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Alternative Christmas [Mar. 6th, 2007|07:39 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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It's like Christmas, only with cool music!

I got my first CD of happy songs on Thursday! And I found two more in my PO Box today!

    [For those following from afar, I asked anyone who felt like it to make me a CD of all their favorite happy, upbeat, dancey, shake your booty, cheer you right-the-fuck-up type songs and send it to me in return for my gratitude. And if you want it to be a surprise, so you don't want to ask for my snail mail addy, you can send it to my PO Box: Kelly J. Cooper, 1770 Mass Ave #632, Cambridge, MA 02140 USA.]


[User Picture]From: robotech_master
2007-03-07 10:20 am (UTC)
Is that two more as in two envelopes, or one envelope with two discs in it? Inquiring minds want to know. :)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-03-07 11:23 pm (UTC)
Two more envelopes, THREE discs because someone sent me TWO but no liner notes cuz he was bein' sneaky.
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[User Picture]From: robotech_master
2007-03-07 11:24 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm sure he'll provide a complete track listing as soon as he hears from you what you thought of them all. :)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-03-15 06:00 am (UTC)

I like both of the disks. I think I like the first one a bit better. Interesting covers of tunes I've loved for a long time. And the Japanese ladies SOUND happy, even if I have no idea what they're singing about.

Although the second made me laugh when, was that Queen? followed O Britannia...

It's interesting how many melancholy songs make people happy.
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[User Picture]From: robotech_master
2007-03-15 06:06 am (UTC)
Well, here is the compleat track list, then!

Disc One

1. Happy Birthday to Me - Megumi Hayashibara (All-Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku-Nuku OP)
2. Put on a Happy Face - Tony Bennett/James Taylor, "Duets"
3. It's a Good Day - Big Smith (archive.org Etree live music archive)
4. When You're Next To Me - Mitch & Mickey (Eugene Levy & Catherine O'Hara), "A Mighty Wind" soundtrack
5. Happy Together (live) - Guster, 12/09/2002, Waltham, MA (archive.org Etree live music archive)
6. Rain - Big Smith (archive.org Etree live music archive)
7. Rainy Day Sun - Spinal Tap, "Break Like the Wind"
8. Key of the Twilight - Yuki Kajiura, ".hack//SIGN Original Sound & Song Track 1"
9. Dream Eaters - Mine Matsuki ("Yellow Belmont"), "Genesis Climber Mospeada" soundtrack
10. Toward The Far Away Land - Joe Hisaishi, "Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind - Best Collection (Symphony & Soundtrack)"
11. Twa Bonnie Maidens - The Flash Girls, "Maurice and I"
12. Twa Maids - Peter Walker (a friend of mine)
13. I Move In This Flow - Jeff Johnson
14. Nausicaa - Akira Jimbo, "GATHERING: Animation World"
15. Read or Die Theme (Read or Die no Teema) (Long Version) - Iwasaki Taku, "Read or Die" soundtrack
16. Everybody Gets The Blues - Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "Ledbetter Heights"
17. Across The Universe - The Beatles, "Let It Be... Naked"
18. Totoro - Akira Jimbo, "GATHERING: Animation World"

Disc Two

1. Return to Innocence (Long & Alive version) - Enigma, "The Cross of Changes"
2. Adiemus - Miriam Stockley
3. Flight of the Unicorn - Jeff Victor, "Lifescapes: Celtic Romance"
4. Home Again - Blackmore's Night, "Fires At Midnight"
5. Married to a Mermaid - Wine, Woman and Song, "Pretty Close to 'D'"
6. In Dulci Jubilo - Mike Oldfield, "The Complete Mike Oldfield"
7. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen, "Greatest Hits"
8. Life's Incredible Again - Michael Giacchino, "The Incredibles" Soundtrack
9. While The Earth Sleeps - Peter Gabriel (with Deep Forest)
10. Information High - Sharon Apple, "Macross Plus: The Cream P-U-F"
11. Runaway Horses - Belinda Carlisle, "Runaway Horses"
12. Falling for the First Time - Barenaked Ladies, "Maroon"
13. UNDERGROUND 2006 - Michael Bradley & Khristina Kay, "ROBOTECH FINAL 2006"
14. Dare - Stan Bush, "Transformers: The Movie" soundtrack
15. Justiφ's - Issa, "Kamen Rider 555" Song Collection
16. R.O.D - Iwasaki Taku, "R.O.D The TV" Original Soundtrack
17. I'm In Trouble - Toshinori Yonekura, "Best Of Bastard!!"

You might be interested to know that Big Smith is composed of members of the Bilyeu family, with whom my family was in a blood feud about a hundred years back. We're on better terms now, though!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-03-15 06:31 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly!

Wow. Never heard of a lot of these folks, but I really like their stuff.

And another wow... my family's never been in a blood feud. That I know of, of course. This part is odd:
    One of William's sons was Alexander Meadows, a Civil War soldier and known as 'Old Bob'. This was to distinguish him from his son, Alexander, who was called 'Young Bob' or 'Bobby'.
Why would someone named Alexander get the nickname of "Bob"?

And a third wow, early forensics attempts with the shots at the dog.

Your family history is much more interestnig than mine.

Is "In Dulci Jubilo" at all related to "O Britannia" or am I hallucinating?
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[User Picture]From: robotech_master
2007-03-15 07:09 am (UTC)
I'm guessing that the middle name of both Alexanders was "Robert".

"Married to a Mermaid" was the "Rule Britannia" song—if you google on "'Rule Britannia' mermaid" you find the song has (warning: obnoxious midi) an interesting history (warning: another obnoxious midi).

I put "In Dulci Jubilo" after it, and then the Queen song, not really even thinking about the connection. I just try to arrange my mixes so that the transition between each of the two songs is not jarring, and the songs sounded close enough that putting them together seemed like a natural choice.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-03-15 07:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the extra info!
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[User Picture]From: robotech_master
2009-02-26 05:08 am (UTC)
Glad I thought to post this here.

Managed to lose all my playlists in an iTunes library accident some time back, and just went through and reconstructed this one.

The way my life is going at the moment (laid off, broken leg due to receive medieval torture device (aka Taylor spatial frame) soon), I could use a little cheering up myself.

Hope you revisit this and the other mixes you received in response to your request at times when you need a little cheering up.

Perhaps you should request more mixes, I'm sure people would be happy to oblige. :)
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