Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I had planned to go home this week, likely very, very soon. You see, I am 4 hours away. I had work. Now I don't. I miss home. Especially when I'm broke. Unfortunately, my primary form of transportation has decided to break. I'm not sure what is wrong, but my Beloved struggles along sounding as if she has become a wheat mill.

In honor of Georgia, my car, I present this weeks mixtape:

1 Dr. Dog - Ain't it Strange
2 Dntel - Roll On (Feat. Jenny Lewis)
3 Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood - Summer_Wine
4 Red House Painters - Summer Dress
5 The Maccabees - About Your Dress
6 City and Colour - In The Water I Am Beautiful
7 Idaho - Down in the Waves
8 M83 - Unrecorded

9 Sufjan Stevens - For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti (
10 Devendra Banhart - At The Hop
11 Saturday Looks Good To Me - The Girl’s Distracted
12 Handsome Furs - What We Had
Pacha Massive - Drive
14 El Perro Del Mar - It’s All Good|

Friday, June 15, 2007
The following track comes from Kansas City band American Catastrophe's upcoming release, Excerpts From the Broken Bone Choir, and it's fairly representative of what the record is all about. Dark, haunting, and sparse, the song rumbles along beneath lyrics concerned with deeds equally shadowy. It's difficult not to make comparisons to other great American gothic artists such as Nick Cave, 16 Horsepower, and Michael Gira when listening to this Kansas City, MO outfit. It's nice to know that there's such cinematic, emotive soundscapes being created out in our heartlands. And while I'm not normally one to go on too long about packaging, this CDs digi-pak fits it like a glove. The cover, all black, with an image of a crow holding an axe in silver is perfect. On the back, the darn thing is sealed in red wax with an AmCat seal (where can I get one of those?). The final touch? A black feather inside the package. Ok, maybe that last bit with the feather is a little muchp, but you have to admit it fits in well with the overall aesthetic.

American Catastrophe - The Well

Here are two exclusive new tracks from the First Blood compilation released by OxBlood Records as well, one from KC masterpieces (haw haw) Ghosty and the other from KC royals (so funny!) The Republic Tigers, who used to be the Golden Republic.

The Republic Tigers - Made Concrete
Ghosty - Make It
Thursday, June 14, 2007
When a person experiences great change, the event often totally interrupts ones life, one is likely to turn to a variety of devices in an attempt to overcome the event (i.e. lots and lots of liqour, emo music, crack, whores, crack whores, etc). I turned to a variety of things. Here is a mixtape of emotionally invigorating music and other nonsense. I took a lot of these tracks from the blogosphere, many from this amazing blog: AM180 Thank them for the bandwidth, please.

This weeks playlist.

Pond PA - If you live
Frankel - Tooth decay
YACHT - Its coming to get you
Róisín Murphy - Overpowered
Pigeon Detectives - Left Alone
Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Love Her So
Honeymoon Killers - Laisse tomber les filles
Jil Caplan - Des Toutes Petites Choses
Elias diá Kimuezo - Salambinga
Ari Hest - Bird Never Flies
Meese - Taking the World On
Masta Ace feat. Koolade - Survival
Jason Isbell - Chicago Promenade
Thieves Like Us - Headlong Into Night
Bishop Allen - Flight 180
Sway - Sky is Falling
Apples in Stereo - The Rainbow
Dignan - They're Outnumbered
Schooner - There's Enough To Do
Iron & Wine - Boy With a Coin (an angry ogre came along)
Kristoffer Ragnstam - Dr Give the World a Smile
Bodies of Water - I Guess We'll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess

Does anybody want to go to Louisiana with me? Or better yet, does anybody who lives in Louisiana want to let me sleep on their floor?
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Due to my stupidity and some serious confusion, I missed my first radio show. I had the whole thing planned out - nearly every song chosen, ready to play and discuss. I suppose instead I will do this weeks radio show here!

