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17 November 2008 @ 01:09 am
mix: unbreakable  


"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one. Wrap it carefully with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in a casket of your own selfishness. There it will not be broken. It will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable." - C.S. Lewis

This mix is not about the fragility of love, or of opening your heart to someone else until the scar closes over in reflex. That plays a big part, but it will not be song after song about how wonderful or how tragic love can be. It is partly about healing, and it is partly about falling and knowing and being. It is about the before and the after, and the in-between. It is both about the journey and the start and finish.

I have stories about each of these songs. They weave in and out of my life story; some of them I found a week or two ago, and some of them I know every word by heart. They are a theme in themselves, all the parts of a story that I cannot pick certain lyrics out for. This is how I lived this summer and how I've lived since then.

None of these songs are "filler," as you've probably figured out. I picked up a lot of these songs from mixes my friends made, so you might recognise a lot of them. I turn to music as a coping mechanism sometimes, so thank you to those who gave me these songs or told me they liked them, because they've packaged themselves into a mix I can't stop listening to nowadays.

I'd vouch for every single one of these songs. Hope you enjoy.

01. sarah slean, me, i'm a thief
02. christopher o'riley, everything in its right place
03. laura marling, ghosts
04. cat power, the greatest
05. amy millan, i will follow you into the dark
06. metric, calculation theme
07. frou frou, flicks
08. alison krauss & union station, if i didn't know any better
09. andrew bird, armchairs
10. mates of state, get better
11. emilana torrini, birds
12. david gray, caroline
13. broken social scene, i slept with bonhomme at the cbc
14. the bird and the bee, spark
15. ben folds, kylie from connecticut
16. au revoir simone, stars
17. emily haines & the soft skeleton, our hell
18. stars, going, going, gone (live)

bonus. st. vincent, paris is burning


Please let me know if you download. :) ♥
mood: contentcontent
music: St. Vincent, Paris is Burning
pop-o-matic.: pic#81837980minolta on November 17th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
aj;feklaw;jfew;afjwekl stealing like the pirate I am. this is such a gorgeous view into your soul. ♥
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 17th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
ffff like five of these songs are from you and your beautiful r/hr mix, please. and ... yeah. you know. I love you. ♥
☆ you are jeff.: [misc] Little girl && her teddy bearbacktograce on November 17th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Ghosts is such a powerful song; I absolutely adore it. =]

Definitely meming to snag this later. Paris is Burning already has my interest peaked REALLY high. Thanks for the upload, and I hope this music helps me out as much as it has you.

And you're not alone in the music as a coping mechanism thing; I'm pretty sure everyone does at one point or another. =]
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 17th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
There has to be some spell woven into it, because once I turn it on I can't turn it off, hee.

All right. :) That song is fabulous, and it's another one I can't turn off.

Thank you, that means a lot. :)
☆ you are jeff.: [music] Musebacktograce on November 17th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
I know! Now I want to listen to it on repeat for a while. =/

I just love the title! ... I may have to use that for some piece of writing, actually. Maybe the song will inspire me! (That'd be fantastic-- my will to write is DYING QUICKLY.)

I used music to cope A LOT a couple years ago. It's always been an escape for me, and there are so many songs out there that hit me on such personal levels that I just want to steal every copy of it and horde it for myself. =]
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 17th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
haha, go right ahead!

oh, it's fabulous music to write to! That's one of the reasons why I like it so much; let it inspire you. :)

It's the easiest, really, to just turn on music and let your brain quit thinking. I can definitely pinpoint songs at times of my life where they were theme songs. :D

oh! Why aren't we friends yet? This isn't the first conversation we've had, and you seem really great. *adds you*
☆ you are jeff.: [misc] Playing in the snowbacktograce on November 17th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm always looking for more music to write to. The Decemberists have been my NaNo muse for the past few weeks, which makes them even more amazing than I originally thought they were.

I can do the same. I usually hide in music and books. TV shows now, too, because I can download them on my computer and devour on a whole series.

Good question! And thanks. =] you seem really great, too. *adds back*
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 18th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
I saw that you're friends with Elyssa! She makes great writing mixes; her last one is wonderful. :) The Decemberists are fabulous. It's taken me a bit to warm up to them, but I love putting them on repeat.

I agree! I've gotten into a ridiculous amount of TV because of download communities, hee. I'm trying to get through How I Met Your Mother S2 but school keeps getting in the way, haha.

I saw your comment! *runs over*
☆ you are jeff.: [misc] Contemplativebacktograce on November 18th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
I didn't like them when I was first introduced to them. It took a few years, but when I found them again and got their CDs on an MP3 CD from a friend, I didn't listen to anything else (except at work, not by choice) for two weeks straight. Kid you not.

