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.
I really struggled putting one together this week. I’ve not been feeling that well today and didn’t really feel like going on the laptop to blog again earlier, but then I thought I’d try and see if it took my mind off feeling like shite. This is again pretty random but I hope you enjoy it.
(N.B. Yes the first song in this playlist is in Welsh. The only thing that I can understand is that it mentions the patriarchy but you don’t always need to know what someone’s singing about in order to know that it’s a f***ing tune, do you?)
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:
- The Supernaturals – Alone With My Thoughts
- Gene – Fighting Fit
- Flyte – Please Eloise
- Everything Everything – Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread
- Editors – All Sparks
- Puressence – This Feeling
- Shannon Saunders – Bodies & Beats
- The Hoosiers – The Wheels Fell Off
- Mansun – Legacy – Radio Edit
- Florence + The Machine – Ship To Wreck
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.
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.
Day two of this thing and I didn’t know what to write about. I had a couple of goes, but ended up ditching them after two sentences. It was then I thought that I would go to that old standby, the playlist. And so I have created a playlist of songs on Spotify called “Ten Songs” (because that’s how many are on it. Original huh?). They are all songs that I like including one or two I haven’t heard for years and/or I didn’t even know were on Spotify. Have a listen, if you like:
A few weeks ago I decided to make a spotify playlist of every song I tweeted with the #nowplaying hashtag over a set period that was yet to be decided. Eventually I decided that I would keep adding songs to it until the end of October or until I got to thirty songs – whichever came first.
Last Friday, I hit the thirty song mark. So now, for your possible enjoyment, here’s the link to it:
Hear the soundtrack of my (twitter) life here.
In other news, I’ve just spent my first day back at work after having a stomach virus that kept me off for most of last week. For those who care, yes I’m much better now, thank you – however I am still not able to face certain foods just yet. I can’t remember the last time I went this long without eating any chocolate.