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Radio Lab, Musical DNA, and Surprising God

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My hands are in the sink. I am washing dishes. My family is off playing Nintendo. I am blissfully alone, and my mind is open. Radio Lab is on NPR.

The interview is with David Cope, a composer. When faced with musical writer’s block, Cope built an analytical computer program, named EMI (Experiments in Musical Intelligence). EMI is able to ascertain patterns unique to each composer run through its system. After analyzing scores of music, Cope applied algorithms from these composers to other works of music, giving them new and amazing life. (more…)

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Mixes For Baby: Five Excellent Playlists for Your Toddler

Yesterday I played a mixed cd of “animal songs” a friend made for Phoebe. CD player turned up the 20; track 1: Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog. I scream-sang along, while bounding around the room, and Phoebe just stared, slack- jawed, astonished, unsure what was happening. Then she realized: megafun! We danced together to four or five songs on the album.

Later, at dinner, I told Matt about our mini dance party. When she heard me say “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog,” she signed “all done;” we let her out of her high hair, then she ran over to the cd player and insisted I put on the music. So I did. And we danced our pants off while I belted the song at the top of my lungs. ^_^ Papa even danced along. Wetzel Family Dance Dance!

These mixes were compiled for us by my friend, Jenna Jones. Here are pictures of the CDs and playlists. (If I have time later, I’ll type out the playlists, as well):I hope you get a chance to enjoy these albums, as I have!

^_^ Erin

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I Made You This Mixed CD

Photo courtesy of Stacy Wagoner

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.

Erin Wetzel

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!]

By ekwetzel

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