Monthly Mixtape: High-Waisted, Wide-Legged, Feathered-Bangs and Big Sunglasses

Or in other words, my birth decade!

Birth decade?

The decade I was born. 1976.

In August.

This month.

Never mind.

Monthly Mixtape: High-Waisted, Wide-Legged, Feathered-Bangs, Big Sunglasses

It’s my birthday month!

WHO HERE . . . (I sound like Tig Notaro. “WHO HERE . . . actually believes . . . that the Indigo Girls are here?”) starts getting the tiniest birthday buzz the moment it turns their birth month? I don’t, I’m asking for a friend.

This month is going to be absolutely loco. But INCREDIBLE. I’m shooting Season 2 of my Food Network show ALL NEXT WEEK (I’ll take you behind the scenes, dunchew worry.), hosting a rosé and cheese pairing party on the pergola with my local gaggle right after that (you’ll be there, dunchew fret), and then headed south to see both Aaron’s and my parents’ new houses! (you’re coming, dunchew fuss)

So this MIX. It is 100% some of my most favorite songs from the ’70s, one of THE MOST influential decades in music history. Legends were born, man! And then there were all these musicians, too. (BA-DOMP.)

I get an unbelievable amount of life inspiration from the ’70s. Obviously the fashion (hello – Jane Birkin, Diane Keaton, Natalie Wood), but also the music. The sound of rock began to morph in the early ’70s, becoming more progressive with droney guitars, layered harmonies, folksy melodies, so much disco, an influx of punk rock, a wave of soul music, and even reggae. IT’S ALL JUST SO GOOD.

I scatter music from the ’70s all over my mixes because I’m psycho obsessed, but this one is completely dedicated to my favorite artists from that era. Songs and sounds that are in my blood, and basically represent who I am today. We’ve got lyrical songbird icons like Joni Mitchell (nothing better in the world so don’t argue with me), haunting four-part harmonies with underlying down beats and a messy love triangle with Fleetwood Mac, and one-of-a-kind catchy, but timeless rock with Tom Petty.

In other words, THIS IS MY FAVORITE MIXTAPE EVER IN LIFE. You dig? Groovy.

I give you . . . the “High-Waisted, Wide-Legged, Feathered-Bangs and Big Sunglasses” mix.



This time last year!

This time TWO years ago.



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12 Responses to Monthly Mixtape: High-Waisted, Wide-Legged, Feathered-Bangs and Big Sunglasses

  1. Bruce Montgomery August 2, 2018 at 9:39 am #
    Solid!! Great choices. Happy to see you seem to be doing so well and loving life.
    • Bev Weidner August 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm #
      Bruce! SO great hearing from you after all these years. Life is great, and I hope it's treating you well, too! Thanks for stopping by. :)
  2. Tobi August 2, 2018 at 11:03 am #
    Happy birth month! I can't wait to listen to this mix on my commute home today. Also, I love love LOVE your pergola/backyard area. I'm in the process of buying a house with a totally unfinished backyard and your photos are giving me inspiration.
  3. Sandy August 2, 2018 at 11:17 am #
    Oh man. I have a crackerjack headache and a stinkin attitude today. Then I open this. You may have saved my children’s psyches. Hard to stay wretched when you are listening to Brian Wilson crooning “add some music to your day. Add some music when you are feeling semi-homicidal.” Maybe is added that last line. . .
  4. Nancy August 2, 2018 at 12:39 pm #
    Totally agree there is nothing better in the world than Joni Mitchell! Or the music from the 70's! Best music in the world!
  5. Kylie August 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm #
    Loving this mixed tape. I always play them when I'm in the kitchen cooking something delish. Thank you
  6. Kathy August 2, 2018 at 11:43 pm #
    Great era, spent my teenage years listening to these songs- #6 stones me still to this day 🎶 peace out ✌🏼
  7. Whatsapp Download 2019 August 4, 2018 at 4:27 am #
    Love the quilt and meaning behind it. Beautiful.
  8. Jesse August 7, 2018 at 12:54 pm #
    My birthday is this month too (8/26)! Seriously love this mix. I can already tell it's going to speak to me. Listening now :)
  9. slope game August 13, 2018 at 3:07 am #
    very good. Thank you for sharing!
  10. Gigi Guerrette August 30, 2018 at 2:58 pm #
    Gosh .... I'm relatively late to your Birthday Month Party, but wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday! The photos your sister took during your celebration are adorable & STUNNING (yes, I'm yelling!). I took a week off, this week, from my part-time corporate gig, and finished my To-Do List. Holy Schnickies ..... it's only Thursday. Rock ON!! I logged-on to your site to review the August Monthly MixTape and swooooooned (and smiled!) with your selection. Thank YOU! You're awesome, always!
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