Divad’s Soundtrack #73: March-April 2008

As always, it’s interesting to look back on these homemade compilations many years later and see if any themes emerge. The spring of 2008 was a pretty happy time in my life, so these songs aren’t tied to personal experiences per se. But I can tell that I was mulling over some heavier themes. Like what God would have to say about American Christianity’s relationship to the rest of the world. Or how I would know as a parent when to protect a child from experiencing emotional pain and when to let them go ahead and learn the lesson on their own. Or whether love was more of a feeling or a conscious choice. Or the joy of a two-minute punk song. (That last one’s not a particularly heavy theme. It was just a fun observation.)

In with the New:
The Myriad
Drive-By Truckers
Vampire Weekend

Out with the Old:
Fono
Olivia the Band
Andrea Corr (as a solo artist – appears later with The Corrs)
Corrinne May

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Divad’s Soundtrack #72: January-February 2008

Not having seen Christine’s parents since late 2006, we took an “off-season vacation” in late January/early February to go back to Oahu and visit them. This was a much cheaper trip than usual – no side journeys to outlying islands or overnights in Waikiki hotels or anything like that. Just low-key relaxation in suburban Mililani – and of course the usual driving around and exploring the island that I can never resist doing. Most of these songs aren’t tied to memories of that trip in the direct sense, but any good vacation offers its fair share of moments to pause, take in the peace of a beautiful place far from home, and reflect on personal issues I’m dealing with at that point in time, ways that my beliefs and passions are being shaped and challenged, etc. Listening to this batch of songs ten years later, it’s pretty clear that I was on the verge of some of those changes.

In with the New:
Arcade Fire
Edison Glass
Fauxliage
Jon Foreman (as a solo artist – appears earlier with Switchfoot)

Out with the Old:
Matchbox Twenty
Wavorly
Chris Rice

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Divad’s Soundtrack #71: November-December 2007

2007 was the rare year where I actually embraced and enjoyed the winter season, as evidenced by the Christmas and winter-themed songs that dominate the end of Disc Two. Southern California winters are not known for being snowy, but there’s winter imagery to be found if you’re looking for it. As a deliberate contrast, the first several songs on Disc One are dominated by the theme of fire. Because, unfortunately, wildfires are a common feature of California autumns.

Out with the Old:
Luna Halo

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Divad’s Soundtrack #32: May-June 2001

This is the last mix that was made during my first long-term relationship. A lot of the songs represent the longing I felt at the time to make it work and my ill-advised attempts to patch it all together. Yet, when I go back and listen to these songs, instead of reliving a lot of anguish over how it all slipped through my fingers, I instead recall the growing satisfaction with solitude that I was beginning to learn back then. A lot of my happiest moments in those days were spent by myself. Some were prayerful, some were exploratory, and some were just plain relaxing. Some of these songs were the ones that helped to prepare me for a difficult process of letting go.

In with the New:
The Benjamin Gate
Train
Kevin Max (as a solo artist – appears earlier with dc Talk)
Sandra McCracken

Out with the Old:
Katy Hudson
Kendall Payne
Smalltown Poets

It Was Worth a Try:
Smash Mouth

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Divad’s Soundtrack #28: September-October 2000

Summer turned into fall, and with my girlfriend back on campus, so was I, living out what seemed like the best of both worlds at the time – working a steady job that paid well, but still reaping the benefits of campus life and fooling people into thinking I hadn’t graduated yet.

In with the New:
Nichole Nordeman

Out with the Old:
Riley Armstrong

It Was Worth a Try:
Fanmail

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Divad’s Soundtrack #27: July-August 2000

This mix demonstrates how my music collection began to explode as I started to use Napster more and more to explore music that I might not have been willing to buy without hearing it first. This revolutionized the way that I listened to music, with the mp3 format making it a lot more portable (a good thing given the traveling I did that summer, often with burned CD-Rs or tapes recorded from those in tow), and with my overall philosophy changing in terms of musicians and genres I was willing to give a chance.

In with the New:
Relient K
P.O.D.
John Reuben
Kendall Payne
Pax217
Rachael Lampa
Riley Armstrong
Collective Soul
Phil Joel (as a solo artist – appears earlier with Newsboys)

Out with the Old:
The W’s
Massivivid

It Was Worth a Try:
Stereo Deluxx

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Divad’s Soundtrack #26: May-June 2000

There’s so much joy and beauty that comes rushing back when I listen to this one. I finally had my own car, and could explore all I wanted in my free time, which led to a lot of peaceful afternoons spent hiking and impromptu visits with friends. Despite my fears that the summer ahead would be lonely without Sharon around, it turned out to feel like my first real summer of freedom. I also get strong memories of my wide-eyed wonder as I got to visit places I’d never seen before.

In with the New:
Nine Days
Earthsuit
Aleixa
Nina Gordon
All Together Separate

Out with the Old:
Mukala

It Was Worth a Try:
Philmore
Waterdeep

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Divad’s Soundtrack #25: March-April 2000

For me, this was the soundtrack to identifying a depression and getting over it. There’s much more giddy joy than angst in this mix, and I think a lot of these songs got chosen, however corny some of them might sound nowadays, because I was excited to finally start feeling like myself again.

In with the New:
Beanbag
Fono
Mukala
Luna Halo
No Apples for Adam
Five O’Clock People

Out with the Old:
Pete Stewart (as a solo artist – appears later with Tait)
The Insyderz
Chasing Furies

It Was Worth a Try:
Ghoti Hook
Raze

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