These numbers pack the punch of pages torn from Longley's journal.And fans have rewarded her transparency with tangible loyalty."That's when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life." The track record she's assembled since shows just how much Longley grew into her dream.

That's what music does for me, and I hope I can do that for someone else."After all, what better way to fill an empty room than with fully realized music?

We’re counting down all the Mix Fests dating back to its inception in 1993, in preparation for next month’s show at the DCR Hatch Shell.

"Every time I get into these songs they resonate with me, lock with me, because they're based on something I went through," she says of the new collection.

"I hope they connect with people and that they'll help with whatever they've gone through.

From 1993 up until the ’97 show, Mix Fest was always held on the Boston Common — but Mayor Menino asked the station to bring the annual fall tradition to City Hall, close enough where he could hear the show from his office!

The two-day event took place on Columbus Day weekend, from Saturday, October 11th to Sunday, October 12th.

It's all about the honesty, and I try not to overthink it-then it would lose some of the magic."Longley first felt the magic while growing up outside of Philadelphia.

A song she wrote in ninth grade-her first ever-earned a standing ovation when she performed it for the student body: "I was unprepared for that sort of reaction and it was life-changing moment," she says.

When I broke up with him and wrote the song, it was hugely therapeutic for me. And when I started playing it live, I realized that so many others had toxic people in their lives." Why write and sing songs so transparent and confessional?