A little more than a month ago, I found myself in a conversation with some friends about the practice of making mix CDs. And while I don’t remember just how that conversation took this particular turn (except, of course, that there was beer involved, so anything is possible), somehow I found myself on the end of a challenge (or two). Said friends offered up specific themes, and it was my task to compile suitable mixes to match those themes.
I finished the first of those CDs earlier this month, popped it in the mail, and have just received word that it has finally reached its intended destination.
Though perhaps I should instead say that it made landfall, since the theme in question was “Hurricane” (see track listing below). And while I knew the timing of said CD’s arrival would come pretty close to the anniversary of Katrina coming ashore in NOLA (six years ago this coming Monday, for those of you who’ve forgotten), there was no way for me to know that it would also coincide with the ongoing movement of Irene up the eastern seaboard. (Stay safe and dry, all you peeps from the Carolinas up to New England.)
For the record (for the disc??), I’m open to future requests . . . bearing in mind that there’s already a line here (so I can’t guarantee anyone a rapid response), and that I suspect the uncanny “make it so” magic that happened this time only works by accident (so you probably won’t be able to produce an everlasting global utopia simply by asking for an “everlasting global utopia” mix).
- Rolling Stones — “Gimme Shelter”
- Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie — “When the Levee Breaks”
- Led Zeppelin — “When the Levee Breaks”
- Bob Dylan — “The Levee’s Gonna Break”
- St. Louis Jimmy — “Florida Hurricane”
- Lord Beginner — “Jamaica Hurricane”
- Jamie Lidell — “Hurricane”
- Marcia Ball — “American Dream”
- Liz Phair — “Hurricane Cindy”
- Neko Case — “Middle Cyclone”
- Hurricane Smith — “Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?”
- Hurricanes — “Pistol Packin’ Mama”
- Hurricane Harry — “Last Meal”
- Johnny & the Hurricanes — “Crossfire”
- Johnny & the Hurricanes — “Storm Warning”
- Bob Dylan — “Hurricane”
- Dr. John & the Lower 911 — “Say Whut”
- Elvis Costello & Allen Touissant — “The River in Reverse”
- Bruce Springsteen — “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?”
- Marcia Ball — “Louisiana 1927”