Monday, December 01, 2008

Really, it's better if I don't

I cannot make a mix tape (or CD as it were). My friend Pablo made me a mix CD a long time ago. Terry made me one, too. Then, a few weeks ago, Criss made two CDs (one for me and one for Pablo) and gave us both a copy of each. This prompted Pablo to say, "Hey, where's my CD? You owe me one." I'm way behind, but really, he should be thanking me.

Here's the problem--my taste in music is: a) kind of eclectic; b) a little boring for most people due to its mellowness; and c) somewhat embarrassing for its cheese factor. Seriously. "Superhits of the 70's" anyone? I've got 'em. "Josie and The Pussycats" soundtrack? Yep, I got that one too. One day I'm all about the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the next it's all Jim Croce, all the time. I love musicals but I kind of dig Andrew WK too. So what do I put on a mix tape? What does one put on a mix tape? Is it supposed to be the music you like or the music the recipient likes? Should there always be a theme? How do you decide the order of the songs? Yeah, this is why I suck as a girlfriend too. I'm clueless.

Well, I made a CD for Pablo tonight but I'm sure he's going to hate it. It's acoustic guitar heavy with maybe three or four rock tunes and very male oriented with only a few gals. I almost included a song by Gonzo (of Muppet show fame) that is one of my all-time favorites, but I decided against it. As for the order of songs? I couldn't decide and just went alphabetically, which may lead to some jarring transitions. Hopefully, word will spread about my mix tape deficiency and no one will ask me again. (psst...pass it on)


woolanthropy said...

Sounds like a cop out.
Your a probably a creative genius of a mixmaster. Stop overthinking and mix the craziest ass tapes you can. Gonzo included please.

woolanthropy said...

that's you are a creative genius.

Better put on my eyeglasses.

Ellen Bloom said...

Being a former public radio d.j., when I make mix-tapes I put on songs that I think the recipient would like, but that I want to introduce them to. Example...if someone likes bouncy pop music (Britney, Madonna), I might clue them in to some Bill Monroe and the Blue Sky Boys bluegrass! Now that's some bouncy music! If they like somber soft ballads (Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, etc.) I hit them with some John Lee Hooker blues! Oh yeah! I know how to influence musical tastes!

p.s. my radio show was cancelled! Hahaha.

Gwen said...

I love the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack!