I make monthly music playlists that rarely make it in front of other people. They used to be seasonal, but I like the more narrow approach of monthly playlists, because it’s fun to be able to see almost exactly when I discovered an artist or album. These aren’t impressive or particularly well crafted, and sometimes it’s downright embarrassing to think I thought highly enough of a song or listened to it enough to include on a playlist. But I don’t cheat at Scrabble and I don’t edit my playlists once they’re created, so what you see here is the raw accumulation of things I decided to add throughout the month. Continue reading “Listen To This: August 2015”
I must have woken up in a rare mood of sentimentality on September 23, because when I got in my car and heard the first droning, synth-y chords of Alphaville’s “Forever Young,” something strange happened in my chest. It wasn’t sadness or despair, but it wasn’t particularly positive (though I can’t say I often feel enthusiastic about this song or the band I now know to be Alphaville). I knew it would be stuck in my head all day if I let it play—and yet, I couldn’t bring myself to change the radio station.
This was the day before my 24th (golden) birthday, which to many people might serve as an explanation for unidentifiable negative emotions. After all, who wants to listen to a song about eternal youth on repeat on the eve of a birthday?!
As I’ve been poring over my Facebook news feed lately, I’ve gotten lost once again in lists. “Top 13 GIFs of 2013,” “Our favorite Internet-sensation dogs of 2013,” “17 Reasons 2013 was the Best Year Everrrrrr,” etc. While I’ve managed to steer clear of most of those, I do find myself caught up in the self-aggrandizing “Best-Of” lists—the ones from sources which, supposedly, are the absolutely best-equipped to present all the media you missed in 2013 and make you feel guilty about it.
For instance, NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2013 was guaranteed to make me wallow in self-resentment. I hadn’t even heard of half of those artists, let alone all the albums. I used to be so ahead of the curve. For every overrated album on a Top 10 list I saw, I could name three more that were underrated or unheard. Continue reading “end-of-days”
I’m rewatching the History of Rock ‘N’ Roll series that was made for TV in 1995 and marveling at the phenomenal way art morphs over time — sometimes gracefully, sometimes forcefully, but always ceaselessly and always by necessity. I had many rites of passage in my adolescence, but two stand out: being required to learn how to change a tire before I could get my driver’s license (thanks, dad!), and watching the History of Rock ‘N’ Roll.
Here is one of my favorite ideas for a specific focus that this blog could have: I post relatively current/contemporary songs by artists who would be unfamiliar to people my parents’ age, then relate those songs back to an artist with whom they would be familiar.
For example, I have long thought that Vampire Weekend sounds like Paul Simon’s Graceland era. Though my parents love Graceland and Paul Simon, they may never be exposed to Vampire Weekend. (This is a travesty, FYI. Vampire Weekend is awesome.) Continue reading ““Hey, señorita, that’s astute.””
We interrupt this pretty-great-so-far Tuesday to bring you a temporary Geekout About Barbershop. I’ve started so many blog entries about this art form, trying to convey the joy it gives me and so many others who sing barbershop or listen to it. I still don’t know if that’s possible, but here’s a mini intro. Continue reading “My Foolish Heart”
I just added a new mix to 8tracks, and awesome site where you can just tell it a number of songs to play in whatever order you choose, and then people listen to the mix. They can rate it, send feedback, or whatever else.
I think the term “mixologist” used to just be for bartenders. Now, of course, we believe differently.
There are a few other mixes of mine that you can access through my profile on the site, if you so choose. This newest one I made to accompany job hunting and the tedious task of filling out applications. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately, and some good music really helps.