I would be a big fat liar if I said this week’s mix wasn’t completely affected by the fact that I am on vacation. I would also be a liar if I didn’t admit that when I am on vacation I leave my life behind me. It has been a stretch to do anything other than relax and read this past week. I am still in the throes of my two-week escape from reality; however, the one thing that isn’t far-fetched is my music choice. The thing you can count on with me is – if I want to chill – I’m listening to the 70’s. Being born in 1970; I had the amazing good fortune to be indoctrinated with a full decade of this generation of music. I have mentioned before how a large portion of the music in my iTunes is Brazilian in nature, well an even larger proportion of the music is from the 1970’s. There is so much that I had to organize my 70’s lists into two-year increments to make them manageable, but as an example 1974-1976 is 17.6 hours long. That sounds about right.
This was clearly going to be a tough one for me. And as the Music Director here at Twisted Mix Tape, I decided we were gonna give each decade two chances to shine. Just remember this; it is any time in the 1970’s you have full knowledge of all music up until this point, but have no idea what is to come, you can include any music up through December 1979.
Now I could do a whole year of mix tapes on the seventies, I definitely can’t narrow a best of down to 10 songs! So, instead I will play it like this. I’m making a mix for my very best bud, here’s some music to give you something to relax to, something to make you smile…Let’s Groove Tonight
Baker Street – Jerry Rafferty You are about to peek into my soul. This song is my favorite song of all time. ALL TIME. It’s not Steely Dan, Grateful Dead, Antonio Carlos Jobim. It is this song. This song is so beautiful, so… I don’t know…it’s melancholy without going over the edge. It has the feel of a promise, a wish that will be fulfilled. It’s like this song contains a secret smile. And the bridge? Well… I spoke to Linda at ModMomBeyondIndieDom about doing a “great musical bridge” list. I think I’ll save that for an All Skate, because I know not everyone listens to music for things like that. But if you want to know why you like this song too, I can bet that is why. The sax, the flute, the drums..then that screaming guitar. Put on some headphones and give yourself a treat.
That’s the Way of the World – Earth Wind and Fire I’m pretty sure I could put an Earth Wind and Fire song on every single playlist. Ever. I saw them live two years ago, and they were just as freakin hot as they were in the 70’s. So – you know – if you’re a youngin or something, it’s not too late for you to REALLY groove. Because there is no possible way to groove without Earth Wind and Fire. NONE. This is a slow jam, a relaxing jam, it hits the sweet spot. Play on my friends.
Reminiscing – Little River Band This band has a pretty interesting history. I’m not in the mood for that right now, so visit Wiki for some info-mation. I will say that I am constantly amazed by the lack of accents musicians have while singing. These guys are as Australian as they get. I admit that before I was a music know-it-all, I was sure these guys were from some small town in the US. Meanwhile, there isn’t one song of their’s that I don’t like. Yup – I am a regular Lite FM- what can I say? When I wanna chillax, I do it with the 70’s lite music.
You Are The Woman – Firefall Let’s face it, I don’t love you. My heart does not care what you are doing. But this song – well it belongs on this list. It’s sweet, and makes you want to sing and hang out and relax and all the good stuff you want to feel right now. No bad stuff. Nope, not happening.
Feels So Good – Chuck Mangione I really don’t need to say anything else. The song describes itself. AND Chuck Mangione, well he is a truly, truly gifted musician. Click here to check out more about him. And can I just say – This Song Epitomizes the Seventies for me.
OK folks. Now I want to hear what you’ve got! The rules of Twisted Mix Tape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix; based on this week’s theme. Create your own post and link it up, or put your mix in the comments. If you’re going to link-up there must be a song in your post. Share this all over the place, the more the merrier. Go visit my buddy and mostly Co-Host Kristi at Finding Ninee. (You’ll get a funny story, some silly drawrings and a song) Mostly just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.
New exciting feature… I am creating playlists on YouTube for all of the Mix Tapes we have made, so keep your eye on my blog, twitter and your inbox folks, because this is awesome. I know because I’m already done with 1960′s vol. 1. Stay-tuned!
And because you know you need to relax to this list, click these links to go to iTunes:
Baker Street – City to City
That’s the Way of the World – Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits
Reminiscing – Little River Band: Greatest Hits
You Are the Woman – Firefall: Greatest Hits
Feels So Good – Feels So Good