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The Art of the Mixtape from Chris Cactus

I made the best mixtapes not for myself but for others. And nothing fuels the creation of a mixtape like love.

Editor’s Note: Since there are few ways better suited for saying “I love you” than through song, I thought I would invite a few friends to share their preferred collection of songs for celebrating L-O-V-E.

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We’ll have a new mix, every day through Valentine’s Day. You can see them all here.

-Image courtesy of Tracey Clark

Day 10 Mix: The Art of the Mixtape from Chris Cactus

When I was eleven, I used to spin 45s on my dad's old stereo. I had a microphone and I'd talk up the records like a DJ. Eventually, I learned how to record the 45s on cassette, mix them up, come up with a killer compilation. I got my own records, then tapes, then cassette decks. And eventually CDs were born and I accumulated plenty of them. Technology marches on and with it some things fade. Like the mixtape.

I used to make mixtapes with wild abandon, carefully considering each and every song, critical of the order, concerned about choosing the right ones, especially the right ones to end with. I made the best mixtapes not for myself but for others. And nothing fuels the creation of a mixtape like love.

This weekend it was snowy outside. So I was able to sit down for a few minutes and come up with a Valentine's Day mix. Here's what I came up with. Some you've probably heard of, others perhaps not. But they're all worth a listen.

Wrapped in a Memory, Shawn Smith
Deathly, Aimee Mann
I Love, Athlete
Silver, Blue and Gold, Bad Company
Maybe I'm Amazed, Wings
Evaporated, Ben Folds Five
Sunshower, Chris Cornell
Fix You, Coldplay
Sometimes I Just Have To Say Your Name, Del Amitri
Good Friends are Hard To Find, Ed Harcourt
Rubber Bands, The Fire Theft
On Your Porch, The Format
Yours And Mine, Fountains of Wayne
Come Downstairs and Say Hello, Guster
Where Did You Go, Jets Overhead
Pink Moon, Nick Drake
Your Sweet Voice, Reindeer Section
I Want To Know Your Plans, Say Anything
Matador, Semisonic
Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol
World Spins Madly On, The Weepies
Don't Dream It's Over (live), Neil Finn

You can hear the whole mix via iTunes.


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Love is All You Need from Cathy Zielske

Sometimes a mix is defined more by what it emotes, rather than what it says literally. With that in mind, here’s my love mix for 2010 that will be packaged up and given to my main squeeze for this years Valentine’s celebration.

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A Love Song Mix A Day: Songs For Our Family

This is a mix of songs that fill our house with love. Songs that our kids play. Songs we turn up when we’re together in the car. Songs that were playing when my daughter was born last year, and yes, songs that my dear husband and I love.

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A Mix for Memory Lane

Through Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing a new love song mix every day. Today, Erica Fehrman takes us on a musical waltz down memory lane.