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How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part Two

So we concluded our first post in this series, How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part One, with a question. Who’s it for? Who is your intended audience?

I also revealed the first two songs on the tape, so here is the current track listing:
1. D’yer Maker – Led Zeppelin
2. Love Rollercoaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The RHCP song leads me right into….
Rule #3: Cover songs are important.
I know that I’m totally breaking Rob Gordon’s rules. I’m okay with that. His “Rule #3” is to “Cool it off a notch”. I didn’t do that on this mix.
Best Mix Tape Ever Track 3: Eruption/You Really Got Me – Van Halen

Cover songs are super important and this one takes me right where I want to be. I really felt I could still go higher after Track 2. WAY higher! Eruption? C’mon! But there is also something else to consider. Did I have my whole audience on board with the mix so far? With this track I pick up rockers, Kinks (and other British Invasion) fans and people from Sault Ste. Marie. I did go a little Cover heavy on Side 1 of this tape, but they are a great way to introduce people to new bands without making them feel stupid for not knowing the words. Now we’ll get back on track with Rob Gordon….

Rule #4: Cool it down a notch
I totally broke this rule. I probably won’t put this song on a mix now. Come to think of it, this band would have trouble making the cut. There are two reasons for this song existing on this mix. One, it was intended for parties and road trips. And two, my friends all liked Eve 6 in 2001
The Best Mix Tape Ever Track 4: Open Road Song – Eve 6

A funny thing just happened…Listening to the song to try and find a good sounding one for this post, I still would take this song, just not in this spot. I’m rockin’ out and missing the friends I used to listen to this record with constantly. Music can be funny that way. Attaching a certain time and place with special people and events….

So, back to the Rule #4. What would I pick now? I’d go a little more modern. Less epic, less tempo. Maybe a little deeper lyric wise. It’s important to bring people back and re-ground them. Something that everyone knows the words to would be great. I think Pink Floyd’s, Wish You Were Here, is a great song, but too deep. I want to scratch the emotional surface for my audience, with out making them cry. Sweet Child O’Mine would work, but I’ve already classic rocked this mix to death. I’d probably go with this one…
*NEW* The Best Mix Tape Ever Track 4: Like A Stone – Audioslave

I picked this song mostly because I didn’t want create a splinter in the mix tape continuum, this song still works with the next song.

Be ready this week, we’re going to take our audience dancing!

To be continued….How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part Three

  • Comment by Kelly on October 31, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    Nice generation gap. I have to say though, I love that Eve 6 tune but I don’t think it would make it on my “best-mix-tape-ever”. That would be reserved for the epic classics.

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