Twisted MixTape Tuesday 15

I can’t believe how hard these lists have been. For a decade that most people say was void of much “quality” music. It’s been nearly impossible to stick to my own rules. So much so that I was tempted to have an 80’s vol 3, but it’s time to move on. We’ve all tracked down so many songs we’ve forgotten about, so save them, write them down. We’ll be back to themed lists by the end of August and use that gold then. To make it easier, at the end of this post, I will list the mixtapes coming up.

Last week I explored the music I was listening to in the middle of the 80’s. For this week I decided to explore the early 80’s and the late 80’s. For me, those two times in my life were more the “real” me than the soul-searching, parent hating, cigarette smoking, skateboard dating, mohawk styling rebel I was during my “Ally Sheedy” phase. As much as I loved the music I was listening to then, I am less likely to listen to it now. The music I listened to in the early and late 80’s was the real me. That music was timeless, and became what we are now calling Classic Rock. I was weened on Steely Dan, The Carpenter’s, Simon and Garfunkel and The Eagles. That’s where my love for music started, and that is where it would end up.

In 1981 I was 11, for the next few years I had a permanent position set up right next to our record player at home. I used headphones, because my sister could not rip herself away from the TV that was in the same room. There was only one record player in the house, so that was my perch. From that perch there were 4 albums that were in constant rotation, I wore these covers out staring at them as I listened to the music – both sides:

But because I have to at least pretend attempt to stick to the rules. They get only an honorable mention..

In 1985 I saw my very first concert without parents. It was Don Henley’s Building the Perfect Beast tour. In 1988 I saw my first concert with people I had only known a week: As part of the celebration of the incoming class of 92 at University of Iowa – a little known band called REM put on a concert at Hancher Auditorium. Up until this time they had only played shows around their hometown, some European tours and college campuses. Who knew?

This list could contain so much amazing music from so many amazing musicians. Some notables I am leaving out are Prince, Roxy Music, INXS, The Police and Peter Gabriel. I also want to give a shout out to The Indigo Girls, their first and epic CD was released in 1989. I could put every single one of their songs from that album on this list. So many more didn’t make the cut. But when I sat down to make my mix I had 27 songs. I figured that was a little excessive, so sorry songs. I’ll miss you, but you’re in a brand new mix in my iTunes, so no worries. Instead I went with my Guilty Pleasures.

In no particular order “Music that I Predict Will Stand the Test of Time in the Older Jen Kehl’s Cassette Collection”

Jackson Browne – That Girl Could Sing (1980)  I used to sit and imagine the song was about me. The only part I heard, or knew the words to were “that girl could sing.” And of course I had these pre-teen dreams of Jackson Browne hearing me sing and saying “she’s a star!” Thank’s so much Jackson, your faith in me kept me singing, and now I’m famous – in my kitchen. You rock.


Asia – Only Time Will Tell (1982) – I don’t even know what to say. This is an 80’s anthem – no 80’s mix would be complete with out it.


Juke Box Hero – Foreigner (1981) I need to do a whole post on Foreigner, their history is pretty amazing. Sadly, this particular song was recorded after Foreigner split in half. It was intended to be part of a more commercial sound, and they succeeded. The other notable song from this album is Urgent.
This song was so mysterious to me, I really heard the lyrics, I could picture this boy who wanted to be a star. Hmmm…. maybe he was my soulmate; see previous song.


Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx (1981)  Well this was the beginning of the end for Styx. They had a lot of trouble agreeing about where their sound should go after Babe – which was such a chart topper. But Paradise Theater? Epic. Thanks for not killing each other before this album. – This is also the album where they were accused of backmasking satanic messages on their album (that means if you play it backwards you can hear it) I had to quote their response  “we had enough trouble to make the music sound right forward.” Also, James Young quotes,”If we were going to put something Satanic in our songs, we would have put it so it was in the song forward. Not so you would have to buy some $400 tape recorder to hear it.”


