This is the track list for a mix CD I made. It is a melancholy autumn CD. You have been warned.
“What Light” by Wilco â€“ I would not consider myself a Wilco fan, but I do like this song.
“Moon River” by The Innocence Mission â€“ I didn’t like this song until I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s last winter. Finally, I get the appeal. I had thought about including Patty Griffin’s version, but I think The Innocence Mission fits better.
“Thirteen” by Big Star â€“ This song sounds like fall to me.
“Monster Ballads” by Josh Ritter â€“ Mike put this on a playlist for me, and I thought it fit with the feel of this CD. Which is monstrously depressed. Sorry about that.
“Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and MarkÃ©ta IrglovÃ¡ â€“ If you haven’t seen Once, you are probably sick of people telling you to see it. But, seriously, you should see it. This is from the soundtrack.
“Real Love” by Regina Spektor â€“ I never liked this song when the other Beatles recorded it “with” John for the Anthologies. But this recording is really amazing, and really brings out how beautiful and not-cheesy the song is.
“Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright â€“ Besides being melancholy, this mix CD is a nice little recap of all the movies I saw this summer. This song is from Knocked Up. I heard it before I saw the movie, and thought that the song was just okay. But after seeing the movie, I liked it much better.
“Imitosis” by Andrew Bird â€“ I have been listening to his latest album, and this song stands out to me.
“Starcrossed” by Ash â€“ Here is a more upbeat song! Except that it’s about starcrossed lovers. So it’s still melancholy. Oh, well.
“Five Colors” by Sam Phillips â€“ I am a big Sam Phillips fan. Surely you knew that by now. I wrote about this song here.
“Moment in the Sun” by Clem Snide – Mike and I stumbled across Clem Snide/Eef Barzelay a year or so ago. I always like to put one of their songs on mix CDs. I believe this was the theme song to Ed for a while, but the fans hated it. The fans were wrong.
“My Rights Versus Yours” by The New Pornographers â€“ I don’t have anything to say about this one. It’s more upbeat, at least.
“Addy Will Know” by SNMNMNM â€“ This is a local band, and this song is about how fantastic librarians are. I think that mix CDs are allowed one gimmicky song. This is mine.
“The Story” by Brandi Carlile â€“ I like this song, too. I don’t listen to the radio, so I’m not sure if it got any radio airplay. At least it’s not completely depressing. (And thus ends the upbeat portion of our CD.)
“Love Love Love” by The Mountain Goats â€“ This is the only song of theirs I know, but I have been meaning to look into more of their stuff.
“Give it Away” by Quincy Coleman â€“ This song is from the movie Waitress, which I loved. Mike calls this song “the long one from Waitress.” But I persist in liking it.
“Amazing Glow” by The Pernice Brothers â€“ I don’t know any of their other songs, either, but I would like to hear more. I heard this song when they played on Gilmore Girls.
“Close the Door” by Waterdeep â€“ Their new CD is, honestly, kind of a downer. Which is perfect for inclusion here! (And being a downer doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, because I really like their new album. And sad music.) I really like what this song is about, faith and belief growing and changing through different phases of life.
“Bookends” by Simon and Garfunkel â€“ I can think of no better way to close an autumn/melancholy CD. This song is a very “end of summer” song for me.
I realized that after I was done, since I took Patty Griffin’s “Moon River” off, I should have put “Burgundy Shoes” on there somewhere, because it really would have fit. But I didn’t. So this is the CD as it stands, forever and ever, amen.