Friday Mix Tape: Pressure Cooker

As I sit here in the early hours of my midtown NYC office, I can’t help but look at the window and stare at Madison Square Garden’s marquee and wait for Phish to get here. On top of that, add in the perils and meetings and deadlines that work demands as the holidays draw near, and the one word that comes to mind is: PRESSURE.

So, out of my normal “Hey, this is a cool Friday mix” mentality, here are some songs that either induce panic attacks, and seemingly put the Weight of the World on your shoulders. Don’t worry they won’t all scare you to death, as some songs simply refer to the world pressure. Kicking off with one of mine and HT’s favorites, God Street Wine and their appropriate track, Feel the Pressure, we get off to a start that tricks you into thinking this mix won’t go deeper. Toots & The Maytals’ Pressure Drop is another fitting tune, and the last breath of fresh air you will get before we go completely into the terror and darkness.

A pair of Phish tunes that are concert staples, Maze and David Bowie, are thrown in, as their breakneck appregios have done more than scare a few concert goers over the years. In fact, the line that inspired this mix was “You’ve lost it! You’ll never get out of this Maze!” – which we all know work can sometimes feel like in the concrete jungle. Ending with The End by The Doors, we leave this mix open-ended until my next jaunt, with yet another gloomy cloud hovering…

So, as the Holidays approach, asllow me to play the part of the Grinch here, and attempt to let you know that the world is cruel, hard place, and it is a jungle out there. Don’t get scared now! Mwuahahauahauahauahahhh!!! (In my best Count Dracula impression)…

Now wipe the sweat off your brow and breathe deep…don’t let the PRESSURE get to you! Happy Holidays!

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