Back when we made mixtapes from the radio, there was a certain soulful passion to music listening – you had to love love a song to wait for it to come on the radio and make sure you hit the record button(s) at the right time to have that song on your tape. As music went digital and we switched to making mix CDs, it became far easier to have songs at your fingertips. That’s when we started fine tuning the song changes and paid even closer attention to the theme of the CD. We made sure the song changes were smoother and the quality of the songs were better. It took less time to find and record the songs, so a closer inspection was required.
But then there were the groups that took the art of mix creating and changed treated it as a joke. Rather than having a central theme to the mix CD, they would merely have collection of fun songs or what they liked right that minute – but there was no introspection, no musical weaving happening that marks the true mix CD from the collection of songs on the same disc. Some of us traditionalists kept it up – we even had LiveJournal groups where we traded mix CDs. Unfortunately, life and time took me away from that intriguing and soul-baring creative outlet that I once loved.
That all changed recently. A friend of mine asked me if I could name one song that summed up where I am in life now. I was perplexed. It was akin to choosing a favorite book – a nigh impossible task if you ask me! And so I began to search. Through the process, I decided to instead take it up a notch and make a current version of a mixtape – a mix YouTube playlist. So I gathered songs that represented me at various points in my life, and I would like to share it with you – (warning, some songs are explicit versions)
Do you have a song that sums up your life as it is now? Have you created your own playlist of YOUR history in music? I would love to hear it!
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