This has been and continues to be a season of dying. Mortality takes a seat at the dinner table in the middle of life and even if we don’t talk we certainly make a lot of eye contact.
Perhaps this is all too dark. Perhaps the same days are warmed with a light of understanding and maturation of self. Perhaps both things exist mutually and understanding that is itself a reward of aging.
This week’s mix is the first installment of the Audience Participation Series. The theme proposed, and mixed below, is “This is 40”.
Normally I slink away from discussing why I chose certain songs but this mix urges me toward adding some context.
-The first song is more about turning 30, but it’s as true for 40.
-The second song sums up how I feel now when looking at a lot of the world and teenagers specifically.
-“Well, how did I get here?”.
-“And you look in the mirror and it’s your father’s face”.
-“Think of yourself, set up for good, in a whole other life”.
-“But there are times that you feel you’re part of the scenery”.
-Lloyd Cole shows up only twice. This could have been an all Lloyd mix pretty easy.
But don’t let this context fool you in to thinking that this decade I’m in is all dark clouds and ill winds, it is just easier to find songs that make it look as such and in the depths of winter as we are the cold and dark are closer to the surface.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… This is 40. Originally mixed the week of 2.5.16
NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.
Song – Artist – Album
I’m An Adult Now – The Pursuit Of Happiness – Love Junk.
Tougher Than It Is – Cake – Pressure Chief.
Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads – Remain In Light.
Graceland – Paul Simon – Graceland.
Anchorage – Michelle Shocked – Short Sharp Shocked.
This Weight – Van Morrison – The Healing Game.
Jack Gets Up – Leo Kottke – My Father’s Face.
Old Enough To Know Better – Lloyd Cole – Etc.
The Mystery Zone – Spoon – Transference.
Take the Long Way Home – Supertramp – Breakfast in America.
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA.
Why Worry – Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms.
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here.
Rolodex Incident – Lloyd Cole – Antidepressant.