I used to LOVE making Mixtapes, but for some reason, I stopped. To jumpstart my creativity, I am picking the habit back up. A good mixtape is a exercise is creative constraints and curation. They tell a story or follow a very strict set of rules. To kick off this renewed endeavor, I pick the theme of MAY and MAYBE.
1. Month of May - Arcade Fire
This is probably my favorite band of the 21st Century. Suburbs is pure perfection. The line "Kids are all standing with their arms folded tight" is teen angst at its best.
2. It's Gonna Be May - *NYSYNC
I am a sucker for a 90s boy band. Justin Timberlake has always been awesome. Enough said.
3. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
This songs just rocks. I can't even imagine how jarring this must have sounded at it release.
4. Mayonaise - The Smashing Pumpkins
Oh, Billy Corgan! Thank you.
5. Maggie May - Rod Stewart
This almost did not make the cut. It is filled with such disdain. I love the part near the end where the xylophone chimes in after the guitar solo starting at 3:15.
6. Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
The percussion on this track is amazing. I went with the edit to stick to the 60 minute limit.
7. May This Be Love - Jimi Hendrix
Best experienced with headphones. The sound is all over the place.
8. Call Me Maybe - Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
I adore wacky covers. Postmodern Jukebox always delivers.
9. Live Forever - Oasis
This song wins the award for the most maybes.
10. Maybe Baby - The Crickets
Buddy Holly is amazing! Such a loss to have died so young.
11. You May Be Right - Billy Joel
This song has always cracked me up. Yes, I may be crazy, but it just may be a lunatic you're looking for. Classic.
12. Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
The vocals on this are so raw. You can really feel his passion.
13. Maybe Your Baby - Stevie Wonder
This song from Talking Book is proof that Stevie Wonder is way funkier than you may have remembered.
14. May This Be Love - Emmylou Harris
The second side ends with a reverse of tracks 7 and 8. Here we have a cover from the Daniel Lanois produced Wrecking Ball which is one of my favorite records of all time.
15. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
This song is pop perfection. It is lovely and almost impossible not to feel good after hearing it.