I might not actually be referring to the mix in that title. As I look back on my Christ-like existence (by which I mean I have now been alive for 33 years), I have a hard time finding a better single year than 2004. Sure, there have been other years where good things have happened to me, but 2004 was different. As god as my witness, 2004 was there that I became...happy, or at least as close I could come. It was a magical, transforming time in my life. Really, I should have a 5 year anniversary party for it.
So this mix means an awful lot to me, wide range of music and all.
"All These Things That I Have Done" by the Killers
"A Line in the Sand" by Q and Not U
"Time Is Running Out" by Muse
"Vindicated" by Dashboard Confessional
"Lossleader" by Nine Days Wonder
"Get Saved" by Pilot to Gunner
"East School" by Dignen
"Caring Is Creepy" by the Shins
"Spitting Games" by Snow Patrol
"Stones" by Sonic Youth
"Still In Love Song" by the Stills
"Say Hello to the Angels" by Interpol
"Float On" by Modest Mouse
"17 Years" by Ratatat
"Fortress" by Pinback
"Hands Up" by Walking Concert
"23" by Jimmy Eat World
"Fall to Pieces" by Velvet Revolver
This mix is also very specifically divided by parts of the year. Everything from the Shins through Modest Mouse came from that summer which, not to beat a dead horse, was one of the best summers I've ever had.
What's truly amazing to me is that the year was already one of my best by the time December 1st rolled around. That was the day I finally met Nicole face to face, and her influence on these mixes would become obvious pretty quickly...