Everything used to make me smile

One of the down sides of a year without a computer is that I went a year without making any mix CDs. I don’t know why that’s such a satisfying experience. But when I listen to a mix I’ve just completed and realize that the songs really do work together, I feel like I’ve accomplished something, even though the reality is I’ve just spent several hours messing around on my computer.

I was invited to a party this week, and all the guests were asked to bring mix CDs to exchange. So Monday night I sat down with my little red laptop and got to work. Three hours later I had two playlists I loved and the beginnings of a couple more. I ended up taking two CDs to the party—an upbeat mix filled with some of my favorite female singer/songwriters, and a dark and twisty mix by my favorite men. (Don’t read into that too much! I love my dark and twisty men.) A couple of these tracks may now give The Beatles competition for their spots in my Top 25 Most Played. These are the soundtracks to my week, and a pretty strong indicator of who I’ve been listening to over the past few years.

Chick Songs

1. Broken – Tift Merritt – Another Country (2008 )

2. Little Plastic Life – Sam Phillips – Don’t Do Anything (2008 )

3. Almost – Sarah Harmer – All of Our Names (2004)

4. All I Want – Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971)

5. No Bad News – Patty Griffin – Children Running Through (2007)

6. Jack and Jill – Kim Richey – Chinese Boxes (2007)

7. Sticks and Stones – The Pierces – Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge (2007)

8. A Good Start – Maria Taylor – Lynn Teeter Flower (2007)

9. Sentimental Heart – She & Him – Volume One (2008 )

10. 500 Miles – Sandra McCracken – Best Laid Plans (2004)

11. Manhole – Ani DiFranco – Knuckle Down (2005)

12. Last to Know – Maddy Wyatt – Backdive (2007)

13. simple as it should be – Tristan Prettyman – twentythree (2005)

14. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson – Boys and Girls (2007)

My Favorite Men

1. 15 Step – Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)

2. Holler, Wild Rose! – Holler, Wild Rose! – Our Little Hymnal (2007)

3. Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album) (1968 )

4. The Heart Beats in Its Cage – Chris Thile – How to Grow a Woman from the Ground (2006)

5. American Girls – Counting Crows – Live from World Café (iTunes Exclusive) (2003)

6. Please, Before I Go – Derek Webb – Mockingbird (2005)

7. Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman that Rains) – Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (2000)

8. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)

9. Neon – John Mayer – Inside Wants Out (2002)

10. Creep – Damien Rice (no recording info)

11. Go to Hell – David Ford – Songs for the Road (2007)

12. Kathleen – Josh Ritter – Hello Starling (2003)

13. It’ll Happen – Punch Brothers – Punch (2008 )

14. Till the Sun Turns Black – Ray Lamontagne – Till the Sun Turns Black (2006)

15. Your Rocky Spine – Great Lake Swimmers – Ongiara (2007)

16. Come Back Down – Joe Purdy – Only Four Seasons (2006)


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3 Responses to Everything used to make me smile

  1. How funny, CJ. I just polished off a post about my day’s musical soundtrack, then I popped on over here and saw that you had just done the same thing! Great minds… Plus you have a new THEME!

  2. Missy Marie

    I think I’m going to need copies of both of those CD’s properly burned to me for my visit to The Ham for your birthday…oh wait, that’s not how that holiday is suppose to work.

  3. Kari

    I would like a copy of the chick one. (Don’t make me remind you that I sent you my Gilmore Girls CDs.)

    I haven’t heard the the new Sam Phillips yet.

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