Before I say anything else: Penny, if you like surprises, stop reading here!
I really like the way this image turned out. It’s the cover for a new mix CD I made. Penny and I like to exchange music from time to time – she’s introduced me to some excellent tunes (including one that I really wanted to include in this mix, until I realized I’d gotten it from her in the first place)!
It’s been a long time since I made a mix. Thinking back, the last one was in February of 2007. It’s not like me to go more than a couple of months without cranking out a new CD, but I guess I just haven’t been moved in that direction recently. Or, when I have, I just haven’t felt the songs coming together cohesively. I like my mixes all to have a “feel” to them and to flow well from one song to the next.
One of the most enjoyable parts of making a CD for me, is the cover. My old way usually involved me hunting for something appropriate via a Google image search, and then modifying it to fit my needs. This time around, I have flickr. And a library of my own photos.
So I made my mix, and was ready for a cover, but before I could choose a photo, I needed a name for the compilation. I decided it would be fun to go to wordle.net and enter the chorus lyrics for every song in the playlist. As it turns out, this was as much of a time-consuming PITA as you might think. But the ability to see the most highly-recurring words in cloud form was helpful to me. I played around with the controls, regenerated the cloud a few times, and finally had an image I was happy with. And the image told me to call the CD “Sometimes Breakable.” Which really seemed to fit.
There are a couple of standout “thoughtful” songs on this disc – more than I intended when I set out to make it – and there are certainly themes of brokenness in a few of the songs. Considering some of the places I’ve been since my last compilation, it’s not entirely surprising to find some of those songs creeping onto the playlist. I have my moments of feeling fragile. And although they are fleeting, sometimes I do feel breakable.
This image of my shadow by the ocean felt like a good one to use for the cover. It seemed introspective, without being dark or unhappy. While there is a thoughtful vibe to some of the songs on this disc, I don’t think it’s sad, or even too mellow. There’s plenty of upbeat to counter the quiet.
I cropped this image to a square, overlaid the wordle image on top at 50% opacity, darkened the edges, and gave it a treatment that I designed a while back to look like Picnik‘s cross process function.
I was hoping to find a way to share my CD’s playlist with you here, but I haven’t found a good way to embed a playlist that is able to play every single song on the list and in the order I want them to play. Project Playlist is unable to find some of the songs I need, and last.fm playlists can only play in shuffle mode. Using either one of those options would ruin the whole flow of the music. So, for now I’m just including the song list, and linking to the songs on last.fm, where many of them are available for listening. And If anyone has any more elegant solutions to sharing playlists, please let me know! [as of April 2014, you can listen via 8tracks.com – the player is at the end of the post. Enjoy!]
- neapolitan bridesmaid by tarkio
- in the aeroplane over the sea by neutral milk hotel
- beautiful child by rufus wainright
- modern inventions by the submarines
- breakable by ingrid michaelson
- new soul by yael naim
- 1234 by feist
- why do you let me stay here by she & him
- trouble by over the rhine
- anne by broken records
- dandelion by antje duvekot
- philosophia by the guggenheim grotto
- cleanse song by bright eyes
- side by travis
- too early to say by the innocence mission
- even a child by crowded house
- pineapple head by natalie imbruglia
- box full o’ honey by duran duran
- boy with a coin by iron & wine
- painting by chagall by the weepies
- sometimes by hooverphonic
- worry about you by ivy
- a place in time by amanda abizaid
So there you have it: Sometimes Breakable – a brand spankin’ new CD mix, ripe to be listened to and shared. I think the sharing is the best part. Well, aside from making the cover, that is…