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Ashes to Ashes

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Ashes to Ashes

“Intro” – Barack Obama
“Airline to Heaven (Live at Farm Aid 2005)” – Wilco
“That Highway Won’t Get You to Heaven” – Beck
“Drugs” – Talking Heads
“Black Satin” – Miles Davis
“Caramel (William Orbit Special)” – Blur
“Karaim” – Electric Masada
“Ghost Town” – The Specials
“Ladytron” – Roxy Music
“Star Eyes (I Can’t Catch It)” – Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse with David Lynch
“Do You Realize? (live at Hollywood Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA)” – The Flaming Lips & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Here is a mix that is fitting for today, the ten year anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing in New York.  It’s not a bunch of country songs, but something a little deeper than kickin’ Sadam’s ass.  I bet your foot would go right through his ass at this point, anyway.

I wanted to make a mix that was spiritual, political, emotional, dark and beautiful at once.  Something to usher in the fall and its massive push of death and loss in nature, hence around us.  I aimed for this mix to express some endearment for the finite, in general, when relative to a world of suffering and pain.  There should be peace in knowing that all things shall pass…not fear.

The whole idea of “never forget,” however, is counter to this notion.  Do we really want that to be our mantra in relation to a national tragedy?  We are holding this against you forever?  Transformation does not always have to be a harsh lesson, especially ten years later.

 

The Politics of Aging

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The Politics of Aging

“Sgt. Pepper’s Paradise” – Guns N’ Roses vs. The Beatles vs. Jimmy James
“Fine Line” – Paul McCartney
“Coffee & TV” – Blur
“Once Upon a Time” – Air
“Le Premier Amore” – Anaïs
“Golden Age” – TV on the Radio
“Strange Overtones” – David Byrne & Brian Eno
“A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger” – of Montreal
“Just a Friend With the Clap” – Shirley Ellis vs. Biz Markie
“Go There With You (Radio Edit)” – Chin Chin
“Bull Black Nova” – Wilco
“Longing for a Frozen Sky” – Ernst Reijseger, Patricio Mura & Gianluca Frau
“Divine” – Sebastian Tellier
“Tonight” – Koop & Mikael Sundin

So I’m 30 years old.  Suddenly age seems to matter more.  My generation is largely discontent with the political agendas of the baby boomers.  We’re also relatively vocal about that.  Baby boomers don’t seem too fond of us, either, often opting for some weird victimization complex as their arguments against social change.  They think we’re bitter and we think they are bitter.

It’s trickier than it seems, though, because this is my parents’ generation.  People who were around for the 60’s, before the “revolution” became a televised pop concert.  I understand their victimization insomuch that most of them really did try (and often still try) to make life better for our generation and yet we largely still refuse to accept their stringent conservatism.  This so often boils down to logic vs. emotion – and that seems to be where the divide exists.  Perhaps if the baby boomers had access to the internet when they were young, gay marriage wouldn’t be such a big deal.  In any case, the two generations have a lot to sort through if any real progress in social reform is going to be made before they die and we take their place.  By that time, we may hold on to our outdated belief systems with the same jaded pretense.

For now, though, the least we can say is that things slip and slide with age.  The changing of beliefs and boundaries goes many different ways, with many different effects.  The relationship between these meandering generations is a bittersweet one.  Kids don’t want to hate their parents.  Parents don’t want to hate their kids.  But yet the kids, seemingly ungrateful to the provisions of the parents, are refusing to follow them to the end.  And the parents, disillusioned by the corruption of past hopes, have hardened to the point of taking offense to their children striving for so many of the same ideals.

I wish this mix was as crisply discernible as all that.  All that, however, is just one current observation amid a slew of new political motivations we come to take on in response to growing older.  As you try to figure them out and accept them, refer to this mix as necessary.