Mixtape Music

Et Musique Pour Tous Presents: Les Auteurs — Ashley Hefnawy

We love the trials and tribulations of relationships. If you’re a regular reader of EMPT, you probably already know that. We love love. It’s a complex, difficult, struggling aspect of life, and yet, it’s so easy to rant about. I personally appreciate it because I am not currently in love. Because of that, I geekily analyze every song that even mentions love. All of it is intriguing to me, the beginning, the plot line, the plateau, and the eventual decline. In some rare instances, we find ourselves in situations of “everlasting love.” If you’re in one of those situations at the moment, then you have that extra level of faith that it will continue for you, and you know that it will never falter, no matter your circumstances. I believe I’ve experienced a love like that with people in my life, not necessarily intimate, and I cherish that.

So when Indie Shuffle came to us and asked us to build a themed playlist, I relished the notion of creating a themed playlist that could be about anything I wanted. For the record, every fabulous EMPT writer will have the chance to put together and publish a playlist using Indie Shuffle’s “collections” — which is basically, internet technology that allows you to make playlists and share them with others on your blogs. It’s a beautiful thing.

In this first edition, you’ll notice that the song titles are particularly specific to certain levels of a relationship. The beginning, for me at least, is the friendship that you don’t realize, is turning into something more. It’s the surprise, the moment you go to one of your friends and question, “Is it possible that he likes me? He’s been hitting me up a lot more than usual lately, I honestly thought we were just friends…But he’s so sweet.” Without even realizing, things begin to fall into your lap, and all of a sudden, you’re in blissful love. You stare at each other in parks as if there’s no one around; you know every fleck of brown and orange and yellow in their green/blue eyes. Your heart is on the verge of heart attack every time an intimate moment occurs. It’s easyOne day you wake up and your world is dictated by someone else — how did this happen? You’re so New York City independent, you foxy woman, you. You have your own life, your own friends, and your own weekend plans — but all of a sudden, you don’t. You want to know what they’re doing before you even know what you’re doing. And that scares the shit out of you, causing to look at life with a fearful eye — you’re afraid. And you tell them. But they respond with fear, too, and you both embrace it. If you’re going to fall into this hole, you’re going to fall down together. So you bask in this lavish glory, one of you treats the other like a precious diamond and you go out to expensive dinners and wear expensive shoes. Your life is suddenly wild and you have no idea how it happened.

And then one day you wake up next to this person and you don’t even know who they are. Life’s caught up to you and you’re disgusted by yourself. Or, alternatively, they have that realization about you. Either way, you just wish things could stay like they were before. You want to go back to the park on the water, where you both admitted fear and love all at once. Where you cried because it was overwhelming. You want them to stay. And like that, you’re attempting to move on. It’s over and you’re trying to heal your heart, trying to heal the universe that’s been built around you. You want to get better, but you don’t know how. So you numb the pain. And it turns you into this uptight alternate version of yourself. Or sometimes, it doesn’t. Sometimes, it just makes you into this seemingly carefree human, devoid of emotion, wanting to “experience it all.” You’re trying to embody the idea of a twenty-something.

But deep deep down, you know the environment in which your heart belongs. You just don’t know who should hold it.

This mix is for the love-missers. Hell, I know I miss it. Yeah, I love different people in my life. I allow that emotion to embody different moments of my days, and sometimes, I’m so overwhelmed by it, that I cry. But I never cry in the way that I do when I’m in love with just one person in just one way. And that’s what I miss. I think we all miss that.

Without further ado, please enjoy this first edition of Les Auteurs. And thank you, Indie Shuffle, for giving us this awesome opportunity to tell a story with a playlist.

Music Remixes

Kings of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From (Röyksopp Remix)


Every so often, a song comes along that lodges itself not only in your ear, but in your mind. You relate to it, but aren’t sure why. Is it the wistful lyricism, or the hollow acoustics reminiscent of grandfather’s guitar? The puckering bass line, tripping through a bath of whirring starsplashes…it becomes the soundtrack your universe, along with the many other songs and stories and memories that make you who you are.

The combination of Norway’s Kings of Convenience and Röyksopp is divergent from expectations for casual fans. Kings are known for their spare, delicate guitar ballads, equally calming and staccato. Röyksopp is one of the preeminent electronic acts of the past two decades, rising to the top through sustained quality production and showstopping live performance.

Sure, electronic acts remix pop acts all the time. In this case, however, it’s a matter of history. Both duos met in grade school (as in, the Kings singer me the Kings drummer), and had records out by high school (though under different monikiers). In the early 1990s, the Norwegian electronic scene settled in Bergen, a city of two million, and the recently formed Röyksopp collaborated with future Kings singer Erland  Øye. And 17 years later, this fantastic remix dropped.