\\Open Road - Alex Woodard
\\Cold Day - Sonya Kitchell
Ive been enjoying Sonya Kitchell's work for some time now. This song is just beautiful.
\\Coast is Clear - In Flight Safety
\\Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
This song has been playing quite frequently, of late. The album is quite good.
\\She's a Thief - Owen
\\Satan's Doing Fine Without Me - Ill Lit
\\Be Gentle With Me - The Boy Least Likely To
\\We Share Our Mother's Health (Ratatat Remix) - The Knife
\\Queremos Paz - Gotan Project
\\Massless - Somme
Recently had this e-mailed to me. Thank God. Some of the best instrumental work Ive heard in quite some time.
\\Days End - DJ Krush
\\Moonlight Zombie Dance - Bruce Lenkei
\\You Know The Score - Kim Hiorthoy
\\Paper Sailboats - Dana Falconberry
\\Samson - Regina Spektor
One of my favorite songs overall, and certainly the best Regina Spektor song. No?
\\Let Go (Solo Piano) - Imogen Heap
I particularly enjoy this solo piano version.

Download the entire play list here.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Its snowing here in the south.
Warm and toasty.

Almost Polar Bear Club time.
Hope your up to date on your Tetanus.

Many of the links below do not work any longer. I am sorry.

\\Fulton Lights - Thank God For The Evening News

\\Fulton Lights - Fire in the Palm of my Hand

\\The Paper Airplanes - The Fences

*\\The Blow - Hock It

\\Bright Eyes - Tourist Trap

\\Panda Bear - Comfy in Nautica

\\Andrew Bird - Heretics

\\Blossom Dearie - Figure Eight (lolz.)

\\Los Compeminos - You! Me! Dancing!

\\Ghost Stories - You Wear it Like a Stained Glass Window

\\The Blow - Fists Up

\\The Blow - Knowing the Things That I Know

\\Zeek Skeck - Victory

\\Gotan Project - Santa Maria

\\The House of Apples and Eyeballs - Lollipopsichord

\\The Depreciation Guild - By Sundown
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Scanning the internet for randomness, I saw a mention of Cat Stevens somewhere. Jarring my memory, I remembered an e-mail from his people telling me about a new album under his new moniker, Yusef. I ran to Gmail to find the press release, and got a video stream for Heaven open. All was well... until the video began to play.

Instantly, I was thrown back to 1982, as the disco ball and dance hall lights began to burn providing a far-from-interesting story as a young middle-eastern boy searched for his mother. Furthermore, the song is about the least romantic 'loveish' song in existance.

"I've seen many souls before/ Ah but Heaven must have programmed you... / Will you... /Will you / Will youuuu... / MmmMhhhmmmm..."

Is this about a robot? He fell in love with a robot, that he swears Heaven programmed to love him? I bet this shit makes it to the Top 40. I imagine seeing this on VH1's Worst Videos of 2007, instead. Cant wait. Don't believe me? Check this shit here: Worst Video Since 1982

A lot has happened since the 60's Yusef Islam, you got some catching up to do. Were not all stoned anymore, we now notice that the lyrics don't mean anything or even make sense.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
After much deliberation, I have realized that music itself is not going to make any drastic changes in the near future and the avoidance of my love for it would be futile.

In a new vain of motivation, I am getting a radio show on 90.9 WQFS in Greensboro, North Carolina. I will be playing music (not Arcade Fire) and I will never feature photos of kittens, no matter how cute they may be. I will focus on the newest things out, but also on some older things I come across along the way. I will hopefully be posting the play-lists here also, for your listening pleasure. I must quickly return to my studies, I will leave you with this:

Enjoy. Thank you Tobias and Alan at SixEyes for reminding me how much I love this song!

[mp3] Grace - Tobias Fröberg

BONUS [mp3] The Longest Stare - Norfolk and Western

PS. The aforementioned music video was never edited, and may remain in such a state for a while. However, if you would like to help out on the project, you are more than welcome to e-mail me. Here is a couple photos from the filming:

Thursday, January 11, 2007
I'm ready for something new. I swear, if I read one more article on Arcade Fire, I am going to throw the fuck up on my lap. I wish some of these bloggers would actually make an effort. I just scanned some of my old favorite blogs, only to find some fucking pictures of kittens, about 17 Arcade Fire posts, and some bullshit about last year's best music, it is nearing the middle of January, can we get over 2006? Is there really nothing else going on? I suppose not.

