every summer needs a soundtrack. / by jen geigley

New Dare is up! And this week, we have a special guest – Morgan Novak! If you know Morgan, you know that she is the queen of playlists, the master of mixes. She's a pretty inspiring girl.

So this week, we dare you to make a mix/soundtrack/playlist and document it. Write down the songs, what they mean to you, where they've taken you, or whatever story you want to tell. Or just burn a CD and make a cool cover for it. Then share it with someone! I made the mix above for my friend Erin. I called it 'a girl's guide to summer' and it's full of all of my latest faves. (Like Metric, Wild Light, Tiny Masters of Today, Architecture of Helsinki, Manchester Orchestra, Passion Pit, Peter Bjorn and John...)

But I couldn't stop there. I tried, but I had two more playlists that I absolutely had to scrap. The mix above is called 'headbangers ball' and it's full of my most favorite metal, the heaviest of the heavy. I love this one.

I was really really excited to put all of these songs together. Like really. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Slipknot, Pantera, Tool, Rage ... and I just realized right now that I forgot Ministry. That's going to be a problem. I'm going to have to fix that.

And the last mix is called 'people watching.' That's the feeling these songs give me. Like you could be walking around downtown with your headphones on, doing an inner monologue about everyone who walks by. I like people watching. (This one has Rivers Cuomo, The Flaming Lips, Elliott Smith, the Kinks, Ben Folds...)

Fun, huh? I hope you'll play along! And definitely take a minute to go and check out what Morgan and the other Dare girls did. (More girls will be adding their pages throughout the day, so check back.) Also – leave a comment below if you're interested in a little giveaway! Just let me know which mix you think you'd like best: Soundtrack to Summer, Headbangers Ball or People Watching. I'll pick winners on Monday night. Also, a sincere thank you for all of the kind words on the last post. I love you, blog friends!