Our House – Madness (1982) I always wanted this to be my house.


When I turned 15 I started dating my first musician. This would turn into a series of unfortunate relationships. And by unfortunate, I mean “relationships with musicians”. They all saw a modicum of commercial success, they all had musicians egos, they all performed live. Which sucked. If you’re the girlfriend. Because then you’re the roady. I digress… the one great thing about dating musicians is you have to listen to the music they listen too. Did I say great? OK, well it can be great. Not when it’s Sister Christian by Night Ranger that you’re listen to over and over and over again.
But when it’s Something About You by Level 42, well then it might stick:


Fast forward to the late 80’s, because I had to get here somehow. My music choices started to change and morph, as did the music atmosphere itself. These next two songs are interlopers as far as the Classic Rock theme would suggest. But they were very influential to me, and are still in rotation.


Everyone heard of Talking Heads in the 80’s; who couldn’t pick David Byrne out of a line-up? However when they decided to take a chance – exploring a different style in a different place (Paris) – they created an album that the critics loved but the public couldn’t get their hands around. It didn’t even hit the charts in the US. However it did cross my 6-disc CD changer that cost me an arm and a leg…

Mr Jones – Talking Heads (1988)


I just couldn’t listen to Kate Bush, I couldn’t handle the eerie sadness that permeated all of her music. But her musical counter part, the wacky to her weird was right there next to Talking Heads in my CD Changer. Laurie Anderson’s Strange Angels was the “Alternative” genre of the late 80’s; she was someone who made art and music, effortlessly intertwined. Her talent was well-known among other musicians and she had some notables on this album including Meatloaf and Bobby McFerrin, and if that’s not enough – she’s also married to Lou Reed, so there’s that. May I please implore you to LISTEN TO THE LYRICS? You won’t be sorry, I promise. With lyrics like: “I don’t know about your brain, but mine is really – bossy.”

Babydoll – Laurie Anderson


Starting in 1986 I began to live a double life. Every summer I toured with The Grateful Dead, fitting in shows during the school year if I could drive there in 3 hours. This was a revelation to me. Camping out with thousands of your best friends, sharing food, water, fires and other stuff. It was an amazing time… (I think this may have been when I decided showers were over-rated) In 1987 The Grateful Dead came out with its first truly commercial album, while none of the songs were new to folks who saw them live, something – that wasn’t a bootleg – to stick in your cassette deck was freaking amazing!

Throwing Stones – The Grateful Dead (1987) while this song was not the one that reached the top 10, it is the one that my friends and I waited – and listened – and hoped to catch the first few notes of as we sat out on the lawn of a huge amphitheater and then rose – screaming as it began. “The kids they dance and shake their bones” we were those kids, it was amazing.


Phew! I can’t believe I made it! That was the HARDEST list ever. And I didn’t even break the rules, WHAT? Did I just tell a bold-faced lie! Yup. This week, you get a pass if you can’t stick to 5 songs, I get it.

Now it’s your turn. I want to hear what you’ve got! This week’s theme is The 80′s Part 2. For next week we begin a new decade. Start thinking, it’s the 1990’s part 1.

The rules of Twisted MixTape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. As we move through the decades the assumption is you know about the music in the past, but not what is to come. 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 – relating to the theme – in your post. Share this all over the place, the more the merrier. And go visit my lovely cohort – Kristi at Finding Ninee. She’s always got a song, a funny story and some silly Drawrings. Mostly, just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.

As promised The List of all Lists:

July 16 – 90’s and before pt.1
July 23 – 90’s and before pt. 2
July 30 – The 00’s and before
Aug 6 – Duets ( this can be duets or duos like Hall & Oats or Loggins & Messina you decide)
Aug 13 – No Strings Attached (I know none of this feel this way – wink wink.  But there are a lot of great songs about having a relationship/one night stand with no strings attached)
August 20 – You know what? I suck/ You suck. Get your venom out here, or maybe that ballad that basically says ‘you suck'”, or play it this way: you’re the one who did wrong and you know it. This is your apology/acknowledgement for being an ass. Or a mix of the two. You decide.
August 27 – I think this is the week I see Steely Dan, SO with that being said. Let’s do a “BEST OF” pick a band, any band, and put together a “Best of” playlist. Easy peasy for the end of summer.

