This week - selecting her choices for her mixtape is Bethie AKA Hugermama she's a singing, cooking, traveling, dreaming, American mama living in London. Check out her blog for some mouthwatering recipies.
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Despite being born in 1980, I grew up listening to a lot of records and my mom’s “moldy oldy” station in the car. As a result, my music tastes are not entirely what you would expect from an 80’s girl. My first CD ever purchased definitely reflects this as it was a disc of Christmas music by Bing Crosby (a precursor of Frank Sinatra).
Being from a small farming town in Washington state, there really weren’t many opportunities to see “gigs”. I think the first proper big gig I ever went to was to see Dave Matthews Band at The Gorge Ampitheatre in George, Washington (“The Gorge at George”). The Gorge is an absolutely stunning outdoor concert venue overlooking the Columbia River and is one of the most scenic concert locations in the world. I was 16 or 17. It was a magical night!
Party Out or Kitchen Disco:
I enjoy a Kitchen Disco, but I absolutely LOVE going out dancing! (I just rarely know any of the music that is playing because I never listen to the radio! Ha!)
I’ve gone with a fun, vintagey, chill, folksy mix. All of this music makes me feel happy, nostalgic, and comfortable in my own skin if that makes sense.
1 Simon and Garfunkel - Cecilia
This was one of my favourite songs as a kid. I am still a massive Simon and Garfunkel fan, and always turn to Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” if I need some cheering up.
2 James Taylor - Fire and Rain
My best friend and I used to listen to James Taylor records on repeat. This one was apparently written when he was in rehab.
3 Fleetwood Mac - Gold Dust Woman
Fleetwood Mac is my favourite band. I love their harmonies and how their passion for music comes through so clearly in their discs. This track isn’t one of their most popular, but it sums up a lot of what I love about their style.
4 John Martyn - May You Never
I only discovered this song a few years ago, but I immediately fell in love with it. I can never just listen to it once so if anyone wants a genuine experience of this mixtape, listen to this one twice!
5 Stealer’s Wheel - Stuck in the Middle with You
Oh man. Such a good song. Try to listen to this without smiling.
6 Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight
I learned recently that this song never really crossed the pond. I can’t understand why that is as it is a super fun tune with amazing harmonies all about having afternoon sex. What’s not to love?
7 Cat Stevens - The Wind
This is another one I can’t listen to just once. I first heard it on a Wes Anderson film called Rushmore which stars Bill Murray (among others). Please watch this if you haven’t seen it! It is a classic.
8 Nick Drake - Pink Moon
I always listen to Nick Drake on vinyl. It is currently on my record player as I type this!
9 Peter Paul and Mary - Early Morning Rain
One of the few tapes my mom had in her car when we were little was a "Best Of” Peter, Paul & Mary tape. We listened to it non stop. This song always makes me so sad (in a sweet, nostalgic way).
10 James Taylor - You Can Close Your Eyes
I had to include two James Taylor songs because he is my absolute favourite. This is one of the songs I sing to my kids as a lullaby so it is particularly special to us as a family. It is one of his lesser known songs, but he often does it as an encore at the end of a concert. I was so pleased when he did it as an encore at a concert I went to of his in Seattle. It was a magic moment.
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