I knew I could count on you. The music suggestions that you gave me this past week have succeeded in breaking me out of my same ol’ same ol’ playlists, and expanded my musical horizons. I have been stretched, I have been grown, I have been challenged, and for this, I thank you.
I also thank you for not recommending any Sufjan Stevens. I am shocked, you guys – someone always suggests Sufjan. It’s not that I have anything against the guy – he is inventive and interesting and very gifted… he just does it all in a very CHANGLY way. You know – changles of bells, and changles of chimes, and changles of banjos… I can only take him one song at a time.
I spent far too many dollars downloading at least one song suggestion from every person who commented, and even branched out from the suggestions when I found other songs that I liked (I know, look at me, all FREE STYLE). I chose my top 12 for a Muxtape mix, but only 7 would convert to mp3’s, so, um… sorry. Listen to my top 7 picks here – and if you like the songs, iTunes them.
(By the way, the 5 that got left out by reason of unconvertibility out were:
“Shame” – The Avett Brothers
“Hard Times” – eastmountainsouth
“Arizona” – Kings of Leon
“Paper Bag” – Fiona Apple
“Nashville” – David Mead)
If your suggestions didn’t make the short list, don’t worry. I have ALL of my purchases compiled in a playlist entitled “Blog Readers Suggest…” and it’s sure to be the soundtrack to every social gathering in which I feel the need to impress my guests with my COOLNESS… even if it’s only borrowed from you, the authentically cool.
I think we should be proud of ourselves for having good taste. Group hug? No, you’re right. Fists in the air.