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Libby Kirkpatrick in-store & mixtape

10 March 2013

Store date: 14 November 2003

On this particular store date, singer/songwriter Libby Kirkpatrick came by Laser’s Edge for a visit and an in-store performance. When I went to her car to help unload her gear, she showed me what she called her current favorite CD, one she’d been listening to lately on the road, one that had her in its thrall. It was a mix CD, entitled “Heartbeat Medley para Libby” and made by a friend, and I was intrigued by the unusual assortment of tracks on it, songs with titles that were scribbled on the white tray card with a very fine ink pen.

Libby Kirkpatrick_mix CD_tray card

Seeing my interest, Libby naturally did what any selfless, giving person might: she offered it to me as a gift.

I, in turn, made her a mix CD as a gift later that night, and gave it to her the following morning over breakfast at the Pancake House (in Five Points South; we were joined by Hunter Payne). The disc was inspired by her apparent eclectic interests, and features some of my favorite songs (“Tears of Rage,” “Michigan,” “You’re a Hurricane, I’m a Caravan”) as well as what I thought of at the time was an international flavor. I adorned the cover of the jewel case with a nighttime photo of the alley behind my house, strung with hundreds of feet of white incandescent (see below) lights and taken with a handheld slow exposure, giving the picture a shaky, eerie, dreamlike quality. I thought later that it would be just like Libby Kirkpatrick, and completely in character for her, to offer the CD I’d made to the next person she met who showed an interest, in whatever town she visited next, who might in turn make her a mix CD, and so on, and so on…

That’s the way the world goes, sometimes.

Here is a shot of Libby on that in-store performance day. Yes, that is a plate containing an apple, a pear, a plum, some grapes, and chocolate (“green room” goodies). And a candle, as she disliked the room tone provided by our overhead fluorescent lights (see above). We turned them off at her very reasonable request.

Libby Kirkpatrick at Laser's Edge Compact=

Libby’s playlist has an approximate playing time of 80 minutes:

  1. Grey Larsen & Andre Marchand
    “Acadian Mouth Music / Horses, Geese & One Old Man” (1993)
  2. Joseph Arthur “Evidence” (2002)
  3. Oranger “Static on the High Desert” (2003)
  4. Josh Rouse “Princess on the Porch” (2003)
  5. Tractor Kings “Gone to Heaven” (2003)
  6. My Morning Jacket “The Way That He Sings” (2001)
  7. January “Eyes All Mine” (2001)
  8. Bee Gees “Please Read Me” (1967)
  9. The Shins “New Slang” (2001)
  10. The Shangri-Las “I Can Never Go Home Anymore” (1965)
  11. Thomas Newman “Bloodless Freak” from American Beauty (2000)
  12. Neko Case “Stinging Velvet” (2002)
  13. World Party “You’re a Hurricane, I’m a Caravan” (2000)
  14. The Band “Tears of Rage” (1968)
  15. The Vessels “Delight” (2002)
  16. Antonio Plotino & New Music Studium
    “Poulenc: Suite Francaise (VI. Sicilienne – Tres Doucement)” (1998)
  17. June Tabor “Paint Me, Redouté” (2001)
  18. Los Zafiros “La Luna en tu Mirada” (1965)
  19. Chris Kowanko “Modern Daze” (1992)
  20. Ron Sexsmith “While You’re Waiting” (1997)
  21. Josh Rouse (again) “Michigan (live, acoustic)” (2003)

Libby Kirkpatrick's CD cover
The cover of Libby’s mix CD. (photo: Fred Osuna)


This post originally appeared in different form at Spitball Army on 9 May 2010.

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