Photo of Saydi by me…
Hello again & a happy friday to ya! For today’s mixtape, we are going to do something a wee-bit different. Instead of bring you something new, I wanted to bring back something from last year. You see, in a few short tiny little days, my oldest bird is turning 18, a genuine, pasteurized, and certified adult. Nuts. I know it’s a cliche to “awww, they grow up so fast!”, but let me tell ya, my friends, they do. Seems like just yesterday she was that tiny little kid with giant eyes who’d freak out if sand got on her feet and yet, here we are, you know?
Of course, it hasn’t always been easy. For a thousand different reasons, life took our family from super nuclear to super scattered, but I think we all did / are doing their bests to make it work as best as we can. The result of all the crazy twists and turns and speedbumps and all the other analogies people use about life is one amazing, determined, beautiful, and super talented woman.
Last year, I made a mixtape for Saydi. She was on my mind so much and the song “You Were Born” by Cloud Cult held a grip on my heart so tight, a mixtape of songs about sunshine (what I used to call her when she was just a wee-thing), songs I think or knew she liked, and songs I just wanted to share with her just spilled out of me in a fury — it was one of those mixtapes where you think about it over and over and over, then when you actually sit down to make it, BLAMO, it’s done in an hour!
Well, with her 18th coming around in a couple days, needless to say, this mixtape has been on pretty much non-stop. Everytime I hear the word sun or sunshine in the song, her face takes over in my mind. I love it when that happens. So today, I’m (re)presenting it to you — with an updated album art from our photo shoot last weekend we did for her high school pictures — WHICH she is now using for her bandcamp page! Yes, bandcamp, because she’s smart.
So guys, as we head into a weekend of (hopefully) sunshine & good times, let’s push play and let the rays & vibes just soak on in as…
01 Cloud Cult – You Were Born
02 Drink Up Butterfly – Pink Sunshine
03 fun. – Be Calm
04 Julian Casablancas – Out Of The Blue
05 Fang Island – Life Coach
06 Suckers – It Gets Your Body Movin
07 Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love
08 Violent Femmes – Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
09 Neko Case – Hold On, Hold On
10 Bright Eyes – Papa Was A Rodeo
11 Noah And The Whale – The First Days Of Spring
12 O Brother Where Art Thou – You Are My Sunshine
13 Len – Steal My Sunshine
14 Flotilla – Meet Me Outside
15 Yes – Heart Of The Sunrise
16 The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
17 Arcade Fire – Suburbs
18 Sunset Rubdown – Dragon’s Lair
19 Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan – Eyes Of Green
20 Jason Lytle – Brand New Sun
21 Weezer – Perfect Situation
22 Grant Lee Buffalo – Mockingbirds
23 Amy Millan – I Will Follow You Into The Dark (Death Cab For Cutie)
24 Basia Bulat – Heart Of My Own
25 The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
26 Cloud Cult – There’s So Much Energy In Us
27 The Decemberists – Of Angels And Angles
Happy birthday sweetie. 18… God damn!
Now you guys, go show Saydi all your love by checking out her first EP. Cool? And have a great weekend everyone! Go ride your bikes, go take lots of pictures (you know I will), and, if the good lard’s a-willin’ and the creeks don’t rise, we’ll see you before long……..
Aaron aka Tsuru