Awhile back, I got in the habit of making a monthly mix CD. I would burn copies for friends and keep one for myself. Listening to the mix–a set number of carefully selected songs–was a welcome diversion from my usual routine of flipping through my iPod on shuffle until I found the “right” song.
Mix CDs, or even short playlists, are more focused and can provide a more enjoyable listening experience than the voluminous iPod playlists that have taken over our lives. For many, becoming a consumer/appreciator of music has turned into a matter of quality over quantity: we try to collect as much as possible, stick it on our iPods/computers, and then listen to it bit by bit. The cohesiveness of albums have been broken up into little pieces scattered amongst a larger collection.
I have decided to bring back my monthly mixes. I will not be “releasing” them on a set date every month, as that is an obligation outside of work and I do not like obligations. I will not be posting the mix as a playlist available for download/streaming, but as a physical CD. You know, one that you can play in your car or home stereo? And, yes, even burn onto your computer so you can add it to your iPod or what have you not.
What will these mixes consist of? Who knows. It depends on my mood. It depends on what sounds right together, to me, at that moment. In making these mixes, my goal will not be to expose one to new music or show how much better my taste in music is–quite the opposite, actually. I just want to put songs together into a cohesive, flowing mix that you can listen to from start to finish. I want to make soundtracks for your drive to work, or something to listen to while getting ready for work. Or something you can just lay in bed to all day. It will vary.
So, now I ask: who wants in on a copy of my April mix? I be burnin’ this weekend and can arrange drop-offs/send-offs/etc. I can’t promise you’ll like it, but I can at least you will enjoy it. Leave a comment on this post, or holla at me via twitter/facebook/email/phone/in personam.