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My Mixtape Monday – August 22, 2016

First Name: Karen
Twitter: @karenewool
Sex: Female
Age: Around 20’s

Occupation: Post-Bacc Student

Mixtape Name: An Unpredictable Lyrical Miracle

Side A
1) More Than a Woman by Gregory Porter
2) I Get Along Without Very Well by John Proulx
3) Julia by The Beatles
4) Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye by Ella Fitzgerald
5) Esperanto by Sean Jones feat. Carolyn Perteete
6) Move Me by Sarah Watkins

Side B
7) Sedona by Houndmouth
8) L’illusionniste by Karen Ann
9) Quiet by Rachael Yamagata
10) Tiger Tattoos by Laura Veirs
11) Wayside/Back in Time by Gillian Welch
12) I Don’t Want to Change You by Damien Rice

Hidden Track: Gangsta Walk by SNBRN 😉

Liner Notes: Ahh those lyrics that you just can’t get out of your head: “Half of what I say is meaningless..” “Baby says I can’t come with him and I had read all of this in his eyes..” “Do dreams live in apartments?” “Back baby back in time..” “J’oublie dans la lumiere orange où je tutoye des anges, je suis illusionniste..” “Water races, Water races down the waterfall”

Point out a songwriter and a singer that is masterful at writing lyrics and/or singing them and I will automatically fall in love with them. It doesn’t matter what type of music it is. That’s what this mixed tape entails. Where words fail…lyrics and music come in. Do you know what a miracle your own voice is? Maybe you don’t.

The physics behind each and every person’s voice is complex—relying on a combination of mechanical vibrations and a molecular environment. Seems that science can explain it all, yup everything…well all except, the undefinable and undeniable emotional attachment to the human voice.

Take Gregory Porter. Man o’man..his voice is truly one-of-a-kind and you can hear his soul shine through his singing, in literally every song he sings. Name me another singer that does this so well…I guarantee you they are one of the greats. But hey I’m not saying all of these singers can compare to the greatest lyricists and singers of all time but they are all songs I enjoy…and maybe you will too.

Here’s to more great music. I wish you peace my fellow music lovers.

YouTube Playlist Link: An Unpredictable Lyrical Miracle

Checkout my Ultimate Cooking Playlist on Spotify: Geniusly titled Cooking Playlist by karenwool403

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My Mixtape Valentine – February 14, 2016

Mixtape Name: Not love actually…

Side A – Hip-Hop Heartache by @AlexanderFIV
1) Passin’ Me By by The Pharcyde
Starting this melancholy mix off with a note-perfect ode to unrequited crushes by emo-rap pioneers The Pharcyde.
Now there she goes again
The dopest Ethiopian
And now the world around me be
Gets moving in slow motion when
Ever she happens to walk by.
Why does the apple of my eye
Overlook and disregard my feelings
No matter how much I try?
2) Ordinary Love Sh*t Pt. 3 (Closure) by Joe Budden
This is hip-hop’s version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night. Dense and deeply personal, Joe Budden painstakingly takes the listener through his real-life breakup with model/actress Esther Baxter.
Said you’d be in L.A. doing business.
I’m thinking that’s great, I can’t fault her.
Said that you would be with Jennifer the whole time
But you probably didn’t think that I would call her.
She said she ain’t seen you since you landed
And for days she blowing up your phone like a stalker.
And all I could do is laugh at myself
As I thought, why is old girl s*cking off Derrick Ward for?
3) Ex-Factor by Lauryn Hill
Ms. Hill sings wistfully about a failed relationship over a beat inspired by Wu-Tang Clan’s classic “Can It Be All So Simple”.
No matter how I think we grow.
You always seem to let me know.
It ain’t workin’.
It ain’t workin’.
4) Marvins Room by Drake
Drizzy drunk dials his ex and sing-raps a potent cocktail of regret and hubris.
I’m just saying you could do better
Tell me have you heard that lately?
5) Rewrite by Art Official Intelligence
Sage Francis artfully captures the spurned ex-boyfriend experience with lyrics that combine earnest soul-searching and immature vitriol.
I never felt more lonely
I made you the one and only
Individual to know me
And this the thanks that you show me?
6) Blame Game by Kanye West
The post-song skit by Chris Rock gives a humorous ending to an otherwise bitter (yet beautiful) diatribe from Kanye concerning a bad break-up.
Now who to blame
You to blame, me to blame
For the pain And it poured every time when it rained
Let’s play the blame game

