Friday, August 22, 2008

The 50th Anniversary Music Project Revisited

As my handful of regular readers will remember, it was at this time last year that I presented my parents with "The 50th Anniversary Music Project," to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of their wedding day. It was an effort, over the course of 20 CDs and more than 400 songs, to tell the musical history of the past fifty years. It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun putting it together.

This year, part of their gift is Appendix I and Appendix II, which brings the collection up to date, by trying to identify a set of songs from 2007 and 2008 that fairly represent the musical landscape of those years.

This is what I came up with:

Appendix I: 2007

Keep the Car Running, Arcade Fire
Radio Nowhere, Bruce Springsteen
No Bad News, Patty Griffin

How Long, The Eagles
Words, Lucinda Williams
Our Country, John Mellencamp

Effect and Cause, The White Stripes
Heart of Matters, Ben Harper
Creedence Song, John Fogerty
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Bryan Ferry
All the Old Showstoppers, The New Pornographers

Jimmy, M.I.A.
Lion of Judah, Prince
’92 Subaru, Fountains of Wayne
Halloween Head, Ryan Adams
Only You, Dwight Yoakam

The Alley Song, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
Killing the Blues, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Dreamworld, Rilo Kiley

Appendix II: 2008

Long Before My Time, The Baseball Project
Golden Bear, Alejandro Escovedo
You Can’t Count On Me, Counting Crows
Mr. Richards, R.E.M.
Modern Guilt, Beck
Acid Jazz Singer, The Fratellis
Disco Lies, Moby
4 Minutes, Madonna with Justin Timberlake
A-Punk, Vampire Weekend
Motivation, Sheryl Crow
My Three Sons, Elvis Costello
Buffalo, Kathleen Edwards
In the Shape of A Heart, Jackson Browne
With My Eyes Closed, The Raveonettes
Jena, John Mellencamp
Here’s to the Halcyon, Old 97s
I Believe In You, Cat Power
Lover of the Bayou, Mudcrutch

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do I have to give you more cd's?