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Gifting Music?

Are you planning on gifting any music this holiday season? And by "gifting" I really mean creating a mix CD of the favorite songs you love for someone you care about.

The more I reflect on Christmas, I can't help but shake my head. I don't know about other parts of the world, but in America, we've all been taken hostage by the marketing machine. It seems only now, "post" massive recession, that people are waking up to the fact that charging a zillion dollars in December doesn't make a holiday better or more memorable.

The things that are memorable, however, are gifts that take quite a lot of personal thought. It dawned on me that if someone created a mix CD just for me - with all my interests in mind - it just might be the best gift ever. Then I thought "You could decorate the case with rhinestones and be very Glam!" I know most guys don't like arts and crafts, but the thought of doing anything with rhinestones gets me very excited.

It's funny when you think of it. You probably know your significant other or best friend or sibling very well. I bet you can pick out bands they would like - bands they've never heard before! You could easily print out a little info about the band, type the web address next to the band's name and song title and completely open a whole new world for that special gift recipient. Best yet, a mix album made from the heart costs very little, but it does take time. Such a gift can't be purchased in five seconds from Amazon - but the imapct is far greater.

So - and I'm not dropping hints or anything - if I received a mix CD of the most obscure Glam around, I'd probably have to dedicate an entire post to talk about it and to review the songs. Just think if we all received obscure Glam mix albums for Christmas. We'd have topics galore through 2011 and beyond!


Reader Comments (6)

I'd like to gift-wrap my foot up Vince Neil's ass. LOL. Sorry, im still steamed about the last post...
December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
You asked for it!

And think about how each song, if it's a lost gem (I really don't like calling them "obscurities"), is like a little present, too!

So that means a gift of a mix CD, whether it's 10 tracks or 1,000, is like a bunch of little presents!
December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
It is the gift that keeps giving. I have been making mix CDs since the tape cassette and have given them to friends as a nice thing to do.
December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
the marketing machine here is Simon cowell and X factor - we have the 'flip' side of Cage against the machine which is 4 minutes of silence.

I wouldnt buy either - unfortunatley the wife doesnt like the same music as i do so i may make myself a cd for xmas - lol.
December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter$kwint
I do my part by making my 10 year old nephew mixes of essential hard rock from the 80's. And apparently it's working... he asked me for Highway to Hell for Christmas. Not quite a mix, I know, but feels like a little victory nonetheless.
December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBryon
Christmas Glam Mixes Anyone?
1, Run Run Rudolph - LA Guns
2. Santa Claus is Back in Town - Pretty Boy Floyd
3. Christmas is a Time to Say I Love You - Billy Squier
4. Jingle Bells - Steve Lukather w/ Sammy Davis, Jr
5. Rock N Roll Christmas - George Thorogood
6. O Come all Ye Faithful - Twisted Sister
7. Deck the Halls (instr) - Ted Nugent
8. Jingle Bell Rock - Tuff
9. Little Drummer Boy - Joan Jett
Non Glam but great nonetheless:
10. Marshmallow World (live version) - Deano and Frank
11. Blue Christmas (live version) - Elvis
12. Anything on Fats Domino's Xmas CD - awesome

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMEWIZEMGIC

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