Tag Archives: Michael McDermott

Summer in Chicago Mix 2010

With back-to-back dinner parties this weekend, I of course had to spend a good chunk of time obsessing about the proper soundtrack for said soirees.  The answer I came up with is the collection presented here: 19 food and family friendly tracks you probably haven’t heard but will want to.

For loyal readers of this blog, this CD will serve as a nostalgic tour through the mellower tracks that have emerged as my favorites over the last year or so.  For the newbies out there, feel free to search the artists’ names on the blog so that you can learn more about them.  And do track down their commercial releases: there’s not a band on here that’s not worth the price of admission.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the track list and the link to the music. Continue reading

30 Days of Music, Day 7: A Song that Reminds You of a Certain Event

I think one of the signs of a well-written song is not that a bunch of people will find some section of the lyrics that they remember or repeat, but that different people will be drawn to different parts.

This song is intensely personal for me, as I first heard it on a retreat in high school (the “certain event” in question) and have been listening to it on and off for all of the many years since.  The song itself manages to be a self-contained retreat, flowing through a series of couplets that I think stop and make you think regardless of your personal Faith.

With this song, I think my options are to write five sentences or five pages worth.  So, given that I’ve slipped a day behind, I think I’ll leave it at that.  Besides, it’s probably best to leave the discovery of this song just that.

A Wall I Must Climb, Michael McDermott

Then, Now, Soon: Volume 1

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.

01 Then, Now, Soon_ Volume 1

Here’s a jpg with the tracklist.  If I’ve done it right (?), you can print this and it should fold over for a CD insert.

The version of the mix that has track increments is coming soon, pending my crash course in compression software.

Music + Moments, Volume One: Summer Songs

Summer songs– music that melds right in with BBQs, beaches, and umbrella-adorned cocktails.  And thus far this summer (yes, that’s right, even in these post-Labor Days, I’m still referring to this summer as if it’s still unfurling), has had more than it’s share of fantastic songs that are just as fantastically matched to the time of year.

fitting that they are spinning the globe, because that they surely do

fitting that they are spinning the globe, because that they surely do

The first of these is a song that, for me, is the song of the summer– even though I think they may have cheated.  When you release as song that ebullient and bouncy as “Warm Heart of Africa,” you release said song in July and you even pull out the steel drums, it’s hard for me to believe that you’re not making a direct play for the jam of the summer.  Brought to you by The Very Best, a combination of a great DJ (Radioclit), a cool Malawi singer (Esau Mwamwaya), and for this track the lead singer of Vampire Weekend (whose appearance with an actual African singer is somewhat confusing, but never mind).  If you like this cut, don’t just check out their record– check out their mixtape (if you thought Michael Jackson’s song from the Free Willy soundtrack couldn’t be cool, brace for surprise).  Since I’m hoping you already have this song, I’ll share with you an even-bouncier remix done by a DJ who goes by “So Shifty.”

Warm Heart of Africa, The Very Best (So Shifty Remix)

To hang in Africa for a minute, let’s bring out Toto.  And the South Rakkas Crew.   Continue reading