Last night I was sitting in my backyard, reading and listening to music while enjoying the perfect Minnesota evening. There was a bit of a chill in the air so I had to wear a hoodie and the air was full of fall smells – leaves, a bit of dampness, and bonfires. All of this in the city too.
As I tweeted last night, “I love when a song just captures my thoughts perfectly” and I must have done something to please the ipod gods, since it kept playing the most perfect songs to reflect the moment and me.
This lead me to think – what would I put on a playlist to reflect or represent me? Not necessarily about a specific moment or situation, but me. Who I am. What makes me happy. What explains a bit about what goes on in my often overactive imagination. What I think about myself and what I think others think about me.
Fast-forward to this morning and I’ve decided to have a go at creating this playlist. I’m going to use Spotify to house it for now, and at some point I may publish it for others to listen to.
I think this is going to be an interesting exercise for me. I often say that my life can be described by a series of song lyrics, so it’s about time I put together the music to do just that. Plus, it’ll make me do some thinking and reflect upon various things. As I’ve said before, if you stop thinking, challenging, reflecting or learning you’ve stopped living. Asking yourself and others difficult questions isn’t a bad thing – it’s a part of the journey we are all on.
Has anyone else tried doing this? Anyone want to play along at home?
I hope everyone (in the States at least) is enjoying this holiday weekend. Enjoy.
Another great post. I’ve always felt music can capture (and re-capture) a moment in time unlike anything else. Would love to hear your playlist sometime. I have certain “theme songs” for myself but haven’t created a playlist – I’m inspired to, though. Also loved the line you wrote: “if you stop thinking, challenging, reflecting or learning you’ve stopped living.” Words to live by.