I’ve decided making a playlist on your preferred computer jukebox of choice (ahem iTunes ahem) is a great way to:

  • Relieve Stress
  • Waste Time
  • Bring back old memories and times
  • Preserve your current thoughts for later

For instance, today I made 3 new playlists on iTunes.

  • Dance: everything from MGMT to Whitney Houston, this playlist has all of my favorite dance hits. I couldn’t leave out Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, or TLC. I should also label this playlist “I’m really, really LAME.”
  • Sing-a-longs: this list has everything I love to sing along to. I’ve been trying to gear up for karaoke at my favorite dive, JT’s but I haven’t quite gotten the cahones, or mad karaoke skills to succeed yet. Hopefully 311, Guns n’ Roses, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Naughty By Nature will help get me closer to my dream Salt n’ Pepper debut.
  • All Time Favs: although my another playlist “essentials” already has similar tunes, these are the songs I can’t live without. “Essentials” had some older hits I liked I at different times with different people (hence the memories reference above) and I needed a list of my all-time-top hits that didn’t change with my love life. I love these songs without the old company as well. This playlist has a bunch of Team Sleep, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab, Vision, Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos, Coldplay, The Beastie Boys, Frou Frou, Mirah, Rilo Kiley, and The Format.

So there you have it. If you are having a sad day, make a sad playlist and listen to it. Someone else’s sorrows will help heal yours. If you’re in Love, put some sappy love ballads together to spoon to. If you just went through a bad split, the list of breakup songs could be endless. If you’re planning a party, make the perfect mix of fast and chill songs that everyone will love. I’ve learned that playlist creation is truly an art. If you don’t have your audience hooked in the first few seconds of a song (even if you’re the only audience!), it could discredit the rest of your playlist. So make sure to start out with a bang, mix up the fasts and slows, and finish up with a strong hit or two that everyone can sing along to. You’ll leave em’ with the primacy and recency effect: the best of both worlds.

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