CDP Mix-Tape Exchange #2 Wrap Party. (Part 2)

Mix Tape Exchange #2 Wrap Party.

For this entire week on the CDP, I’m extending my thanks to everyone who participated in the CDP Mix-Tape Exchange #2; especially all those who took the time to send a personal mix out to yours truly. I’m currently in the process of listening to over 15 different mixes from CDP fans across the nation, and it’s been quite fantastic. The theme of Exchange #2 was ‘Love,’ and you guys didn’t fail to deliver.

For those already wondering, Mix-Tape Exchange #3 will arrive in late May. Also, if you’re still interested in sending a Love-Themed Mix my way, throw it in an envelope and send it to:

PO Box 865
Sun Prairie, WI

Thank you in advance.

The last time we did this trade, I had enough time (and not enough submissions) to review each and every track of each and every mix. While I simply don’t have the time to do that again, I still promised that I would spotlight (albeit briefly) everyone who sent a mix my way. Today, I shall continue said spotlighting, by pulling some mixes at random and giving them a run-down. I’ll do this every day throughout the week until every ego has been properly stroked to the best of my abilities. Enjoy.

Heather's Mix.
LOVE MIX #5: ‘Straight Ahead Love Songs.’

1. A Groovy Kind Of Love – The Dan Band
2. I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground
3. You Really Got A Hold On Me – She & Him
4. Digital Love – Daft Punk
5. I Love You – The Pipettes
6. Two Hearts – Phil Collins
7. If You’re Into It – Flight Of The Conchords
8. Drop & Anchor – Mates Of State
9. Reflecting Light – Sam Phillips
10. Underwater (You & Me) – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
11. Minor Detail – Sondre Lerche
12. Lover’s Spit – Broken Social Scene
13. Love Invincible – Michael Franti & Spearhead
14. Your Song – Elton John
15. I Just Can’t Get Enough – Nouvelle Vague
16. Another Sunny Day – Belle & Sebastian
17. Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows
18. Someday You Will Be Loved – Death Cab For Cutie

Never mind the wonderful taste and quality depth this mix has (Velvet Underground, Pipettes, Mates Of State, Broken Social Scene, Daft Punk; I love you and I don’t even know you!), the main thing I need to mention is the absolutely beautiful packaging that Heather included with her mix. She scrapbooked the entire booklet by hand, included a handwritten letter and cut/pasted the whole thing together. It’s honestly one of the more gorgeous packages I’ve ever received in regards to the CDP, and I hope that whomever drew her as a Mix-Tape recipient appreciates the hard work that she put into the appearance. Wonderful stuff, really.

Smedley's Mix.
LOVE MIX #6: ‘CDP Love Mix.

1. Meant For You – The Beach Boys
2. Happiness – The Anita Kerr Singers
3. We Love Us – The Association
4. I Want You Still – The Dave Clark Five
5. Dino’s Song – Quicksilver Messenger Service
6. Flowers & Beads – Iron Butterfly
7. Love, Love, Love, Love, Love – Pacific Gas & Electric
8. Love – The Cult
9. It’s Love – King’s X
10. When You Smile – Dream Syndicate
11. Books About UFOs – Husker Du
12. Love Is – I Love You
13. I’ve Been Waiting – Matthew Sweet
14. What You Do To Me – Teenage Fanclub
15. Better Than Nothing – Jennifer Trynin
16. I’d Run Away – The Jayhawks
17. You Won’t Be Happy – Paul Collins Beat
18. Tara-I Like You-Carmalina – The Pursuit Of Happiness
19. Wedding Of The Bugs – Robbie Fulks
20. Blue Eyes – International Submarine Band
21. Sweet City Woman – Stampeders
22. Sweet Mary – Wadsworth Mansion
23. I’m In Love With A Girl – Big Star
24. Because – The Dave Clark Five
25. My Best Friend – Jefferson Airplane
26. Our Sweet Love – The Beach Boys

Wow. This is, without question, the happiest Mix-Tape I have ever heard. Absolutely shimmering in every way, and jam-packed with everything from bouncy Sunshine Pop, to Surf, to Psychedelic Rock, to Punk, to Classic Alternative and to Grunge. I need to ask Smedley where exactly he got some of these tracks outside of vinyl. I consider this a great addition to my collection, as it contains many tracks I’d never be able to find at a retailer. Awesome job.

