I love mixed CDs. I love making them, and I love-love-love receiving them. While burning an entire cd has its copyright complications, I believe that mixed cds are one of the best ways to introduce new music and create die-hard fans of new bands. Mixed CDs are responsible for introducing me to many of my musical loves: David Bowie, Belle and Sebastian, They Might Be Giants, and the Weakerthans. These bands are the ones I seek out in concert, the bands for which I own multiple cds, and the bands that I include in the mixes I make for others.
A well planned mixed CD has a haunting ability to move you from one deep emotion to another, or tell a deep story about the mental development of the compiler from beginning to end. I just participated in a massive CD Exchange with a dozen or so of my friends. The playlist for my contribution is below. I titled this compilation “Struggle Makes Us True” and included the following insert with the CD:
What we fight for.
How we respond to hardship.
Where we turn for help.
These are the things that define our identity. It takes suffering to build character, and it also takes hard times to reveal who’s true, and who’s just a fair weather poser. These songs are about people who are true through and through, who stick it out and see it to the end, and who develop into stronger, brighter, deeper people in spite of their struggles.
^_^ And there are some songs that just go really well with the other songs.
Breakable by Ingrid Michaelson
End of the Movie by Cake
Parentheses by The Blow
First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
Queen Bitch by David Bowie
The Freest Man by Tilly and the Wall
Anyone Else But You by The Moldy Peaches
If the Stars Were Mine by Melody Gardot
Naturally by Middle Distance Runner
Holland, 1945 by Neutral Milk Hotel
Homesick by Kings of Convenience
Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes by Beck
Ahead of the Curve by Monsters of Folk
Watermark by The Weakerthans
Writer’s Block by Peter Bjorn and John
Objects of my Affection by Peter Bjorn and John
Revolution by Grandaddy
Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
New Day by Kate Havnevik
[On a personal note, I know I took a long break from blogging. My apologies! I have been sick with the flu. But, I am all better now. Halleluia!]