One of the things I used to love about making an actual mix tape when I was just a pup was packaging it up and sending it off in the mail, waiting for a response.
My sister Julia, a writer and musician herself, and I had parents into (mostly) classical music convincing us to take piano, etc. We subsequently spent adolecence, high school, and college uncomfortably debating how much we wanted to let them know we liked Prince, then prog rock, hip hop, then...well, I'm not sure how far either of us decided to go. Not very. But as we cemented our own tastes, and learned that we actually respected and loved theirs too, there were occasional mixed tapes (or CDs) even for them, usually centered around an instrument.
This week, we decided to play mix tape "tennis", batting songs between NYC and Portland that included keyboard or flute to broaden our horizons. And wax a bit nostalgic. Enjoy.
Dance Anthem of the '80s - Regina Spektor
Keep the Change - The Come Ons
Clementine - Washington
Flute Loop - Beastie Boys
Kelly Watch The Stars (Moog Cookbook Remix) - Air....(OK...this mix is ALL OVER THE PLACE! But that's MIXTAPE TENNIS FOR YOU!)
Angel of Sunlight - Alice Coltrane and Carlos Santana
Purest Love - Blackalicious (with Karl Denzen on Flute)
Swimming - Florence and the Machine
I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Cat Power
Adele - Right as Rain
Ghost Wiring (Live) - Neko Case