Jennie was the mastermind behind Sound Swap–my very first swap. I don’t even know why I was inspired to participate–I’m not some huge music junkie–but I’m really glad I did.
First, making my own mix was a lot of fun (and a decent amount of work!). I was making the mix for Sprite, who had said in her questionnaire that she liked pretty much anything, so that was no help. I decided to make a mix of songs that were happy–things that made you want to dance around, tap your toe, or just sing your heart out. The easy way out would have been to burn a copy of the CD that Rachel made for me in the fall. But I’m no cheater! (So, ok, I used a few of the songs. I’m just a little cheater.) Here’s the mix I came up with.
- Sidewalk Chalk • The A-Sides
- If She Wants Me • Belle & Sebastian
- Here Comes My Baby • Cat Stevens
- Sing Me Spanish Techno • The New Pornographers
- Mushaboom • Feist
- On This Tidal Wave of Young Blood • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
- Reno Dakota • The Magnetic Fields
- As Cool As I Am • Dar Williams
- Disco 2000 • Pulp
- Bottle Rocket • The Go! Team
- Wanna Be Starting Something • Michael Jackson
- Seven • Prince
- Heavy Metal Drummer • Wilco
- Such Great Heights • The Postal Service
- Forever My Friend • Ray LaMontagne
- Some Good Thing • The Wailin’ Jennies
- The Christmas Song • Adam Arcuragi
I wanted a mix of old and new, local (Philly) and big-name. I must admit I like this mix so much I’ve been listening to the playlist a lot myself. I bought some chocolates as well to round out the package, and Sprite let me know that she enjoyed it all.
But I had no idea what was in store for me, and, well, I will step it up should I participate in a future swap. Because Meg just blew me away.
First, go check out the blog post she wrote before she sent the package. If you read the comments, you’ll see that I even say, “I hope I’m the recipient!”–because she set it up as a mystery! The recipient would have to solve the mystery to receive the full prize. (Once you know the mystery, you’ll see that her whole post–including her 7 random things–is on topic.)
When the package arrived I was dancing around the office showing it off–I got a package! from Australia! from a swap partner, who just happens to be a blogger I’ve been reading for a while now! The inside of the CD case had a very familiar feel, but it was only when I got to the third “item” in the enumerated list (“Third: The minty treats are in the air. The one who finds the theme receives the . . .”) that it dawned on me.
Meg had made me a WESTING GAME CD.
I’ve mentioned the Westing Game more than once on this here blog, but I will repeat for any new folks: Favorite. Book. Ever. Meg knew this, of course, and customized the CD to feature all songs with directional titles. The result is an eclectic, funky mix that is excellent!
Once I emailed her to shriek and exclaim over the package, most importantly all the details (“clues” printed on slips of paper with part of each song name missing, the border made of lines of dots), Meg put a SECOND package in the mail to me that was full of yummy goodness.
Minties are like mint taffy (yum) and the magazine is the most awesome Australian food magazine (more yum)–I’m totally going to make that cover recipe.
Thank you so much Meg! This was a delightful swap experience–thanks for putting it together, Jennie! Here’s the mix Meg made for me:
- Uncle Sam Blues • Hot Tuna
- Southern Cross • Crosby, Stills & Nash
- Going Out West • Ash Grunwald
- Driving south • Stone Roses
- Goin’ Down South • Collard Greens and Gravy
- Go West • Pet Shop Boys
- Eastern Eyes • Nitin Sawhney
- North Part 2 • Afro Celt Sound Systerm
- West End Riot • The Living End
- Drivin’ South • Jimi Hendrix Experience
- Wild West • Corey Harris
- West Coast Blues • Oscar Peterson
- South • Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra
- East St. Louis Toodle-oo • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
- East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) • Sarah Vaughn
- South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) • Patsy Cline
- Gil from the North Country • Altan
- East to the West • Michael Franti & Spearhead
- Fireworks • Moby