Friday, July 13, 2007
The Mix To End All Mixes
Let me tell you something you probably don't know about me: I'm a three-time inductee and founding member of the Mixmaster Hall of Fame. I apprenticed under one of America's greatest original Mixmakers and Mixologists. He taught me everything I ever needed to know about the sacred and magical process of making a musical mix. That, combined with my unprecedented talent-level created the ultimate Mixmaking Juggernaut. For an active career of six years, I mastered old forms, created new ones, left listeners breathless, transformed an artform and transcended a medium. In my prime, I churned out light-hearted event mixes (HipHoppery 2K6), style-based friend mixes (JerryLovingTimes 2K5), and autobiographical concept pieces (Fall Mix 2K4) all in the same NIGHT. I've seen nu-jazz/modern folk hybrid mixes. I've seen rap and ska thematically contrasted. I've gone from "Bombs Over Baghdad" to "Man on the Moon" in less than three moves. When I officially retired, I thought I had conceived of every conception, made every transition, and closed every closer with conclusive satisfaction.
Until two weeks ago, when someone threw down this gauntlet and accidentally changed my life:
If you had to make a mix of the fifteen songs that mean the most to you--and likely always will--could you do it? You are in no way bound by genre or time period--Miles Davis can go alongside Christmas songs. Jay-Z can sit beside The Smiths. Just the fifteen pieces of music that mean the most to you, and probably always will.
Needless to say, I immediately hated this person. Could I do it? Please--I had to do it. My ego got in the way. I'm currently working on my Mix of a Lifetime and have been for two weeks now. I made an initial list of "definites" and a second list of "possibles." The "definites" had two songs, and the "possibles" had eighty-one. Hot-damn, this isn't easy.
So, what do y'all think? What would be on your list? What are your definites? Could you round out a Top 15 without much trouble? Give me your mixes!!!
In the library,