Fifth Day of Christmas

Five Gold Rings.

     Most of the mixes on ckwal.net contain a serious element of bond between the songs other than being mixed together. This is powerful music. If you are weak as a listener, the mix will make you a better overall person. As the adage says, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Some include a jewel or mention of diamond/diamond ring which is a symbol of unbreakable power and a life expectancy beyond our human bodies. This should be intimidating as their beauty is deceiving. Like a bodybuilder or an expensive car, the maintenance and dedication is a commitment that some people underestimate. From reading the Red Queen, we learned about classes of people which can carry over to today’s society in shapes and forms of colors or metals in their symbols. The three most notable being Gold, Platinum and Silver. Of the symbolic or meaningful colors in this context of silent communication we speak of are mostly red, green or blue. Another popular one for youth, which also last into old age are birthstones or pearls. They may refer to a favorite month you enjoy, your partner’s birth month, or an important date when a couple first met or got married. In these mixes as someone who commits long periods of time combining songs and working for the perfect union of songs and emotions with people or ideas in mind, I sometimes will commit a person in time or group of people to these mixes. Music does this to us and it evolves over time. Sometimes it stays in it’s preserved form forever and listening back I remember the person as the music reflected to me as if captured in a portrait hanging in a museum.

     I guess this concept grows further with concerts, big events and groups of people with disc jockeys overtime. They grow together and individually while ‘orbiting’ the earth picking up new followers and losing others along the way. DJs add experience and repertoire as well as collaborate with new musicians. Some branch out of styles for complete albums and may return to their roots like Tiësto. I was going to list all the diamond songs and possibly review their dedications, but there are more than five to review that can pertain to this line of our theme, “Five Gold Rings”. In addition to counting down the twelve day of Christmas, this also tells about what is on my mind in choosing the Year-line mix bond song or songs that accompany our sort of virtual host, Will Smith, to carry us into 2018 with Will 2K (Willenium). Yea this was for the year 2000 when we thought every computer was going to shut down due to bad date programming or a bug everyone overlooked. Now we look at so many LCDs with gelatin in them and cringe and may be a vegan hacker will get pissed and crash us all in 2020, but lets focus on next year.

     As I am in Nebraska I think about Adam Duritz and his song ‘Long December’ . This entire year has been challenging, trying to find a new home and a career while keeping an increasingly strict vegan diet and lifestyle while living from one homeless shelter to the next. I wouldn’t have made it without support from the music and the people and places it led me to join. It may seem like a lot of talking or explaining to do and may be I reveal too many secrets on this webpage, but as I was an international teacher for quite some time after touring the States alongside Dave Matthews Band post graduation from Berklee College of Music, I sometimes sense an obligation to at least inform would-be stumblers online or ‘out there’. Many people go along thinking everyone lives and understands the same knowledge, but the world isn’t very small after all, unlike a Disney song lyrics say. Although it does feel small sometimes.

     Anyways, I thought I’d recap as this Christmas countdown is almost half over and we’ll all probably be a little busy thinking of how to make next year proportionally better across many measurable and immeasurable ways. So, let’s just recap the mixes with some mention of gold in the title or lyrics, the obivous audible extended hardrock ring like the entire album of Chevelle we recently listed and one interpretation of Drake’s song, “10 Bands”. I’ll save any details on these mixes for another time and add the mix I mentioned yesterday instead following these links.

Gold – Marina & the Diamonds from 16012
Anymore – Goldfrapp from 17008
Midas Touch – Ellie Goulding & Burns from 17008 Part II
Gold – Michael Woods from 17008 Part III
No Way Out (feat. GoldLink) – Xavier Omär from 17010
10 Bands – Drake from UNP01
Souq – Thomas Gold & Uberdrop from UNP05
Golden Hearts (feat. Alice Berg) [Dannic Edit] – BYNON & Domeno from 17014
Golden Hearts (feat. Alice Berg & Dannic) [Alice Berg Cover] – BYNON & Domeno from Dedicated Mix #2
Egyptian Lover (Latmun Remix) – The Golden Boy from 012 AV Part II Halloween ’17 Edit
The Damned & Under the Knife – Chevelle from 1719 Encore
Ouija Board – Chevelle from 17020

Use this page for the first and last tracks of every mix, plus links for all mixes in one place.

Monday 11th December 2017, 7:47
42:06

Bones of Man (Gareth Emery Remix) – Equador
On the Floor – Dino Maggiorana
overlap about 1:33 with…
Serifos – Provenzano
Loco (feat. Reverie) – NERVO & Danny Avila
Acido – Seedy Jazz
last min. or so gradually increase tempo to 150…
Nova Machine – MUST DIE!
transition with flange after sync up, partial overlap and tempo change to 80…
Attic – Sirenz
Chromatek – Bassnectar & G Jones
Iced Out – BURNS
Worriers – Tontario
Ink (Live At Le Casino De Paris, Paris) – Coldplay

This post is dedicated to Marco and Praiya of Thailand. Can’t wait to see you guys again.