Monthly Mixtape: Humming Trees and Velvet Breeze

August! We won’t even talk about how this is possible. Other than the whole natural and expected time continuum thing.

I know there’s a lot of anxiety bubbling at this month’s rim. (and all months’.) And rightly so. Schools are starting, cases are still rising, the government pushed the snooze button, it’s all such a mess. And I’m not talking about fear. There’s a huge difference between living in fear and doing what’s responsible. (#wearamask) But it doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to feel something about it. Have a mood. It’s okay.

And now that I type that out, it’s not that this is a gloomy mixtape. Far from it! It’s just . . . all the mood I’m feeling right now. Dream folk. Whispery. Nothing high energy, lots of intertwining, feathery acoustic guitar, hazy harmonies, tug-at-the-heartstring melodies. A bit of nostalgia (hi, always) with a few older indie folk favorites, a sprinkling of vintage treasures, a couple of brand new songs fro- OH I FIGURED OUT WHY I LOVE SWIFT’S NEW ALBUM BEYOND ALL I KNEW WAS POSSIBLE.

Guys, who knew it would be Taylor Effing Swift (and to be fair, the genius of Aaron Dessner) that would stop me in my tracks and give my insides a bat-in-the-face refresher on what songs can do to a person. But I know why. I know why these songs touch me in such an expected way. We already know they ooze so much personality and finesse of the indie/pop/folk female singer songwriters of the ’90s. Think Lisa Loeb meets Mazzy Star meets the tiniest splash of Edie Brickell. But put that with early 2000’s Azure Ray and today’s Phoebe Bridgers, lush it out and polish it up with a current sound and this is what you have. But most of all – these songs remind me of what I was trying to write in my 20s. Her bouncy cadence between words and lingering on the last note, barely falling into dissonance, I did that to an extent back then. (those who know, know) So when I hear her young, soft voice in her lower register like so much in Folklore, I just lose it. I’m brought back. And it’s so, so great. LOOK AT ALL THIS MOOD.

So much mood.

I only put two Swizzle songs on the mixtape (which actually breaks one of my cardinal rules <you thought I was going to type cardigan, didn’t you>, so simmer down).

Plus it’s my birthday month so you’re automatically obligated to listen. Ha! Oh.

Embrace the mood. Here we go.

I give you, the “Humming Trees and Velvet Breeze” mix.

Just hit up my Monthly Mixtape section to the left for aaaaaaall the tunes, you guys. All of them.

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15 Responses to Monthly Mixtape: Humming Trees and Velvet Breeze

  1. Nancy August 4, 2020 at 7:48 am #
    I am not a Tay Tay fan but SOOOO many people are saying such good things about Folklore so I look forward to listening to some of the tunes. Thanks!
    • Bev Weidner August 4, 2020 at 8:27 am #
      Oh, me either! (besides her album 1989. You can't NOT love that one.) But this album is soooo different than her normal punchy radio manufactured sound. It's wonderful and dreamy and all you'll need this month.
  2. Rebekah August 4, 2020 at 8:13 am #
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH!!
  3. Diane Turley August 4, 2020 at 9:27 am #
    My niece (23 years younger than me 😬) indoctrinated me to T Swift years ago...and it’s become our thing. 1989, Reputation, Lover and now Folklore...we love it too. Hoping she can tour with this one...I’m the crazy Aunt that will stand in line, watch videos, etc just to ensure we have great tickets to the shows!! 🙌🏼
  4. Rayna August 4, 2020 at 10:11 am #
    Have you ever heard Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars? I've always been a Swiftie, but ever since I heard Safe and Sound, I CRAVED an album like Folklore from her. Cardigan gives me Tori Amos vibes, the piano really reminds me of Cornflake Girl. This is the album we didn't know we needed!!
  5. Jennifer August 4, 2020 at 10:33 am #
    Day = Made.
  6. Meredith August 4, 2020 at 7:22 pm #
    It is seriously SO good. “Exile” with Bon Iver is my absolute fave, really gets to me in the best possible way ❤️
    • Bev Weidner August 5, 2020 at 7:19 am #
      Yes, it's so good! I've love Bon Iver for years. It's funny to hear his voice so low! :)
  7. fireboy and watergirl August 5, 2020 at 5:02 am #
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH!!
    • Bev Weidner August 5, 2020 at 7:19 am #
      Thaaaanks! It's on the 23rd. We have a way to go. But still. :)
  8. Kelly @ Turned up to Eleven! August 5, 2020 at 2:54 pm #
    Hurray - love me some folksy goodness! I noticed you have Sheryl Crow on there, and I know you love the Civil Wars (John Paul White lives in my little Alabama town). Do you listen to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit? He's another local hero here but his music is so amazing. His writing is just amazing. His wife is part of the band and also has her own music career as well as having a female super group who is fairly new called The Highwomen. I'm so sad 2020 has kept them from a proper tour. Their music is beautiful - lots of WOMAN POWER, a bit country but more so folk. I literally can't make it through the album without crying a few times it's THAT lovely!
  9. Meg August 5, 2020 at 3:52 pm #
    This mixtape is a balm to my soul this month. ❤️
  10. Abby Reisner August 6, 2020 at 12:57 pm #
    HOW WAS ONE OF THE TS SONGS *NOT* AUGUST?! loving this all though (and retweet about how great The Highwomen are!)
    • Bev Weidner August 6, 2020 at 1:28 pm #
      I KNOW. In hindsight it would have been perfect. More than perfect. But I figured that three Swift songs might be pushing it. Or not enough?

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