every summer needs a soundtrack.


New Dare is up! And this week, we have a special guest – Morgan Novak! If you know Morgan, you know that she is the queen of playlists, the master of mixes. She's a pretty inspiring girl.

So this week, we dare you to make a mix/soundtrack/playlist and document it. Write down the songs, what they mean to you, where they've taken you, or whatever story you want to tell. Or just burn a CD and make a cool cover for it. Then share it with someone! I made the mix above for my friend Erin. I called it 'a girl's guide to summer' and it's full of all of my latest faves. (Like Metric, Wild Light, Tiny Masters of Today, Architecture of Helsinki, Manchester Orchestra, Passion Pit, Peter Bjorn and John...)

But I couldn't stop there. I tried, but I had two more playlists that I absolutely had to scrap. The mix above is called 'headbangers ball' and it's full of my most favorite metal, the heaviest of the heavy. I love this one.

I was really really excited to put all of these songs together. Like really. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Slipknot, Pantera, Tool, Rage ... and I just realized right now that I forgot Ministry. That's going to be a problem. I'm going to have to fix that.

And the last mix is called 'people watching.' That's the feeling these songs give me. Like you could be walking around downtown with your headphones on, doing an inner monologue about everyone who walks by. I like people watching. (This one has Rivers Cuomo, The Flaming Lips, Elliott Smith, the Kinks, Ben Folds...)

Fun, huh? I hope you'll play along! And definitely take a minute to go and check out what Morgan and the other Dare girls did. (More girls will be adding their pages throughout the day, so check back.) Also – leave a comment below if you're interested in a little giveaway! Just let me know which mix you think you'd like best: Soundtrack to Summer, Headbangers Ball or People Watching. I'll pick winners on Monday night. Also, a sincere thank you for all of the kind words on the last post. I love you, blog friends!

26 comments:

  1. Jen g, we have some very similar musical interests! although, i'll let you have all the heavy metal...

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  2. Jen! I love this idea. It will take some thought. I love the "people Watching" idea (and the cover- how awesome with the dolls!) You rock gf!

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  3. Ok...I totally need a copy of the heavy. that is my fave: tool slipknot, etc...love love!!
    love all your scraptastic creativity too on the playlists!!!!
    May just have to play this one.
    hehehe
    Got big plans this weekend?
    Hope you have a good one. My little nephew is turning 4. awwww...so will be throwing him a bday part tomorrow night. :D
    later, sweets!
    B

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  4. The People Watching mix sounds intriguing. I'm no good at putting together mix cd's. Everytime I even think about doing it, I think of John Cusacks line in High Fidelity about how putting together a mix tape is an art. Definitely not an art that I am talented in. :) Have a great weekend!!

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  5. LOVE this ... and my vote goes to the Soundtrack of Summer. Totally rocks (pun intended).

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  6. "People Watching" is right up my alley! The Heavy we'll give to my hubby.

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  7. i'd love a girls guide to teh summer or/and people watching mix cds :)

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  8. These are all so cool! I'd love to hear the people watching one. That's a great idea for a mix.

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  9. Hmmmmm, I'd probably like Headbangers Ball.......

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  10. I like how you incorporated the CDs in the layouts, without it being too obvious.
    I think I'd like the Summer or the People Watching one, but def not the metal one!

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  11. I really like your people watching mix! Ben Folds and Elliott Smith (although "Say Yes" isn't my favorite (don't kill me for saying that) - I'm more fond of Figure 8). And Ryan Adams and the Shins! Too good. Actually I think I'm going to have to make one myself. Thanks for the idea!

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  12. Has to be Headbangers Ball, used to watch that show years ago, so funny! Hope you have some Killswitch Engage on there, lol ;)

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  13. That's hard one...either people watching or Summer, you pick!
    Super awesome layouts, too!
    hey, hey, hey Jen Renee, hey, can I get a pair of purple or pink booties from ya? Can you bring them to Chi-town?

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  14. Headbanger's ball for sure! I <3 metal.

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  15. dude. soundtrack to summer sounds bombin'.

    and that layout IS bombin'

    i feel like a loser for saying bombin'

    i'm done now.

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  16. ok, this giveaway idea! this rocks. i'd totally LOVE the people watching one.
    awesome pages girl.
    thanks so much!

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  17. Ok this is indeed the coolest of the cool! I love the layouts and the playlists! I thinkg the people are watching list sounds amazing as does the summer sound track but I adore the metal page the best and think that one would be killer too! LOL! Now I'm crazy inspired! Thanks!

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  18. Yeah dude! Love it! I need to get on these dares, I've been wanting to do all of them for the longest time, but haven't. I think I'm just not organized enough. :P

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  19. i love your projects :) and music suggs. (?)

    just read the last post, i'm not surprised at all, you totally deserve it! :) congrats.

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  20. oooohhh...Ministry...have to go put that on my playlist. Psalm 69. Oh man. I forgot all about them.

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  21. ohhhhhhhh.......and Scarecrow.LOL

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  22. Not really a "headbangers ball" kinda girl, but the others sound right up my alley..."people watching" sounds especially sweet!

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  23. WOW, I love these... they look so inspiring, a very fun idea to make something after the feeling you get from music. Hmmm I've never heared music that make me look at people but I ALWYAS walk around with my headphones on and dance along with the music ;) I'm going to make a metal mix right away! :D You really are great at this!!

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  24. Such great pages!!! Would soooo Looove the People Watching!!!

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  25. Though there are songs/artists I like on all 3, I would have to opt for Headbanger's Ball...Walk by Pantera totally takes me back!! I am curious to know which Ministry song you would have added...for me it would have to be Jesus Built My Hotrod, I loved the crap out of that song! It goes hand in hand with Who Was In My Room Last Night by Butthole Surfers...in my opinion, anyway. :)

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