On the first night of autumn, I like to open all the windows in the house and curl up with the dogs on the couch. Then I wait for our yearly guest to arrive. Night walks into my house, bringing with her the plainspoken hoot of the big owl who winters in our pecan tree; a draft of cool air to chase out the summer stuffiness; and the strange curved light of the harvest moon. This year, I'll be opening my windows, hanging with my dogs, and playing this mix while I wait for the first fall night to arrive. Happy autumn, everyone!
I speak both dream languages— day and night. My ability to drop into a daydream more or less at will allows me to reach for words and ideas that otherwise would be out of reach for my rough, troubled hands. I'm a writer by trade in no large part due to being able to swim underneath the surface of my own thoughts into the murk, to push off from the bottom of my darkest subconscious, to burst into the light dragging up a sack of glistening, uncracked words. And then, only then, do I dive again.*
Attributions and thanks go to: (UPDATED 2014.02.20) Originally this mix had a brand new song from Dott and Graveface Records called "Swoon". (But it's disappeared! Dang!) Thank goodness for the truly amazing group Silence Is Sexy and their romantic-yet-wistful pop song "This Ain't Hollywood". (I love you guys. Seriously.) Massive music love goes to chamber pop duo The New Heaven and The New Earth and WFMU's radio show Gateway to Joy with Donna; the utterly fabulous, self-released bliss pop group Souvenir Driver; Andalucía, Spain's (the cradle of Flamenco!) El Niño del Parking courtesy of Oddio Overplay; Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers and their label Bloodshot Records (who can do no wrong, according to my ears); the polished ZOE.LEELA and net label rec72; award-winning musician and conservatory student (Hey! That was awhile ago! Are you finished now?) Antony Raijekov and the wonderful folks of the Creative Commons; OCS and Narnack Records (oh my gosh, your music makes me so happy!); the conceptual and serious Uniform Motion out of France (Bonjour, Monsieurs de l'Uniform Motion! Comment allez-vous?); the wonderful Birds are Indie and MiMi Records (as in "go mimis", you all? Spanish slang for "beddy-bye"?).
Mucho mas love goes to generous musicians Ben Holmes and Patrick Farrell come our way thanks to WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise (one of my favorite radio shows of all time!); the great John Bellows also provided great live (recorded) music from another personal favorite WFMU radio show— thank you, Liz Berg. You find such amazing artists! As always, big thanks to the staff of FMA who make this magical place a wonderland of good sound for all of us. Final thanks go to Wikimedia Commons for the use of the rare photograph, "Cossack Wing Trick," creator unknown.
*Hey! This is the second mix in a series. Please click the following link for part one: The Chronic Dreamer and Her Dreams.
In my dreams, I am always traveling. I may visit the vivid metropolis of Porto, Portugal or the tidy green vales of Salem, Portland while I sleep tonight. Tonight, I may drive a car I've never seen before down to the Rio Grande Valley to greet my friend Phillip at a night pulga covered in paper lanterns dipping in the wind; the vendors call and call to us, hands beckoning. Tonight, I am talking to Bill in a dingy little coffee place near his apartment in Manhattan. The fluorescent lights flicker and hum as I hear his voice for the first time. I have my headphones on tonight; the music spreads wide across oceans flickering, purring. Tonight I am craving sleep— I am running towards sleep with a bag packed, full of beautiful music, and I've got you in mind. Let me go, let me go, so I may finally arrive to meet you in a dream.*
Attributions and thanks go to: Alexandre Bateiras and the Merzbau Label; Orca Team; Tapes and Tapes, courtesy of radio station KEXP; Broke For Free; Chuzausen and Enough Records; Jermaine Riley and FMA curator FrostClick; Ixtlan and the Breitband radio program; Wild Flag, courtesy of radio station KEXP; Jennifer Avila courtesy of Breitband and the FMA Archive Special Mixes; Kodak To Graph and Band Panda Records; No Monster Club; Pete International Airport and Dead Bees Records; Miss Vybe and ccMixter; and Expwy. As always, thanks so, so much to the staff of the FMA who make all of this a reality. Final thanks and attributions to Wikimedia Commons for the use of the "Cossack Hop Trick" photograph, creator unlabeled.
*This mix is the first in a two-part series. Go to The Chronic Dreamer Returns for more FMA musical goodness.
Summer thunderstorms in South Texas blow up and over the Hill Country.
They bristle black clouds like a ruffled crow, creeping over the lush, gray-green swags of rain-fed trees that embroider the riverbank, and speaking in loud strong voice. So this mix is dedicated to those kinds of storms, the ones I love best— full of pomp and weather, breaking our bad drought with a peal and a haloo and a bright, strange call.