Thursday, July 31, 2008

Birthday Mix For My Sister

It's been a long time since my last "Sister-themed" mix. It was created as a going away present before her great adventure as a student living abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. Well, her life took a few unexpected turns while there, and she is now married to a Scotsman and the mother of a toddler of twenty some-odd months. This birthday mix is mostly a celebratory affair, but it has hints of some of my sister's challenges and obstacles, as well as some of her successes. She's very proud of her daughter, and I have to say, she's a truly adorable little tyke. My sister's latest challenge has been living apart from her husband as she attempts to finish up her Bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley. It has given my mother and I a chance to reconnect with her, as well as to get to know my niece, but it's been tough for my sister. She's starting school again very soon, and I wish her all the best as she tackles what may turn out to be the biggest challenge of her life.

This mix is packed full of the kind of music my sister loved as a teen, I'm always surprised at how much our tastes have diverged despite our relatively close ages. She desperately wanted to be Cyndi Lauper when she was 14, and by 15 was passionately in love with Duran Duran. She's still an unapologetic ABBA fan, and especially requested the Pat Boone version of "Crazy Train". Of course, I had to add my own touches here and there, hopefully introducing her to tunes she will like and maybe lead her to explore artists who are unfamiliar to her.

Happy Birthday Sis!

1 So What's New? Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

2 Strawberry Mind Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians

3 Crazy Train Pat Boone

4 Mamma Mia Abba

5 Stand R.E.M.

6 Years Of Wrong Impressions The Loud Family

7 Headstart For Happiness The Style Council

8 Shine Like A New Pin Camera Obscura

9 Come Sing Me A Happy Song To Prove We All Can Get Along The Lumpy, Bumpy, Long &    Dusty Road Bert Jansch

11 Happy Birthday, Mr. Burns The Simpsons

12 Let's Have a Party Wanda Jackson

13 Party Time Chubby Checker 

14 Girls On Film Duran Duran

15 Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper

16 The Safety Dance Men Without Hats

17 Accidents Will Happen Elvis Costello & The Attractions

18 Where Have All The Good Times Gone The Kinks

19 (i'm Gonna) Run Away Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

20 Toddler Hiway They Might Be Giants

21 Watching The Wheels John Lennon

22 Under Pressure Queen (Featuring David Bowie)

23 Cosmic Dancer T. Rex

24 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople

25 Walk Away Renee The Left Banke

26 Landslide Dixie Chicks

27 I'll Be Your Mirror Nico

28 So Far to Go Kimya Dawson


1 comment:

Doowad Jones said...

Interesting pick from Elvis Costello for a little sister...

Happy Birthday to her and Godspeed from the Doowad family.