On the brink of a birthday, I’ve resolved to run more. Not more frequently, but longer. Since my daughter was born, I’ve become all too accustomed to runs more apt to be measured in blocks than miles. 15 months in, it’s time to shelve the excuses and stretch it out in search of endorphins.
If recent past is any prologue, I’m going to need some help.
Unceremoniously entitled “Don’t Bonk,” this playlist is meant to get me going. Its running time clocks in at an optimistic hour and a half, and it spans a wide range of genres in search of an extra gear.
1. Avicii, “Wake Me Up”– Fair warning: this mix isn’t above the somewhat cheesy use of situation-specific lyrics. But if you’ve just hauled yourself out of bed early, you’re not above someone encouraging you to wake up.
2. Kanye West, “Power” (Swizz Beatz remix)– You’re now awake enough to be registering the inevitable inconvenience of the first mile. A little swagger will help.
3. Lil’ Wayne, “6 Foot 7 Foot”– Let’s double up on that dose of swagger.
4. Diplo & GTA, “Boy Oh Boy”– Putting some topspin on a beat from Missy and Tim, we’re looking to find a bit of a groove here.
5. TVOTR, “Will Do” (XXXChange Dancehall Mix)– If I’m going to see the second half of this playlist, I’m going to have to settle the pace a bit.
This may well be the best point in a holiday weekend: it’s Sunday, but you don’t have to act like it. You can put all of your pre-week routine aside and serve up a second helping of Saturday.
To help with this pattern interrupt, I’m going to share two songs that are entirely unexpected. As is the nature of surprising songs like this, I’m not yet sure what I think about them. But there’s something about their off-kilter nature that seems perfect for this morning.
To begin, there’s Weezy, sounding like he’s hanging out on the steps of the student union strumming his guitar. Wait, what? Though this track’s juxtaposition may have you thinking it’s a mash-up, this is indeed the third track off of his forthcoming album.
After months of delay, here’s the most recent installment of the holiday mix series.
For the newcomers out there, I’ve been making mix CDs instead of holiday cards over the past several years. It’s always a wide range of genres, with a focus on the unreleased, the re-mixed, and the under-appreciated.
For the old timers, you’re correct in pointing out that we’re a bit beyond Christmas, and this isn’t even a CD per se. We’re going to give digital distribution a whirl, with one single track recording, and another version with rough track increments slotted in there.
I hope this mix brings some surprises, smiles, and artists that you’ll enjoy for months to come.
Feel free to drop comments in if you hear something you like. Enjoy, y’all.
Here’s the link the the continuous mix. It’ll take a while to download, no doubt.
Some songs, by virtue of their lyrics or emotion or guy someone knows at the movie studio, find their way immediately into a soundtrack. And then there are some songs that probably never will, but definitely should.
The following three songs are remixes that I’ve stumbled across lately that are perfect for soundtracks. Interestingly, each is a modern take on a song from the 60’s.
While the movie that will use this Creedence Clearwater Revival remix has yet to be made, here’s the all-too-familiar visual that will accompany it. Fortunate Son, Sleeper Counting Caveman Remix
If there had been more of a soundtrack for The Wire, this remix of The Animals would have been on it. Lost and Found, Guru and Solar
I have yet to see this movie (nor heard its soundtrack), but I think a movie about an amazing public school in Chicago’s inner city would do well with this song.Help, E-Train (featuring Lil’ Wayne and The Beatles)