SO. BOOK BLOGOSPHERE. I had this idea and I am curious to see what you think. I frequently discover that I have music tastes in common with people on my blogroll. I am always on the hunt for new music. I love, love, love making and receiving mix CDs. Would anyone have any interest in doing a book bloggers’ mix CD swap? I thought we could do it in the New Year, maybe in late February or early March (for Mardi Gras, perhaps?). My scheme is to set it up rather like Book Blogger Secret Santa (but not secret): you sign up, you get assigned another book blogger for whom to make your mix CDs, and off you go.
What I want to know:
1. Would you be interested in participating, if I did organize this?
2. Should people make one CD, or two? I thought if everyone made one CD of songs that had meant something important in their lives, and one CD of whatever they wanted — a theme-y track list, or a group of songs they think are the best ever, or bookish songs, or don’t-judge-me songs. But would two CDs be overkill? Or should I just leave this to the individual discretion of each participant?
3. When should I do it? I don’t want to be so close to Christmas that it becomes one more damn Christmas thing for people to do. Does early March sound good to people?
4. Any other ideas to make this awesome? Catchy names? Offers to make an adorable button?
In unrelated news, only five days now stand between me and Christmas, and only three between me and my sweet cuddly baby puppy, who I hope remembers me because I think about her constantly. Every time I walk through the dog park on my way to work, I think: “That dog is less cute and clever than my puppy. That dog is also less cute and clever than my puppy. Here is yet a third dog less cute and clever than my puppy. OH PUPPY HOW I MISS YOU.”
1) YES. This idea is TOO AWESOME FOR WORDS. Making and receiving mix CDs is one of my favourite things ever. So much so that at some point last year I was practically begging people on Twitter to let me make them one 😛
2) Hmm… probably best to leave it to each participant’s discretion. I totally wouldn’t mind two CDs, but maybe some people would?
3) March sounds fine to me!
4) I’m awful at catchy names, but my boyfriend is good at buttons! He always makes the ones for my challenges/read-alongs 😛 I’m sure he’d be happy to help.
The puppy will remember you for sure! Seeing my cats and dogs again was so wonderful. I was afraid the cats would sulk at me, because they have in the past, but not even that happened this time around 😀
And, and, and, are you aware that Nymeth is in last.fm the online music thing?!
Sounds like a fantastic idea! I have noticed that people who share a taste in books also seem to like the same music/TV shows.
I would be a bit worried about copyright issues, but if this can be overcome then I’d love to join in.
The puppy will remember you and go mad with joy. Look how she adores small boys because she had those little kids to play with when she was just a furball. I just hope she doesn’t pee the floor. And if you choose to bond with her by walking her, I might expire from joy too.
The CD thing sounds great, but way too technologically complicated for the likes of me! But I can fully empathize with the puppy yen! I hope she is still the cutest and most clever puppy you have ever seen!
Great idea! How about a playlist as a post, using youtube or other official videos, and hopefully dealing with copyright issues that way? Those who like the list can create their own. I did one for my Canadian Literature class and posted it.
I’m like RhapsodyinBooks, plus I’m too old to be trading songs with you youngsters. Had to express my joy that you’ll see your puppy, though. Dogs are so forgiving, and see, Nymeth says that even her cats didn’t pout when she returned. Have a wonderful time!
Hahah, too funny, Jeanne. Like Jenny wasn’t spoon-fed 70’s songs.
Mumsy, I’ll admit I was 17 when Abba’s Dancing Queen came out and that I used to listen to Steely Dan. But I’ve always been more of a classical/musical theater person without much to discuss with pop music fans!
I think I would definitely like to participate! If you need any help, let me know. 😀
You should call it Musical March! I do think 2 CDs is a little overkill. Maybe (if it’s not too complicated) people could say what their favorite read is and then the person they’re exchanging CDs with would create a playlist for that book?
YESSSSSSSSS. All around!
This is a lovely idea, but I am technically challenged. I’d do it if I could…
I like it!! Especially the don’t-judge-me part 🙂 March sounds good to me, since there’s not a ton happening then and a music swap would be lovely to look forward to!
And I’m sure your puppy will remember you! Have a great holiday!
It sounds like fun!
