Our History as told by Mix CD’s

Posted: September 16, 2010 in Listy goodness, Memory Lane, Music, Video
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We are big, BIG fans of mix CD’s in our family. We make a mix CD to accommodate a road trip, or to mark a holiday. We make a mix CD when we want to consolidate a bunch of our current favorites onto one disc. We make a mix CD when we’re bored on a Saturday night.

And we save them ALL.

I have a stack of our mix CD’s on my desk right now. I know there’s more at home. As I’m listening to these CD’s, I’m struck with how they tell the history of our family, of the life I have with Bill and the kids, and of where we were mentally and emotionally when the CD’s were burned.

It’s kind of fascinating, really.

Take, for instance, “Mixiness Volume II”, which was created on 2/24/02. I actually wrote a corresponding entry about that weekend, which inspired the mix. Quoth the entry, “Then, with windows rolled down and a new mix CD blasting away, we wandered up to Old Town Scottsdale.”

Track list includes:

– “Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
– “Brick House” by The Commodores
– “Dead Man’s Party (Live)” by Oingo Boingo
– “In The End” by Linkin Park
– “Livin’ It Up” by Ja Rule
– “Girl Can’t Help It (Live)” by Journey
– A sixteen minute and twenty-nine second 70’s/80’s rock sample mash-up that begins with Hendrix and ends with Led Zeppelin
– “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by The Scorpions
– “No One Like You” by The Scorpions
– “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry
– “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

“Mixiness Volume III” was created around 4/8/02 – I didn’t write the date on the label, but I did write an entry about it. I was in the midst of planning our wedding at the time. Here is the tracklist THAT weekend inspired:

– “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” by Jefferson Starship
– “Bang a Gong” by Powerstation
– “We Built This City” by Jefferson Starship
– “December 1963 (Remix)” by Frankie Valli
– “Venus” by Frankie Avalon
– “Fantasy” by Aldo Nova
– “Reflex” by Duran Duran
– A fifteen minute and thirty-one second 80’s/90’s dance music mash-up
– “Bodies” by Drowning Pool
– A thirteen minute and fifteen second mash-up of Madonna songs

The “Happy Hour Mix” was inspired by the happenings of this entry back in April of 2002, in which I describe a happy hour we held at our house. We used to have a lot of happy hours at our house. Then we stopped cleaning it unless we really, really had to. And stopped creating reasons to have to.

– “One Love” by Bob Marley
– “Days Go By” by Dirty Vegas
– “Reflex” by Duran Duran (repeat offender!)
– “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison
– “Hella Good” by No Doubt
– “Bang A Gong” by The Powerstation (another repeat offender!)
– “Mas Tequila” by Sammy Hagar
– “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
– “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue
– “Sexual (la di da)” by Amber
– “Silence” (techno remix) by Sara McLachlan
– “Sexual Healing” (remix) by Marvin Gaye
– “South Side” by Moby
– “Escape” by Rupert Holmes
– Some techno trace song by Darude

I talked about the Valentine’s 2004 Mix in this entry. It wasn’t very… Valentiney. Really, it was entertainment for the four-hour drive up north to go skiing.

– “Splash Waterfall” by Ludacris
– “Toxic” by Britney Spears
– “One Thing” by Finger Eleven
– “Brush Ya Shoulders Off” by Jay-Z
– “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet
– “Milkshake” by Kelis
– “Figured You Out” by Nickelback
– “I Like The Way You Move” by Outkast
– “Tipsy” by J-Kwon
– “Yeah” by Usher
– “Salt Shaker” by the Ying Yang Twins

Our taste in music is… random. But once we like something, we like it FOREVER.

  1. Taoist Biker says:

    I’ve learned to date my mixes for just that purpose – sometimes it’s intriguing to me to see that I left this song out in favor of the other one at THIS date, and try to figure out why…

    I think your musical taste is awesome, of course. Duh.

  2. Jeanette says:

    Our taste in music is pretty random too. My iPod has everything from Lady GaGa to Glen Campbell.

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