How serious are you guys about playlists?
I'd like to think I can make some pretty solid ones, but I'm starting to think that throwing together random songs I happen to like in that moment does not a solid playlist make. Sometimes I think I should labor over it more. Think about how each song transitions into the next one. Consider the tempo, mood, voice and message of each song and how they come together to form a whole. Ask myself what the audience will take away from my compilation of songs and all that. But I don't. Part of it is laziness, part of it is eagerness to just listen to it instead of obsess over it and I think there's even a small part of me that thrives on doing something, anything, even if it's just a playlist, based solely on emotion.
Come to think of it, that's probably why I love blogging so much, too. But unlike blogging, which makes me face an empty box each day, music is a page that already has the words. I just have to arrange them in a certain way. Now this I can do even when picking up a pencil seems exhausting. I can just borrow the words and if they don't work, I can exchange them. Some of my least thought out mix CDs from middle school are the best (even though they all contain at least four of the same Alanis songs) because as soon as I listen to them, I remember exactly how I felt during that time. I think that's why I get so pumped when someone takes the time to make a playlist specifically for me. I get a glimpse of that person's inner workings for a while and it's fascinating.
With that said, here's my brain goo in music form. I even did it on Grooveshark for you crazies not on Spotify yet- get on that! And those of you on Spotify who I don't already stalk, please friend me and hit me up with your favorite playlists.
Let me know your thoughts on this eclectic mix, but more importantly, have a rad weekend.
PS: Thanks so much for the encouraging words on yesterday's post. You guys are wonderful.