I would love to do this! I have some music that I would love to share, and it would be interesting to see what I got back. I do have one question: would people be matched by their musical tastes? I would hate to send out a mix CD full of The Smiths and Airborne Toxic Event to someone who likes showtunes, but this idea intrigues and I would love to be a part of it. I think sometime in March would be a good time, but I am up for it anytime, really. Such a fabulous idea, Jenny!
I am ALL OVER this idea! Whenever you decide to have it, I am totally absolutely in.
I think that one CD is good. The theme could be left up to the maker, but I already know my theme will be “Songs I Love and Think You Should Too”.
And I second the Musical March suggestion. Great name!
This sounds like a fantastic idea! I too love to make and receive mix CD’s. Early March sounds like good timing and just one CD, as two might be intimidating. No idea for a name though, but if something pops up, I’ll let you know.
This is a great idea, I always see people on twitter talking about mix CDs. But unless someone wants a CD of all Dave Matthews, I probably won’t join. 😀 I always seem to end up listening to the same stuff over and over.
I think you should do this in MAY, since I’ll be reunited with both my removable disc drive and my complete CD collection by then. 🙂 But if you do it earlier, I’ll live vicariously by watching everyone else receive their mixes.
Also, your puppysickness mirrors my own. Every time I see a dog, I think about how awesome Murchie is and how much I miss him and how dearly I hope he recognizes me once we’re reunited.
Jenny, I would definitely be in on your idea! (Ana told me about it, I had once again hit “mark all as read” in my GR). I love it. I have found out that many bloggers have a great taste in music and I love sharing and getting to know new artists. I think the beginning of March would be perfect.
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I’m intrigued, Jenny. I think I listen to fairly different music than many of the bookish people (at least based on Twitter convos) – heavy on the 1930s blues and 1960s Motown, increasingly light on the contemporary indie rock – but if folks are open to different genres I’d love to participate.
I’m new to your blog and it is great! I think the CD idea is awesome!
GREAT idea – count me in! Have a good trip home and a Happy New Year!
um, as another out-of-touch music person, I would LOVE to receive but would be clueless on the giving side. I still don’t know how to make a mix tape/CD whatever nor would I have the music handy to compile one.
Could we have a group of those who would love to get music but would give a book in return????
I was given a mix CD from a blogger once and I love the tunes she picked (most was totally new to me or with diff artists) and I fondly think of her when I play it. In my car. All my CDs are in my car. i never think to play when in the house…. Unless its holiday music.
You MUST do this! I’m already thinking of the music I can put on the cd. Also, would you want to be specific – audio files or mp3? I only ask because mp3’s well, you can quite easily put TONS on a cd whereas audio is limited to 12 or there close. I’d be thinkin’ more of the audio because then it is even more personalized.
Please do this! I think one cd would work better. And you have to do it in March now because it’s my birthday 🙂
I love this idea! My computer doesn’t have cd-burning capabilities, but this sounds like so much fun, I’d find a way to make this work. YES!
Would totally participate! I love discovering new things (books for sure but music, recipes, etc. too!).
March would be good! But so would February or April too!
I have totally been thinking about mixed CDs lately! My iPod died, so I’ve become reacquainted with my CD collection and in the process been reminded of how much I love making mixed CDs. The moral of the story: count me in! 🙂
This sounds terribly fun! I hope that you will send out a reminder in March so that we can all participate.
And why do you not have my blog in your blogroll? :-<
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HELL YES THIS IS A GOOD IDEA!!!!! I mean…um yeah…I think this is great 🙂 I’m totally in!! I think March would be great and I would definitely make 2 cds for people. Making mix cds is one of my favorite things in the world. Music is pretty much my life…aside from books…and breathing.
YES YES YES! I’ve actually already done this for two of my best bloggy friends, and surprised them one day with a mix CD in the mail. It’s so nice to receive mail that isn’t bills or junk – I think it would be a wonderful mid-winter treat to share great music with others. I’m totally on board! Fantastic idea, Jenny.
Okay, I am a million years behind on my feed reader, but as I was driving to and from my parents’ for Christmas, I was thinking about how much I miss the era of the mix tape. So, YES, I am game!
I would personally be willing to send out multiple copies of my mix CD(s), if it meant that I got multiple people’s CDs in return…
I’m so late reading this too but I would love to participate! I’ve already had fun music discussions with Nymeth and others on Twitter and I totally get the same feeling that you do — musical tastes seem to pair nicely with literary ones!