AND NOW: Because you know you need to own these songs, click on the links to go to iTunes:
That Girl Could Sing – Hold Out
Only Time Will Tell – Asia
Juke Box Hero – 4 (Expanded Version)
Urgent – 4 (Expanded Version)
Too Much Time On My Hands – Paradise Theatre
Our House – Total Madness – The Very Best of Madness
Something About You (Single) – Level Best
Mr. Jones (2005 Remastered) – Naked [w/Bonus Track]
Baby Doll – Strange Angels
Throwing Stones – In the Dark (Expanded) [Remastered]




100 Word Song – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today

She bolted from the drugstore. Leaning against the closed-door she took big gulps of air. Her eyes filled with tears; she looked up to see the sky streaked with gray. The kindness and warmth Beaufort had shown her was overwhelming. Her thoughts came fast and hard; This explained her emotionally distant parents. Lu was her mother. Lu was her mother – a mother she had never known. Her birth-father was a stranger. The woman she had called “Mom” was really her aunt, her father – just her Aunt’s husband. Worst of all her grandfather had never even wanted to know her.


My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog
This post was written for 100 word song. A meme where you have 7 days to write something, anything inspired by a specific song in 100 words or less. My story is a continuation of the post from last week. It’s fun to not be in control of where the story will go. I let the song take me where it will. To read were the story of CiCi started click here. I can’t thank Lance at My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog enough, for pushing this writer to write. If you’d like a push too, all are warmly welcomed!
This weeks 100 Word Song is based on “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” originally written by Randy Newman, performed here by Joe Cocker ( I am breaking the rules, the version chosen by Lance and Leeroy was actually Bobby Darin’s version, to sad for me, sorry.):


Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday 13


It’s the 70’s. It’s not a GIANT decade for me musically because, let’s face it, I was born in 1970. Most of my musical influences were not my own. Although – lucky for me – my dad had awesome taste in music. When I did get the opportunity to make some of my own decisions, I can’t say they were the best…

and this…

This week’s Mix Tape is 1970’s part 2. Next week we will be checking out Hair Bands and Neon with the 80’s part 1.


So let’s go ride with this train: Still assuming I have no knowledge of the future, BUT knowing what I know about music now, I’m digging the 70’s.

Little Green Bag – George Baker Group I really wanna give you some fabu info about this song, but’s lets face it – I just really like it. Ironically there is some debate about whether or not he is saying Green Back or Green Bag, however why would the song be called Green Bag? And come on… “Sister Kind?” I followed the Grateful Dead for 4 years, I’m pretty sure I know what people mean when they say “The Kind”.


Shoot – So my next song was going to be Magic Carpet Ride and I realized that I was creating a soundtrack for a movie in the future. So….


There’s this guy – his name was Frank Zappa. I can’t possibly tell you everything you should know about him. I can tell you this. I was trying to narrow down some ideas on who I would include in this list. And you see – everyone came back to Frank Zappa. Little Feat – they met while playing with Frank Zappa. You know the song Smoke on The Water? Well it’s about an accident Frank Zappa had at a concert:

We all came out to Montreux,
On the Lake Geneva shoreline.
To make records with a mobile,
We didn’t have much time.
But Frank Zappa and the Mothers,
Were at the best place around,
But some stupid with a flare gun,
Burned the place to the ground.
Smoke on the water and fire in the sky.
Smoke on the water…

So Deep Purple was there, at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland, when some crazy Zappa fan shot off a flare gun that caused the whole Casino to burn down.

