Monday, January 21, 2013

music mixup.

So, I'm not a big "swap" type person, but when I heard that Kim at The K.O. Story was hosting a music swap, I was 100% in.  Finding new bands to listen to was an obsession of mine for years back in high school and college-- my old desktop computer had thousands of albums (with the help of a handy little external hard drive).  There's just something magical about music, you know?? The right song can set a mood in a way that not much else can.

Making playlist for Kim required a lot of thought!  It's tough to figure out what you are going to send   The theme was "New Beginnings", which happens to be one of the best themes possible in my opinion-- the concepts of change and redemption are the catalyst to writing amazing music.

Take for example my third song, Needtobreathe's "Keep Your Eyes Open"... it was our family's theme song last year while we were making all kinds of big decisions about moving and residency. The song states, "If you never leave home, if you never let go, you'll never make it to the great unknown."  See?! Music says things so much better than I ever could. (PS- my friend and our wedding photographer Josh Drake shot & edited this music video for Needtobreathe!! Isn't he amazing!?)

Without further ado, here's the playlist I sent to Kim.  I wished that I'd more time to write out every single song and meaning, because each of these are significant to me, in some way.  My favorite new band made it on the playlist, Meager Fare. These are guys that I've know for almost 9 years now; they are good friends who I met in college! So talented.

On Wednesday, my post-man delivered Kim's mix...  I knew right away that we were a musical match. She's a Damien Rice fan, who is one of my favorite artists of all time; and Kim did an amazing job of compiling a mix for me.  Here's a little peek at my favorite song from the mix-- it immediately made it's way onto my workout playlist!

Had so much fun with this little project... we'll definitely be doing another music mixup.


  1. Radioactive is probably one of the greatest songs from the past couple of years, and it's one of my "listen to over and over and over", so I'm so glad you loved it! Thanks for joining in this month. I was so glad to be partnered with you...your entire playlist was so great, I had a hard time picking a favorite! :)

  2. Oooh, I love NEEDTOBREATHE! They are so amazing. I try to see them whenever they are anywhere around. Such good live shows!

  3. A music swap sounds so great! My iPod needs some new life in it. :) I love it whenever Damien Rice comes up on my pandora stations. She has Mumford and the Lumineers on there too? Sounds like a great list!

  4. What a great swap! I love MuteMath and NEEDTOBREATHE! Great picks! :)

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog! I love meeting other Memphis bloggers! I had no idea there were so many until this weekend. Hopefully you can make it to the next meet up. It was a lot of fun! :)