More Mixing

The making of a great compilation tape like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick it off with a killer to grab attention. Then you gotta take it up a notch…

Yeah, I’m sounding like I’m in High Fidelity. Top five Song 1, Side 1s. I’ve got 2 song ones and three last songs. A few too many fast ones, and not enough languid ones. And I didn’t get the joke song in at the end of 10 minutes of silence. So I’m still looking for that mix of the not too obvious and the not too obscure in search of the perfect mix tape.

Long Hot Summer Nights (Hendrix Experience) didn’t make it. No Hendrix at all, actually. No Beach Boys, Sitting on the Dock by the Bay, or surf music. Those are far too obvious. No grunge, though Pearl Jam’s Alive goes through my head when climbing mountain passes on my bike. Somehow I also missed the Beatles, Dylan, and Squirrel Nut Zippers. I missed adding something off of Genesis’ Invisible Touch album only because I don’t have a digital copy. That’s one tape that spent long hours in a boat’s tape deck one summer.

Sarah Vowell wrote about mix tapes for hire in Take the Cannoli, not that I understand that particular subsector of the mix world. There’s a RealAudio feed of her performing that on the This American Life website.

Oh well, I guess I have ideas for Summer mix, volume two. Right now, I’m copying for volume one. I have my master, I’m happy with it. Had a few technical snags (8 coasters and counting), but I’ve had 2 good burns in a row. This would have been much easier if I had gotten the combo drive in the tibook, instead of just the dvd player. The result would probably be better, since I could have matched levels, played with timing, and included an extra song fragment or two. But I couldn’t burn with iTunes, so I make do with what I have.

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