Saturday, February 12, 2011

Goodnight Blog

Thanks to all the people who've ever read this blog. Thanks especially to the people who've ever read closely enough to leave even a single comment. I'm retiring this blog, not because of a new addition to my immediate family (or for lack of comments), but because I noticed I was starting to repeat myself. The risk of repetition always comes up when I'm making music playlists. It's not that I have so few favorite songs that I'm like a teeny bopper who wears out the grooves on a record, but my wife does think I'm ridiculous for never allowing the same song to be included on two different playlists. I've broken my own rule this time as half of the songs listed below have been mentioned before on this blog (I'll make notes for when and where). After realizing that certain songs I wanted to use for my daughter's "Sleepytime" mix had already been used on my son's a long time ago, I came up with a new rule - and sole criterion - her songs had to be girlier. Now that's not to say that the songs on my son's were more rough and tumble. All the songs on both playlists are peaceful, but as I went back through my son's mix I noticed for the first time that his songs are a little more mischievous (and so is he). So far my daughter has proved to be more mellow (she only cries when hungry and sleeps the rest of the time). She has also brought me to tears more than my son ever did (and so does her playlist). If you make it more than halfway through her mix without choking up, either you have no heart or maybe you just like your music a little more playful (so does my son).

Sleepytime Mix for My Newborn Daughter
1. "Lazy Calm" - Cocteau Twins (see also my 6/19/10 post)
2. "Pay Attention/In a World of My Own" (from the movie, Alice in Wonderland) - Kathryn Beaumont
3. "La vie en rose" - Édith Piaf (see also my 3/10/09 post)
4. "Somewhere My Love" - Jo Stafford & Paul Weston & His Orchestra
5. "Sumiregusa" - Enya
6. "Canção da America" - Milton Nascimento
7. "Granada" - Emilio de Benito (see also my 12/27/08 post)
8. "December" - Norah Jones (see also my 12/22/10 post)
9. "Brahms Lullaby" - Nat "King" Cole
10. "Good Night" - The Beatles
11. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" - Billy Joel
12. "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" (from the movie, An American Tail) - James Horner
13. "In Pace" - Sarah Brightman
14. "Strauss II: Die Fledermaus Act 1 Duettino" - The APM Orchestra
15. "Delibes: Flower Duet" - Cerise (see also my 10/4/10 post)
16. "Debussy: Rêverie" - Zoltán Kocsis
17. "Saint-Saëns: The Swan" - Jascha Silberstein and Marie Goossens (see also my 5/2/09 post)
18. "Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 (Nocturne)" - Prague Quartet
19. "Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major" - Yo-Yo Ma (see also my 2/25/09 post)
20. "Doug Reflects" (from the movie, The Town) - Harry Gregson-Williams and David Buckley
21. "Made By Maid" - Laura Marling
22. "Mockingbird Hill" - Leo Kottke

Sleepytime Mix for My Son (from four years ago)
1. "Red Rabbits" - The Shins
2. "Soldier Jane" - Beck
3. "March of the Celts" - Enya
4. "Extraordinary Machine" - Fiona Apple
5. "The Medals" (from the movie, Flags of Our Fathers) - Clint Eastwood
6. "When You Wish Upon a Star" (from the movie, Pinocchio) - Disney Studio Chorus
7. "Exploring/Say Bird/Flower" (from the movie, Bambi) - Disney Studio Orchestra
8. "Intro Versailles" (from the movie, Marie Antoinette) - Brian Reitzell
9. "Couperin: Les barricades mystérieuses" – Brian Reitzell
10. "Fools Rush In (Kevin Shields Remix)" - Bow Wow Wow
11. "Avril 14th" - Aphex Twin
12. "Tommib Help Buss" - Squarepusher
13. "Rameau: Tristes Apprêts, Pâles Flambeaux" - W. Christie
14. "Opus 23" - Dustin O'Halloran
15. "Es ist ein ros entsprungen" - Baltimore Consort
16. "Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro Act 3 Duettino" - Deutsche Oper Berlin (see also my 3/2/10 post)
17. "Return to the Heart" - David Lanz
18. "Bach: Sleepers Wake (Cantata 140)" - Balázs Szokolay
19. "Vivaldi: "Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Largo" (Winter) - Anne-Sophie Mutter
20. "Puccini: O Mio Bambino Caro (Instrumental)" - Alexander Warenberg
21. "Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major" - London Philharmonic Orchestra
22. "All That Makes Us Human Continues" - BT (see also my 9/9/08 post)


Gretchen Alice said...

Just know that your pop culture musings will be missed!
Also, I can't WAIT to make playlists for my future kids. Great idea.

Anonymous said...

Oh No! I will miss your blog :(