(You can read Smedley’s very own track comments HERE!)

Bruce's Mix.
LOVE MIX #7: ‘Break Up…Just To Make Up.’

1. Crying Time – Buck Owens
2. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? – The Violent Femmes
3. The Breakup Song – The Greg Kihn Band
4. Baby It’s You – Smith
5. If It Be Your Will – Leonard Cohen
6. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
7. Livin’ For You – Al Green
8. Goodbye Girl – David Gates
9. It’s Sad To Belong – England Dan & John Ford Coley
10. Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy
11. Do You Know Who I Am? – Elvis Presley
12. These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding
13. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
14. Save Me A Saturday Night – Neil Diamond
15. Love Gonna Walk Out On Me – Toots & The Maytals
16. I Just Want To Be Your Everything – Andy Gibb
17. If I Ever Saw A Good Thing – Tony Joe White
18. Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
19. Daisy Jane – America
20. Beautiful Girl – Pete Droge
21. If Not For You – George Harrison
22. Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
Bonus Track – Afternoon Delight – Ron Burgundy

This isn’t just a Mix-Tape, it’s the soundtrack to the Cycle of Romance. From the initial pain of a break up, to the futile attempt to dust yourself off and move on, to the unbearable pain of unrequited love, to the eventual finding of the special person that will eventually hurt you and start you over again. I don’t know why I didn’t expect such musical depth from Bruce, but I really enjoyed his many steps outside of the traditional Love Mix box. Also, his track descriptions were heartfelt, hilarious and close-to-home. Rad on all fronts.

Another Photo Of Heather's Beautiful Mix.
(The Missus didn’t include artwork for my copy of her mix, so here’s another photo of Heather’s beautiful Mix-Tape packaging.)

LOVE MIX #8: ‘Missus Love Mix.’

1. Couch – The Benjamins
2. Fine Day For Sailing – Go Sailor
3. Cantankerous – Chopper One
4. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
5. If We Were Lovers – All Star United
6. Summer Is Coming – Matt Pond PA
7. A Life Less Ordinary – Ash
8. Once Around The Block – Badly Drawn Boy
9. Radio – Teenage Fanclub
10. Spin The Wink – The Velvet Teen
11. Just Hold Me – Maria Mena
12. Down – Stroke 9
13. Some Jingle Jangle Morning – Mary Lou Lord
14. Last Song For Barbie – Zoinks!
15. Flowers In The Windows – Travis
16. A Good Man Is Easy To Kill – Beulah
17. B.C. – The Gadjits
18. Leave It All Behind – The Features
19. So Long, Marianne – Leonard Cohen
20. Only Of You – Green Day
21. New Year’s Project – Further Seems Forever

I’m biased towards this mix for a number of reasons. Never mind that she’s my wife, and never mind that all of these tracks come from my personal CD collection. Nope, the main reason why I love this mix so much is because it’s our mix. When you create a CD like this, you reflect on past experiences and important, personal moments to get your point across, and every important moment I’ve experienced in the last decade centers solely around the Missus. I know why she chose these songs because I was there when they became an integral part of her life, and I think that’s pretty awesome.

I absolutely freaking hate that Gadjits song, though.

Sound off in the comments section, boast your musical prowess and enjoy your day.

56 thoughts on “CDP Mix-Tape Exchange #2 Wrap Party. (Part 2)

  1. Thanks, Moe. I’m wearing it right now.EMILY – I think that ‘His Essence’ did have a hint of pine and sandalwood in it. So essentially, he smelled like a hippie.


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