Inexpensive Gift Idea: The Coolest Mix CD Ever

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Ivy says:

Today’s my brother’s birthday- I can’t believe my LITTLE brother is 30 years old now! But that’s what happen when you get all old and stuff. 😉 Anyway, due to school being about to start and a bunch of other little things, I’m pretty broke. What’s a sister to do for a gift for her brother? Why, make him an awesome mix CD.

The thing is, his music taste is all over the place. Another person’s music taste is really important when making them a mix CD. If they despise the Bee Gees and you fill a CD up with “Stayin’ Alive” the CD you made isn’t going to be listened to or appreciated.

So I sat and thought about what he liked and remembered he and I both really dig random covers of older songs. So I pulled up my iTunes (BTW, don’t steal music. Stealing music is wrong.)  and made him a CD that has both the random covers and the originals. I know he’ll dig it.

In case you’re interested in knowing what’s on the most awesome mix CD ever (well, the most awesome one I ever made, anyway) here’s the play list:

Hey Ya! by Outkast and Obadiah Parker
(Title omitted because there are grandmas that read this blog) by Dr. Dre and Ben Folds
Shine by Collective Soul and Dolly Parton
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland and Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Hurt by Nine Inch Nails and Johnny Cash
Superfreak by Rick James and Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs (HT to Ginger on that one)
Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel and Cake
Gin & Juice by Snoop Dogg and The Gourds

See, I told you his (and my) musical taste was all over the place! So, Home Eccers, tell me about your awesome mix CDs. Or, tell me about a fab cover of a song that I didn’t list.

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8 thoughts on “Inexpensive Gift Idea: The Coolest Mix CD Ever”

  1. Great idea for a gift. I did mixed cd’s for our wedding favors. I put all the special songs from our wedding, along with a few others that were dedicated to people. One song included was dedicated to everyone at the weddingWe filled out the inside with the songs, and why they were special. On the front was a winter scene from my brothers house, and on the back was a picture of my and my hubby holding up a sign that says thank you. Below that was a special Indian prayer. It was a fun CD and I got so many compliments on it. I was proud of how it turned out.

  2. Ya know, that’s a good question, Cheryll, unfortunately I don’t have an answer for that. Most of the music I have, I’ve ripped from my own CDs or have obtained legally from the band’s website. If anyone knows, please let us know!

  3. Great idea, but iTunes isn’t gonna let you make CDs that can be read on any other machine. I can’t even get music I paid for to play on my other computer, let alone my stereo system!

    Doesn’t matter that you paid for these songs. They will only play on the machine to which they downloaded. And if you upgrade your software? All that music you paid for will no longer play even on that machine.

    It’s a big rip off! So, if HE101 has a fix for this problem, please publish it!!

    • You must be one of the grandmas she mentioned that read this blog. iTunes lets you burn music onto CD-Rs and CD-RWs, even if you didn’t pay for them. I know because I do it all the time, some of the songs being paid for and some of them not. Also, you can transfer all of your purchased music to your other computer if you log into your iTunes account on the other computer. And if you didn’t purchase them, just copy the music to an external hard drive and import them into iTunes on the other computer. You can play the music on your stereo system with a simple auxiliary cord. And you must not have ever upgraded your software because your music is still there and will still play when you do. I have upgraded several times and never had a problem. You should find out more information on iTunes before you assume things.

  4. I love Pat Boone’s in a metal mood. He covers:

    1. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
    2. Smoke On The Water
    3. It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll)
    4. Panama
    5. No More Mr. Nice Guy
    6. Love Hurts
    7. Enter Sandman
    8. Holy Diver
    9. Paradise City
    10. The Wind Cries Mary
    11. Crazy Train
    12. Stairway To Heaven

    It’s a total hoot!

    Also, there’s Golden Throats, which is way too long to list here, but you can look it up on WikiPedia ( ). It has ancient celebrities covering all kind of songs–for example, “Peace in the Valley” by Wink Martindale and William Shatner covering “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles….it’s really funny!

    But my all time favorites ate Mojo Nixon covering the Smiths “Girlfriend in a Coma” and Buster Poindexter covering “Brown Eyed Girl”.

  5. I have to second this gift idea! Our water heater broke three days before my 8 y/o niece’s birthday party so we were $700 bucks shy of doing ANYTHING. I burned her a CD with all the pre-teen stuff I could find and make her the cutest CD case cover with her favorite colors and her name printed on it. She absolutely LOVED the songs AND the fact that her name was on the CD case! Big Big hit!!


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