For fun, I’m putting together a 30th birthday mix CD. It includes some fun songs, some reflective songs — all stuff I think will be good just to listen to on Tuesday and ponder.

For example, I’ve got:

Happy Birthday To Me – Cracker
My Next Thirty Years – Tim McGraw
Why Georgia – John Mayer (a song that kind of annoys me because the verse melody is identical to Carly Simon’s “Coming Around Again”)

and a bunch of others I can’t remember. (Is memory the first thing to go? I can’t remember.)

Any suggestions for additional songs that would make sense in such a compilation?

30th birthday mix CD

16 thoughts on “30th birthday mix CD

  • December 15, 2003 at 6:36 am
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    I did a mix CD for my 30th this summer. My parents had a party for me, and I ended up giving them out as favours. I’ll look when I get home tonight and see what I put on the play list.

    And, Happy Birthday!

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  • December 15, 2003 at 6:37 am
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    A suggestion.. Concrete Blonde’s “Happy Birthday”. 🙂

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  • December 15, 2003 at 6:37 am
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    Thanks, and thanks!

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  • December 15, 2003 at 6:58 am
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    Why Georgia bothers me for the same reason!

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  • December 15, 2003 at 7:07 am
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    Heh. When I saw the reply email in my Inbox with your name on it, I just knew you were going to be agreeing with me on that. 🙂 Melodic minds think alike, I guess.

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  • December 15, 2003 at 7:22 am
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    I love Why Georgia, but you probably know why:)

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  • December 15, 2003 at 10:50 am
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    Reflective: CSN’s “4+20” (it’s on Deja Vu)
    Dancing around in your socks: The Beatles “Today It’s Your Birthday” (I think that’s right) or Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”.

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  • December 15, 2003 at 11:22 am
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    If you’re up for adding a bit of humor, I recommend Amy Rigby (who I believe is from Nashville). There’s a couple of songs on her album Middlescence that might be fun: “The Summer of My Wasted Youth” and “Invisible,” though she does mention turning 35 in the latter, so it’s a bit off.

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  • December 15, 2003 at 11:46 am
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    As Promised:

    Fireflies–Lori McKenna
    Believe–K’s Choice
    As I Am–Erin McKeown
    Moses–Patty Griffin
    More to this woman–Eleanor McEvoy
    Garden Rose–Kris Delmhorst
    Everything I Need–Melissa Ferrick
    Pray–Nini Camps
    Closer to Me–Dar Williams

    There were a few more, I think finally and I can’t find the play list. My songs were more about growing up, becoming your own than about birthdays specifically. Turning 30 wasn’t too bad, but I feel like I’m too young to be 30 already and at the same time, feel way to grown up for my age.

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  • December 15, 2003 at 12:30 pm
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    My songs were more about growing up, becoming your own than about birthdays specifically.

    That’s kind of where I wanted to go with it, too, at least in part. But it’s also a reflection (sometimes tongue-in-cheek) about the last year, and the last few years in general, as well as the whole of my life ’til now — not to mention what I can see ahead in the years to come. Here’s the list so far:

    Happy Birthday To Me – Cracker
    My Next Thirty Years – Tim McGraw
    Why Georgia – John Mayer
    Watershed – Indigo Girls
    Soul Child – Shawn Mullins
    Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads (Thanks to ‘s suggestion!)
    Happily Ever After (Every Now And Then) – Jimmy Buffett (I thought about “A Pirate Looks At Forty” but it seemed too specific to Jimmy’s own life to have enough relevance to mine)
    The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
    Closer To Fine – Indigo Girls
    Learning to Live With Me – Harley Allen (I also have the Gary Allan recording of this one but this is a wonderful Live At The Bluebird recording of Harley singing his own song, and it seems way more powerful that way)
    That’s Just About Right – Blackhawk
    One Small Year – Shawn Colvin
    Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon
    No Time To Kill – Clint Black
    And She Was – Talking Heads

    Turning 30 wasn’t too bad, but I feel like I’m too young to be 30 already and at the same time, feel way to grown up for my age.

    Same here. I thought about including Garth Brooks’ “Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old” but lyrically it gets too specific with rodeo/truck-driving/life on the road in general or however you want to interpret it. If I were going by the title alone, it would definitely belong in the collection. 😉

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  • December 15, 2003 at 12:34 pm
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    Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”

    Oooh. Good one. 🙂

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  • December 16, 2003 at 11:03 am
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    The Beatles song is simply called “Birthday”. It’s on the White Album. My dad used to blast it on the morning of my birthday.

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  • December 18, 2003 at 5:24 pm
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    dar williams – party generation. but it is sort of the wanting to stay young sid eof it.

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  • December 19, 2003 at 1:07 am
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    It’s too late, but I thought of a couple more.

    CSN’s “Wasted on the Way” and Peter Gabriel’s “Shaking the Tree”.

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