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Transition Mix

There was change in the air about six months ago.
One way or another, things were going to change.
There were choices to be made. There were decisions to weigh.

Of course, music set some of the background as I was thinking about what was before me and what I had just been through. Music is powerful that way.

When it came time to say goodbye to the people who had been a second family to me (an ever changing one at that), I wanted to do something special.

“Goodbyes” and moments like that come and go so fast, especially in the organization I had called home. I wanted to hold onto the memory in some way. I wanted to soak it in. And maybe I wanted to give everyone else a chance to do that, too. So I tried to make it a little more fun and a little more sad and little more strange and a little more beautiful.

For my “goodbye” I decided to make everyone a mix CD. Because who does that still? We had mix CDs for everything when I was in college. It was an art form. It’s like a little auditory love letter.

Chad: I have a gift for everybody because I don’t think this has ever been done before. So of course I was going to do it!
Katie: An individual!
Chad: When I was in college, when we had something we wanted to express – when we wanted to express our sentiments – we got together and we made… mix CDs. So I made you a mix CD – “Transition Mix” – songs that I’ve been listening to for the last 6 months.
Scott: This is just like “Elizabethtown”.
Chad: It is just like “Elizabethtown”.
Chad: So..pass em’ around!

Transition Mix

 Track List:

1. Intro (Hulk Winds Down)
“I was tired, I had a bad attitude, I was hurt, I was beat up… ‘I think it’s time to wind this thing down’…”

2. Ryan Adams – Lucky Now
“Am I really who I was?”

3. Ryan Bingham – Weary Kind
“Pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try.”

4. The Format – On Your Porch
“If you fail well then you fail but not to us…these last three years, I know they’ve been hard…but now it’s time to get out of the desert and into the sun.”

5. The Head And The Heart – Rivers And Roads
“Nothing is as it has been and I miss your face like hell.”

6. Delta Spirit – Devil Knows You’re Dead
“May your days be rich and full of wealth, and your nights be long when you need rest…before the Devil knows you’re dead, may you be in Heaven my friend.”

Download (MP3s in a zipped folder).

So here it is, online.
It’s a mini-soundtrack to my life these past 6 months.
It’s been a little fun.
And a little sad.
And a little strange.
And a little beautiful.
Thank you.


30 Years Of Songs: Part 3 – The 2000’s

Continuing into the 2000’s! The songs of the year. What was on my mind? What was on my heart? What was on ‘repeat’? What song was really, really, persistent (or annoying!)?
Find out!

(Click song title for YouTube video).


“Graduation (Friends Forever)” – Vitamin C 
Boy did this song get old fast. And boy did we love it.

“Anthem For The Year 2000” – Silverchair
Post-Grunge Alternate Rock-Voice Number 3 at its best. Plus, they’re Australian. Who knew?




“Yellow” – Cold Play
The explanation of the song that Chris Martin has since offered has been underwhelming (“why yellow?”), but at the time this was just a magical song for me.

“Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” – Train 
Yes, I seriously did love this song. I was the master of the 5 hour phone conversation, believe it or not. (At least I thought so).




“The Scientist” – Coldplay
It’s a song about a guy who fantasizes about building a time machine so he can get his girl back. Genius. Unfortunately, in life, there’s no do-overs.

“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
This was just a fantastic song. This song helped me get through college. Well…not really. But I really liked it!




“California” – Phantom Planet
This is a pretty loaded one. So this came out just about the time I was getting away to California to get my head straight after a girlfriend decided we “needed to go on break” (dumped), and just as I’m about to leave, she calls that off. So then I go. And then I come back. And then a few months later The Guitar Guy At The Party plays this song at this party we’re at. She later marries that guy. (Good for them, by the way! This re-telling might be unfair, but this is my blog). But this is a pretty good song, anyway.

“Such Great Heights” – The Postal Service
This song was the 2000’s. At the very least, the early 2000’s. Thanks, Clayton, for the introduction. “This is the next big thing”, and he was right. Everyone wanted that sound afterward. I absolutely, positively, love this song just as much as I did when I heard it in a dorm room in 2003. It’s a fantastic road trip song.




“Why Can’t I” – Liz Phair
Boy did this song get played a bunch. 

The Reason – Hoobastank
First of all, what a dumb band name. Second of all – who among us – WHO, I ask, didn’t have 10 friends who put the lyrics to this song on their AIM away message or profile? That said, not a bad song. You couldn’t go through 2004 without hearing this a bunch of times.




“IRS” – Guns N’ Roses
The song wouldn’t actually be released officially for 3 more years, but a low-quality demo tape (from the 1999 version of the song) leaked to the Internet and I listened to it day and night for weeks. This might be the only new song I remember from that year, actually. There’s several from 2003 I got introduced to (Dashboard, etc), though.




“Better” – Guns N’ Roses
Another Internet leak from an album that wouldn’t be released until 2008! When this song leaked it was the first evidence any of us had that Axl could still actually sing. This song would be on repeat for another year. I’m not kidding. I stayed up 36 hours to make it to a concert and get back to work the next day partially because of this song.

“Snails” – The Format
I loved this cute little song.




I’m going to break format here, and reverse…because I caught up on a very important album from 2003:

“Your Front Porch” – The Format
Found it by accident. Fell in love with the song. Shout out to Veronica Mars.

“Give It Up” – The Format
This is just amazing. Captures an intense and specific moment in time. This is the sound of my mid-20’s.




“Love Story” – Taylor Swift
Even I was not immune to her songwriting wiles. 

“Scraped (Lies They Tell)” – Guns N’ Roses
So after 8 years of waiting, Chinese Democracy is finally released. But I’d heard most of the songs before – either in leaks or in concert (or both). This song was totally new and I loved it. This is what all the fuss was about, for better or worse.




