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It’s All Happening….Again

AmtrakA few months ago, I came across the track listing for the first of The Composite CDs sent all the way back in 2012. Over the course of a day’s commuting, I listened to the soundtracks for the past three years. It was an eye-opening sonic experience.

Outside of last year’s admittedly relationship-centric mix, I’d figured the mixes were just my efforts at compiling music I wanted to share with people I know with a track order that makes the listening experience enjoyable. Revisiting these mixes one day, back-to-back-to-back, it dawned on me that within the choruses, bass lines, and handclaps that populate these songs are stories. Other people’s stories being tweaked and massaged to tell my own story to you.

It was with one eye on that and another eye on that approaching thirtieth birthday that I realized, it’s all happening. I had kicked around the idea of doing a CD of just songs about places. Or of names. Or women’s names. Or just about New York City. But that isn’t how life works. Nothing is in a vacuum. The people I know and care about, the places I live, work, and visit all combine to create something larger than silo’ed apart lists.

There’s no theme this year, just music that speaks to me and reminds me of a time and place. I hope it speaks to you as well. Maybe not immediately. Maybe not all at once. But at some point, at some place, maybe it will.

Want a CD? E-mail thecompositeblog@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on February 15 with your address and we’ll send you that CD.


A Boy Makes a Mix CD; You’ll Never Imagine What Happens Next [Hint – It’s a CD Give Away]

I can’t fire them. I hired these guys for three days a week and they just started showing up, every day. That was four years ago. – Photo Via World and Film

Have you ever seen Blue Valentine?

You ever see Blue Valentine on Valentine’s Day weekend with a significant other?

Well I have. Not my movie choice. It’s the type of experience that leaves you shaken. That movie is dark. And sad. And if you’re anything like me, you want to be left alone, standing in grassy valley with a light breeze and the sun shining on you – for a week after leaving the theater. Not the bitter cold icy-wind tunnels that northeastern US cities double as in February.

Valentine’s Day is the time of year when schlocky films like Serendipity, Notting Hill, and other rom-coms find their way onto cable channels in even greater frequency than normal. Blue Valentine is the pinnacle of counter programming to those lovely films. 

In a similar, though less “so this is what it’s like to be in a dead end relationship in a formerly industrial Pennsylvania small city” way, this year’s Composite Mix CD – Not Your Typical February Mix Tape – is counter programming to all the  love songs one would hear around this time of year. Or any day of the year. 

The inspiration came from a thought that popped into my head in the shower nearly two years.


So that is what I bring you this year. A tale of falling out of love. The stories in the song aren’t as important as the sentiments they convey and how, when pieced together, it provides the arc of a sputtering relationship, the end, and the feelings afterward. Having listened to it incessantly the last few weeks it’s less sad than one would assume. It’s just honest.

Want a CD? E-mail thecompositeblog@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on February 14 with your address and we’ll send you that CD.

A few things to keep in mind (like the last two years):

To my European friends who find this blog because they are still searching for photos of the Titanic, your request will be honored.

Limit first 100 requests. We came so close last year!

All you need to do to be part of this fledgling tradition is to e-mail thecompositeblog@gmail.com.

Cool, Calm, The Composite – A Mix CD For The Masses

Do we look like the kind of blog that gives out "I Just Called to Say I Love You"? Go to the mall. - Via Examiner.com

February brings us many things. Black History Month. Spring Training. Punxsutawney Phil, which is just an excuse to watch Groundhogs Day  on repeat. My birthday. Presidents Day – here’s to you Milliard Fillmore. And Valentine’s Day.

That last one can be stressful, even for those who are in relationships. Gotta get the right gift. Make the right reservations. Manifest the feelings you have the 364 other days of the year in an even more forthright and visible way. But for the folks who aren’t in a relationship, the run-up can be a daily reminder of what they’ve done wrong, windows closed earlier than they thought, or missed connections – in a non-Craiglist trolling way.

Well, The Composite is here to help you. It’s not much but since WordPress won’t let us upload music files, we’ve got something that might just help make getting through this wintery month a little bit easier. We’ve put together a mix of 11 – a nice uneven number – of songs that have been on repeat the last few weeks at Composite World News Head Quarters. All you have to do is e-mail thecompositeblog@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on February 14 with your address and we will send the CD off to you posthaste.

In this era of podcasts and iTunes, don’t worry we aren’t going Franzen on you here, there is something comforting about taking a CD that was put together by someone who walked it to the post office, hand wrote your address down, and passed it off to strangers who in just a day or two end up putting it in your mailbox. The hope is that you enjoy these songs, that they help get you through the Valentines Day stretch, which fittingly leads us right to Spring Training. The dawning of a new season. A moment of optimism and dreams for hundreds of guys who are trying to make a living playing a childs’ game.  What does that have to do with this Mix CD?  Not much, I suppose, but we all gotta keep the dream alive in our own way.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • To my European friends who find this blog because they are searching for photos of the Titanic, your requests will be honored. Par Avion and all!
  • Limit first 100 requests. Seriously, I’m not Daddy Warbucks here!
  • Please expect a week to two week turn around on requests
  • Finally, I’m not posting the playlist on here. If I did, you’d just be able to download the songs. This is about interacting with other folks.

Maybe only two or three of you will participate. Maybe I’ll blow through some serious cash on CDs and postage while getting light headed from the Sharpie used on the blank CD. It really doesn’t matter. All you need to do is e-mail is thecompositeblog@gmail.com