Welcome! “80 Minutes For Life” is a blog dedicated to love for music. There is such a wealth of wonderful music being created every day, all around the world, and few have the time even to scrape the surface of all that is out there — much less all that has come before. “80MFL” is a place where fellow music lovers introduce bands and artists old and new to one another. The form of this introducing is by “The List”: an 80-minute mix of songs, impeccably ordered, spanning the entire scope of a band’s time and range and style and output together, that introduces a new listener ideally to a new musical artist. Not a greatest hits; not a set of singles; not #1 hits. A representative set of songs that say, in so many words, “Hello. I’m Wilco. I began in 1994 and I’m still going strong. These songs, in this order, from all my life and work, will tell you who I am and what I’m about. Try it out; I hope you like what you hear.”
“80 Minutes For Life”: the given length of time for a CD, encapsulating both a composite of the life of a band together over time and a comprehensive distillation of a potentially unwieldy and expansive output into one singular mix, for life. Hence: “The Perfect Introduction.”
But of course, we can’t do this alone; and thus the venture is communal, a coming together of those who love and, accordingly, know their music. The posts here will for the most part be written by various and random contributors simply by their willingness and desire to do so. There is so much music out there; and we want those who truly know it, who know the discography of some indie band or obscure 70s artist front to back, whose CDs are torn up from overuse. If you are at all interested in contributing, or have any questions, please email us and we’ll figure something out. If not, stick around and get in on the conversation: we don’t merely want writers, we want listeners! This is, after all, essentially a resource, a growing collection, an intersection of myriad musical passions, and we want the conversation as much as we want the initial stimulation. So pull up iTunes, put on some headphones, and enjoy!
“80 Minutes For Life” was created and is maintained and edited by Brad East and Patrick Gosnell. Brad East is editor of “80MFL” and is presently earning his Master’s at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of his favorite bands are Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and Radiohead. Feel free to check out his blog at Resident Theology, or email him here. Patrick Gosnell is designer of “80MFL” and is a freelance photographer and artist in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of his favorite bands are The National, Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kings of Leon. Feel free to check out his business online at PKG Studio, or email him here. For all other questions, comments, suggestions, or requests email us at email@example.com.