Holden Rex

Member Since: 3/20/2001
Total Mixes: 18
Total Feedback: 6

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(my own) wee small hours

Artist Song
The Rolling Stones  This Place Is Empty  
Mark Lanegan  House A Home 
Tom Waits  House Where Nobody Lives 
Pulp  TV Movie 
Lou Reed  Ecstasy 
Warren Zevon  She's Too Good For Me 
Lucinda Williams  Are You Alright? 
Mary Prankster  Arm's Length 
Cat Power  She's Got You 
Aimee Mann  You're With Stupid Now 
The Jacks  Why Don't You Write Me? 
Randy Newman  I Miss You 
Beck  Guess I'm Doing Fine 
The Zombies  Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself 
Frank Sinatra  Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week 
The Brian Setzer Orchestra  Since I Don't Have You 
Jean Shepherd  The Low-Down White 
Jerry Lee Lewis Feat. Keith Richards  That Kind Of Fool 
Merle Haggard  Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive 
Johnny Cash  I Forgot to Remember to Forget 
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers  The Damage You've Done (Country Version) 
R.E.M.  Last Date 
Michael Nesmith  Listen to the Band 


As the title and artwork suggest, this is my homage to Sinatra's classic 1955 album "In the Wee Small Hours." The original is one of Sinatra's early concept albums, designed to capture the feelings of loneliness and isolation as experienced through the "wee small hours" following a break-up (supposedly inspired by Sinatra's break-up with Ava Gardner).
My own version is naturally quite different from The Chairman's, but I hope it captures the same feeling. Tracks 1-5 invoke the feelings of isolation and emptiness, the musical equivalents of the post break-up home littered with beer cans, pizza boxes, and piles of dirty laundry. Tracks 6-14 process the myriad of conflicting emotions experienced during the night, from bitterness ("You're with Stupid Now") to delusion ("Guess I'm Doing Fine") to sincere care for the ex ("Are You Alright?") and everything in between. By tracks 15-23, the booze is kicking in and one is singing (or slurring) along to songs of self-pity (at best) or self-loathing (at worst). "The Damage You've Done" is a deliciously bitter (yet funny) final kiss-off, followed by the instrumental "Last Date," because at this point one should be too drunk to even try to sing. The final song (which has seen me through many a breakup) suggests that music is the real elixir to provide catharsis and healing - which I suppose is what this mix is all about.
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Date: 5/12/2008
excellent concept, choice of artists, artwork. the total package is superb.
Date: 5/13/2008
Yes, you captured the feeling and added your own sense of humor to the mix. Smooth!
Media Vixen: Radio Sally
Date: 5/14/2008
Can't wait to hear this. I've been noodling around with this idea for a couple of years. Have yet to finish my mix. Great minds think alike?
Date: 5/14/2008
Frank was simply the greatest of his time and this is a wonderful tribute to a great album.