Friday, October 13, 2006

The Many Virtues of Mix CDs

Just the other day, my fantastic friend Sarah Sossy decided to grace me with a surprise mix cd to help me through midterm madness. There are very few things in life that are better giving a mix cd and even fewer things that are better than getting a great mix cd.

Here are just a few reasons I get such a kick out of mix cds:
1) You get to "unwrap" the present for about an hour and a half
2) It's easy to put meaning or multiple meanings behind your gift. In the words of Wikipedia, a mix cd can be "a highly personal statement tailored to the tape's [cd] intended recipient"
3) Or it can have no meaning and contain pure randomness
4) Weeks and months later you can still enjoy the gift
5) Years later you can "unwrap" the present all over again. When I listen to old mix cds from a few years ago it puts me back in a different place and reminds me of people I love and miss.
6) I'm usually introduced to at least one new song or artist that I end up loving and playing to death
7) Mix cds are an optimal blend of low cost and high thought

One of my favorite mix cds I've made:
-House Carpenter, Nickel Creek
-Passage, Vienna Teng
-Comin' Home, City and Colour
-You Belong to Me, Jason Wade
-Pretty Dress, Rosie Thomas
-Goodbye My Lover, James blunt
-The Lighthouse Tale, Nickel Creek
-Shadow on the Wall, Brandi Carlile
-Empty, Ray LaMontagne
-Farewell, Rosie Thomas
-Annie's Song, John Denver
-Nothing Compares to U, Sinead O'Connor
-It Don't Matter to the Sun, Rosie Thomas
-A Case of You, Joni Mitchell
-When You Come Back Down, Nickel Creek
-Whiskey Lullaby, Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss

With all that said, it's possible I'm just easily amused and/or very sick of school...

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