It’s somewhat apropos that the day I come up with the idea for today’s post happens to be Bob Marley’s birthday.
One of the things I want to do with the expansion of Pretty Sneaky, Sis is to diversify our interests. Yes, we are game lovers and nerds. But that’s not all we are. We are also voracious readers, music lovers and movie buffs. We thrive in the discussion of many topics. While I always want to tie it back to the themes that started me here, there’s a lot to be said about being a pony of numerous tricks.
Which makes a pretty decent segue into today’s discussion topic: music.
Some time ago, my friends and I used to do this thing called The Great Mix-Up. We would all agree on a theme, then each of us would go and create a playlist based on the theme and burn enough copies to distribute among the group. In the end, everyone got exposed to some new music. I don’t know why we stopped, it was a lot of fun.
There’s a lot more that goes into a quality playlist than most people realize. Anyone can take a theme and throw together 78 minutes worth of music that fits.
Which is pretty much exactly how we all started. Our mixes were universally awful. Our second mixes weren’t much better, though there was improvement.
Pretty quickly, we figured out that not only was song selection important, but song order and overall flow. As our understanding of this increased, so did the quality of our mixes, dramatically. Some of my friends’ lists still make regular rotation in my listening.
When I set out to make a playlist for someone, it’s a somewhat arduous process that is pretty intimate. I’m not exaggerating when I say that after I make someone a mix, I feel I’m giving away a small piece of myself when I give it to them. Which is rewarding when they tell me how much they love it and how often they listen to it. My personal benchmark for quality is when people not only gush over it, but they tell me about hearing a song I use outside of the context of the mix and it feeling wrong when the next song they hear isn’t the one that follows it from my mix.
In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, I’m going to ask you, my four readers, to make suggestions as to what songs should go in a Valentine’s Day mix. Sound off in the comments, and let’s build something together greater than the sum of its parts.