As I write this post, I am reminded of how I have declared my love on this blog three times. I was in love that many times. It’s true! And I thought each of those relationships would blossom into a death-till-you-part marriage. That is something I have wanted my whole life.
Today, I am thankful that none of those relationships worked out the way I had intended them to. If they had, I would have missed on out on finding someone absolutely incredible.
Her name is Diana and I am completely in love with her.
My grandma used to say when you meet “the one,” you will just know.
Well, I know that I have finally met her.
We connect on so many levels. I have never had someone whose soul aligns with mine as perfectly. We just fit. And it is an incredible feeling.
This is our first Valentine’s Day together and in honour of the occasion, I have made her a mixtape.
I met the love of my life 3 months ago and time has flown by. Yet, at the same time, it seems like it can’t have only been three months. It seems like I have know her much longer. And it’s a great feeling.
Her favourite song right now is All of Me by John Legend so I had to kick off the tape with it. I did play with the three month theme though with a creative intro. I won’t give it away, just press play and enjoy!
01. John Legend – All of Me 02. American Authors – Best Day of My Life 03. Blake Shelton – Ten Times Crazier 04. Imagine Dragons – Demons 05. Dem Atlas – All We Got 06. Atmosphere – The World Might Not Live Through the Night 07. Avril / Evan – Best Years of Our Lives 08. Robyn – Show Me Love 09. Kriss Kross – Jump 10. Ina Kamozi – Hotstepper 11. Brad Paisley – Then 12. Tim McGraw – Just to See You Smile 13. Belly – Red 14. superGARAGE – Away 15. Bif Naked – Moment of Weakness 16. Goldfinger – Superman 17. Might Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get 18. Reverie and LC Collective – Calm Before the Storm 19. Angel Haze – Battle Cry 20. The Flan – Don’t Tell Me
Enjoy the tunes and help us celebrate this special day!
01. Arctic Monkeys – Baby I’m Yours
02. Heiruspecs – Heartsprings
03. Ghostface ft. She and Him – Save Me Dear
04. Penny and the Quarters – You & Me
05. Smoking Popes – Need You Around
06. Smoother – New Friend’s Theme Song
07. Avril Lavinge / Leona Lewis – I Will Be
08. Lonestar – Amazed
09. Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy
10. Pharrell Williams – Happy
11. Organized Rhyme – Happy Song
12. OK Go – Here We Go Again
13. Veruca Salt – Volcano Girls
14. Atmosphere – She’s Enough
15. Talib Kweli – Get By
16. Nas – The World is Yours
17. FYC – She Drives Me Crazy
18. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
19. Michael Jackson / Will.I.Am – The Girl is Mine
20. Linda Rondstadt – All My Life
21. Jack Johnson – Better Together
22. Treble Charger – Red
23. Tim McGraw – It’s Your Love
Audacity is a free audio recording and mixing program. I use it to make all of my podcasts, radio shows, and mixtapes. It’s an easy to use program and I thought I’d been getting the most out of it. I was wrong.
There are quite a few tutorial videos online from very diverse sources. I’ve watched a lot of them and even made a couple myself. But these videos, mine included, haven’t offered the best advice.
I’ve noticed that my recordings seem to be a little quiet in comparison to other files I listen to online. I didn’t know why this was happening and wasn’t sure what I could do about it.
Daddy J suggested I try using another program to hopefully get a more professional sound. I downloaded the one he suggested and I played around with it. But I didn’t like the layout of the screen and it wasn’t as intuitive as I had hoped.
The tips Daddy J gave me couldn’t be just for that harder to use program. There had to be some way for me to do what he was suggesting using the program that I already have and know how to use.
So, I once again took to YouTube and found this very helpful video from an experienced DJ.
I used his tips and my recordings sound some much better now.
Part of the problem was that when I started podcasting four years ago, our hosting service would only accept small MP3 files. Plus I just used Audacity the way it appeared when I first opened the program. As such, I wasn’t getting the most of out of program.
Here are the new tips I learned. . .
