No joke! April’s “Mixology” is ready to download.
This one is laden with oldies — and I’m not talking about the Main Ingredient or even Chuck Berry. No, I’m not even talking about Tommy Dorsey, although his inclusion isn’t helping the musical age of this mix any. But I’m referring to an atypical preponderance of classical music. Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song” was a must, especially after being alluded to in the Tony Bennett number, “Life is a Song.” Also a must is Vivaldi’s “Spring” from “The Four Seasons,” “recomposed” here by Max Richter.
The monumental final movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, the “Ode to Joy,” takes up nearly twenty minutes of the mix. But it’s completely worthwhile, from its thunderous percussion (following directly from OK Go’s “Let it Rain”) to the unstoppably jubilant finale. But no, I didn’t put it on here twice: that very similar piece you hear later on is actually Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor. (Brahms’ First is sometimes referred to as “Beethoven’s Tenth.”)
While some songs may specifically mention spring and/or April (“Dear Miss Lonely Hearts” from the Cold War Kids, and “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” from Ella Fitzgerald), others are more difficult for me to justify. Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” was a recent discovery for me, and “These Days,” by Luxury, got randomly stuck in my head the other day, despite the fact that I had not heard it in a long while. I took it as a sign that it belonged in the mix somewhere.
Click here to download the entire mix, and hear what other oddities I didn’t even find a way to mention here!