Until it is new, and I find it, fuck this.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007

"You can hold her hand
And show her how you cry
Explain to her your weakness so she understands
And then roll over and die

Tell them, “I’ve been cooking coconut skins,
And we’ve been hanging out.”
Tell them, “God just dropped by to forgive our sins,
And relieve us our doubt.”

Damien Rice - Coconut Skins

Photo Copyright Xerces
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
It was the year that I began my constant search for music. I am always on the prowl, but this year especially, my tastes have adapted and changed more ever. I began 2006 with Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Stars, Sufjan Stevens, Cursive, Damien Rice and now I have a whole new taste, or flavor thereof.

I find I am enjoying instrumentals much more than earlier in the year. Things like Ratatat, The Album Leaf, Explosions in the Sky, Architecture in Helsinki, have found their way onto my iPod. I still enjoy much of what I began the year with, but it seems these new artists simply have added themselves to an ever growing list.

As the year closes, so many of us tend to reflect on the past year. I have been no different. As I reflect, I have been reading and hearing so much about Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. However, many of the buzz artists surrounding Album of the Year talk are nowhere in my top musicians of 2006.

Cat Power, for example, nowhere. I enjoy her, but I have had a great trouble listening to her for very long. Maybe somewhere around # 65 or 70.

The Holdsteady, nowhere on my list. I don’t believe I listened to their album all the way through.

Joanna Newsome, nowhere. I will admit after essentially having it forced into my ears, I am beginning to enjoy it more, but she is not one of my artists of the year. I actually, think Newsome has made better music before this. Maybe around # 30 or 32.

All in all, these indie-popular artists are somehow eluding me, I don’t know if it was my hiatus of 6 months or not, but I simply don’t enjoy these artists as much as so many others.

So I am listening to NPR’s All Songs Considered - Best of 2006. Listeners voted M. Ward as the #1 of the year, and I realize I have never listened to M. Ward. Not one song. Nada. I check my iPod; 30 some songs. Uh oh.

I then realized I couldn’t have the audacity to make such a list. So what can I do? I’ll give you this: the music I enjoyed most from the music I found and listened to*.

*I missed a lot. It’s not comprehensive.

Lady Sovereign

Thom Yorke
Regina Spektor
Of Montreal
The Album Leaf
Imogen Heap
Sufjan Stevens
TV on the Radio
Bishop Allen
Andrew Bird

Fiest and Bright Eyes

Missing Of Montreal and Broken Social Scene live

Overall newness:
Fionn Regan (“Put a penny in the slot”)

The Early November
I expected it to be borderline terrible, but I actually really enjoyed their three disk album.

I keep hearing talk about the old timers getting things together, people to the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Beck (is 36 really that old?), Tom Petty and others, but I must just automatically ignore such music because I had no idea these old timers hadn’t bought the farm just yet. I admit Bob Dylan’s album wasn’t bad. It was, in fact, the only from much of this old timer talk I had heard and enjoyed.

Bob Dylan

No mp3s for this one. This post is for reading and reflecting.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
This is real easy. I have stuff, I want to give it to you. 5 chances to win free music.

I have diggles:
  • The Clock Work Army - A Catalyst for Change EP
  • The Antiques - Nicknames and Natives
  • Memphis - A little place in the wilderness
  • The Curtains - Calamity
  • Rafter - 10 songs
  • a rotten (and stolen) cafeteria apple (JAY KAY, JAY KAY)

How to get this stuff:
Post in the comments, one song that should be included in the Winter Mix 2006. You may enter up to 5 times. One for each album. There will be 5 winners, one for each album - they will be chosen randomly. Don't forget to include an e-mail address, or something, so I know who you is.

PS. if anybody who is in a band or works for a label, etc. wants go give more stuff to pass on to my readers, it is the season for giving. Hit me up guys/gals.

