A Practiced Explanation (A Mix Tape For Biz)

No poetic words, from me or anyone else, could possibly do her justice, and I have no guitar that can gently weep for her. All I have are other people's songs. Songs from artists she loved, songs that we talked about, and songs that I instantly turned to in the immediate tape-delayed aftermath of her terrible, terrible death.
  1. Making mixes is how I react when I hear most any news or meet even the homeliest of women, but while Biz was beautiful and the best and we shared so much - even about music - I never thought to actually make her a mix of her own.
  2. Biz's love for Counting Crows really threw a wrench into my tribute mix tape for her, because I hate them.
    I'm going to have to go through their discography to find a hidden gem? God damn it, Biz...
  3. The final mix, culled from over 100 immediate ideas down to the final running order and with a title taken from a poem of hers that was posted on her best friend's Facebook, is here if you wanted to listen with me. https://open.spotify.com/user/122550301/playlist/5YnskuDBOX7Ers2XaWqPbC
    By the way, I can't believe I never asked for her Spotify handle.
  4. Please note that the following is by no means perfect, from a flow or cool standpoint, and some of the more challenging songs were either cut or not available on Spotify, including a few that I started the mix with originally, the way it always works. The lyrics really say it all, so liner notes aren't completely necessary.
    Let me know of any glaring omissions, or if you wanted to make it collaborative.
  5. 1. Love - Listen To My Song
  6. 2. Pearl Jam - Daughter
  7. 3. Cat Stevens - Wild World
  8. 4. Paul McCartney - Jenny Wren
  9. 5. Aimee Mann - Video
  10. 6. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
  11. 7. Telekinesis - Farmers Road
  12. 8. TV On The Radio - Trouble
  13. 9. Bob Dylan - Not Dark Yet
  14. 10. Paul Simon - Train In The Distance (Acoustic Demo)
    The first Paul Simon song I had on here was too on the nose.
  15. 11. Howe Gelb - Spiral
  16. 12. Daryl Hall John Oates - So Close (Unplugged)
  17. 13. Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame
  18. 14. David Crosby - Traction In The Rain
  19. 15. Genesis - Entangled
  20. 16. Nada Surf - Your Legs Grow
  21. 17. Arcade Fire - Supersymmetry
    Gotta cut this off manually at 6 minutes.
  22. 18. Electric Light Orchestra - Ticket To The Moon
    I wrote about this elsewhere earlier, but I used to know this kid who thought that when people died, they went to live on the moon. It's so dumb, but I remembered this after hearing of Biz's death, and now I've been looking up at the moon, wondering how many ladders it'd take to go up there and get her.
  23. 19. The Shins - Those To Come
  24. 20. The Monkees - As We Go Along
  25. 21. U2 - Running To Stand Still
  26. 22. Sam Phillips - See You In Dreams
  27. 23. Carole King - You've Got A Friend
  28. 24. Kenny Burrell - Last Night When We Were Young
  29. 25. Radiohead - Daydreaming
  30. 26. Kishi Bashi - In Fantasia
  31. 27. Low - Stay
  32. 28. Julian Lennon - Photograph Smile
  33. 29. Alanis Morissette - Uninvited
  34. 30. Viva Voce - The Slow Fade
  35. 31. Elbow - The Night Will Always Win
  36. 32. Kelley Stoltz - August
  37. 33. Fleetwood Mac - Say Goodbye
  38. 34. Counting Crows - Goodnight Elisabeth
    (sic)
  39. 35. Sharon Van Etten - All I Can
  40. 36. Supergrass - Roxy
  41. I hope this melancholy collection helps you the listener out there the same way it's helped me to make it.
  42. Here's to you up there on the moon, Biz.