Midway through this hot, humid July, I've finally settled down to making a mix cd for the summer. Through time immemorial, or more precisely, since around 7th grade, I've always made a summer-specific mix...there are R.E.M. songs or Bowie tracks that take me time-warping back to a very specific year, riding around in someone's car, windows down because the air conditioner's always broken, and wouldn't it be a shame if pure laziness kept me from having a musical association like that with 2012? It's been weird for the past three years, working a job that doesn't include the strange, blessed perk of having a three month summer vacation, but that doesn't mean I can't make my mix!
Spotlight for this-year's-model? Ladies and gentlemen, have you heard the good word about Melanie?
|You bettah WORK...!|
It certainly doesn't hurt that she's adorable, either. I love her simple hair and her Edwardians-on-Haight-Street clothes. There was a fashion spread in Life magazine sometime in the late sixties', reproduced in Life: in Photos, that I loved as a child, where the woman was wearing a long, gauzy, empire-waist dress with lots of ash blonde ringlet curls pulled up in a blue ribbon, and the man was wearing a long, dark blue velvet frock coat and pants... it really did look like costuming from one of those BBC classics programs from the time, but they were wearing it out in the wild! Going to dinner in San Francisco! Color me excited. The first photo at the top reminds me that I need to learn how to macrame or do batik, because that outfit is FIERCE. Also, the photo below makes me want to go embellish some blouse with spangles stat. Melanie, you are a sound AND fashion inspiration.
I'm still working on the rest of the mix, but when I put a few Melanie songs on it, I suddenly had the right sound and feel I was looking for this summer. So if you haven't listened to anything but the bubblegum hits, check out the rest of her catalog! Profitez toute suite:
Any sixties' folk singers or Woodstock era artists you particularly like? What's your favorite "look" from the era? I'll tell you guys who else makes the mix cd cut when I finish it sometime this week. Is the anticipation killing you yet?
See you tomorrow!
Pssst: You can read Melanie's tour journal (which she actually updates pretty regularly!) on her website. Also, did you know she lives in Nashville, TN? DO YOU KNOW WHO ELSE LIVES IN NASHVILLE, TN? Meeeee....! I'll have to keep an eye out for her next time I'm buying highwayman-style leather boots and beautiful hand-dyed maxi dresses. She could be the next rack over! :)