Frank had a gift for identifying and attracting amazingly talented musicians. Here’s a much abbreviated list of musicians/bands (who contain musicians) you might never have heard of if it wasn’t for Frank Zappa: Missing Persons, Talking Heads, King Crimson, OK WAIT. I can’t do this whole list, it is RIDICULOUS go here the names might not mean anything to you, click on them and you will see band names like The Doors, David Bowie, Berlin, Steely Dan…it goes on and on and on. So. In lieu of putting any of those bands on the list. I decided to go with the FIRST CAUSE:

Frank Zappa – Cosmik Debris (I chose the studio version, his live stuff is fantastic and a must see, but if you want to hear the amazing musicians and production, well we go to the studio folks)


I know, that should have been its own post – well, tough.

Three Dog Night; also known in the late 60’s as Redwood when their band included Brian Wilson (yes, Beach Boy). This amazing band had the kind of sound that the American public loved to hear, thanks to them some songwriters like, Randy Newman, Leo Sayer and Harry Nilsson got to move up that food chain. Three Dog Night; named after a tradition an aboriginal tribe had; they slept with Dingo’s to keep warm at night, if it was super cold it was a “Three Dog Night.”

Shamabala – Three Dog Night


I love this song, and apparently other Glam Rock bands do too. Not that I’m a Glam Rock Band. Originally recorded by Hello, a British Glam Rock band, then covered by Ace Frehley (of Kiss) and later Sweet (of Ballroom Blitz fame). Love the Hello version, especially the music video– but….

Ace Frehley and Kiss – New York Groove


This one Elton John called one of his all-time favorites. I can see why.  The emotion of this song is so raw and right there. It’s not theatrical, it’s metaphors are just beautiful and transport you away. Apparently Bernie Taupin wrote this in response to Spanish Harlem, he heard a gun go off during his first visit to New York, and it really left an impact on him. Elton John’s translation into song makes me want to roll the windows down, crank it and sing along.

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Elton John


Now to break my own rules and turn the list up to 6. I must include this song. This one is a memory of my childhood. I was 5, my parent’s best friends lived across the street. My parents were technically “Squares” however since investments and plastics abounded, they partied in ways I would rather not know the details of – the pictures are burned into my eyeballs. So looking; back it comes as no surprise that my parent’s friends divorced when I was 7, it also comes as no surprise that the song 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover was Bruce’s favorite song. I remember him singing it all of the time. I remember he would be playing the album and I would hear the line “Get off the bus Gus” and I would picture some guy climbing down from a school bus. Thank’s for the memories Paul, if it were up to me I would play Late in the Evening, but that’s his memory, not mine…

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon (by the way the famous drums in this song – Steve Gadd – another Zappa alum)


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. As we move through the decades the assumption is you know about the music in the past, but not what is to come. 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 – relating to the theme – in your post. Share this all over the place, the more the merrier. And Go visit my lovely, mostly Co-Host – Kristi at Finding Ninee. She’s always got a song, a funny story and some silly Drawrings. Mostly, just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.

If you need to own any of these songs – and you know you do. Click these links to go to iTunes:

Little Green Bag – Reservoir Dogs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cosmik Debris – Apostrophe (‘)
Shambala (Single Version) – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Three Dog Night
New York Groove – The Very Best of Kiss
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Honky Château
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Still Crazy After All These Years


Also, as promised, here are the latest YouTube video playlists. This is awesome because it is a way we can share all of the music from all of the lists – including the lists in comments. You can just set it to play and listen in the background while you’re on your computer. Or hook it up through speakers. However you like to groove. Check it out, I bet you’ll enjoy. And if you subscribe to my channel you will know when I create the next playlist.

