While looking into my mixtape idea I looked into ways of physically creating the tape and also looked into getting primary research so the tape had the context that I wanted it to have. Here is the message I posted on Facebook and Twitter.
“Okay i’ve got a idea for a short project but it really needs some input If you’d like to help me out, all I want at the moment is a message telling me ONE song that’s either important to you or you feel relates to you in some way and a short explanation as to why. (could be an experience, a memory or how you view yourself, whatever so long as it’s personal to you) I will then be creating a mixtape the old fashioned way with the songs I get (or a selection if i have too many) I may ask you to appear in the film for a few mins if you are in the area and will hopefully have a listening party if i get this done on time cheers to anyone that can/will help”
I was extremely happy with the responses I got to this post, although not all were from people on the course or even in the local area or even country, I got a lot of responses that I could put onto the mixtape (and later online playlist) and each gave their own reasons for why they chose their songs. I split the tape into two sides showing more positive and ‘negative’ songs or reasons to help with the flow, this is signalled on the online playlist by john cage’s 4:33 as an online alternative to turn tape over. I will post a good number of these songs and responses. All persons involved shall remain anonymous unless they appear in the final video.
- “Helena by mcr” “listened to it a lot after my grandad died so just became really important”
- “Someone’s watching over me – by hilary duff <– not the greatest of singers, but the lyrics meant alot to me when my mum passed away last year. So much that i decided to recite the words as part of a speech at her funeral .. The title of the song itself says alot – Someones watching over me – it allowed me to believe that even though she’s no longer physically here anymore, she’ll always be looking out for me The song gave me strength and helped me during my grieving process and even to this day, whenever i am missing my mum, listening to this song gives me hope xxx”
- “The song that means the most to me is Fade To Black by Metallica. It’s the song that was playing when I first kissed my girlfriend, it’s the song that I’d like to be played at my funeral/service/whatever, its the song that made me realize my best friend is as good as my brother.”
- “Northern lights by Atli órvarsson Its from an original score from a film and in the film this womans daughter is kidnapped my reason why i love it so much It makes me appreciate having people in my life that care about me its been played like 161 times on my itunes”
- “A song that means a lot to me is by pretty lights – finally moving remix It reminds me of some really good memories from over the year and reminds me of some people who mean a lot to me… Whenever I hear this song it automatically makes me smile and takes me back to some awesome times I shared with people!! Especially when the vocals kick in…”
- “Robert Plant and Jimmy Page – Wonderful one reminds me of the first time i visited london and when i fell in love there”
- “[John Lennon-How?] reason because i feel it describes feeling i have quite often word for for word. Like it could have been written about me, or its me singing it”
- “fairground by simply red is one of my alltime favourite songs, it reminds me of being a young child because my mum used to always play it, i guess it makes me think how much my mum means to me in a way, we didnt really have much growing up, but she always used to play the best music!”
- “It’s two songs for me really. One is ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles.
It is the song my father’s friends played on his grave soon after he died (almost 5 years ago). He used to be a sound technician, so music meant a lot to him, and of course to me. So soon after his death, his friends contacted us to ask if they can bring a cassette player to the cemetery and play the song. Apparently, they had been talking a few years back, and my dad had said he wanted this song on his grave. It was a very emotional, very sad, but at the same time, very beautiful moment. Especially the last part of the song – the never ending ‘Na-na-na-nananana, nananana, hey Jude…”
It made me think: which song do I want people to listen to when I die? Turns out, it’s ‘Crystal Clear’ from Mike Oldfield’s album ‘The Songs of Distant Earth‘. It is pretty much my favourite album in the world, and this track has the deepest meaning to me. I have been listening to Mike Oldfield since I was 4-5 years old (I’m 23 now), and this album has been with me through happiness and sadness, through good and bad moments… I still listen to it at least once every month, it always takes me to a relaxed and beautiful place where everything is nice and balanced. It really has a healing power to me.
I guess death is my biggest motivation to live. Not because I’m afraid of death – I’m past that already. I just want to feel like my life is ‘worth living’ – so when I grow old I can happily turn back and think ‘Yes, I had a good and meaningful life’. And so when the people around me celebrate my life after I die, they can be happy I was part of their lives.”