“I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From” is a song I’ve kept to myself for a long time. I don’t put it on shared playlists, or play it at public gatherings. I feel greedy for it, the chance to settle into the music and let my imagination drift. Our digital world pressures us to share, share, share; to brand ourselves through posts and shapshots. And we oblige, for no specific reason. But we all know that no digital footprint can ever show the person inside. Only years of intimacy can ever offer a partial image of the soul.

Today, I offer this track as a glimpse of the person behind the posts. Really, every song we post is a taste of us, a coy reference to something going on behind the screen. In this anonymous world, the music gives us voice. And we hope that, every time we share a piece of ourselves, your day gets just a little bit better.

Kings of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From (Röyksopp Remix)


Erot Vs. Kings of Convenience – Gold For The Price Of Silver

It’s official, the game is running though my veins. I can’t sleep and all I want to do is work on my ventures day and night. I went to sleep last night at 4 and woke up at 8 completely ready to go, I went to the other room and put iTunes on shuffle and this is what it gave me…

If it takes control of your body and soul, embrace it… If it make you cry or leave you wondering why, don’t turn around face it…

I couldn’t have said it better myself. At some point in the last year I decided that I was going to disregard all the limitations I’ve been incorrectly taught throughout the years and the things that have proceeded that shift in paradigm continues to blow my mind. Take a good look at all the incredible accomplishments throughout history and you’ll soon realize that the nature of the universe is truly limitless. At this point, I’m trying to have fun with the world and just how far I can push that concept…

We are always running for the thrill of it thrill of it
Always pushing up the hill searching for the thrill of it
On and on and on we are calling out and out again
Never looking down I’m just in awe of what’s in front of me…”

Contrary to everything we’ve been taught, we have a lot more control and influence in our lives then we give ourselves credit for. However, controlling and understanding that power in the face of a world which functions on limits is not an easy task. Life is whatever you accept it to be. If you think life is a bitch in your mind and that’s what you truly believe than your mind will in fact attract all the things that will truly make it a bitch. It’s call magnetic attraction, you get what you put in just like your body, if you eat junk for too much it’s going to harm you, same thing. I’m rambling because this song inspired that kind of thought, the understanding that we are powerful beings and anything else couldn’t be further from the truth. If your on a beach, pool side or just chillin anywhere today this is the soundtrack. Enjoy and listen as the world says to you..

Everything you want is what I have to give you, there’s no time to hesitate just come with me now…”

Erot Vs. Kings of Convenience – Gold For The Price Of Silver


Kings Of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From (Royksopp Remix)

I heard the original version of this on my way back from South Hampton last week and it couldn’t have been more appropriate for that bitter sweet moment when you’re on the I-495 and you see that first Manhattan sign…

Back to life, back to reality.” – En Vouge

This is one of Royksopp best remixes and one of Kings of Convenience’s best songs. Our Dear Summer mixtape will be released in 3 days and you can certainly expect it on there. This song is about a girl he knew in the past, probably an ex-girlfriend with whom the time wasn’t right or he just a friend had strong feelings for but never did anything about them. Three years had passed and one day she calls him, probably drunk and instantly his forgotten feelings come back to life and he doesn’t know what to do…

You called me after midnight,
must have been three years since we last spoke.
I slowly tried to bring back,
the image of your face from the memories so old.”

Overwhelmed with that image of the past he invites her over and within 30 minutes she’s at his place. Of course he’s trying to remember what went wrong the first time and get’s caught up digging for things that don’t matter anymore…

Time heals all wounds, unless you pick at them.  -Shawn Alexander

Short story shorter, she comes over and he see’s that the girl has changed and the problems he was thinking she had aren’t really there anymore. Still for some reason he keeps thinking that he has to save her from something. I was siding with the guy till that point in the song. This is common in relationships, people think there’s something wrong with their partner because they’re not exactly what they want. That mentality is a recipe for disaster because everyone has a unique disposition and trying to change that is trying to suppress the essence of a person. I think one is better off trying to find someone that suits you more then trying to change the very thing that probably attracted you to that person in the first place.

And these angels looking down on me like they’ve seen a demon in my eyes.
Maybe they’re alright and I’m no good, I’m no good. Maybe I’m no good for you cause YOU suck.”
– G.O.V. (2010, Dreams Are No Good)

That’s one of my favorite G.O.V. lyrics because sometimes when you’re involved with someone you’re willing to make changes to yourself but I don’t think that’s always a good thing. You can’t lose sigh of yourself to make someone else happy because then you’ll be miserable. Love yourself first and foremost, enjoy.

Kings Of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From (Royksopp Remix)