I’m not much of a mix-tape maker. Same goes with playlists. I feel a responsibility to listen to albums in their entirety. You know, as the artist intended and to prove my devotion. (As if they would know in what order I consume their craft.) I don’t mingle with single jingles.
I was recently asked to make a list of songs by one of my favorite artists for a friend’s birthday. Perhaps your heard of her (the artist, not my friend)?
Here’s a mini-setlist for Dar Williams were she to play for your happy day:
- When I Was a Boy
- You’re Aging Well
- Midnight Radio (cover from Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
- What Do You Hear in these Sounds
- It’s Alright
- Better Things
- As Cool as I Am
- The Babysitter’s Here
There are plenty of other amazing songs (February, The Ocean, The Great Unknown, Iowa), but, if it were my birthday, I maybe wouldn’t want to be sobbing. (Dar has had that effect on me.)
So use your favorite music consumption vehicle (YouTube, Spotify, iTunes) and have yourself an upbeat little birthday party with Dar.