Then, when music cd’s came out we could mix our tapes from recording directly from CD. We didn’t have to wait for our favorite song to play on the radio. It was cleaner but it still took a long time and sometimes you wouldnt have the CD that had your favorite song and you would have to wait until allowence builds up to buy the CD. Then of course the mixed tape became the mixed CD.
Now it's so easy to get your favorite songs. Download from iTunes, royalty free music sites… pirate… *cough* not endorsing pirating music *cough*
But, there is still the magic in making the perfect mix for a friend. There's is an art to mixes.
Certain songs lead in to other songs even if they have no connection by genre. You start off the cd with a bang and coast to about number six with various ups and downs. Number six is always tight. From there the mix progresses to the softer songs, if you must, then picks back up and ends with a bang or a heart-wrenching song that makes you feel like you could break or fly – take your pick, its your mix.
It's also a challenge to pink songs that your friend would actually like. I know I could not put Coal Chamber or OTEP on a mix for my friend Ben. He would probably disown me. I could put certain punk songs on Christal's mix but no Bad Brains. These two have a certain style and its fun to find music they would like in my style.
So you ease them in with something familiar, something they recognize. They may not know the band or singer but if they catch a twang or a sound of a voice that resonates with them it can work.
It’s also a challenge to throw something silly into a mix of serious music, or rap in with indie chick. These things can be done, but it takes massaging, it takes tweeking, it takes a bit of magic to make that perfect mix.
Here are two play lists one for Ben and one for Christal.
For Ben/For Christal
It’s a Mans Mans Mans World – James BrownI Think I Like You – Donora
Blame it on the Girls – Mika
That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
The One You Love – Rufus Wainwright
At the Beach – Avett Brothers
Ooh La La – The Faces
Nightminds – Missy Higgins
Heart Skipped a Beat – The XX
Lady in Red – Andrew Marlin
Goin Home – Dan Auerbach
Lay Me Down – The Frames
Cities Burning Down – Howling Bells
The Moon – Flobots
Sincerely – The Moonglows
Nerdfighterlike – Lauren Fairweather
Shhh – Donora
Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
Light Up My Room – Barenaked Ladies
Oncoming Traffic – Lauren O’Connell
Call It Off – Tegan and Sara
Wonderful – Seven Nations
Changes Are No Good – The Stills
The Police and the Priate – Metric
Tie the Rope – The Format
Road to Joy – Bright Eyes
Cornered – Andrew Marlin
Sh-Boom – The Chords
Tonight You Belong To Me – patience and Prudence
Fireflies – Owl City
Mai Ai Hee – O-Zone
Shake It – Tom Waits
Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
Via Con Me – Paolo Conte
Spokey Dokey – Cowboy Beebop
Air And Kiometers – Kaki King
7/4 Shoreline – Broken Social Scene
Monday Monday Monday – Tegan and Sara
Cary Around – Annuals
The Modern Age – The Strokes
Wake Up – The Arcade Fire