I don't think I downloaded it. I'll have to go hunt it down now. =]

OHMYGOD, HIMYM. That show is made of serious win. Work gets in the way with me and just about everything. Every time I want to write, I'm at work. I get home and, generally, I'm like, "Eh-- I'll do it later. MUST WATCH BUFFY." At least lately. =]

IT'S TOTALLY CRAZY. I'd ask what part you live in, but that's kinda silly over LJ.

I need to make a post for my friends to share their messengers and whatnot with me.
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 18th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
That's so awesome! I only have The Crane Wife, and I don't know which album to get into next. Any suggestions?

It's this mix, for reference. Try it out. :)

hahahahaa. It's so good that it's in 30-minute segments, otherwise I could never justify watching it. lmao! oh Buffy. I was going to get into that show this summer ... fail. aww.

I don't really mind. *shrugs* I live in Lakewood, just left of Denver.

and yep, I left my stuff at your post. :)
☆ you are jeff.: [music] Decemberistsbacktograce on November 18th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
ALL OF THEM. I have all the albums (not including live albums, b-sides and their newest singles collection) uploaded over at shadowandsoul. You'll have to join to see the posts, though. Definitely go with Castaways and Cutouts if you don't get any of the others-- that album is MADE OF WIN. AND AWESOMESAUCE. =]

I totally downloaded that one last night! =]

It definitely fits the 30-minutes really well. =]

OHMYGOD. Are you kidding me? I live in Wheat Ridge and am almost constantly in Lakewood! INSANE. This is getting scary. =/

I noticed! =D

the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 19th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
haha, all right! I just commented cos I'm downloading Castaways and Cutouts. :D

Hooray! and yes, HIMYM fits my too-busy life. :)

oh wow, very close by! sort of, yes, since I really don't meet people even in Colorado.

☆ you are jeff.: [misc] Modelbacktograce on November 19th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
I just commented back!

I just downloaded the newest episode. =] Can't wait to watch it. Don't think I'll get to it tonight, though.

Very close! I've never met someone on here from Colorado, let alone Denver, before. All those on my flist that are from Colorado I know IRL.
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 19th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I really want to get up to date by this year! I'll probably watch massive loads of it during Christmas break. :D

Yeah, exactly. Everyone's on the east coast, it seems.
☆ you are jeff.: [movie] Bring It Onbacktograce on November 19th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
You tooooootally should. It's so worth it. =]

Or, you know, overseas?
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 19th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Okay then, my plans are made. :D

Yep! Definitely hits the spot.
☆ you are jeff.: [misc] Light of my lifebacktograce on November 19th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
NICE. I wish I had a Christmas break. =/

blonde high heeled feminist: [immi] such boundless pleasurenotashamed on November 17th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
gorgeous. i only know a couple songs so I'm looking forward to learning more.
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 17th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
hope you like them, and thank you. :)
they build buildings, oh: stock; curled up in a ballohhbuildings on November 17th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
snagging; this looks fantastic. :D
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 17th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
thank you! enjoy. :)
A woman with ideas? You don't say!: earthfallofgrace on November 17th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
i actually snagged your c.s. lewis quote along with the mix. i think it's lovely. look forward to listening to it.

cheers. :)
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 18th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
that quote condenses a lot of my thoughts on love into one neat package. :) thanks, and I hope you enjoy.
Kelsey: Friends: Joey is asleep (ms_pollygreen)whenidream on November 18th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Nice, thanks!
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 18th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
sarah // better than an orgasm: flapper [ etilia76 ]queen_bunnie on November 18th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
downloading, thanks you!
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 18th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
you're welcome! :)
Denise: icon 006totallotrfreak on November 18th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
This looks beautiful, definitely stealing. Thank you. xD
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 18th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, and hope you enjoy!
the fury in your head: {chartulae} took your heartsmittenly on November 19th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
Taking this, not only because what you describe is so interesting and true, but because the songs look so brilliant! I swear, no one else I know has even heard of 'Caroline'! Merci. :)
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 19th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. My friend introduced me to David Gray, and he's just one of a kind! Ne rien, chérie (or at least, I think that's what it is).
the love song of j. aimee prufrocke: memoire | steam whispers to mefaeriemaiden on November 19th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Bli.mey. Am downloading this tomorrow or when I finished downloading this Buffy episode; stupid Megaupload.

Your taste in music is something I love. ♥
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on November 19th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
I feel like I just scored high on the Jo approval chart, with your silly British sayings. :)

Oh, it's the same here, too. Listening to your autumn mix puts me in the best of moods. ♥
kari_leakari_lea on December 30th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on December 31st, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
Emilyhumoresques on December 23rd, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
I downloaded! I love your mixes.
the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on December 24th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!