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I never listen to the radio nowadays. I never listen to the more than 500 CDs we own, either. And since last year, the only tape player we own is a small boombox that is up on the top of a shelf... so I never listen to any of the mixed tapes that I made or received long ago, and haven't for years.

But I listen to music all the time. All day long at work and whenever I'm in the car. I've built a Spotify list with over 2000 songs on it and that's what I listen to. It's the best playlist in the world and it makes me happy every time I hit Shuffle-Play.

For Christmas, Anders gave me a stereo docking station that I can use with my iPad or iPhone. It has a built-in CD player as well, and he bought a little tape player to go with it. So now, I can listen to just about ANYTHING* at home, too. I'm playing a mixed tape right now, in fact. It's a tape I made in 1990. It's dated on the inside of the label: 2-24-1990. 4 years and a couple of months before I met him.

It, along with the majority of the music I have in my tape and CD collections, has lots of songs that aren't on my Spotify list. That doesn't mean they aren't good songs...it's just I don't put EVERYTHING on my playlist and lots of the music I have on vinyl, tape and CD isn't always available on Spotify, sadly. I confess, my playlist's primary purpose is to soothe me. It's not for dancing or exercise or cleaning house or anyone else. It's for running as a background soundtrack for my life.

For a few weeks of December, I switch to a Christmas playlist that I've also compiled on Spotify, but I tire of Christmas music fairly quickly. I never tire of my Spotify list. It says a lot about me, I suspect. It's a hint to the person I am, the level of energy I live at, the melodic rhythm that defines my pace.

Don't think I never listen to anything new, though...Spotify is great that way. Finding new artists that are recommended for me, based on my preferences is a snap. I add new stuff all the time. But sometimes it's really nice to listen to a set of music that defined a particular place and time in my life. A tape that holds a key to what I was enjoying, listening to, doing, years ago.

Even if I do have to get up and flip the tape at some point.

*Except vinyl. Our record LPs are still gathering dust, alas.
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music: Graham Parker—Everything Goes


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"sometimes it's really nice to listen to a set of music that defined a particular place and time in my life"


One of my son, Aaron's playlists is called "The Soundtrack of my Childhood," with many old favorites on it that he grew up listening to, or that his parents were listening to.

I have a lot of those kinds of songs on my own playlist, mixed in with everything else :)

I've noticed a few artists disappearing from Spotify lately. Several of my playlists have blanks where the artist and song is listed by now unavailable :(

We got a docking station with inbuilt CD player last year after seeing it at a friend's home - the best thing we ever bought and the sound quality is excellent.

Don't despair about the vinyls. They are becoming popular again and often much sought after - players are back on the market too.

I hope they don't all jump ship from Spotify, that would make me really sad!!

And I know vinyls are popular (to a certain point) again but I wouldn't bother shelling out for a player that I would rarely use.

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

I am still old school, listening to CDs in the car, mostly, and still listening to the CD on my phone instead of shuffle. I am not a music maniac. I listen once in a while when I need distraction, but like the quiet too. Even in the car. I am weird, I know.

Re: From Megsie

Very weird, haha!

(Anonymous)

Someone asked me to copy a tape for them the other day, and I had to borrow their tape player to do it because I didn't have one. Several years ago, I banished all tape devices from our home (music, VCR, computer backups). I did a little dance when I realized our home was finally tape-free.

I agree about Spotify -- it doesn't have everything, but lately I find that I never buy individual songs anymore, and certainly not entire albums. With video streaming services from Netflix, Amazon, and Apple, the same is becoming true of movies and TV shows. One day soon we'll switch entirely to paid services where we have access to all media all the time. I'll do a little dance then too.

Is your playlist public?

Russell

Yep it is :)

Also, why would you do a dance just because your home was tape-free? What did you have against tapes? Just inefficient?

(Anonymous)

Horrible horrible sound quality for songs, they lose data for backups, terrible picture resolution for video, they break, you can't jump directly to a particular location, you can't easily replace a part of it, and they're slow. Plus, did I mention horrible horrible sound quality? And the quality gets worse every time you play them.

My advice is to convert them to computer files or, better yet, find digital replacement songs online before they inevitably become unplayable. I'll bet you could re-create a lot of your mix tapes as Spotify playlists with a thousand times better sound quality.

Ick. Hate them. Horrible.

Russell

(Anonymous)

What's it called? I don't see one with 2000 songs.

Thanks,
Russell

(Anonymous)

Got it now, thanks!

Russell

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