Today I came up with an idea for my blog: to start a series on my different music play lists. As the subtitle of this blog says: I’m a ‘music loving language nut’, that ‘music loving’ is shown by the amount of music I have and listen to. Not a single day goes by without listening to music for a good part of that day.
I have several play lists to organize my music. I have to, simply because I have so much music: almost 250 GB in total of which around 40 GB is made up of individual songs. The rest consists of mainly albums and a classical music collection. The list of individual songs is what I use to make other, more specialized play lists. This big lists serves as my own personal radio station and consists of the following types of music: light Classical music, Jazz, Hip Hop & R&B & Rap, Country, Musical & Soundtrack, songs in foreign languages, songs in Dutch, Rock & Alternative, Singer/Songwriter, Dance and Pop & Indie (divided by the decade). Especially the latter category is huge as it contains everything that I cannot strictly fit into the other categories.
I regularly reorganize my play lists: I refresh them with songs from the big play list and whenever I have something new that is interesting enough, it will go into a specialized play list. If I simply like the song, but it doesn’t strike me as being all that special, it just goes into the big play list.
The main play list I use is called Random. This is the ‘shortlist’ of the big list. This play list comprises around 800 songs, but the number fluctuates. I try to keep the number below 1000 songs though, as that seems to be an amount of songs that allows me to really list all the songs that I either really like, or am into at that moment. This play list gets a complete make over every 2 months or so. There are a few songs in there that I always seem to like no matter what, what I would call my ‘staple songs’. And those staple songs are never really deleted from the playlist.
My other play lists are: Relax, Dance, New & I usually also have a play list that changes with the seasons. The Relax play list is just that: songs to relax to. My Dance playlist is really just my gym list, but it also lists songs that I danced to at dance class, or songs that I like to dance to. Pretty much: it lists everything that makes me move. The ‘New’ playlist is also pretty straightforward: it is pretty much the folder in which I stick new songs that I find on youtube, websites, on the charts, or that I encounter when listening to a CD.
The above mentioned play lists are pretty static. I only add to them. Only after months and months I’ll reorganize them. Usually when I get bored with them, or when there are too many songs in the folder. Other play lists that I use are play lists that fit the mood of the season and I still have a Backstreet Boys play list floating around, just so I can reminisce the good old days of BSB fandom.
So, later today you can expect the first post in the series. I think I will start of with a list of songs that are currently floating around in my ‘New’ playlist, or that I have had on repeat for the past couple of weeks. Be on the look out for that tomorrow!
Naturally, the only question that remains to be asked is: what is it that you would like to see in these series? It could be anything: from a list of my fave songs of the 70s, or the shortlist of my most relaxing songs, to the most random thing I have, or from which band/ artist I have the most songs. Just leave a comment to let me know your request and I will see if I can make it happen! Looking forward to receiving your requests!