September 12, 2008
Do you remember the days between cassette tapes and Ipods? They were the days when we had to make mix CDs for our cars before road trips and for our friends if we wanted to share new music with them. While I realize that many of our fine readers still engage in this practice, I also know that most of us have left that era behind. While it’s nice to have the convenience of today’s slick technology, those were fun times, because it really forced us to think about the songs that we chose for those CD mixes. We paid attention to the selections and the sequence of the songs so that the mix would have a perfect flow. We couldn’t just slap thousands of songs on our Ipods and MP3 players just to skip a fourth of them. No, we had to be selective so that we wouldn’t waste space.
In fact, if I were to pull out some of the CD mixes that I’ve made, each one would perfectly represent my music taste of that particular time. Some of the songs on those mixes would hold up today and others would baffle me as to why I ever liked them in the first place. So, my charge to you is to stretch your imaginations to the time of Mix CDs and give us a list of the songs that represent your current country music taste. What do you find yourself listening to right now?
One thing to remember is that the list does not necessarily have to represent your favorite country songs of all time. It should simply reflect what you find yourselves listening to at this point in your lives. For instance, you’ll see that my list is full of more mellow songs, which is strange for me because I’m usually the one who complains about albums not having enough tempo.
Finally, since the length of the average country song allows for about 18 to 20 songs to fit on a burnable CD, your list shouldn’t exceed 20 tracks. However, feel free to make more than one track list if you must.
Here’s my list:
- Alison Krauss And Union Station, “Maybe”
- Chris Knight, “Here Comes The Rain”
- Kelly Willis, “Sweet Sundown”
- Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Let Me Into Your Heart”
- Josh Turner, “Another Try”
- Dwight Yoakam, “Population Me”
- Billy Yates, “I Don’t Think You’re Pretty”
- Miranda Lambert, “More Like Her”
- Trisha Yearwood, “Nothin’ About You Is Good For Me”
- Kasey Chambers, “Bluebird”
- Eric Heatherly, “Job”
- Jeffrey Steele, “Couldn’t Last A Moment”
- Jason Boland & The Stragglers, “Comal County Blue”
- Darryl Worley, “Opportunity Of A Lifetime”
- Sweethearts Of The Rodeo, “Long Time Gone”
- Travis Tritt, “What If Love Hangs On”
- Dixie Chicks, “Never Say Die”
- Bradley Walker, “If I Never Reached For The Stars”
- Patty Loveless, “What’s A Broken Heart”
- Vince Gill, “Some Things Never Get Old”