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1) I kicked ass as a booth babe today. I was the messiah of trade shows.

2) "The Headphonist" by Kinky = so awesome. When I heard it on the radio today the guy sounded so much like John McCrea that I was confused. I know all the songs he's done. But then I looked it up and wow, so good. Everybody, go get Kinky.

3) Fell of the beach because I could find nothing - NOTHING - in the convention center that I could eat. Fuckers. Back on tomorrow.

4) 9 hours of work today means I'll go home early on Friday. Boo. Yah.

5) Is a making good mixed CD the same as writing a letter? Should a mixed CD be listened to all the way through or is it acceptable to jump around? Are you saying more about the person you make the CD for, or is it more of a reflection of your own self? How egotistical is making a CD? Discuss.

Off to Pearl's for crocheting and housey goodness.


[edit] Know why I thought it was John McCrea on "The Headphonist"? Yeah, that's because it IS John McCrea. I know his voice like I know the sound of my own name. The rest of Kinky's stuff is amazing though, even without John.
5) I think the number one thing to guage mix tape etiquettte by is the author of said tape. For example, Graphite spends days working on a mix tape. She sets up a playlist on WMP and listens to transitions to make sure they are not too jarring. She makes sure that a mellow song is immediately followed by a song that is fast paced so as not to lull the listener to sleep but not too hard or abrasive to ruin the mood of the last song. Her mixes say something. On the other hand when my friend Ben makes a mix tape, I find that the songs start out in alphabetical order and then towards the end you get sporadic songs because I think he went back and realized other songs he wanted on there. You must also account for intent. A "Hey, this music rocks" tape, a "Please don't forget me when I/you leave" tape, and an "I love you" tape are all substantially different things. You'll find that well educated, artistically enclined people who are trying to say something other than "I like this music. Please like it too" tend to make mixes that are meant to be in a certain order, whereas "Check out this music" tapes tend to not matter so much.
Well, mixes are made for different reasons as you said. A "I like this music, you might enjoy it too" CD is a lot different than a mix that is telling the person you want to have their babies. I made a mix once that was basically a letter, though.

When I make a CD I go for tone, trying to blend the songs together based on either the context of the song or the sound of the song. Kind of like word association, perhaps. But what is the tone I'm looking for?

Are the songs the author pick, though, really about themselves or how the author views the other person? That's why I think they are like letters.
A mixed cd should be listen to straigh through the first time, after that skipping is acceptable. It should be a reflection of what you see in that person.

I FUCKING LOVE making mixes to listen to while working out. I'm not a music girl so that's the only time I listen (I am just such an mpr addict I don't have time for other). And those are always a very careful mix of what works for me. I made my aunt (not the infamous aunt of coolness but an aunt of lameness) a mix of workout stuff. It was all about me, but that was because I have NO clue about her musical taste or any such. Usuall though I make mixes that make me think of the person I make them for. (I don't do it often.)
I agree - I think it's the same with any good album, the songs were placed in a certain order by the musician. Afterwards you can totally skip around, but there's a reason that the songs have been ordered like that (fun note: I can't make a "best of Cake" CD because I am so dependent on hearing the songs in context with the following songs. I'm sad like that)

Work out mixes are different too - you need something that will motivate you to continue to exersise so it needs a good beat and drive. I'm always hessitant about making CDs for others because I have odd tastes in music (for some reason I always end up liking the songs on the album that people normally hate).
I FUCKING LOVE making mixes to listen to while working out.

Those are my favorite type of mixes to make as well. =) Although I have not perfected the art of the mix tape, I know the perfect songs to get me pumped up while pounding the pavement. I have spent hours scouring through my collection searching for the perfect high energy songs which are interesting enough to keep me entertained.
5! What a great topic...I shall discuss later...I have to go meet paulie at the blackstone...
Yay! I look forward to your imput
You just got that song stuck in my head. =P

Mix CDs or tapes can have any kind of different meanings. I would say there are a few main categories of mix CDs: those of the "here, listen to this music, it's awesome" variety, those of these "these songs remind me of you and/or our time together variety" and those that are something of a mix of the two. Although the latter can be like a letter, it isn't usually. I usually like to listen to mix CDs one time all the way through, and then after that first listen I will jump around as I see fit.

One type of mix CD I really like is the "group" CD -- everyone picks a song or two, making a compilation. I still listen to the CD that my freshman section in college made -- there's a lot of great stuff on there, and each of the songs connects me to a person.

I would say that mix CDs are a reflection of the individual rather than the recipent. Although a CD may be made with a recipient in mind, it is ultimately a reflection of what the maker thinks the recipient wants to hear, or what the maker wants the recipient to here (a message in the CD).

There is definitely an art to making the mix CD -- placing the songs well together, and choosing songs the recipient (or group of recipients) will like can be difficult. Plus, there is always the worry that the recipient will get the wrong message from the choice of songs, which is one of the reasons I hesitate to make mix CDs as gifts (I will read multiple meanings into each song and debate if I should put it on).
Avenue Q for the win...

I sometimes wonder if making a mix CD is just a way to show off music prowress. The songs that are picked are picked for a reason, even if the reason is as simple as "I love this song like burning" or "look at my incredibly obscure knowledge of bands" or "this songs reminds me of you." If it is a reflection of the author of the mix, are we trying to tell the person something about ourselves knowingly or is it really subconscious?

Or maybe sometimes a mix tape is JUST a mix tape...
I don't think making a cd is egotistical, it's flattering that the person wanted to take that time to make one for you.

And skipping around isn't rude. I think the person would like you to listen to it once all of the way through, just so you don't overlook any kick arse songs. That's why some people make tapes. However, once you listen to it once, then it's free game, skip around!
I'm not saying it's completely egotistical, but is there some level of egotism in making a mix tape or is it a purely selfless action?

I think it was in Chuck Klosterman's newest book that he said he made 1 mix CD and gave 3 copies of it to 3 different girls, each one special to him in some way, and each one thinking they were the only ones to recieve the CD. How does that effect the argument?
Meg, we're still on for tomorrow night and the Warhol exhibit, eh?

Also, making a CD is nice but it's easily and quickly duplicated. Making a CD is like sending an e-mail. I could make some slight alterations to an e-mail and send (basically) the same thing to someone else. Both the CD and the e-mail pale in comparison to sitting down and writing out a letter longhand. Getting a CD is nice while getting a hand-written letter is special.
Yes, we are totally on for the Warhol tomorrow, shall I just show up after work and hang with the Suz-meister til you arrive?

And I wasn't suggesting that a mix CD should REPLACE a letter, but in terms of creation and what is being said, could a mix cd be on the same level as a letter? Letters are heartfelt - you have taken the time to sit down and write to the person, creating something completely new and yay! the person gets something in their mailbox BESIDES bills! But when you write a letter, it's a one sided discussion until you recieve a reply. So in a way, a very small way, is it not self serving? You get to explain your idea or concept with out interruption and you have as much time as you need. Of course, you are also sharing that idea with someone else on a personal level.

So for you, is a mix CD just something you throw together, like shooting out an email then? Or do you take time with the creation of said mix?
Is it me or does the "40 comments"...now 41...bother anyone else?
What, it's okay to muse about the world as a coat but not to wax philisophical on the underlying messages of a mix cd?

Methinks you're jealous your LJ doesn't get this much action :-P