Fortuny Mix Tapes
Every month, we share a playlist in our newsletter. We hope that you have been enjoying those seasonal tunes. On this page, you can find all of the playlists of the year. Help us improve our selections and put together an annual mashup by telling us what you like or wish to hear more.
We lost a lot of good ones recently, including Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Charles Bradley, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, Fats Domino and Tom Petty. The news about Tom Petty hit hardest for me, like a swift kick to the gut. The news broke just as we sat down to a late dinner after the opening of the Fortuny exhibition at Palais Galliera. Though our waiter had no idea who he was, the restaurant manager was accommodating enough to play his music the entire evening for us.
Juggling emotions of extreme highs and lows, I thought about how artists are immortalized through their music. When done right, their songs continue speaking to us, no matter how many times we’ve heard them, revealing new truths about ourselves – even as we grow and change.
“Well, the summer time has gone and the leaves are gently turning…”
I have always preferred the autumnal months of the year, so much so that it still kind of surprises me everyone else doesn’t feel the same. It puts me in a mood, melancholic and pensive, but in the best possible way (more on that next month). Put on a pot of tea and let it go…
This month, the US witnessed the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in 99 years. It was a pleasant change of pace to see the country unite in something beautiful, a natural phenomenon that inspired millions across the nation to go outside, gather and celebrate. With the eclipse still on the brain, here is a group of songs that refer in some way to the sun and moon, to darkness and light. It is a widely varied bag of tunes, but I think there is something for everyone. (Even Rush fans.) Don’t be afraid to let us know what you think.
This month’s playlist takes its cue from the mood this weather puts me in. Thick, swampy, south of the border vibes, with a little funk, a bit of soul and a touch of reggae. Plus a few cups of sunshine. (And it wouldn’t feel like summer without a little Jerry thrown in.) Add your favorite summer drink and serve chill.
To me, April is a period of transitions and exciting change. You can almost see the trees vibrating with this electric energy, thousands upon thousands of buds just waiting to explode into their fully realized selves. Continuing with this month’s themes of spring and not looking back, here is the latest carefully curated playlist for your listening pleasure. (Be sure to turn off “shuffle” mode!)
This month saw the loss of another musical great, worthy of his own dedicated playlist. I could talk about how vastly different the musical landscape as we know it would be had Chuck Berry not put the stamp of his singular style and poetic lyricism on it, but I think I’ll just let these cats do it for me.
I’ve always found that musicians have a way of expressing the things we feel in the best possible way. And a month after Deco Off, I’ve still got Paris on the brain. With that in mind, here is a little playlist I made for your listening pleasure.