Side B – Pain, Loss & True Love by the artist formerly known as @chromaticjones
7) I Love You, Let’s Light Ourselves On Fire by The Mountain Goats
What’s going to be the death of me?, John Darnielle sings plaintively on one of his favorite topics – relationships that bear close resemblance to radioactive decay. He answers his own question: Static electricity. This Valentine’s Day, if you feel like the spark has burned out, there’s no better way to rekindle it than to douse yourselves in flammable liquid and share a match. Metaphorically speaking, of course.
8) Run For Your Life by The Beatles
Everyone’s favorite baby-faced bassist reveals some rather violent tendencies in this ode to love and jealousy: Paul McCartney would rather see you dead, little girl, than to see you with someone else. Like many bop-worthy ‘50s and ‘60s songs, this one’s got some surprisingly dark undertones. It’s a great tune to enjoy while receiving a restraining order from your loved one on the upcoming commercially sponsored holiday.
9) Fake Palindromes by Andrew Bird
Nothing says forever like leather and power drills. Andrew Bird’s swirling, swelling violins illustrate what, perhaps, a sociopath might think about the concept of love. And what’s the beginning of a relationship if not a combination of attraction and fear? Bird’s perfect date, much like yours, I can only assume, consists of drilling a tiny hole into another person’s head. You can probably trick your Valentine into thinking it’s romantic, if you can keep them from hearing roughly half of the lyrics.
10) I Love You Like An Alcoholic by The Taxpayers
The Taxpayers bring music to one of the most beautiful sentiments about that mysterious creature we call Love: I need you like I need a gaping head wound. It’s that relationship that totally, like, wrecked your head in 8th grade, dude – you saw him touching Tiffany’s arm during lunch when he said he was going to be in the library finishing that PowerPoint. Ugh. Now you have to call your mom to pick you up instead of going to his house. And now your heart is DESTROYED. Better go in for that one last kiss (or first, as it were).
11) Sand by Eric’s Trip
One of the best lo-fi outfits from the ‘90s put out, unsurprisingly, one of the best lo-fi odes to bad love: My head fills with heat from the knife in your hand to mine. It’s a pitch-perfect portrait of attempting to talk things out and failing miserably. The Microphones, an alias of the inimitable Phil Elverum, did a nice cover of Sand that’s definitely worth a listen. Remember, kids, if it doesn’t end in a gut-wrenching culmination of pain and loss, it ain’t love.
12) True Love Will Find You In The End by Daniel Johnston
His voice may be somewhat grating and his persona may be somewhat bizarre, but there’s no doubt that Daniel Johnston’s True Love Will Find You In The End is a beautiful song. It’s not quite love, and it’s understated, but perhaps it’s one of the most important messages we can receive: keep your head up, because true love will, indeed, find you in the end in one form or another. ‘Cause true love is searching too, but how can it recognize you unless you step out into the light?

YouTube Playlist Link: Not love actually…

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My Mixtape Mondays – July 14, 2014

First Name: Missie
Twitter: @thewheezyrunner
Sex: Female
Age: 24 and 3 quarters!

Occupation: Sales and Marketing

Mixtape Name: Work it girl

Side A
1) You and Me by Lifehouse
My wedding song and it reminds me that my husband is waiting for me at the finish line so speed up.
2) I Want You Back by ‘N Sync
Because Nysnc is better than BSB.
3) Fighter by Christina Aguilera
4) Imagine by John Lennon
It’s my favorite song.
5) Burn It To The Ground by NIckelback
6) Let It Go(It’s Real Life) by The Beatles

Side B
7) If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback
8) Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood 
9) Gunpowder And Lead by Miranda Lambert
10) Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
11) Party In The U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
12) Mary Jane’s Last Dance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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My Mixtape Mondays – June 2, 2014

Welcome to the Best of My Mixtape Mondays…Volume III. The most recent twelve playlists were filled with numerous highlights, from Clara’s chronological narrative to Heidi’s heartbreak homage to Christopher’s funny-as-f*ck liner notes, and it was really tough for me to pick just one song from each person’s post.

I highly recommend that you take the time to click on the names below and check out every playlist. This “Best of” is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the wonderful and diverse song selections!

Mixtape Name: From Uniontown to Berlin…

Side A
1) Cannonball by The Breeders (Clara)
2) Fake Palindromes by Andrew Bird (Melissa)
3) San Francisco by The Mowgli’s (Chris)
4) Brother Down by Sam Roberts (Cyn)
5) Desperately Wanting by Better Than Ezra (Sarah)
6) Jolene by Dolly Parton (Jenn)

Side B
7) Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down by Interpol (Federico)
8) Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem (Cassia)
9) Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show (Tara)
10) Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town by Pearl Jam (Mary Ann)
11) The Backseat by The Gaslight Anthem (Kaeli)
12) With or Without You by U2 (Heidi)

Liner Notes: Here are some interesting statistics about this group of mixtapes:

Ten females and two males participated. Their ages ranged from 22 to 38, with the average being 29.

There were 148 songs chosen in total. I consider myself somewhat of a music connoisseur, but I was unfamiliar with the vast majority of them (102).

The highest individual “Alex’s wheelhouse” percentage came from Clara, whose playlist had eight songs I knew (75%). This makes sense ‘cause we are the closest in age compared to everyone else – just a year apart.

My German blogger-buddy Federico was the first person thus far in the history of My Mixtape Mondays to choose not ONE song I knew of beforehand. I guess his musical tastes are a little *foreign* to me (pun intended!)

No songs were chosen twice. Three artists were tied for the lead as most selected with three songs each – The Beatles, The National and Billy Joel*.

* Billy Joel gets an asterisk because all of his selections were made by the same person – Mary Ann! She loves her some Billy Joel!!!

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My Mixtape Mondays – May 12, 2014

First Name: Clara
Twitter: @ohthatclara
Sex: Female
Age: 38

Occupation: District-level administrator for a large school district

Mixtape Name: My Chronological 12

Side A
1) Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
The first Beatles song I memorized and it started my lifetime love of George Harrison.
2) Paul Revere by Beastie Boys
I got in trouble for singing this at Catholic school.
3) Serenade for Strings in E Major Op. 22 by Antonín Dvořák
I have always loved classical music. It’s my favorite genre and Dvořák is my favorite composer.
4) Boom! I Got Your Boyfriend by M.C. Luscious
I was a cheerleader all through school and we did many dance routines. This one stood out, for obvious reasons, and is still a high point of hilarity in my life.
5) Cannonball by The Breeders
High school. I played this way too loud for an entire year.
6) Smile by Pearl Jam
I’ll only say that my best friend died shortly after this album was released and this song was played at the funeral. It makes me smile.

Side B
7) Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
My job in college was an on-air DJ and that is how I met this band. I grew to love them so deeply. Their music encapsulates my college years and still sweeps me off my feet.
8) She’s a Bad Mama Jama by Carl Carlton
I went skydiving for the first time with a large group. They asked me to provide two songs as background music for the DVD of my jump. This is the song that plays as I prep and go up in the plane.
9) She’s a Lady by Tom Jones
Everyone else in my skydiving group chose “Free Falling” by Tom Petty as the song that plays as they jump out of the plane and land. Not me. I chose this one.
10) Before We Begin by Broadcast
This song best captures what was going through my head when I met my future husband. We were both exiting bad relationships and were afraid to begin again.
11) Mint Car by the Cure
Our wedding song! Our families didn’t get it and we didn’t care. They clearly haven’t read the lyrics.
12) The Sweetest Gift by Sade
This is the song I sing to my two sons.

Liner Notes: I picked specific points in my life, in chronological order, and recalled what songs were important during that time.

Spotify Playlist link: My Chronological 12

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My Mixtape Mondays – April 28, 2014

First Name: Jenn
Twitter: @jstillsphoto
Sex: Female
Age: 32

Occupation: Full time pessimist.

