An essential part of my youth was music. It set my mood, gave me affiliation, opened my mind to the world and possibilities.
The mix tape was an expression of my love of music that I shared with friends and acquaintances. Like an apostle traveling the Mediterranean in the time of Paul or a Mormon teen knocking on my door in the summer, I sought to spread the word.
90 Minutes. A blank canvas. Simple rules: I had to believe in it, it had to have passion, no one hit wonders, or gimmicks. I made and gave away over 150 of these in a 15 year period before I became a father and my time consumed by another passion, my son.
The digital age came while I rested. A friend gave me “Zip drive” mix tapes. Only playable on a device that few computers had, and not in cars, it was about as popular as a Betamax machine.
I own a huge collection of digital music now and I have yet to really find a good way to make a mix tape using that music and sharing it freely and easily. YouTube is a window for me into a world of the music I love and the selection I find there is just as good, undoubtedly better, than what I could buy. Demos, Live Clips, different versions, it’s all there.
2020 has become the year of the Mix Tape again for me. While I have fewer people to share it with, and nothing on these mixes is new, the apostle continues to spread the message.
This is my 35th year making mix tapes. It never gets old to me. Enjoy.
You will find the playlist here:
Work for Love- Ministry***Welcome to the Occupation-REM***Angels and Devils-Echo and the Bunnymen***Somebody Might Wave Back-Waterboys***Can’t Hardly Wait (Tim Version)-The Replacements***Secret Journey-The Police***Moving in Stereo-The Cars***Digital-Joy Division***Premonition-Simple Minds***Rollercoaster-The Mighty Lemon Drops***The Murder of Love-Propaganda***How Men Are-Aztec Camera***Get the Balance Right-Depeche Mode***The Rhythm-Spoons***If there is a Heaven Above-Love and Rockets***This Time of Night-New Order***Like the Weather-10,000 Maniacs***Goodnight Song-Tears for Fears
Should I Stay or Should I Go-The Clash***Thursday-Morphine***The Azalea Festival-John and Mary***Mandinka-Snead O’Connor***Explode and Make Up-Sugar***11 O’Clock Tick Tock-U2***Secrets-The Cure***Head over Heels-Tears for Fears***Hounds of Love-Kate Bush***The First Notebook-Railway Children***Raspberry Beret-Prince***Save It For Later-English Beat***Seeing out the Angel-Simple Minds***Cherry Came Too-Jesus and the Marychain***Here’s Where the Story Ends-The Sundays***Caroline, No-Beach Boys***Don’t Fade Away-Dead Can Dance
Someone Up There Likes You-Simple Minds***Such a Shame-Talk Talk***There is no love between us Anymore-Pop Will Eat Itself***Heaven-Eurogliders***Dreams-Cranberries***The Pan Within-Waterboys***Don’t Change-INXS***Maybe I’m Amazed-Paul McCartney***Hollow Man-The Cult***Clare’s Scarf-John and Mary***Procession-New Order***What’s the Matter Here-10,000 Maniacs***Orange Crush-REM***Out of Control-U2***New Dawn Fades-Joy Division***About You-Jesus and the MaryChain***Darlin’One-The Replacements
Opium-Dead Can Dance***Streets of your Town-Go Betweens***A New Season-The Church***The Only One I Know-The Charlatans UK***Between Something and Nothing-Ocean Blue***Planet Earth-Duran Duran***Strength-The Alarm***All in My Mind-Love and Rockets***Suddenly Last Summer-The Motels***Believe What you are Saying-Sugar***Stories for Boys-U2***Theme for Great Cities-Simple Minds***Heaven or Las Vegas-Cocteau Twins***Achin’ to Be-The Replacements***When Loves Breaks Down-Prefab Sprout***You Are the Everything-REM***What About Love-‘Til Tuesday***All Night Long-Peter Murphy
Harborcoat-REM***Linger-Cranberries***Your Mind is a Box-Poltergeist***Like a Song-U2***Trouble Me-10,000 Maniacs***When You come back to Me-World Party***To Wish Impossible Things-The Cure***Give it Up-Talk Talk***Stars are Stars-Echo and the Bunnymen***This Time of Night-New Order***This is the Sea-The Waterboys***The Last-The Replacements***This Night Has Opened My Eyes-The Smiths***The Dog End of a Day Gone By-Love and Rockets***Hyacinth House-The Doors***Since You’re Gone-The Cars***Sensation-Bryan Ferry***Sweetest Chill-Siouxsie and the Banshees***Severance-Dead Can Dance***Atmosphere-Joy DIvision
The Working Hour-Tears for Fears***What are you going to do with your Life-Echo and the Bunnymen***I Fall Down-U2***Song of the Stars-Dead Can Dance***Dome-The Church***Spirits in the Material World-The Police***Same Old Scene-Roxy Music***Confusion-New Order***Only The Lonely-The Motels***Working in a Goldmine-Aztec Camera***Help Me Lift You Up-Mary Margaret O’Hara***Valerie Loves Me-Material Issue***Freelove (Live)-Depeche Mode***Is the Something I Should Know-Duran Duran***Don’t You Want Me Baby-The Human League***1979-Smashing Pumpkins***Fake Plastic Trees-Radiohead***Sweet Thing-Waterboys***She’s The One-World Party