rooms with music : the halloween edition

KEVIN BAUMAN PHOTOGRAPH 100 ABANDONED HOUSES

You all know I’ve been trying to really streamline what I do on this here blog. I have a tendency to lose focus because there are so many great things out there to share. I get excited and inevitably, 5 posts go by and I lost the point of what I set out to do. So I’ve been busy thinking about the direction and posts that will keep you coming back each week, be interesting for me to put together on a regular basis and most important, be original. Now that’s the hard part. Because there’s so. much. great. stuff. Bloggers, you overwhelm and paralyze me simultaneously. Each time I think of something, it’s already being done. And well, I might add. Please tell me I’m not the only who thinks this.

Music is a huge part of my creative environment. It helps create the right environment. Think about a movie and if a love song was selected for an action scene, it would have a very different feel. The same goes for our homes. While furniture, art and paint do a lot visually. There’s more to it. It’s the lighting, the tactile experience, the sounds you hear and often the smells. Just turning on some music doesn’t always create the atmosphere we want either. I like to make mixes for inspiring, working, relaxing, entertaining or just new music to listen to. Music is always playing in my home, at work and almost everywhere in between. It inspires me, calms me, excites me and makes me nostalgic depending on the song. Pick the right one and you have yourself a party. The wrong one and everyone is leaving early.

When I started thinking about this post, I remembered the photographs of 1oo Abandoned Houses I saw last year. Photographs taken by Kevin Bauman throughout Detroit beginning in the mid 90′s. They caught me completely off guard when I saw them the first time. I was floored by their decaying beauty and what they once were. These homes had once been a integral part of Detroit. Now they sit empty, abandoned and lifeless. Not just 100, over 12,000 of them. That alone gives me chills.

With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to put together a music mix that is the audible counter part to Kevin Bauman’s 100 Abandoned Houses. My hope is that it’s more of a bone chilling, pycho thriller you want to listen to but sometimes have to cover your ears kind of mix. While most of my mixes won’t be this themed, I’m curious to know what you think. Happy Halloween, I’m off to make some leather goods and… going to see Best Coast tonight, ya-hoo.

Listen Below.

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1. Blood Bank – Bon Iver
2. House On The Hill – Beach House
3. If I Had A Heart – Fever Ray
4. Sunshine City – Forest Fire
5. Rosa – Devendra Banhart
6. Psychotic Girl – The Black Keys
7. For The Widows In Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti – Sufjan Stevens
8. Knife – Grizzly Bear
9. Veraison – Talkdemonic

Photos: Kevin Bauman. Cassette Tape Icon: Celeste

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7 Responses to “rooms with music : the halloween edition”

  1. Sarah October 28, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Spot on. Like a soundtrack for watching Detroit go up in smoke on Devil’s Night.

  2. abby October 28, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    These photographs are so gorgeous, and they go perfectly with the music you’ve selected. Keep the mixes coming!

  3. gwenivere October 28, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Perfect!

  4. 180|360 October 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    I completely relate to everything you said. Every time I lament about it on my blog, I usually have someone say something that snaps me out of my tendency to over-think it.

    Please don’t change your focus! I love all of your layers — it’s how I blog for goodness sakes! You inspire me on all of my favorite levels; design, travel, music, food, gardening, shopping.

    PS. The themed mix/photo collaboration is brilliant.

  5. Kevin October 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Nicely done!

  6. Catherine October 29, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    At first I thought these were photos by the Sweet Juniper guy but it’s just the same town :0) Love the playlist!

  7. jokemijn October 29, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    i know, everything has been done and said :) it’s hard to find something new to show on your blog. I’m not really trying anymore, i just post whatever is lovely to me, because my blog is more like my online memory. What you CAN do, is turn things more local. Show us what is going on over there, what the good shops look like, where you can get the best coffee and what local artists make. I’m pretty sure not many bloggers will have the same posts then…

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