I'd like to present to you the 5th and final installment in the Do You Hear What I Hear? Christmas mixtape series! This year's show is fairly similiar to previous years: a dizzying mix of lounge instrumentals, chipmunk knockoffs, wacky children's music, countrypolitan, doo-wop, and various other oddities. Music and clips are pulled from various sources including VHS, DVD, cassette tapes, scratchy 45's, and of course, the internet. And if an hour of vintage holiday music isn't enough to whet your appetite, try one of Discover a World of Sound's previous Christmas shows!
The idea of Mary Finds Love was to create an hour-long radio program combining early Girl Group music, educational shorts from the 50’s/60’s, saccharine instrumentals, and a huge dose of melodrama. Initially, story wise, I wanted to tell my own personal story of first love. The original accompanying music playlist was to feature random tunes and featured no Girl Group songs at all. But then I met a record store owner in San Francisco named Dick Vivian.
Crowds and stress of the holiday season got you down? Bored with the same ho-ho-hum Christmas mixes? Are guests leaving your Christmas parties too early because you botched the soundtrack? Drowsy yuletide tunes at Macy’s have you falling into a coma? Well now you can kiss your holiday music headaches goodbye with Discover a World of Sound’s Do You Hear What I Hear?
Here at Discover a World of Sounds, we remove the 'blah humbug' from holiday music. Taking the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, we hand it over to the mythical jolly fat man himself; Santa Claus. We know that Ella Fitzgerald and Eartha Kitt aren’t the end of the line when it comes to ‘Cool Yule’. We dig deep into the vaults for the finest in rare Christmas gems, blending only the best and most inventive Lounge instrumentals with Girl Group songs, Children’s music, Classic Country, Disco, and Doo-wop. 20 unforgettable, classic tunes! No filler!
As a teenager, my friend Billy and I listened to Mama Cass on our way to thrift stores and antique shops. I was always completely drawn to Cass’ voice. I connected to her Bubblegum Pop ‘outsider’ numbers like “One Way Ticket” and “Make Your Own Kind of Music”. She wore her individuality as a badge of honor, and in this day and age, that’s certainly something to admire. What’s really amazing about Cass Elliot is how strong her persona still resonates through her music four decades after her death. Her voice gives a very clear sense of who she was.
Cowboys and Indies is a song and sound clip-based mix that jumps from one style to the next at a breakneck pace. Initially I just wanted to do a quick mix of songs I've been listening to over the past months, but as with most of the mixes I start working on, a theme arises and I find myself struggling to make irregular pieces fit together.
Discover a World of Sounds 01 is the first show in a new series I’ll be doing to replace Mixtape Radio. This is yet another mix of offbeat storytelling, pop music, sound effects, and found audio. In returning to create these shows, I’ve begun to use analog tape recordings as source material. It plays a huge part of this first show including songs pulled from tape, reel-to-reel noise, and answering machine clips.