Yeah that's right! I'm offering a hundred free Amazon dollars to the best set of tunes posted here from Mixwit!
We teachers (and students!) have to live alone, be vagabonds, travel, be apart from family, friends and "sedatives". So in the spirit of making the world smaller just post up your best Mixwit set for your own homeland/country and be a winner.
Mixwit is easy as pie. You don't even have to sign up if you don't want to. Just A) Choose the songs B) Choose the player C) Share and embed here.
Let's see what happens. Here is my own entry about my Home and native land Canada. Made in 10 min. Kid you not! (no! I can't win :( ) don't worry .... be happy.
. Contest closes Oct. 15th. Voting starts Oct. 7th. Make a set and make it happen and learn about technology along the way. Please post thumbs up to whatever you liked about another members set....
Congratulations indeed Justino!!
I'm listening to your mix now. Great tunes, I must say. I see you have made another mix too. I'll definitely check it out.
Thanks to David for introducing mixwit to us. Making a mix was both fun and frustrating for me. There were a few tunes that I couldn't include. For example, I would have chosen "The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" rather than "Alberta Bound" if it had been possible. I was going to annotate my playlist when I posted it but I decided that the music should speak for itself. The contest is over so I'll do it now. Here tis:
YYZ - Everyone from Toronto knows that YYZ (pronounced: Why Why Zed) is the code for Toronto Pearson International Airport. Obviously it's the first place I go when I go home. YYZ is one of the few instrumentals by Rush, another reason why I like it. Rush's performance with Max Webster at the CNE Grandstand in August of 1977 was the first stadium concert I attended.
Believe Me - This is one of my favourite songs by Moist, a band I saw at an outdoor concert in London, Ontario. The concert was a part of London's Canada Day celebrations if memory serves. I like this song because it has a tinge of melancholy, or perhaps it'd be better to say that it has a bitter-sweet quality, especially in the vocals. I'm finding it difficult to explain this in English. There is a Japanese word, natsukashii that perfectly connotes my feeling when I listen to this song.
Toronto #4 - Well here's another example of where I was frustrated by mixwit. I would have chosen a few other "Hip" tunes before this one, including "Blow at High Dough", "Bob Caygeon" and "Fifty Mission Cap". The Tragically Hip was the most popular band in Canada during the 90's. It frequently wrote songs that reflected the experience of Canadians. Experiences that only Canadians could relate to, hence its inability to expand its "market". The Hip's steadfast commitment to remaining true to itself is very appealing to me, especially since it's not artificial. At the end of the day, the songs, in and of themselves, are what really resonate for me as a frost-bitten Canadian boy.
Four Strong Winds - I included the Neil Young version because the Ian and Sylvia version, the original version, wasn't available. This is an example of a song that Canadians of my generation scoffed at when they were kids because their parents liked it. My Mum saw Ian and Sylvia perform in Yorkville in the 60's. The distain was entirely feined. Secretly we LOVED this stuff.
Big Yellow Taxi - The title of this song refers to Toronto police cruisers, which used to be big Plymouth Furies painted bright yellow. When it was discovred that the yellow paint contained lead, the Metro Toronto Police Department decided to repaint the whole fleet, and so a Toronto tradition was erased. Natsukashii, eh!
I'm running out of steam, and I really should get some work done, so I'll stop here. To sum it up, I chose the each track because it evoked natsukashii, either musically, lyrically, or both.
Thanks to everyone who participated and the MANY who voted. It was a semi landslide and the winner was Justino's Homesick Blues Mixwit Playlist. Take a listen!
Post up your mixwit playlists for others here when you get some time to make one. I always need more musical inspiration!
I have now resurrected MIXWIT. Here's my Homesick playlist! The dead do live. Disregard this below. Long live Mixwit!
Wow! Mixwit really is DEAD.
I got this email today about the death. I thought I'd share the info. and we could kinda have a wake....
Hello (former) Mixwit user,
We saved your mixtapes =)
Mixwit is dead, but the spirit of mixtapes lives on through the
open source community. Over the past month we've completed
mixwidget.org - a new open-source mixtape project based on
our former Mixwit mixtape.
As part of this project, we have published each Mixwit
user's data on a temporary site. This site will be available
through April 2009, after which it will cease to exist.
You'll find all of your mixtapes and favorites here:
Inside the .zip file are "ready-to-play" folders containing
all of the files you need to play your mixes. Simply add
one or more of these folders to your blog or website and
point to the index.html file.
For more information on how to create or edit your new mixtape,
please refer to _instructions.html in your mixtape folder
or visit http://mixwidget.org/how_to.
http://mixwidget.org : the open-source Flash mixtape player
http://mixwit-is-dead..com : temporary host for Mixwit users' data
Questions or issues? @reply us on twitter (@mixwit)
Thanks again for all of your support. We'll be back in a
couple of weeks with more info on our new project: cloud.tv.
You can follow on twitter at: http://twitter.com/cloudtv
Radley & Mike