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Thursday Thumbs-Up: Spotify is the New Soundtrack of My Life

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I’ve been mainly an NPR listener for a while now.  I’m not sure when I transitioned from music to NPR, but it may have had to do with commercials or annoying music on the radio stations and the repetitiveness and lack of spontaneity of listening to CDs.  But, I’ve recently discovered my music rebirth: Spotify and its public Playlists.  I’ve only dabbled in the playlists thus far, but oh how I love them.  I love the spontaneity of it (I don’t know what is on the playlist when I first start listening).  I love that I get to learn about new music and new artists that I would not otherwise find out about.  And I love that the playlists have a theme and I get to figure out how the songs fit that theme.

I was thinking about how music really was a soundtrack to my life growing up.  I often will hear a song and immediately go back to summers at my friend’s cabin at the Russian River (John Cougar Mellencamp’s Jack and Dianne) or driving late at night in our van conversion while camping our way across California and Arizona in the dead heat of summer (Hotel California by the Eagles), hanging out on sleeping bags in the sun at swim meets (In the Air Tonight by Genesis and all songs by The Cars and Rick Springfield).  I miss having those musical connections to my life.  So, I’m starting to enjoy those old connections and hopefully make some new connections with Spotify’s Playlists.

So, I thought I would share a few of my favorite playlists and their origins.

Spotify’s Family Road Trip:  I listened to this one on the way home from camping today.  It is perfect because although I don’t totally shelter my 8-year-old from questionable lyrics, I also don’t want them to be constant in what we’re listening to.  This station has a great mixture of old music that I can sing along with, classic songs that EVERYONE should be able to sing along with and some up-to-date songs that my DD recognizes.  It was a fun listen on the way home.

The Everygirl Listens: Beach Day:  Honestly, I don’t remember where I heard about The Everygirl.  This station was great fun to listen to during our drive to a waterfall and back to the lake.  It had a few songs with explicit lyrics, but I could easily skip through those as they weren’t too prolific.  It had classics, current hits as well as some fun retro tunes (can anyone say Usher’s “Yeah!”?).  I did have to explain that “sexy” did not mean exactly the same thing as “sex” after listening to “I’m too sexy” by Right Said Fred. But, it was worth it. I am way too old to be part of The Everygirl’s demographic, but I like to keep up with things I can share with my college students and I like their “manifesto” on the website:

Whether she is searching for her dream job or a new city to call home; is saving for a down payment or a ticket to travel the world; is learning to cook or speak another language, she needs a bit of guidance, she wants to be inspired.

She is The Everygirl. This is for her.
Company’s Coming by Tsh Oxenreider:  Tsh is the host of The Art of Simple podcast and blog.  From all accounts, she seems to be a lovely human being.  This is another eclectic playlist with fun songs and upbeat tunes.  This one is all family friendly, so no need to worry about getting to the skip in time to miss those awkward conversations if you have kids.  Tsh has a number of playlists for all kinds of occasions, including “Post-Election Mourning” and multiple “Homeschooling” and “Writing” playlists.  If you want something, but you aren’t exactly sure what, check out her playlists for something that might hit the spot.
Sorta Awesome Loves You:  I will make no secret of the fact that I love all things Sorta Awesome.  This playlist is no different.  Great variety, feel good music.  It is not just “sorta” – it is awesome!
Summer Vibes for Moms + Kids by Spotify: If you want more current tunes that are free of explicit lyrics, this is the one for you.  Lots of One Direction and OneRepublic, but also some Jason Mraz and Harry Belafonte.
Please comment with your favorites if you are a playlist listener on Spotify!  I will be looking to expand my library and thus, the soundtrack of my life!
Check it out if you haven’t already.  I know I am way late to the game on Spotify, but some of you may be like me and sticking with your old Pandora standby.  But, I really think the Playlists are worth the switch to Spotify.
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