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The Phenomenal Mix Playlist Winners Revealed

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Between blog comments, facebook and Twitter, I received 70 song and musician suggestions for the 2016 Phenomenal Women and Cafe Mix playlists – my annual gift of new music for my mom and sister.

Thank you to everyone who shared suggestions and music videos for my search. Several of your recommendations made the final list and I’m excited to share them with you in the new year. Here’s what I’m currently dancing to!

The 2016 Phenomenal Women Playlist

  1. Stranger to My Happiness by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

In honor of this phenomenal woman who passed in 2016. She is one of my favorite live performers to have seen. So much soul. Felt the need to kick off the playlist with a song from her album “Give the People What They Want”. 

2. Best Kept Secret by case/lang/veirs

3. Into the Wild by LP

4. Wild Things by Alessia Cara

5. No Diggity by Postmodern Jukebox featuring Ariana Savalas

6. Million Reasons by Lady Gaga

7. We Break the Dawn by Michelle Williams

8. The Greatest by Sia

I’m a Sia fan. I love her music videos and the unusual ways the dancers move. I think it’s beautiful. 

9. Heaven Knows by First Aid Kit

10. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Postmodern Jukebox featuring Maiya Sykes

Shoutout to Amber West for recommending some Postmodern Jukebox tunes for the mix, which have not been included before and leant a variety of sounds and styles. I loved this cover of a song by The Killers. 

11. Heart of My Own by Basia Bulat

12. Wildewoman by Lucius

13. Tokyo Sunrise by LP

Hands down, my favorite musician this year has been LP. I discovered her last year and included “Night Like This” on the 2015 mix, but since then, she’s released another album and I’ve been playing her nonstop, so two songs made the list this year. 

14. Wildest Moments by Jessie Ware

15. Scars to Your Beautiful by Postmodern Jukebox featuring Sara Niemietz

16. Beautiful Life by Judith Hill

Judith Hill is a musician I have tried to include for the last several years and could never quite fit in. Came across this song off the 2015 album, Back in Time, and fell in love. This music video is a paired down version of the song, but it’s gorgeous either way. 

17. Runaway by Aurora

18. Got Your Number by Serena Ryder

19. Road Less Traveled by Lauren Alaina

20. In the Morrow by Brandi Carlile

The 2016 Cafe Mix

  1. Happiness by NEEDTOBREATHE

The hubs and I are both fans of NEEDTOBREATHE and this is off their new album, Hard Love. 

2. Alaska by Maggie Rogers

3. Red Hands by Walk Off The Earth

4. Trying So Hard Not to Know by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

5. The Walker by Fitz & the Tantrums

6. White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes

7. Unsteady by X Ambassadors

8. Hold Back the River by James Bay

James Bay was a discovery the hubs and I found through an indie artist bio-vid we came across and we loved his sound. 

9. Lost Stars by Adam Levine

10. Growing Things by Shook Twins

11. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

12. Out of My League by Fitz & the Tantrums

13. I Found by Amber Run

14. Snow by Lisa Hannigan

15. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak

16. House of Mercy by Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz has been another musician I’ve had in my collection and tried to include for several years, but hadn’t. This year her 2016 album, Undercurrent, was added to my iTunes and I loved this song. 

17. Home Nights by Sugarcane Jane

18. Woodwork by Sleeping at Last

19. Morning Noon & Night by Ryan Shaw

20. Thank You by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Here’s another group I can’t help but groove to when I listen. 

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And now, the winners of the mix giveaways! Thank you all again so much for the song recommendations, I love listening to all your favorite tunes and they are a huge help in making these playlists.

The winners are Serena Dracis and Amber West!!!

 

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The Ultimate Mixtape: 2016 Edition

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Hey Music Lovers,

For the past four years, I’ve called on you to share your favorite songs and musicians with me for a reoccurring nerdy gift I always give my mom and sis for Christmas. A mixtape.

Since 2007, I’ve made them a personal playlist of phenomenal women. Every song is a female musician. And the tunes are typically upbeat. It’s the kind of thing you’d play before going out, or pumping yourself up for some hours in the kitchen or cleaning. Songs that make you move.

