Spotified: April and (the start of) May

I came on here to write another thing, but I forgot what it was, so I thought I’d do that thing I do every now and again where I make a spotify playlist and share it. Here’s the latest one I put together. Includes a winner of The Voice, a few legends, a couple of legends in the making and stuff that reminds me of my student days, among other things.

The playlist will probably get bigger as I go along, which means I might end up renaming it again at some point. Feel free to keep coming back to it and/or follow it if you like.

 

 

Ten Song Sunday 4

Hello, it’s another Sunday and so another ten songs you shall have. That’s if you want to listen to them – you don’t have to listen to all of them you know, but you might like some of them.

I know that these are the only types of blogs I’m posting at the moment, but meh.

Ten Song Sunday

When I first got Spotify, I was mad on making playlists. In fact, that was and still is, the best thing about it. I always like to share what I’m listening to, usually by posting a tweet of a link to a current favourite with a #nowplaying hashtag attached. I used to post a few of my playlists on here too, until I started to slip out of the habit.

Today I decided that I wanted to start posting playlists regularly again, so I came up with this. I aim to post a spotify playlist of ten songs every Sunday. This kind of follows on from the “Ten Songs” playlists that I did as part of my NaBloPoMo challenge last year, which I quite enjoyed doing if I’m honest. Why only ten songs? Because I think it’s a decent length for a playlist made on spotify to have. Nothing against the long ones, but yeah I do find myself getting bored of the ones that seem to go on for hours after a bit. Although I suppose you can always dip in and out of them, I guess. The playlists themselves won’t have a specific theme, aside from being made up of some of the songs I’ve been listening to over the last seven days.

Anyway here’s the first one. The playlist includes:

  1. The Supernaturals – Alone With My Thoughts
  2. Gene – Fighting Fit
  3. Flyte – Please Eloise
  4. Everything Everything – Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread
  5. Editors – All Sparks
  6. Puressence – This Feeling
  7. Shannon Saunders – Bodies & Beats
  8. The Hoosiers – The Wheels Fell Off
  9. Mansun – Legacy – Radio Edit
  10. Florence + The Machine – Ship To Wreck

NaBloPoMo Day 24: Another Ten Songs

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all the years that I have been blogging is this: when in doubt over what to write, make a playlist. I’ve done a ten songs list earlier in my NaBloPoMo challenge but this one is a bit more of a random thing.

In other news, I am once again thinking about maybe going back into education. Usually when this happens, it’s because I’ve seen a university publicising itself on Twitter or FB or whatever, but this time, it seems to be pulling more than it has done. I don’t think I could afford to do it, or have the time to do it, but if ever I did I’d want to move far away from here.

NaBloPoMo Day 3: Taylor Swift and Spotify (me being topical)

Today Taylor Swift removed all her albums from streaming service Spotify, following on from comments made in an article in which she criticised the streaming service and said that for a musician to let fans listen to their music for free was to “undervalue their art”.

While she isn’t totally wrong in saying that Spotify’s business model isn’t perfect (certainly not in terms of how much it currently pays per stream), I’d probably have more respect for her stance if she wasn’t as hugely successful as she is. Like others critical of streaming services who have withdrawn their music from them, she isn’t going to lose too much from doing it. Her new album 1989 has apparently sold well over a million copies already and she’s just announced a massive world tour. She is apparently worth around 200 million dollars, which is a HELL of a lot of money.

Taylor doesn’t necessarily need a streaming service to top up her humongous income. But while she can afford to remove her music from this outlet, there are plenty of those especially in the younger side of her fanbase who probably cannot afford her albums and would be saving up for ages to get a ticket for one of her concerts (and likely miss out altogether). You can’t necessarily blame these people for thinking that their idol might be being a little bit greedy for denying them the chance to listen to their tunes on a free (but you can pay for if you want to), legitimate platform and plenty on Twitter have been thinking this. I doubt very much that she will lose loads of fans over it though. She certainly still has the love of Spotify, who are trying to persuade her to put her albums back on there like an ex-boyfriend trying to win her back, even creating a playlist for her.

Whatever the outcome, let’s just hope that Taylor doesn’t write a song about this particular relationship.