PPS. holla-holla to GuilCo fools.
Monday, December 11, 2006

I'm sitting here watching the Screech sex tape. I have no idea why, but it just seemed like a good idea, until about 3 minutes ago. One of my flatmates knocked on my door wanting to know why I'm watching Saved by the Bell and porn simultaneously. I guess Screech's voice never changed... too bad. That was a tough one to explain which didn't get any better by explaining that it is really a porn featuring the lovable guy, all while Screech accepts the two girls' offer to place a candy cock ring around.... anyway, it wasn't easy to explain even to this macho-porn-loving fellow.

Word on the street has it that you might be able to download it here and here. That is, if you want to see such things. (beware)

Anyway, so Screech keeps talking about "the Beast" (his wittle bittie penis) and making corny jokes about vaginas, etc. The jokes are so bad I can't believe the hos haven't left yet, even though I am sure they were well paid. Even hos can respect a sense of humor. I don't mean to spoil the ending, but I will say this... one ho leaves after Screech gives a dirty sanchez to Nasty ho #1 following an intensive inspection of her nasty ho ass. Yeah. So, enough about Screech and his nasty hos.

In other news, I laughed hysterically for about 7 minutes after reading that in West Point, Mississippi (or Missouri, I never figured out which state Miss. is) there exists a trend to throw large animals at people. Several animals, including a 60 pound pig, have been tossed around the West Point area. (Read more here.) It is completely ridiculous, ignorant and well... funny. I looked for a good flying pig photo to add here, but just couldn't find one to convey what the hell I'm talking about.

Now up until now, this post has been entirely unproductive in music relativity. You see, there is something else here, something more important. I mentioned the other day that I have been working pretty hard on something, but what? Well, I have some vague news on this subject. No details, but many bloggers have been discussing a little contest going on with Asthmatic Kitty Records. Something about camcorders, chickens and a Rafter. Sorry I don't have details, but um, they are a little on the confidential side.

Okay, enough bullshit - I have fallen prey to Asthmatic Kitty's uber-capitalist plot to market astoundingly interesting music to the masses. Some enjoy Rafter; others don't understand. A friend asked me what was the inspiration for the music was and then answered himself by saying he thought it likely involved acid, a la c.1960's America. Its hard music to get, but if you do get it, the stuff is amazing. I find myself wanting something as each song goes along. I have the same sensation as my salivating tongue over a tasty treat, but Rafter always gives my ears what they want right as I realize its what they desire. Its like Rafter is a beautiful Reece's Cup, or well, whatever your Reece's Cup might be.

So I guess your wondering, "What song didja pick Jim Bob?"

This one: Hope.mp3

And the video is going to basically rock the wax out your ears foo'... if I can just get my thoughts out and into the film. I will keep you all updated, with photos from the set, etc. etc. and as soon as the video is ready, or even close, I will post it here first. As soon as I get some of this into the computer, edited a little, I will go through the basics of the film, and it will be a film. We don't play no games, bish.

I will post my Winter Mix 2006 before Sunday. I have already worked on it! Just to tease you, it has 23 songs and features Owen, Memphis, Feist, Dana Falconberry... and some others you can't handle just yet. So get your ass ready.

Rafter - Hope
Rafter - Monsters
Rafter - Encouragement
Rafter - Gentle Men
Sunday, December 10, 2006

written c. December 10, 2006

So, I had someone comment me asking where my "well thought out post" was, and well, I am not sure. I wrote an 8 page paper, studied 11 chapters of statistics, and drew up a few things for my secret, which were all time consuming... last night. With my sudden burst of productivity, comes another lame rendition of me rambling. Okay, I don't know if you know this, but I completely love The OC.

I missed an episode earlier in the season, somehow Summer has been suspended from Brown, (which was the school I wanted to go to). I'm not entirely sure what is going on. Apparently she freed some bunnies from a medical testing lab and, like most episodes of the OC, ended up working it all out in time following an interesting house party consisting of mostly too old high school students. I actually saw an extra who was far beyond 30 years old.

Beyond a little casting foul, this episode had the best cinematography of any episode I can remember in recent times. I saw a great deal of experimentation, the scenes were clear, and it brought me back to some of the early episodes; I felt warm inside watching it. I am so glad Josh Schwartz has taken a stronger interest in the show this season, his efforts are shining.