When a need arrived to add some more mellow songs, as well as male musicians, I created the Cafe’ Mix. The songs you’d listen to while holding a mug of your favorite warm beverage and gazing out the window, or curled up on the couch while reading a book.

It has become a favorite gift of my mother and sister (partially because they are busy women who don’t have time to search for new music and don’t have smartphones yet – my sis does now though). When they get the new Phenomenal Women Mix and Cafe Mix, they play them all year long.

This is where you come in.

I need your help! Tell me your favorite songs! The ones you’ve thumbs up’d, hit replay on, shazam’d, go back to again and again when you hit “a mood”.

Tell me in the comments what your favorite song recommendations are for each album. Last year, you gave me 58 songs to listen to!

To thank you, I’ll draw two random commenters to also receive copies of the cds and post the complete lists in the New Year! 

Thank you all so much for your input. I’ve missed you. Here’s to making the new year…well, phenomenal!

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Song Ideas to Get You Started: 

Phenomenal Women Mix

Wolf by First Aid Kit

Knots by Lisa Hannigan

Wild Young Hearts by the Noisettes

Cafe Mix

Fare Thee Well by Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac

Heart Beats by Johnnyswim

You and Me by Sara Watkins

The Ultimate Mix CD Project 2014

Listening to MusicHey Peeps!

With Christmas just a month away, I’ve got to get cracking on my go to gift for my mum and sis.

The Ultimate Mix CD Project

Since 2007 I’ve given them each a Phenomenal Women’s Mix CD, a compilation of all female artists and the songs are usually upbeat and dance-worthy. A few years ago I added in what I call a Cafe’ Mix – mellow music for hanging at home and which allows male and female artists. Since 2012, I’ve enlisted YOUR help with creating those awesome playlists.

I need your brilliant ideas again now!

And to thank you, I’ll pick 2 commenters at random to win copies of the 2 cds!

I’m guessing no one wants my fake NaNo album – created in a black hole of stress rage. I called it Blames it On the Hormones.

Blames it on the Hormones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No takers? None? Ok.

Then here are some ideas to get you thinking about types of songs to suggest!

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For the Phenomenal Women Mix:

My Silver Lining ~ First Aid Kit

This is the song I keep playing on repeat. Lurve!

Hideaway ~ Kiesza

She did this music video in one take. One take!!!

Enough ~ The Mrs

The ladies behind the magic talking mirror. Had to be included!

For the Cafe’ Mix:

Paper Cup ~ The Shoe

Did you know actress Jena Malone has a band? And it’s awesome! This video is flippin’ weird, but I love this song, and every other song on their debut album I’m Okay.

Poison & Wine ~ The Civil Wars

Haunting and beautiful. Hurt and yet thankful. Haven’t we all felt this way at some point?

Stay With Me ~ Bernhoft

A great male addition to my mix. Love the song, and hadn’t heard much buzz about him before, but found this song via my Songza app.

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What do you think of these tunes so far?
What other songs should I add? Share your favorites!

The Ultimate Mix CD Project

Listening to MusicIt’s that time of year again! I’m working on the mix cds I make for my mom and sister every year. Since 2007 I’ve made them for Christmas and it’s become one of their favorite presents.

The first is called the Phenomenal Woman Mix – it’s a collection of all female artists/bands that are feel good and dance worthy!

The second I’ve dubbed the Cafe’ Mix – a more mellow, relax at home with a cup of coffee blend of male and female artists.

I need your help!

What songs/artists do you recommend I add to the mixes?

Here’s some of the songs I’ve already compiled to give you an idea…

For the Phenomenal Woman Mix:

Torpedo by Jillette Johnson – Power number to start the day feeling like you can conquer the world.

Closer by Tegan and Sara – Definite dance in your underpants all weekend!

This is What Makes Us Girls by Lana Del Ray – I love Lana’s retro Nancy Sinatra look and velvety voice. This is her latest song.

For the Cafe’ Mix:

The One That Got Away by The Civil Wars – Haunting and amazing. Perfect for staring out the window and reflecting on your past.

Please, Baby Please by Serena Ryder – Serena’s been on the last 2 mixes as she is my favorite musician. She just released her new album this fall, called Harmony, and every song is soulfully wonderful.

