Music has always been a huge part of my life.
I have been making mixed tapes (now mixed CD's) since high school. I always give them titles - Dance Til Dawn, Cruisin' 92, Birdman's Best Unplugged, Sykotic Runner, Reinventing The Lake. The reason behind the titles and the songs picked specifically for the compilation could each fill a blog entry.
Over 90% of the compilations have been for myself. I use mixed CD's to express whatever I'm feeling at that time.
The rest I give away to friends, never keeping a copy.
I have made literally hundreds of them.
There is one mixed CD that I have been working on since 1993 called The Last Mix. My only criteria for entry is if I say "Oh My God. That is the best song I have ever heard in my entire life. Ever."
I then add that song to the mix.
I have promised myself that 1) once a song has been added it can not be deleted, and 2) the day that I fill up that compilation, I will never make a mixed CD again.
From 1993 to the present, I have added 10 songs to that compilation. This afternoon, I am adding an 11th song.
It's a 1995 song by the Jayhawks called Blue. I knew the song back then, but heard it again recently and realized how much I still loved it.
Here's the song - audio only:
If you're wondering what the first 10 songs in The Last Mix are, you'll have to wait. The compilation is less than half filled. I'll publish the details once it's done.