Thursday, November 06, 2014

Campfire Ladies: Mix Tape Shuffle

Here's the thing with mix tapes versus playlists: mixtapes are meant to be listened to from end to end. There is no shuffle in a mix tape.

The other day I had this epiphany while listening to Pink Floyd's "The Wall"—can you even imagine putting that CD on shuffle?

I'll give you a moment to compose yourself.

The answer is no. You can't You lose context and reference and it sounds like just a bunch of random crap. Now, there is a time for random crap; but a mix tape is meant to be listened to from start to finish. Marisa and I have been doing this for a few months now, and this month, we are sharing our mix tapes to listen to around a campfire.

Now, I've listened to my fair share of awesome songs around a campfire, but the one playlist that sticks, the one that I return to over and over again, is from a 70s compilation CD I made a few years back. It's fun, a little unexpected, and meant to be listened to from start to finish.

Because the thing about a mix tape is that you start to depend on those songs. When you hear the first one, you want to hear the second one, and so on.

So, I give you my mix tape for a campfire.

Track List:
1. Amie – Pure Prairie League
2. Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
3. Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
4. We Want the Funk – George Clinton
5. Dancin’ in the Moonlight – King Harvest
6. Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen
7. Brandy – Looking Glass
8. Black Betty – Ram Jam
9. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
10. Brick House – Commodores
11. Do You Know What I Mean – Lee Michaels
12. Got to Give It Up (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye
13. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
14. Don’t Pull Your Love Out – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
15. I’ll Take You There – Staples Singers
16. Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
17. Jungle Boogie – Kool & the Gang
18. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
19. Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band
20. Oh What a Night – Frankie Valli
21. Let’s Stay Together – Reverend Al Green
22. Seasons in the Sun – Terry Jacks

Be sure to hop over to Marisa's blog and check out her mix tape shuffle. Want to play along? Well, what are you waiting for?


  1. I am ignorant....I never knew mix tapes were meant to be listened to from beginning to end (kind of like the concept album, no?), but I now stand corrected. And unsure how to properly build one from here on out....but I'll figure it out!

    I definitely want to participate in the future. Whether I get motivated enough to do it remains to be seen, but I love the idea!

    1. For sure a concept album, Kim! :)
      And we will totally rope you into this little mix tape festival.