Heartbeats by Johnnyswim – Romantic and moody, I love both of their voices immensely.

What do you recommend for these mixes?

Please share! I’ll put my favorite suggestions in next week’s blog post and THREE lucky commenters will receive their own copies of both cds as well!

The Ultimate Mix Tape Saga Continues

Hey fellow music lovers!  I had so much fun chatting with you guys about music that I want more of it!  I’m sharing with you some of my favorite music finds from the suggestions YOU left last blog, and asking you for MORE!  I know, I’m so greedy.  But you guys are a wealth of titillating tuneage!

If you’re just tuning in, I’m in the works of creating 2 mix cd’s for my mom for Christmas.  For the past 5 years, I’ve made her a phenomenal woman mix.  And I’m working on 2012’s now!  But I’ve found so much great music, I’m taking some of the folksier ones and making a Cafe’ Mix as well.

Many of you named artists I already knew and loved.  I thought, for those curious minds, I’d share the playlist from 2011’s Phenomenal Woman Mix!

Phenomenal Woman Mix 2011

  1. Lights by Ellie Goulding
  2. Cosmic Love by Florence + the Machine
  3. With or Without You by Sarah Darling
  4. Never Forget You by the Noisettes
  5. Pride and Joy by Brandi Carlile
  6. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by Amy Winehouse
  7. Waves and the Both of Us by Charlotte Sometimes
  8. All Your Life by The Band Perry
  9. Sweet Ride by Courtney Jaye
  10. When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus
  11. Don’t Stop by Gin Wigmore
  12. Everybody by V.V. Brown
  13. Little Lie by Lindi Ortega
  14. The Treehouse Song by Ane Brun
  15. On the Run by Tina Dico
  16. Shake it Out by Florence + the Machine
  17. Crazy Amazing by V.V. Brown
  18. Sing You Home by Xenia
  19. Tightrope by Janelle Monae
  20. Here I Go Again by Audra Mae

I’m going to extend the mix tape contest through this weekend too.  I’ll be randomly picking 3 commenters between this post and the previous Mix Tape blog for a chance at one of the following,or heck, ALL OF THE ABOVE!

  • a chance to do a guest post about their guilty pleasure
  • a guest post from me on a topic TBD
  • a mix cd of tunes selected just for you!

My favorite recommendations for the Cafe’ Mix so far:

Werewolf by Fiona Apple (recommended by Eric)

An all too true poetic encounter of some relationships.  Been way too long since I listened to Fiona.

If Love is a Red Dress by Maria McKee (recommended by Dawn)

This song is great, and apparently on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack!  Quentin Tarantino marathon anyone?

My favorite recommendations for the Phenomenal Woman Mix so far:

The Only Place by Best Coast (recommended by Mark)

Is this song in a commercial?  I could swear I’d heard it before, which made it instantly catchy and awesome!

Glorious by Stephanie Mabey (power ballad recommended by Julie)

Beautiful!  Just beautiful!  And for fun, you seriously all need to check out Mabey’s tune, The Zombie Song – it’s a riot!

Next to Me by Emeli Sande’ (artist recommended by Victoria)

Victoria does a Sunday Songs post and this week she featured Emeli Sande’ covering John Lennon’s Imagine, which is also great, but I loved this original tune by her.

Beast of Burden by Bette Midler (Julie gets a second nod after I saw THIS VIDEO!)

Don’t you want to watch this video every day for the rest of your life?!

Ok folks, there’s some of the high contenders so far!  Don’t forget to comment, comment, comment below!  Please leave as many female artists/bands as possible!  Three lucky winners to be announced on monday’s blog where I also introduce a special guest music star!  

The Ultimate Mix Tape…For My Mom

Hey Everyone!  This Guilty Pleasures Friday, we’re doing something a little different.  I’m asking for your help and recommendations for a present for my mom!

Every holiday I give my mom a Phenomenal Woman Mix as one of her Christmas gifts and this year I’m finding lots of tunes, but in really different styles.  So I’ve decided to give her both a “Cafe’ Mix” and a Phenomenal Woman Mix (upbeat music that makes you sing in the car or dance to).