The music wasn't some of the best in history, but I would say they made some nice choices. A track by Zero 7, Goldspot, Brothers and Sisters, Elvis Perkins and a few others I didn't take as much notice to. I have been waiting for some time now for the arrival of my copy of the OC Mix 6, which I have been really excited about. I have been holding off on writing about it, but tonight it had to escape me.

Here are a couple tracks from The OC:

[mp3] Float on - Goldspot
[mp3] Without You - Brothers and Sisters
[mp3] Gubbish - Chad VanGaalen
[mp3] While You Were Sleeping - Elvis Perkins

Without Love - Elvis Perkins
Ash Wednesday - Elvis Perkins

Also, check out this music director, Tom Quick, he makes some hot shit. No mp3s though.

Since writing this several weeks ago, and forgetting to post it, The OC was canceled by its producers. I don't know of many other TV shows in recent history (c. 1987-present) that played such an important role in the independent music scene. It will be very interesting to see if another show of equal importance will arise.

I hear Josh Schwartz has several shows in the works and in due part to his passion for music they will likely be steeped in the independent variety, much like The OC was throughout its life. I imagine he will not be the only mind peculating the incorporation of independent music in television, however. I argue, the music as a part of The OC allowed it to last as long as it did. It is great to see musicians playing a major role for once, without having to sell their souls.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I am about to go to rehearsal for something that - at this point - is a secret to the entire world. Yes, I am making something. What do you ask? Oh, nothing...

It is about 28 degrees here, which is fucking cold for NC!

I really wanted to make a post today, I have been in such a good mood. Classes ended today, so tomorrow I should be able to make a more well thought out post. Basically, here are some songs I like, and stuff.

Jack Penate
[mp3] Second, Minute and Hour
[mp3] Torn on the Platform
[mp3] Spit at Stars

The Meeting Places
[mp3] Hall of Fame
[mp3] Until It's Gone

Matt and Kim
[mp3] Yea Yeah
[mp3] No More Long Years

Takako Minekawa
[mp3] Fantastic Cat

Sorry for the vulgar title, I'm in a lewd mood. =]
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
This Friday night Guilford College will be putting on a holiday benefit concert for local children featuring a couple pretty outstanding Americana get-ups. I was raised in a family who thought "country music" was the only kinda music you ought listen to. I guess somewhere deep inside of me, I still know country isn't half bad. I plan to attend, get some photos maybe, and certainly enjoy a couple of my favorite instruments, the mandolin and the steel lap guitar, with Little Country Giants and The Everybodyfields.

(UPDATE: I didn't make it, I decided to study for exams instead! Are you proud? Hmm. Well, you should be...)

Little Country Giants hail from my favorite city, Athens, and include an upright bass, mandolin, guitar, a couple guys and a couple girls, making down home music. Now on their third album titled Sing Pretty for the People, Little Country Giants have their set perfected and I can't wait to see them as they play alongside The Everybodyfields. It sounds like folk music of the 70's played a pretty big role at some point in these musicians lives and the folkieness of that time comes through at unexpected moments.

The Everybodyfields seem to have a more classic country sound about them; Sam Quinn's voice distinctly reminds me of some country artist I listened to with my family years ago, but I just cannot place it. Quinn, however, is not the only voice popping up here, much of their sound is created by a harmonizing threesome, in the styling of traditional Appalachian music makers. The steel guitar in the tracks I've heard provides a backbone from which the voices are supported, standing strong and proud, like any Americana artist should.

Both artists are on tour as of recent weeks. Little Country Giants only have a few more stops, 3 more in North Carolina. The Everybodyfields still have quite a few events on their calender, however they stretch far into 2007, with weeks without a show. Keep an eye on these artists, you can expect to hear much more from them.

Little Country Giants
[mp3] Gone for Awhile
[mp3] Something to be Proud Of
[mp3] Breaking Hearts and Living Free

The Everybodyfields
[mp3] T.V.A.
[mp3] His Pontiac
Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Photo: "Passing by by" - Michael Lazich

As some of you may have noticed, CollectiveMusic took a long hiatus during 2006. We worked from around January into April but didn't write again until about October. I was thinking about how I missed so much of the year, many of the "Album of the Year" contestants I see floating around, I don't know. I feel I should share what was stopping me from writing between April and October.