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday 12

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


I Go Back, Way Back

I just said to my sister, “You know that blogger Sarah, The Sadder But Wiser Girl (she stared at me blankly) You know the one I thought was so awesome and totally stalked and then found out she liked me too? (still blank stare) Well she’s guest posting for me tomorrow. (more blank stares) That’s when she does a post for me on my blog because with vacation I am being lame and not posting. (no response)” Dude. I am so misunderstood. But, thanks to Sarah I have an awesome post for today! She did me the honor of doing a music related post for this week; because, you know – I like music. So check out her post and go visit her too!


This is what a Toyota Tercel from 1985 looks like, because you were just DYING to know.


When I was but a young lass, we had a navy blue Toyota Tercel.  It was kind of like a cross between a station wagon and the modern-day SUV.  We named it LaToya, because what else would you call a navy blue Toyota?

In this car we had the front seat, the back seat, and the area beyond that was what we referred to as “the way back.”  Back then you could still ride around in that part of the car without consequence. AND WE SURVIVED.

Many years later I would meet a guy whose family also had “a way back” in their car, and I knew that he was the one.

Today I’m talking about going back, but not necessarily in a way back sort of way.  I’m referring to the Kenny Chesney song “I Go Back”.  This song has always resonated with me because of how true it is.  Certain songs can instantly transport you back in time, sometimes “way back.”  For the first fifteen years of my life I was a military brat whose family moved frequently. We lived up and down the East Coast as well as different places in the Midwest.  Music of course was something that was everywhere we went!  It has always been very big in my life and still is.  I have the organized collection of decades of music on my Ipod to prove it.

How far back do certain songs take me?  In the 1970s the earliest music that really strikes a chord with me is from the BeeGees.    Any song from them, particularly “How Deep Is Your Love”, brings me back to when I was really little.  My parents lived in a big farmhouse in rural Maine.  Mom had Saturday Night Fever on a record!  Remember records?  “Jet Airliner” by the Steve Miller Band also brings me back to those days.  I used to have a clock radio in my room that had the numbers that turned instead of an analog or a digital display-any time I hear that song I think of that clock.  Incidentally, I thought the words to that song were “Big old Jeb had a lighthouse…”

Yup, this would be in the BeeGees days…

Fast forward on to the early 80s.  “Queen of Hearts” by Juice Newton and “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia make me think of Iowa when I was in elementary school, hanging out with my cousins and visiting with my grandparents.

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves and “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran brings memories of grammar school in rural Maine.  I remember vividly that I had a Last Starfighter lunchbox.  I spent hours in both the school library and the public library looking for science fiction novels to read.

“Hold On To The Nights” by Richard Marx and various songs by Debbie Gibson make me think of junior high school in Florida.  I think of sleepovers with friends, marching band, and unfortunately palmetto bugs.

“Love Bites” and other songs off of Hysteria by Def Leppard as well as music from Metallica’s The Black Album take me back to high school in Iowa, my first real boyfriend and later on my first heartbreak.

I discovered Pink Floyd in college.  No, I wasn’t one that did the accompanying activities that tend to go along with that group, but it was a time that I really needed to relax.  I also was and still am a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan.  I remember running out to the Target in Sioux City the day Meloncollie and the Infinite Sadness came out so that I could have it in my possession and listen to it over and over.

Post college I spent a lot of time in the music classroom during the day and out with my friends on the weekends.  There are a vast number of songs that make me think of the bar that we started going to when I was 18, ones that I don’t really think are worth mentioning and would rather just forget. Incidentally they passed a law prohibiting 18 year olds to be able to go there the day I turned 21.  I continued to hang out there for years until I met my husband and eventually moved away.  “I Want You” and “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden remind me of him when we very first started dating.

Even now, songs from just a few years ago take me back to when I was first married, when my children were babies, and other events in my more recent life.

Both of my kids love music just as much as I do.  They have always had to have some sort of music to listen to at night.  They have literally worn out cd players.  My five-year old daughter listens to the radio at night.  My eight year old son has my old Ipod, on which I loaded just about all of my country music collection.  I imagine someday in the future they will hear some of the songs that are popular today.   I bet that music will take them back too, just like songs from my past do to me.

