A BMT Mixtape

THE alt 80s masterpiece

Perhaps surprisingly, I rarely do mixtapes as volumes or series. They tend to be one-off endeavors. A few summers ago, though, I made a series of 7 or 8 really fun and silly summer mixtapes. Apparently, there’s something about this time of year that lends itself to turning my mixtapes into multi-volumes.

As a music genre, the alt 80s has many off-shoots.

For that reason, I realized that attempting to take on such an ambitious concept simply could not be achieved in a single mixtape. …


A Musical Love Letter to “P.S. I Love You”

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Dan Moore posted my first non-self-published story here at PSILY on December 26, 2017.

Unlike almost everyone else on Medium, I never dreamed of being a writer. I switch tenses on a whim. I’m sure I should edit better. I’m prone to incomplete sentences. I use exclamation points with abandon.

In the end, I’m a sharer of stories and failures and absurdities more than a writer. I’m at peace with that.

In fact, no one is more surprised than I that anyone would want to read one word I write! But I am the first to admit that PSILY deserves…


A BMT Mixtape

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My latest creation meandered into something a lot more fun and interesting than I originally thought it would.

I love all of my mixtapes. If I’m stuck or feeling on the fence, I put them away until I have fresh ideas. In other words, I never publish a mixtape that feels unfinished or that I’m indifferent about.

But sometimes this happens: a mixtape evolves into something even better than I anticipated.

The music is fabulous (duh), but I’m giving y’all a little nod and a wink, too.

Icons, BMT favorite artists, new interpretations, and live performances aplenty. …


A BMT Mixtape

Lady in red, Stevie Nicks

I recently shared with someone that I was smoldering.

I’m a middle-aged chick living in the middle of nowhere. With a teen son. I mean, I’ve got a CPA license. In another life, I was a tax geek.

This is not the life of someone with a lot of smolder experience.

Yet, here I am. So, yeah. Light that match. Let me burn. Or at least let me have the chance to burn. (I’m chuckling.)

In the meantime, I’ve got my music to allow me to go through the motions…and the emotions.

As always: big names, lots of live performances…


A BMT Mixtape

Janet Jackson (aka Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty)

For better or worse, I share a lot of myself here. But believe it or not, I don’t always overshare. Today’s going to be one of those times.

I will merely say that there is a story behind today’s mixtape. And it makes me smile.

Though I can’t say more, I’ve woven a tale. I hope you’ll come along for the journey through these songs, my friends! Because there’s always music!

I’m going to slow things down soon enough, but I wanted to start off with something thematically spot-on. …


A BMT Mixtape

Irish rocker, Rory Gallagher, looking dapper in his pea coat

The musical dial has been spinning wildly as of late. I make no apologies! Heck, I’m rather proud of the fact that you never know where I’m going to land.

Speaking of land, today’s mixtape started with a little musical sapling from my recent road trip to Tallahassee. On my return, I heard a new-to-me tune on Sirius that I instantly fell in love with. A few minutes later, I heard a Dave Matthews song.

I doubt anyone else would have heard those two songs and found inspiration. …


A BMT Mixtape

Texas Troubadour, Jerry Jeff Walker

This story started as a narrower concept, but eventually expanded into something larger. I knew it was a solid idea but I became a lot more excited when I allowed myself more latitude.

Each of these songs is story-based. Because this is me, the musical net is cast wide. Some of the stories are complicated and nuanced. Others are essentially elevated boy-meets-girl.

As I crafted this mixtape, I realized that I’m not really into story-based songs. I have a handful of favorites, but I probably gravitate more to the overall vibe/musicality of songs. …


A BMT Mixtape

One of my biggest crushes (really!), Rick Astley

I’m an independent, deceptively scrappy, and unyieldingly pragmatic woman. Heck, I’ve been that way since I was a little girl. I’m hard-wired this way.

Nonetheless…y’all. I’m tired of perpetually being single. Of doing everything. Of being strong. Of always being self-reliant. Girl power, though well-intentioned, can be over-rated.

As a single chick, it’s out of fashion to admit this: how exhausting life can be with no one by your side.

Recently, I had a taste of being in a relationship and it felt really good. Not perfect. But really, really good.

It’s in purgatory at the moment (at best), so…


A BMT Mixtape

Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes of the Buggles/Credit: Fin Costello, Redferns

Yet another theme that I have managed to overlook. Not to say that it’s always frothy and light here in BMTland.

But today I openly embrace songs referencing murder and death — literally and figuratively. I promise this turned out much better (and less depressing) than I’m making it sound.

Leave it to me to crank out songs about killing just as spring has arrived in the South. I’m a rule breaker, y’all!

The usual BMT trappings are here: iconic bands, loads of live performances, forgotten gems, and a few surprises, too!

This is one of those songs, like…


A BMT Mixtape

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My best pal and I took a short flight from London to Dublin. Then a train ride from Dublin to Galway. Then a bus. Then the ferry across the sea to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands.

A taxi ride. A wave of the hand from the driver with limited instructions: follow the slashes of white paint. You’ll find it.

Across the most verdant fields I’d ever seen. Over crumbling stone fences. We scanned the landscape looking for the next white marker.

Until we found our final destination.

November of 1992. No barricades. No tour guides. Aside…

Bonnie Barton

Queen of mixtapes. Lover of music, travel, and fashion. Authentic sharer of life lessons and dating foibles.

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