Firstly, I began studying in school. Oops, that was a lie. I was taking about 47 classes, (sorry Laura) but that wasn't really what was stopping me. I was working on my photography, I began to take it seriously for the first time. As many of you might know, classes also end for summer around that time, as well. With the free time I began to work on my photography, studying a lot more with it, and also I was working to get some financial aid for the next (this) year. I was transferring to a private school (Guilford College!), but my "college fund" had only enough for about two years at this new and much more expensive school. Unless I wanted to only go for 2 years, I was going to have to devise a plan for getting some financial aid. Those forms, essays, etc. were killing me, I had little time left between that and my photography studies.

So there I was, in the heat of summer, with my camera shooting pictures of anything that didn't shoot back. I should also say I got lazy around this time as well, no way to suger coat it. Lying on the couch in the air conditioning, "working" on the computer, I should have been writing. But I wasn't. I had other things in mind, like how to pay for school this year, etc.

Along with such thoughts come business ventures, ideas on ways to capitalize from bored elderly women and from things like those little pieces of soap, too small to wash anything. I couldn't come up with anything to do besides "let" old people make miniature soap sculptures, so I decided I would give music publicity and promotion a go.

Bad move. I knew a lot about media, I did work at some pretty important places even before I became an infamous blogger; such as my high school, etc. I figured I knew enough. It worked alright, did a little work with some people, nobody you know, but some people. Sent a few mass e-mails until many bloggers began threatening to burn my house and never really earned any coverage for anyone. Maybe I should have let them burn the house, then the reporters would have had their story. Either way, that didn't work out so well. I made enough to pay for college this year from it and nothing more.

One would assume, that if you are working to do publicity for musicians, you would for sure be in the loop. One would think I'd know as well, if not better, than fellow bloggers what was hot, what was not, and what was real hot. Nope. Somehow, being on the other side of the fence blocked all signs of true talent (that damned fancy publicist/press fence), I found myself listening to stuff like Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews - not that there is anything fundamentally wrong with either of those artists, but who doesn't know these guys?

I was supposed to be the one who knew what was coming out in Paste Magazine before Paste Magazine knew. Instead, my friends were reading Paste and telling me about what I should be listening to. I then remembered why I started blogging in the first place - I love to share music with my friends. I love to tell someone about "this awesome new band, you have to listen to" and then weeks later hear them listening to it, having forgotten it was me who showed them the way.

I felt I owed some sort of an explanation to each of you reading this (and even a little more to the blog writer world) if I were to be trusted ever again. Be sure, I am not capitalistically motivated in any way by anyone, other than maybe Google AdSense, because I gotta earn my $.11 each day, how else is a brotha to eat?

Because of my six-month hiatus, I will not be putting together any sort of "Best of 06" type stories, because frankly, I've only heard what the first quarter and the second quarter of the year offered us all. I am sorry if you were looking forward to such a story. I will, however, be posting my Favorite album of the Year and Favorite Artist of the Year sometime this week.

Some songs I am playing today: (note - these are NOT the top songs of 06)

Napoleon's Hat [mp3] - Bright Eyes
Master of None [mp3] - Beach House
Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games [mp4] - Of Montreal
Ch Ching [mp3] - Lady Soverieign
Hoodie (SpankRockRemix) [mp3] - Lady Soveriegn
One by One [mp4] - Enya
Hey Boy [mp3] - The Blow
Come on Petunia [mp3] - The Blow
I'll make a more interesting and well thought out post later today. I just felt the need to share this song, I don't know why, but I love it.

Check out the Nea by Lelo at Tickle.
Monday, December 04, 2006

Photo: "Cold Mornings" - Nighty

As winter rolls around, it seems to me, love becomes more alive, or the lack thereof becomes ever more apparent with the days. Maybe it is just me, or maybe my senses are sharper in the crisp winter air. Either way, I always find the cold makes me feel like love has been watered down and frozen in the ice. That is a pretty depressing image, but the stark winters can cause quite emotional swings.

