The Music

Like most music nerds, I've always been compulsive about mixes. Yeah, I'm that guy who'd spend hours perched by the stereo with a box of Maxell XL-II cassettes, taking great pride in concocting the perfect collection of tunes -- annual "best of" collections, single artist mixes, "theme" mixes (songs about cars! loud songs! quiet songs!) -- for friends, girlfriends, family; but mostly for myself.

In the age of recordable CDs, it became easier -- no more taping in real time, watching the tape reels as they spun around, struggling to find a song that would perfectly squeeze into the remaining space before the tape flip without running over.

These days, I've cut way back -- most people I know don't even have a CD player hooked up. Spotify makes it simple to create online playlists, though some of the magic is gone -- no 80 minute time constraints, no permanence once you've burned the disc, and you're limited by what's available on the streaming service.  I still make myself the occasional CD mix, but I'll also throw together a Spotify copy for travel, the gym, or sharing with others.

You can see my playlists on my Spotify page... but I'm gradually linking them on the pages that follow.  Enjoy!


The Year in Review 1

Annual "best of" mixes, 1966-1992

The Year in Review 2

Annual "best of" mixes, 1993-2019

Theme Mixes

Assorted thematically-compiled playlists.


Artist Collections

"For beginners" introductions to artists.


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