So now, I’m about halfway through both and I need suggestions! 

I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite music finds for the two compilations, and would love to hear your ideas for additional songs to go on either cd!

Aaaaaand:

I thought we needed a fun contest!  

I will pick 3 commenters at random who will win their choice of the following:

  • a chance to do a guest post about their guilty pleasure
  • a guest post from me on a topic TBD
  • a mix cd of tunes selected just for you!

Let the jam begin!

Here’s some of the tunes for the Cafe’ Mix so far:

Where’d All the Living Go – Imaginary Cities

Never Quit Loving You – Jill Barber

You and Me – Sara Watkins

Tunes for the Phenomenal Woman Mix:

Let Me Out – Imelda May

Wild Young Hearts – The Noisettes

My Heart – The Ettes

Blue Bird – Lindi Ortega

Did you notice a trend?

All recommendations should be female artists please!  That’s what makes it a phenomenal women mix! 

Thanks everyone for your suggestions!  Did you find some new tunes you like too?

What Songs Made the 2012 Phenomenal Women Mix?

Hello Music Lovers, dancers of the Fandago (whatever that may look like), toe tappers, belt it out singers in the car and shower, karaoke kings and queens, and your pandemic pandora fans!

About a month ago, I begged you to share your favorite female band/artist songs with me in the hopes of finding some swag new tunes!  You can see everyone’s recommendations here!  And believe me, there were gooooood ones!

I needed the ideas for a Christmas gift for my mother.  Each year I make her a Phenomenal Woman Mix CD, a compilation of all female artists to get your groove on and feel like a powerful, courageous woman!  It’s become a favorite and anticipated gift that my sister has also gotten in on.

I had so many awesome songs I had to split it into two cds, with the second cd being a “Cafe’ Mix” – songs that are more folksy, chill sounding.  That cd is still being completed.

And because I’m a feminist – which actually means I’m for equality – I couldn’t leave my dad out this year, so I made a Gentleman’s Mix of all male artists too.

Alas, there was editing to be done.  Only so many songs would fit on the cd, you know?  But here it is, final edition!  The Phenomenal Woman Mix 2012 and the first ever Gentleman’s Mix!  Thanks you guys for the great recommendations!

Phenomenal Woman Mix 2012

1.  Wide Awake by Katy Perry

2.  Use Somebody by Brooke White

3.  Leave Your Mark by Jessie Baylin

4.  Amen by Edens Edge

5.  Hell on Heels by The Pistol Annies

6.  My Heart by The Ettes

7.  Wild Young Hearts by the Noisettes

8.  Tainted Love by Imelda May

9.  I’m on Fire by Lindi Ortega

10.  A Little More of You by Ashley Chambliss

11.  Next To Me by Emeli Sande

12.  Let Me Out by Imelda May

13.  Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding

14.  Fire by Ingrid Michaelson

15.  Ride by Lana Del Rey

16.  Stompa by Serena Ryder

17.  Glorious by Stephanie Mabey

18.  Ciao Monday by Emm Gryner

19.  Me After You by Maia Sharp

20.  Happy Pills by Norah Jones

Gentleman’s Mix 2012

1.  Where I Belong by Building 429

2.  Washed by the Water by NEEDTOBREATHE

3.  Ho Hey by The Lumineers

4.  I Wanna Know by the Straight 8’s

5.  Sing for Love by Chuck Cheesman

6.  Freightliner by Have Gun, Will Travel

7.  The Pilot by The White Buffalo

8.  All My Days by Alexi Murdoch

9.  Home by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros

10.  Awake My Soul by Mumford & Sons

11.  Heart Skips a Beat by Olly Murs

12.  Home by Phillip Phillips

13.  Angel Dance by Robert Plant

14.  Harvest Moon by Neil Young

15.  Better Days by Eddie Vedder

16.  Lover of the Light by Mumford & Sons

17.  Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

Happy tuneage everyone!  Find some new songs to buy?  Well TWO LUCKY COMMENTERS will receive BOTH CDs just for hanging out this week on The Happiness Project!  

Stay tuned for the final edition of the Cafe Mix (and feel free to leave more suggestions)!

Until then, may the groove be with you! 

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