Friday, October 5, 2012

From Katy With Love Mix CD

I asked people to make mix CDs for me, and I received many today. I'm very excited for them all. I won't listen to them until I'm driving across the country. I also burned many mix CDs of my own creation today to reciprocate. The play list is as follows:

There were many reasons for choosing these songs. Unfortunately, there were many more that I had to cut to get the total length down. Here are why these made the final cut:

1. Everybody's Free- Baz Luhrmann: It's an amazing collection of good advice. Baz Lurhmann (director of Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, and the forthcoming Great Gatsby remake) recites this speech:

"Everybody is free to wear sunscreen"
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97,

Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term
benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis or
reliable then my own meandering experience.  I will dispense this

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, nevermind, you won't understand the power and
beauty of your youth until they've faded, but trust me in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of
yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. 

You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind: the kind that blindsides you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts; don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy.  Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind.  The race is
long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive; forget the insults. (if you succeed in doing this, tell me how).
Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life.  The most interesting people
I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of Calcium.  Be kind to your knees -- you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't.  Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't.  Maybe you'll
divorce at 40; maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. 
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either.  Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body: use it every way you can.  Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it; it's the
greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance...even if you have no where to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions (even if you don't follow them).

Do not read beauty magazines; they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents; you never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings: they're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but what a precious few should hold on.  Work hard to bridge the gaps and geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old; and when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you.  Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse, but you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you are 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.  Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal--wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me, on the sunscreen. 

2. Wildcat- Ratatat: Because I like cats and electronic music.

3. Big Bad Wolf- The Heavy: It's bad ass.

4. Black Sheep- Metric: It's also bad ass, follows a song about a big bad wolf, and I often feel like a black sheep myself.

5. Love is Blindness (U2 cover)- Jack White: Really only because I find this to be an unbelievable vocal performance. I had to share.

6. Umbrella- Rihanna: The song is about taking shelter with a loved one. Very uplifting stuff. Also, Juneau is in a temperate rain forest.

7. End of the World- Rob Dickinson: Set 5 minutes before the end of the world, he's with the woman he loves, and everything is alright because they're together. Even though "my world is ending", I've been spending my time with the people I love, and I'm happy.

8. 16, maybe less- Iron and Wine: I simply love this song.

9. Rising Tide- Beats Antique: The song is basically about me. There's a lyric about writing a song to remember me by. I guess I've made this mix CD for people to remember me by.

10. Reckoner- Radiohead: I never know what the hell Thom York is singing about. This is no exception. It is, however, the track with the most plays in my entire music collection. Seemed appropriate to include it.

11. Raconte- moi une histoire: M83: It's a song about a kid who licks a magic frog and trips a wonderful alternate world. What's not to like? I can identify.

12. Nevergreen- Emancipator: I needed an Emancipator track because I've become a huge fan these last few years, and I felt this track represented him best.

13. Madness- Muse: The best track of the VERY recently released album. All you need is love. And Matt Bellamy.

14. Lover, You Should've Come Over- Jeff Buckley: Again, Jeff Buckley is my favorite musician of all time and needed representation. This is, in my opinion, his best original song.

15. Gross- Balkan Beat Box: Pretty much ditto Track 14.

16. Crystalized- The xx: Pretty much ditto Tracks 14 and 15.

17. Do You Realize??- The Flaming Lips: This is a VERY important song to me. The whole album is really (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots). This album has been my Power Album. It is always motivating and soothing. This particular track, though, has special meaning. Here are the lyrics. They are self explanatory.

Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do You Realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die -

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize 

There you have it, folks. Enjoy your mix tape.

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