Sean and Steven’s Fifth Annual Holiday CD Exchange Party was tonight in Denver, and I was unable to attend in person. Like last year they’ve graciously allowed me to participate via proxy which I really appreciate.
It’s an interesting experience for me to sit down and make a mix CD — something I consider a lost art form in today’s a la cart world. I always start with what songs moved me over the past year. Many of which come from one or two sources: new songs I’ve heard or songs that I’ve associated with friends (both new and old). This year was no different. I started out heavily influenced by a very small set of new artists I discovered. But because no one wants to hear a mix CD of just Beth Orton and Pink Martini, I had to diversify the selection a bit.
Over the course of three weeks I threw songs I liked or that spoke to me into a playlist, and then whittled down the several dozen songs to enough for a CD. It was only when I had the final list that I realized they were all about relationships, friendships, and love. So I arranged them into a sort of ballad. Not that this is necessarily my story of 2012, but it’s a story.
- Incredible Machine – Sugarland
- Anywhere – Beth Orton
- Central Reservation – Beth Orton
- Clementine – Pink Martini
- Never Meant to Love You – Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons
- Dream A Little Dream Of Me – The Mamas & The Papas
- Let’s Never Stop Falling In Love – Pink Martini
- Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
- The Truth About Love – P!nk
- Hang With Me – Robyn
- Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – P!nk
- Walk of Shame – P!nk
- Singing In the Rain / Umbrella – Glee Cast
- It Happens – Sugarland
- Somebody That I Used To Know – Walk Off the Earth
- Bolero – Steve Sharples
Every song on the list has a meaning to me, although not necessarily what it may appear at face value. Many songs were added because they remind me of an important person in my year — and you know who you are. To those few people: thank you for being a part of my year. I can’t imagine my 2012, and my life, without you.