31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Nine:
Quirky ’80s Cover Songs
My original plan for today’s mixtape was guilty pleasures, but I saw my wife working on digitizing some of our CD collection. Here’s the CD she was on:
That’s right, an entire cover album of Hall & Oates songs…and it’s amazing. Of course it is, right? Hall & Oates were great. Seeing this CD got me thinking. It’s a lot of fun to listen to ’80s songs. I have a lot of ’80s cover song compilations (my favorite being Before You Were Punk from Vagrant Records. The stars were aligning and this mix was born. It went through several iterations. I finally landed on the mix below. It’s a nice blend of new wave, rock, and pop from this great era in music history. I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed making it. There aren’t any punk bands on this particular mix, so I’ll save that for later. They’re particularly good at covering ’80s songs for some reason. What ’80s covers are your favorites?
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Eight:
Music That’s New to Me
No matter who I’m making a mixtape for, I always try to add at least one musician or band I think they’ve never heard of. I discovered some of my favorite bands over the years through mixtapes and compilations, so adding some less known acts on my tapes is almost like a civic duty. For most of my adult life, I’ve been a pretty big music snob who doesn’t want to give bands the time of day if it’s not my “kind of music.” What’s my kind of music? Mainly ska, reggae, punk, hip hop, indie, or a combination of all of those. Just ask my wife if I’m willing to admit I like a band that I didn’t discover first. It’s tough, but I’m trying to get better. It’s with that spirit of self-improvement that I bring you my next digital mixtape. These are bands or artists I just heard about in 2013 that I actually admit to liking (and in the case of Ben Marwood, obsessing over). You’ve caught me in a moment of acceptance, what other music should I get exposed to?
Ben Marwood says hello.
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Five:
Dead Poet’s Society
While the premise behind this mix seems a little morbid, rest assured, it’s more of a mix of remembrance and a cautionary tale of sorts. Everyone on this mix died in their prime. I don’t want them to be forgotten, so in a sense, this mix is also a tribute of sorts. There’s really not much else to say. Their untimely deaths will always make me wonder what could’ve been if they were still alive and making music. We’ll never know. I just hope that they were able to find peace.
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Two:
Songs to the One I Love
When you think about the majority of mixtapes you’ve made in your life, I’d be willing to bet a significant portion of them were for someone you had feelings for or wanted to impress. That’s why the art of the mixtape was so important. While, I must admit, most of the mixtapes I made back in the day were for myself, from time to time, they were for someone else. No matter who the intended audience was, it was a big deal to construct the mix. Take these clips from High Fidelity for instance:
My wife and I met in 1997 and have been going strong ever since. I’ve made her a few mix CDs here or there in those years, but I haven’t done one lately. Every song on this mix reminds me of her in some one. From the song Goldfinger played live on our first date during our first kiss (the out of place on this mix “Answers”), to the song I played on my stereo while we sat on the trunk of my car and looked at the stars (“My Precious Love”), all the way to the first dance at our wedding (“Better Together”), each song on this mix just puts a smile on my face.
Doing our best myspace pose – still going strong over 15 years later
Hopefully, the songs on this digital mixtape make you think of your special someone. What songs would you include on that mix? Feel free to chime in below!