Mixtape Name: Gypsy Bluegrass

Side A
1) Free Your Mind by En Vogue
My mom used to fucking CRANK this song on repeat. She read the lyrics. She sang it everywhere. I was just a teenager? I think? And it’s weird to say that my idea of equality and feminism came from my mom getting sassy in our living, but there you go. My little brother, who’s in a death metal/screaming/no fucking clue what they are saying band and I still know all the words and play this song in as many crowded bars as we can.
2) Noah’s Ark by Cocorosie
Cocorosie is amazing. I saw them live a few months ago and I want them to just follow me around and sing.
3) Desolation Row by Bob Dylan
My favorite Dylan song. Well, one of them. He’s a genius.
4) Fragile Bird by City and Colour
Dallas Green has a baby angel voice and if he doesn’t do a song with Allison Krauss before I die, I will make them do one in heaven, or hell, or Wisconsin or wherever we end up.
5) Rasputin by Boney M
My best friend sent me a link to this song with the strict instructions to listen. I’m so happy he did. It is impossible not to shake your ass to this weird fucking offspring of an megalomaniac manager and 70’s funk group who made a song about a Russian mystic? what?
6) Sprawl II by Arcade Fire
This was the last song they played at Bonnaroo the year I went. It was fucking amazing.

Side B

7) Me and Bobby Magee by Janis Joplin
Janis…Janis was the first woman to me. Something clicked in my brain when I heard her. She made me come online as far as being a person. She was pain, love, humor, disappointment, excitement. Everything. My best friend and I have a quote of hers with her tiara tattooed on us. I fucking love it.
8) Tribal Connection by Gogol Bordello
I cannot state enough how much I fucking love this band. They are pure energy. They sing from like, inside your body. It’s fucked up. Tribal connection was the song they opened with the first time I saw them. I’m up to.. 6? 7? times now. They have a 55 year old violin player that will rip that shit up and down the stage like a 20 year old for fucks sake. Eugene is a beautiful beautiful madman and Elizabeth is perfect.
9) Jolene by Dolly Parton
Because Dolly Fucking Parton. And because fuck Jolene.
10) Oh Death by Ralph Stanley
If you play this song in a room of people, the live version, everyone will shut the fuck up and listen. And have goosebumps. That is neat.
11) Blackbird by the Beatles
My father is a history teacher and he knows his shit. One of the shits he knows is the Beatles. I grew up on good music (aside from Chicago and The Eagles, my god what a jamboree of swill those bands are) and of course, this song is just lovely. Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with blackbirds…. hmm…
12) Ghost in this House by Alison Krauss
I was at my grandmothers house. An Allison Krauss song come on. I stood up, watched the entire video and that was it for me. I can’t get enough of every single thing she sings. Everything. She could sing the ingredients to mayonnaise and I’d love it. I picked this one because.. I listened to it this morning…so…

Liner Notes: I picked all of these because they have stuck with me. Of course there is shit I like now, that I am sure I will like in the years to come. But these songs don’t have anything to do with a shitty breakup, or falling in love with some poor lost soul who didn’t know better, or “like my friends I used to get sooo high to this and drive around.” I picked them because they are good fucking songs. And you should probably listen to them.

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My Mixtape Monday – July 1, 2013

First Name: Courtney
Twitter: @CourtneySanto
Sex: Female
Age: 33 – Virgo
Occupation: Primary Market Auctions Relationship Manager (Totally confused you, didn’t I?)

Mixtape Name: Waffles and Strawberries

Side A
1) Heart of Gold by Neil Young
2) Love You Madly by CAKE
3) Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard by Paul Simon
4) New Soul by Yael Naim
5) Feel Again by OneRepublic
6) Shake it Out by Florance & The Machine

Side B
7) Fidelity by Regina Spektor
8) Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend
9) Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers
10) The Prettiest Star by David Bowie
11) Let My Love Open the Door by Pete Townshend
12) Blackbird by The Beatles

Comments: Like many, music has always been a huge part of my life. My uncle has a vinyl collection that would make the new vinyl collecting hipster of today swoon. Growing up I had a mix tape for everything and everyday. This one reflects a range of feelings on a Sunday afternoon. I certainly find myself playing the air drums and dancing around my living room or VW (not recommended for an unseasoned driver). I end it with Blackbird because the song is my way of a music cool down. Enjoy!

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