Do you remember making mix tapes? Recording songs off the radio with your super awesome stereo? Man, those were the days. You had to catch the song at just the right time, making top 40 countdown an amazing source for music and something to which you absolutely had to listen. And then when you didn’t get it quite right, you’d have to rewind and it could take a few tries before you absolutely had it correct – with no DJ talk, unless you wanted to include the name of the song, not too long of an awkward pause, filling up the rest of the tape with the appropriate amount of songs, and the list goes on.
And after that there were mix CDs. It wasn’t as fun as mix tapes because you had less of a chance of discovering completely new music when you were taking music you already (legally, right?) acquired and putting it in a super awesome order with a specific theme. But there was the benefit of being able to have both the completely beginning AND ending of a song. And no weird comments from a DJ making an awkward spot in your mix. The sound was more clear, more crisp, and you could spend even more time on perfecting the exact right combination of songs.
But then there was YouTube. And all of the listening online with radio channels like Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and all the rest. But there is still a way for you to get your creative music collections out of your head and into your ears – or the ears of those who love you enough to listen to the mixes that you make. I enjoy making YouTube playlists for the purpose of entertainment – mostly my own, but to recapture in a way the enchantment that happened from the days before online radio when mix CDs and, even better, mix tapes were an option. Sure, you could make a mix tape now, but who has a tape deck on which to listen? Or you could make a mix CD, but who uses a CD player anymore? They are far too easily damaged, as well.
Perhaps you’re a loyal reader and remember that collection I shared a while back with The History of Me in which I shared a playlist of songs that inspired me in different points of my life. Or perhaps you’re simply an awesome person who wants to know what crazy I’m talking about today – either way works for me.
Today is a horrible, miserable, rainy, not so good day. And windy. Did I forget to say windy? Because honestly, I’d be amazed if my outdoor decor was still there tomorrow. I’d go out and save it now, but there are only so many places to put things that are blowing away. And they blew away from the last places I put them so they may be on their own at this point. What is better for a terrible, horrible, windy day than a nice Melancholy playlist? Sure, you could listen to music that will perk up your spirit, but having a good down and grungy day every now and then makes those happy days that much brighter. Or maybe it’s just me, which could totally be the case. Click on the image listen to the playlist on YouTube, or check it out in the player below.
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Metallica – One
Gordon Lightfoot – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Nine Inch Nails – That’s What I Get
Treble Charger – Ever She Flows
Toad and the Wet Sprocket – Always Changing Probably
Modest Mouse – It Always Rains on a Picnic
Incubus – In the Company of Wolves
Pavement – Here
Neutral Milk Hotel – Two-Headed Boy, Pt. 2
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Elliot Smith – A Fond Farewell
Pixies – Where Is My Mind
Radiohead – Creep
Harry Chapin – Cats in the Cradle
Gary Jules – Mad World