Happy New Year’s everyone! Hope you all have had, so far, a wonderful first day of 2014. I have high hopes that will be nothing less than a brilliant year. I know for me it’s going to be busy, especially with some house/garden renovations on the horizon. But till then, it’s still hibernation time, so I’m planning to squish every last second of time I have into getting through some small portion of my gaming backlog, and y’know…life and stuff.
But I know that that at least a few of you aren’t here to swap small talk; you’re hear for the super duper PLAYLIST TO END ALL PLAYLISTS! A mere 30 days ago, I sent out a call across the blogosphere asking people to send me songs! Any songs! Since the 25th (the final day of the receiving end of the experiment), I’ve received a ton of recommendations, and I can only say a very sincere thank you to everyone who responded. Over the past week, I’ve spent hours scouring through iTunes for the songs that appeared either in response to my blog post or via Twitter. I’ve planted myself in front of YouTube, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud listening to song after song and revealing in so much wonderful musicality! You guys have such good tastes! Now I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever met a song that I’ve really, truly hated, so it’s not like anyone went into this as a loser. In other words, even if a song you suggested didn’t make it onto this playlist, it doesn’t mean it won’t make it onto the next, or the next, or the next. More than anything, this process made me realize that there will never be an end to great music because there will always be the unknown to explore.
The vast majority of suggestions that came in were completely new to me, which, I’ll admit, made me feel somewhat out of touch. Worse though was when I’d play a song and realize that I’d heard it before but had no clue about it otherwise. Still, the whole listening process was no less than enjoyable, and making the final choices was a little harrowing but still fun. I discovered a number of musicians that NEED to be in my life (V. V. Brown, The City Church Little Band, Burden Brothers, Silkworm, Debs and Errol). I discovered the hyperkinetic joy of vocaloid music (thanks, Strawberry!). I discovered that a number of the songs or artists brought back tons of unintended and buried memories (Spread Your Love, Jesus and the Mary Chain, The Mountain Goats). And I discovered that the healthy roots of music that I generally turn to (classic rock, downtempo, new wave, metal) have spread among and through what the “young kids” are listening to today.
But enough with the blah-blah-music-is-great babbling. You want the SONGS, right? You want the PLAYLIST CHOICES, right? We’ll, here ya go…!
You’ll see that I divided my spreadsheet into a couple different sections, and each is arranged alphabetically by song or album title. Because I had so many “direct” suggestions (as opposed to “indirect” suggestions from folks to check out this or that blog), I primarily pulled just from that portion. The only exception is that the recommended song of Kagamine Rin and Len wasn’t on iTunes, so I pulled one of the songs that was from the “indirect” section. In the case of the Silkworm song, “Couldn’t You Wait?,” which I really, really liked, it wasn’t on iTunes, so I chose another of theirs that was. Severalfull albums were recommended to me, and if I chose a song of one of them, it’s noted as such in the “direct” section. There were a few direct recommendations that I already have (listed in italics). And at least a few items aren’t on iTunes but are available elsewhere, through Bandcamp or Soundcloud. As I mentioned before, these “final” choices really just paved the way for further exploration, as I hope to get more of these songs on my iPod in the future. In the end, I chose the songs that simply spoke to me the loudest in the moment.
I can’t think of a better way to start out a new year than with new sounds, fresh sounds, sounds that will jar me out of my musical rut. My personal thanks goes out, once again, to everyone who participated: Space Giraffe, Strawberry the Glaceon, Steve, C. T. Murphy, @the_last_rewind, Simpleek, @subHERBianMuZiK, Cynenway, @1001-Up, Mandaray, Desperado316, and Ashley Hagood. Also check out The Chindividual and Herding Cats for lists of great songs from the past year. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, and I hope 2014 brings prosperity, happiness, and plenty of great music to all!
I’ve named the playlist “invigorate” in honor of its purpose. And it’s already brightening up my iTunes Library. 🙂