I must say, today I accomplished quite a goal. My victory was not upon the fields of academia or physical prowess, or any other avenue of advancement traditionally held up as worthwhile. No, my achievement was in the fine art of making a mix cd.
(Sorry for the lofty verbage of that last paragraph. I just finished reading some mighty pretentious excerpts from Paine, so I felt like imitating him.)
I followed the “High Fidelity” method of crafting a worthy mix tape. (For whoever hasn’t seen that movie, I highly recommend it). I started out the cd with something upbeat and chipper. In retrospect I should have switched the first two songs because ideally you want to start high, take it up a little higher, and then mellow the whole thing out with the third song. Instead, the first 7 songs are a steady progression into tranquility, ultimately “bottoming out” on the fine Red House Painter’s song, “Trailways”. After that song, I pulled the tone up a bit with a song whose opening riff is familiar and serves to jolt a little life into the listener…not that the preceding songs are boring, but rather they tend to put, at least me, into a really passive mood. The next few songs take the mood back down until finally, the last song ends it all off on an upbeat and uplifting note. It’s perhaps the happiest song I know of…so simple, makes me feel so good. Sorry for all the vagueness regarding the song titles…I made the cd for someone and I want the songs to be a surprise. If you really must know, throw me some email.
I must be off to the sweet land of slumber. Actually, if tonight is anything like the last few nights, someone will sign on to msn messenger just as I am leaving the room and I’ll end up chatting way past my bedtime. Chatting will be the death of me…