The perfect mix tape...

I love John Cusack, anything with John Cusack I'll watch and I'll enjoy because there's something about his vulnerability and sincerity that make me feel like I know him.  "High Fidelity" is one of my top five favorite films that star John Cusack,  if you have not seen it, I suggest that you do.  It is a film about breakup, music, personal dreams, the mysterious complexity of relationship, and did I mention the film stars John Cusack?  The story winds around top five lists; top five break ups, top five side one singles, " top five musical crimes perpetuated by Stevie Wonder in the '80s and '90s."  You get the drift.  At the end of the film Cusack's character Rob equates a mix tape to breaking up "the making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules." In the day and age of digital technology, no one makes mix tapes any longer.  You probably can't even buy a tape at the store  any longer.   I wouldn't know I haven't looked in almost a decade.  Young people look at you like your crazy when you say mix tape, because they make play lists.  But I remember the days, when all you needed was a double deck boom box, a box of blank gold 180's, and a little inspiration. Then everyone you knew enjoyed life a little bit more for one days hard and thoughtful work.  Music brings us closer to our hearts. Music supports us through our deepest heartache, and is the soundtrack of celebration for our triumphs.  Music brings us to our feet and we dance with reckless abandon. There will always be the right song to play, and if there isn't it can be made up. " What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music? "  ponders Rob in High Fidelity.  I won't tell you how the movie ends, if you've seen it than you already know, however after watching it recently with two friends who were going through hard breakups, I just wanted the mix tape back.

Days even weeks passed.  Life continued, as life continues, I did more yoga, I went to work, things came up.  Then last weekend my business partner Suki and I, had the good fortune to travel together to Pueblo Colorado for a weekend workshop with Cerified Anusara Yoga Instructor Desiree Rumbaugh.  Desiree is like John Cusack, I just can't get enough.  She shares her teachings with vulnerability and honesty, and a commitment to joy.  Whenever I have the great opportunity to study with her I always walk away with deeper knowledge of Asana as well as a more meaningful teaching that encompasses the entirety of my life.  Music was also a big player in the overall experience of the weekend, as I found myself in more than one spontaneous dance party.  On the journey home Suki and I got the iPod out and began to work out the complexities of life in 17 songs.  We decided that 17 was the right number, and though it really could be done with just 3, just 3 didn't seem like enough.

We titled it Mix For The World.  As Rob so gracefully states in the film "Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing." It is the journey through Sat Chit Ananda.  Awareness of truth, pain and suffering usually fit well here, beauty can too, it is that which brings one to awareness.  Then into the Chit, the consciousness,  the creation of space around limited beliefs that bring one suffering.   This spaciousness allows one to experience and see more beauty.  Celebration in our hearts naturally follows, we call it Ananda, bliss.  From ignorance into knowing into deeper consciousness, to revelation, and then to bliss.   And well, we seek to do this every day, on our yoga mats, in our lives, as well as in the mixes we mash together for the world.

From Shree Yoga Taos for the World in 2012

  • Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen
  • Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Be OK - Ingrid Michaelson
  • It's All Understood - Jack Johnson
  • Imagine - John Lennon
  • I And Love And You - Avett Brothers
  • Up From Below - Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Farther Along - Mississippi John Hurt
  • Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
  • Give Yourself To Love - Kate Wolf
  • I'll Rise - Ben Harper
  • Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
  • Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley
  • Hey World (Remote Control Version) - Micheal Franti & Spearhead
  • Beauty in the World - Macy Gray
  • Say Hey (I Love You)- Micheal Franti & Spearhead
  • One Love - Bob Marley

If it were possible I would duplicate you all a mix tape on an old 180 gold.  But your on your own on this one.  Enjoy!

Love Shree