“Party in the U.S.A.”- Miley Cyrus 
This was totally my jam. Gotta turn it up.

“At Least I’m Not As Sad As I Used To Be” – fun.
The best thing was – I *wasn’t* as sad as I used to be when this song came out! It was life imitating therapeutic art! “Well, at least I’m not as sad as I *used* to be…”
It’s comforting.




“Fireflies” – Owl City
Yeash. Everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. It just made me want to listen to The Postal Service.

“Weary Kind” – Ryan Bingham
Theme to Crazy Heart, a fantastic movie. Well, actually, it was the same movie as “The Wrestler”, except with country music. But that’s okay because I loved both movies.




Devil Knows You’re Dead – Delta Spirit
The series finale song of Friday Night Lights. Oh my god. “FEELS”.

“Lucky Now” – Ryan Adams
Song used in “This Is 40”. “FEELS”.

“Rivers And Roads” – The Head and the Heart
What’s with it an TV shows and movies and good songs? “FEELS”.




“Miss Atomic Bomb” – The Killers
The best 80’s song I’ve ever heard.

“Carry On” – fun.
Someone said to me, out of the blue, that the “guitar solo reminded them of me”, and I thought that was pretty awesome.




“Cups” – Anna Kendrick 
“Wait, what, she was in Twilight? Oh…not her? Ok!” Really digging this song. I’m not sure I get it, though. But I dig it.

What other songs from 2013 should I get to know? Let me know! Open to any music recommendations! I love new music.


Well, that’s it! 30 years of songs that came, went, stayed… even though we wanted them to leave ! What you didn’t find on here are the, uh, “classics” I discovered in my teenage years – not the albums I dug up from the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s, and not songs I later came back to and loved. This was all about the music of the times as I lived them. Those other bands, albums, and songs that became the theme of my brooding adolescence and melancholy? The time I listened to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” over and over again? The time I listened to “Dark Side Of The Moon” while reading Ecclesiastes? My favorite songs to put on during a 2 week cross-country roadtrip? The songs that make you drive 15-mph over the speed-limit automatically? The best album to listen to in the fall? The first 10 MP3s I ever downloaded?

That’s a whole other bag of worms. And tricks.



30 Years Of Songs: Part 2 – The 90’s

Continuing into the 1990’s! The songs of the year. I might have hated them. I might have loved them. I might have heard them on the bus over and over and over again until they were burned into my DNA. For one reason or another, these songs stick out.

(Click song title for YouTube video).


“U Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer
They played this song in every neighborhood through loudspeaker every hour on the hour, all summer, winter, and fall. More or less.

“Ice Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice
Raptastic. The 90’s started out rough.




“Give It Away” Red Hot Chili Peppers
First music video I ever saw.

“Right Now” – Van Halen
Great video. Great Pepsi commercials. Great song.




“God Gave Rock N’ Roll To You II” – KISS
Fresh from Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey, this is still one of my ALL TIME JAMS. Love the song. It’s a cover of a remake of a …cover?

“Mrs. Robinson” – Lemonheads
Fresh from the Wayne’s World 2 soundtrack. A cover. And one on the first 10 MP3’s I ever downloaded. Loved the song. 




“No Rain” – Blind Melon
The Bumble Bee Girl. Enough said. Every hour. On the hour. All summer.

“Queen Of My Double Wide Trailer” – Sammy Kershaw
Heard this song a hundred times that year at my grandmother’s house. Since then it’s one of my all time favorites. I once ordered a “Sloe Gin Fizz” because of the song. They had to look it up.

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors
Something about this song – ever since I heard it – I have to turn it up and play it again. This is the 90’s.




“Crazy” – Aerosmith
So many things about this song and this video were way over my head. What I did know, as a fourth grader, was that this song was fantastic.
And that Liv Tyler was gorgeous.

“The Sign” – Ace of Base
I heard this song a 1000 times on the school bus. I ended up buying the CD. My first CD. No shame.

“Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
So, yeah, I remember having vivid nightmares/night terrors because this video would play overnight on MTV and I kept my TV on. Yikes. Also featured on Beavis & Butthead, who also freaked out. Someone made a fantastic parody that year. “!@#!$ son, mow the lawn! Mow the lawn!”




Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Another one hit wonder, and what a one-hit-wonder. Constantly played, constantly. If all the 90’s bands were one band, they would have been epic.

“Only Wanna Be With You” – Hootie & the Blowfish
Isn’t Dan Marino hilarious? And golf? Isn’t it hilarious?
This song was 1995.




“You Oughta Know” – Alanis Morissette 
Over and over and over again.

“Heaven Beside You” – Alice in Chains
Really sad… and creepy….and catchy.




“Men in Black” – Will Smith
First MP3 I ever downloaded. True story.

“One Headlight – The Wallflowers
I absolutely loved this song in 7th grade. Still do. But I always forget about it until I come upon it by chance. Then I love it again.




“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
Aerosmith and Liv Tyler again! So cheesy and awesome and big.

“The Way” – Fastball
I hate this song now. I hated this song then. I’ve always hated this song. And it didn’t go away. It’s so depressing, in a “Back To School” kind of depressing.




“Lullaby” – Shawn Mullins
The guy had one hit, but what a hit. Loved his voice. Just really worked well. This was 1999. Or maybe I just heard it all the time in typing class…

“Believe” – Cher
“Oh, wow, Cher is cool!” …wait. Safe to say, none of us heard anything like this (with a vocoder/autotune effect.)

“Pretty Fly For A White Guy” – The Offspring
I thought this song was just so good then…although… yeah, it’s still pretty good. Weird Al’s parody is better, though.




Up next, the 2000’s…


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