Sunday, March 6, 2016

Mixed Tapes & Playlists

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Music. I love music. Growing up we always listened to music. My mom loved the Beatles and lots of music from the sixties. We listened to that in the car. My dad love Billy Joel and John Denver and Barry Manilow...is that possible? Yes, that's what I remember. It's the sound track of my childhood.

As a teenager, I loved making mixed tapes. I'd spend hours picking the perfect songs and writing the titles on the cover and arranging them in exactly the way I wanted. I've always preferred listening to mixes that I made because it provided a variety of music that I loved!

Today the mixed tape has been replaced by the playlist. I have playlist after playlist on my iTunes. I have a playlist for school, one for mornings, one for working out, another for road trips. I've created one called, "A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Playlist" inspired by a favorite childhood story. I have a playlist of my favorite worship music and one called, "Sing Along", filled with songs I love.

I find my playlists need updating and changing every few months. In January I created a playlist titled, "2016". I'm adding songs that impact me greatly this year. The first song is titled, "Selah" which is my word this year. Here are some screenshots of my playlists. 










14 comments:

  1. I love your playlists! I have my playlists, too. I love music so much, and I keep thinking I need to have music playing when my kids come into class in the morning, but it's hard to find the right songs. I think today I will work on my playlists:)

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  2. This makes me smile in so many ways.
    First -- what a memory connection I have with mix tapes and growing up!
    Second - Love your playlists. Can so relate and love the selections.

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  3. I think you have touched a nerve with the children of a certain decade and the mixed tape! :) I love this post. We've been adding songs to our Spotify lists based on what we are hearing in the grocery store. (I'm not ashamed. I speak the truth.) Thanks for sharing this fun post!

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  4. I love this post so much!! I have been writing a bit about my mom's playlist. In her last couple of years of life her vision failed. Music was something she connected with. My brother in law put together a playlist of her favorites. Over the years we added songs - new and old. It was always playing in her room. I now have it in my kitchen and find myself playing it all the time. Music is powerful in so many ways. Thank you for sharing this and pushing me to explore the "Grandma Peg" playlist some more in my writing.
    Clare

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  5. Cool that you have a playlist for your word ...
    Kevin

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  6. What a fun slice! I never thought about the peak we would get into someone's life by their playlist. I see a new side of you today. When I first read this, my thoughts immediately went to my mom and the music she played when ritualistically cleaning the house on Saturday mornings. She would always play Dean Martin and Johnny Mathis. Thank you for taking me down memory road - and possible giving me a slice idea.

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  7. Music and art, books and writing - you are surrounded by beauty and light. Your playlists show how much you can create and influence the mood you are in. Enjoy the music!

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  8. I, too, love creating playlists for different occasions! I think our playlists say a lot about who we are. :)

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  9. I may have to return to try some of the songs I don't know, Michelle. I listen to lots of classical music, know some of your songs, but am way out of the loop in contemporary favorites. I love that you have playlists for different times and moods.I have an old cd that I sometimes play in the car of Louis Armstrong, just old songs and I love hearing him. Thanks for sharing so much!

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  10. I love this little slice of music. Back in the day, I made those mix tapes too. Trying to press the record button to record from the radio at just the right time! Your playlists are stories in themselves. I love making playlists, but they are low on the priority list and take time to perfectly select each song. This provides me a start of inspiration!

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  11. I love this!!! A personal goal this year was to add music to my classroom. My daughter helped me create a spotify account. Then my new school is organized by themes - 3rd grade is Atmosphere and my classroom is RAIN so she helped me make a RAIN playlist including "Singing in the Rain" and "Raindrops on Roses" and "Don't Rain on my Parade". I plan to study your lists and push myself to create more playlists!!

    PS - My spring break is March 19-27...and I am staying in town. If you are around, maybe we can meet in person?!!

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  12. We ARE so much alike! I was just thinking the other day when I turned on my music in my car -- "I need to make a mix CD...No, wait!....I can make a playlist!". Ha! I love your "Very Bad Day" mix. Mine's called Mellow Yellow. :)

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  13. First, it's funny that you posted about your love of music and how your parents influenced you in this way because I was just getting ready to write a blog for tomorrow about something very similar!

    Also, I love that you have Defying Gravity on your first playlist. I love that song! I am a classically trained singer and love how that song fits in my voice. I even did it for my school's talent show (as a teacher) a few years ago!

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  14. Love your playlists!!! Such a great idea. I have so many CDs that are in my car from my high school and college years that sometimes I just love to listen to them when I'm having a bad day. I need to do some playlists on my computer though like you have done. I would love to know more about your one word and it's meaning. I always love to hear about people's choices in their OLW! :)
    Ana

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