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Friday, January 27, 2012

CD Club Mix, January 2012

I'm in a CD club and just sent out my mix. The letter and song list are below. I'll send out a few to anyone who wants a copy. Just send me a message.


CD Club Mix, January 2012: Resolutions
Hello CD-Clubbers,

This mix has been ruminating for about a year, though several of the songs on it are recent additions to my collection. Now that I am finally burning the discs for you all, I've thought about and listened to the mix, in some form, so many times that I've become numb to its charms. But rest assured, there are charms to be found, and my wish is for you to discover a few.

One thing that struck me after having a look at the song list from my last mix, which I made in April 2010 (see the Google Groups site), is that my listening tastes haven't changed much over the last two years. It's a bit disappointing, as I like to think of myself as a searching and open minded listener of music. Nonetheless, there have been some new discoveries since that mix: Mother Mother, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Raphael Saadiq, and Starfucker, to name a few.

I've put a lot of time and feeling into this disc, and not as much thought; when it comes to music, I'm no intellectual. The name of the mix is Resolutions, which is ironic because I decided just this year that I no longer believe in New Year's Resolutions. For me, if I'm ready to do a thing, I do it, and if not, I don't, whether I make a resolution or not.

The truth is, this mix doesn't really have a theme, it's just a collection of songs that I fell in love with over the past couple of years. Indeed, the mix could be thought of as a musical journal of the last 18 months, or so, of my life.

It's good to be back in touch with you all, and to all of the newcomers welcome. I am a mathematics professor at the University of Montana. I like my job, and love to bike and ski; indeed, I'm sending this out at the end of the Jan 10-20 window because we've been getting dumped on and the skiing has been insane! Oh, and I've got a couple of kids and a wife who are tops for me. As I'm sure is the case for you all, life is too busy, and music makes it richer.

Happy listening,

John

Resolutions
1. War On War             3:50      Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot  
2. Wasted Hours           3:22      Arcade Fire, The Suburbs        
3. Keep Your Heart      5:43      TV On the Radio, Nine Types of Light
4. Futures                      3:50      Zero 7, The Garden
5. Culture of Fear          3:14      Thievery Corporation, Culture of Fear
6. Little By Little            4:28      Radiohead, The King of Limbs             
7. Lost In the World      4:18      Kanye West & Bon Iver, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy           
8. Never Give You Up  4:14      Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It (Bonus Track Version)           
9. Ghosting                    4:49      Mother Mother, O My Heart
10. Loving Cup             4:27      The Rolling Stones, Exile On Main Street
11. Everlasting Light      3:25      The Black Keys, Brothers (Deluxe Version)
12. Take It Easy           3:58      Surfer Blood, Astro Coast
13. Bury Us Alive         3:11      Starfucker, Reptilians
14. Go Do                    4:41      J√≥nsi, Go
15. King of Spain          3:29      The Tallest Man On Earth, The Wild Hunt
16. Holocene                5:38      Bon Iver, Bon Iver
17. Get Real Get Right  5:13      Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz
18. Someone Great       6:26      LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver

Winter Break, and a Glut of Skiing, Ends

Jen skiing trees at the Bowl

Winter Break ended a week ago for Jen and I, so it's back to a full-time work.

The break was great, spent almost entirely in Missoula, with many visits up to Snowbowl. Sticking around is a nice change after so much travel over the past couple of years.

This last week was an epic one for skiing. Snowbowl got about three feet of snow over four days, or so. I've skied the last five days in a row, and my knees are sore, but it's been great.

I am now re-acquainted with skiing as a lifestyle and am as grateful as ever to live in a beautiful place with such exhilarating stuff to do.