so: last month was a hard act to follow. i basically trotted out some of the happiest, most upbeat music i have. i still do have a decent amount of stuff like it left, plenty to hold us for a good while, but at some point i'm going to run out of that sort of music, and we're eventually going to get a little bit deeper into some of the slower, more contemplative stuff. all in due time, and we've still got a few months to go, but i'm starting to map things out, and it's looking like it's going to work out pretty perfectly - each month is going to get the exact sort of music that is right for it, and i am excited about that fact.
this issue doesn't really have any underlying theme other than that it seems to describe a gradient of sorts - it starts off nice and perky, but starts to get a little darker if spirit if not in sound as we start to hear how 'the gardener' [which is one of my favorite songs ever as far as lyrics are concerned] plays out, and then i guess by the time we get to 'requiem' the train has well and truly gone off the rails. we then take a side trip through otherworldly aether as we hear what sigur ros [fun fact: one of their albums is sung entirely in a made-up language called 'hopelandic', which i guess a person could probably think is a cheesy thing to do, but i think it is beautiful] have to say. from that point onward, though, each subsequent song slowly starts to bring us back to reality, and then the incredible Turn that loney dear take in their wonderful song serves as a valediction, telling us to go forth and do our best in the month to come.
i suppose i may be taking a great deal of license with my interpretations, but really, that is the point of music.
i could say a bunch more things about each of these songs and each of these bands - i'm realizing now that i've seen half of them live, but i suppose it's not really that surprising because it's not like these tapes are exactly a random sampling of bands i have never heard of before. anyway, i could say a lot of things, but i'm not going to go into too much more detail because it makes a lot more sense to let them speak for themselves.
briefly, though, for background: the tallest man on earth comes up to my shoulders in reality and is really a very nice guy; m. ward makes me feel like i have stepped into a time machine no matter how many times i listen to him; islands are somewhat inscrutable [see the contrasting 'whitney, bobby' videos in the links section]; and loney, dear are headed by a guy who was clearly born a computer scientist and just hasn't noticed it yet. also he looks like a small bear.
also: i had all of the music for this thing picked out about a week ago, and it was good to go and ready for me to basically just forget about it [i've finalized the system i'm using to deploy these tapes - it's not that unconventional or groundbreaking, but it's pretty nice for me to know that as long as i'm done on time, the tape will automatically go out within the first pacific-time minute of each month without me having to stay awake]. then, i heard this ohbijou song for the first time, and my mind was thrown into disarray and i had to basically do the thing over from scratch because i just did not know what was happening any more. i guess i am a sucker for crescendos, and also cellos. so be it.
anyway! here is some music that i think is good, and then below this are some videos that are also good. i hope that you enjoy them. and that texas does not wither into dust and blow away, or at least not as long as you guys are still living there, because i imagine that that would be inconvenient.
every month, i'll put up a new mixtape on the right side of this inter net site, and some words having to do with that mixtape will run down the left side. some tapes will have more or fewer songs than others, and sometimes tapes will have themes. i hope that the one thing that they will all have in common will be that they are all made of good music, and that my mom and anyone else who cares to listen to them will find new music that they like by listening to these things.
which reminds me: this site is a birthday present for my mom. because, in the words of a wise otter, my mom should always get presents because she is my mom. for the technically inclined: this site is powered by php, duct tape, sheer force of concentration, and a modified version of opentape.
my name is jrheard.