1) Float the meter toolbar and extend it. Keep it on the bottom of the screen and pay attention to it. (see above video)
2) Try to make the recording a consistent level. Use your ears when layering tracks on top of each other.
3) Export the draft version of the recording as a wave file.
4) Open a new Audacity project and import that draft wave file into it.
5) Next, play the quietest part of the recording and see where it peaks on the meter. (see above video)
6) Go to “effect,” select “hard limiter,” and set it to whatever that level was (i.e. -8.0 db)
7) Next, select the entire track. Go to “effect,” and “amplify” the track to -0.1 db
8) Now export the file as a wave for the best sound or as an MP3 to share it online.
9) Make sure you go to “options” set it to 320 kbps and set the “channel mode” to stereo. Don’t use “joint stereo” because the sound quality won’t be as good.
I never did all of the above steps before. My recordings now sound so much better. Listen to my older recordings and then listen to the stuff I released this year. Let me know if you notice a difference.
If you have any tips, tricks, or techniques you’d like to share, please leave a comment below.
I wanted to have a version of the mix that I could play anywhere I wanted to without having to worry about offensive lyrics. So I made a clean version of the same tape by removing two songs and censoring one other.
01. Radio Intro 02. The Clique – Superman 03. REM – I am Superman 04. Goldfinger – Superman 05. The Kinks – Wish I could Fly Like Superman 06. Johnny Guitar Watson – Superman Lover 07. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Resignation Superman 08. Sufjan Stevens – The Man of Metropolis Steals Out Hearts 09. Crash Test Dummies – Superman’s Song 10. Joe Brooks – Superman 11. Aaron Tippon – Honky Tonk Superman 12. Firewater – So Long Superman 13. Newcleus – Jam On It 14. 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite 15. Eric Clapton – Superman Inside 16. Lazlo Bane – I’m No Superman 17. Five for Fighting – Superman 18. Flaming Lips – Waitin’ for Superman 19. Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead 20. John Williams – Movie Theme
01. Radio Intro 02. The Clique – Superman 03. REM – I am Superman 04. Goldfinger – Superman 05. The Kinks – Wish I could Fly Like Superman 06. Johnny Guitar Watson – Superman Lover 07. Redman – A Day of Sooperman Lover 08. Above the Law – Black Superman 09. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Resignation Superman 10. Sufjan Stevens – The Man of Metropolis Steals Out Hearts 11. Crash Test Dummies – Superman’s Song 12. Joe Brooks – Superman 13. Aaron Tippon – Honky Tonk Superman 14. Firewater – So Long Superman 15. Newcleus – Jam On It 16. 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite 17. Eric Clapton – Superman Inside 18. Lazlo Bane – I’m No Superman 19. Five for Fighting – Superman 20. Flaming Lips – Waitin’ for Superman 21. Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead 22. John Williams – Movie Theme
or stream it with the player below.
Next week, I will release a kids friendly version of this tape. This version does have a few adult moments to it. The stream below is the all-ages approved mix and will be available in album format soon.
For the past three years, I’ve made a mixtape every December 10th. This, however, is the final edition of that series. It’s time to move on.
So I present you with December 10th: A Farewell Postcard.
I hope you enjoy the tunes. And to Witgirl, wherever you are, I hope you have a Happy Birthday and a wonderful year!
01. Jason Aldean – Do You Wish It Was Me?
02. Jake Owen – The One That Got Away
03. Alex Clare – Too Close
04. Rudimental – Feel the Love
05. Gangstarr- Lovesick
06. Murs and 9th Wonder – Dance With Me
07. Hinder – Lips of an Angel
08. Headstones – And
09. Evan Taubenfeld / Avril Lavigne – Best Years of Our Lives
10. Pink – Try
11. Beneficence / Masta Ace – Reality vs Fiction
12. K’Naan – Hurt Me Tomorrow
13. Down With Webster – Jessica
14. OK Go – Needing / Getting
15. D-sisive – Don’t Turn the Lights Out