In these sort of situations, I have always turned to music as a way of realizing the world is bigger; that I am but a small part of the universe playing a minute role in the scope of a broad existence, no matter how seemingly devastated I am at the time. There is always so much more to life: so much beauty, emotion, and even a little love.
Photo: "Lost" - Raun

This is a complilation of songs I have listened to and realized how they could really help to warm my soul if something were to happen to cause me to feel bitter and cold. I'd slide the song over to a playlist in iTunes, and hope for the better, knowing I had something to fall back on if things didn't go as planned. I hope you will do the same - make a playlist and just hope you don't need it. The songs are individually beautiful themselves, almost so much to realize there is still hope - everyday.

You may no longer download each track individually, please use the link at the bottom, in a cute little folder. I stopped paying the server bill.

1. Pitter Patter Goes My Heart [mp3] - Broken Social Scene
I always like to start a mix off with an instrumental, like a warm up exercise for the ears. This song evokes great emotion, to help you realize where you are and what is going on, which is really the first step in moving on.

2. My oh My [mp4] - David Gray
A song about being "cold as stone" and not feeling pain unless it is very deeply driven might suffice. Its about not understanding, about being confused, but gradually realizing the world will warm up again. The voice of David Gray is chilly but the words he speaks are somewhat inspiring. He is like a close friend, there to help you through.

3. Breathe Me [mp3] - Sia
I really included this one because when I am in a relationship, I feel this way the entire time. I want to be absorbed by the person I am with, to become one. Even if I am going through a cold, deep valley knowing at the top of the next peak there is someone waiting for me to wrap them up, to keep them warm, to need me, to want me; I have the drive to continue climbing.

4. I'll Do Whatever You Want [mp3] - Memphis
This was the latest track I added to the list and part of me wanted to take it off. The song is a little too upbeat, but I thought that while the last tracks had been slow, I thought the content would drive home. Love sicken, we all would likely be willing to do anything someone asked us to just make things okay and make the skies blue again. Now, I am glad I didn't take it out. "Tell me something true..."

5. Paper Sailboats [mp3] - Dana Falconberry
Likely the "sappiest" song on the mix, Dana Falconberry's voice could almost bring a tear to my eye on the warmest day; her voice captures my heart.

6. Am I Not Yours? [mp3] - Cursive
Jealousy takes us over. No matter our strength, it does.

7. Life is all about taking things in and putting things out [mp4] - Telefon Tel Aviv
I take a little break here, letting your mind relax. Letting your eyes close and your heart open for the world is really expressing nothing but compassion for you. Okay, so really they might not be, but lets assume here, work with me.

8. Karma Police [mp3] - Radiohead
One of my all time favorite Radiohead tracks. This song has been important at so many different points of my life. There is nothing I can say about it that hasn't already been said.

9. Delicate [mp3] - Damien Rice
Damien Rice is a master of emotion. He leads the heart through a roller coaster of emotion with the support of beautiful strings. "We might live like never before/theres nothing to give/so how can we ask for more?"

10. When I sleep [mp3] - The Changes
Another pretty upbeat song, but this one has a much different message. This is the song you listen to when she/he's done you wrong, and it doesn't even matter any more.

11. Samson [mp3] - Regina Spektor
A beautiful song about reflection which I believe is based on the heroic Samson of the Hebrew Tanach, who had Herculean strength. (read more about Samson)

12. Lonesome Tears [mp4] - Beck
I had originally ended the mixtape with this song, but I felt Imogen Heap's song made for a much better ending. This epic Beck classic demonstrates his amazing ability to use music to complement verse, where many fail to do so.
Both tracks are intended to be #12.
12. Let Go [mp3] - Imogen Heap
I felt like this beautiful song made for a beautiful ending. We sometimes do have to let go. It is really the last step. Imogen Heap's emotive voice delivers her message well.

I hope these songs help you all as much as they have helped me. Do any of you have songs you would like to add? If you do, I will be more than happy to add as many as you suggest. We are welcoming around here.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

I am really happy somebody showed me this. This song is amazing. She is too talented.