My little rock stars also happen to love music too!

What songs take you back to another time when you hear them, good memories or bad?

Faster than a speeding turtle, more powerful than a laxative taken with beans, able to leap over toys in a single bound… Look, look, over there-it’s The Sadder But Wiser Girl!  When she is not saving the world with her sick blogging skills, Sarah Almond is the mom of two mostly good children and the wife of one evil genius.  You can find her highly unsuccessful blog at





Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday 11


Welcome to Part Two of the 1960’s (and anything before) Twisted Mix Tape.  Last week, we had so many great mixes from the 1960’s part one, if you missed them – go visit. As these fabulous mixes were compiled, it became very apparent that we would need more than one week to complete each decade. And so – Part Deux.

As the decade that brought us Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll – the Sixties will forever go down in infamy. The musical growth that occurred during that decade changed how we would listen to and perceive music forever.

In the 1950’s Elvis Presley took the world by storm; playing music in an entirely different way, a way that used his whole body. When he was drafted in 1958, many of the outraged adults were happy to see him go. However his insistence on being part of the regular army and not “special services” – where he would just be a performer – helped him gain much respect among the military and the general public. In 1960 a new Elvis returned to the US, with more music and more performances. It was the beginning of a new life for Elvis.

And as the beginning of a new musical era dawned for us – Motown Records was born.  Joan Baez hit the scene, Motown Records had its first #1 hit with Please Mr Postman and The Four Seasons became the first band to ever have 3 consecutive #1 hits on the billboard charts. This decade brought us The British Invasion, Mary Poppins and John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. We had other firsts too: Hard rock from The Kinks, Acid Rock from the Grateful Dead and Folk Rock from The Byrds. This generation gave birth to music as we know it today. I, for one, will be forever grateful that the voices of this social revolution used the most obvious form of expression there is….Music.


In case you missed it, we are moving through the decades. This week is 1960’s (and 50’s) part 2. Next week will be 1970’s part 1. For each mix in the decades we are operating under the assumption that:

You Have Been Transported Back to 1969 9 9 9 9……

You Are Making This List for Someone. You are alive at this time so you have no knowledge of the music to come, however you are fully aware of the music in your past and can make full use of it if you like. (this also means that come the 70’s you can still include the 60’s if you like)

I Have Been Transported Back to 1969, and although my twin is into the dreamy stuff… I like a little more variety. My good friend has been living under a rock, and I’d like to share a taste of what I’ve been listening too.

I’m Looking Through You – The Beatles.


King of the Road – Roger Miller


Sloop John B – The Beach Boys


Baby I love you – Aretha Franklin


Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day – The Monkeees


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. 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!

If you need to own any of the songs on this list, and I’m guessing you do, then click on these links to go to iTunes:

I’m Looking Through You – Rubber Soul
King of the Road – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roger Miller
Sloop John B (Stereo Version) – Pet Sounds (Mono / Stereo)
Baby, I Love You – Aretha Franklin: 30 Greatest Hits
Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day – The Monkees

100 Word Song – What’s Going On

His name was Beaufort Jones, his family had owned this drugstore for over 100 years. He knew Lu – he knew Lu for longer than I had known the world.

His hand rubbed a cloth over the gleaming counter, tracing large circles that had been marked for a century. Beaufort looked at me out of the corner of his eye. “I always knew you would come,” then quieter, “I just thought she would send for you once her father passed.”
Sitting on the stool, I held my breath.
“He never did approve – he never knew you and he never forgave her.”


My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog
This post was written for 100 word song. A meme where you have 7 days to write something, anything inspired by a specific song in 100 words or less. My story is a continuation of the post from last week. It’s fun to not be in control of where the story will go. I let the song take me where it will. To read were the story of CiCi started click here. I can’t thank Lance at My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog enough, for pushing this writer to write. If you’d like a push too, all are warmly welcomed!