Ode to Mixed Tapes

   By lauralee  Sep 30, 2011

Once upon a time, a twenty something in the big city made a new friend who introduced her to the joys of mosh pits, small smoky clubs, and a wide range of wonderful, obscure bands.  And he augmented her musical education with his series of "Best of" yearly tapes with bands that later did do well like Nirvana as well as those that didn't like The Loud Family.

I still have all of those tapes and a few of my own that I spent hours laboring over even though my tape player is now a thing of the past.  I loved the effort and thought that went into constructing them with a sequence of songs that worked, proper intervals between songs and getting the appropriate volume and mix settings right.

My husband has made me some wonderful mixed CD's for me since then--tangible and treasured as much as a love letter, especially since love is the topic of most of the songs.

I have decidedly mixed feelings about playlists--so much easier to make than a CD or classic mixed tape--but lacking completely in touchability and the mark of their maker.  That being said, since they are so easy, I am on a new mission to make a series of playlists to be the soundtrack of our lives.

I'm starting with a family friendly soundtrack and would love your ideas to get my Volume 2 going.  Here's what I've got on Volume 1 so far...

Clap for Love, Little Miss Ann--so excited to see her with Suzi Shelton and Baze at Southpaw on October 9th.  Looking forward to seeing Baze in action so they can make Volume 2

Lift Me Up, Suzi Shelton--the girls' absolute favorite

Fly Like a Butterfly, Shakta Kaur Khalsa--thanks to our friends at Karma Kids Yoga for introducing us to this one

E Eats Everything, They Might Be Giants--for my eldest Evelyn who is a great eater

Jump!, Suzi Shelton--perfect for burning off some energy and making the downstairs neighbors wonder what's going on upstairs

The Secret Life of Six, They Might Be Giants--we love the video for this song, too

Almost Everything is Boinga, The Backyardigans featuring Alicia Keys--the best Backyardigans episode in my humble opinion

Happy Birthday, The Ting Tings on the Yo Gabba Gabba soundtrack

Move Your Feet, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals--we were fortunate enough to take music class with them when Evelyn was a toddler

Butter Pond Lake, Gustafer Yellowgold--we're hoping to make one of their NYC shows soon

 What do you think?  What should be on Volume 2?  What's on your family playlist?  Do tell!!

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lauralee by lauralee | NEW YORK, NY
Oct 01, 2011

We worked our way through Beatles 1 when my oldest was a baby but I'm not sure how much she remembers. My husband's introduced an eclectic selection of music including Queen and Abba. But the only grown up song that seems to have captured their imagination is Beyonce's All The Single Ladies that was introduced by her 3's preschool teachers--they had a whole routine dance routine down.

JessiWoslager by JessiWoslager | Clearwater, NE
Sep 30, 2011

I made sure that my kids knew the greats so we never had any kiddie music in the car or house. My kids are now 14 and 12 and know who the doors, stones, beatles, who, and areosmith are. I will say that we had our embarrassing moments like when my daughter was 3 and singing AC/DC's Big Balls in our local grocery store. They knew the songs from the disney and nick shows too they just had choices.

sayitrahshay by sayitrahshay | PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sep 30, 2011

Bo Diddley has a CD called Puddle Stomping that I like, uh my kids like. -r

lauralee by lauralee | NEW YORK, NY
Sep 30, 2011

I've gotten more into running again so would love to know what gets you motivated!!

DianeHoffmaster by DianeHoffmaster | LILBURN, GA
Sep 30, 2011

OMG...reminds me of highschool and making mixes to go with whatever mood I was in...sad songs after a boy dumped me, happy upbeat stuff when newly in love! Ahhh, the joys of youth! The only real 'mix' playlist I have is called 'gym mysic' which is basically hard hip hop to keep my working out!