz & The Tantrums – The Walker
15. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
16. Jackie Greene – Light Up Your Window
17. Noah Gundersen – Jealous Love
18. Clem Snide – All Good Hearts
19. Lawrence Taylor – Bang Bang
20. Grapell – Arrow
21. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge

 

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