Maybe you do this, too. When I find a new music artist I love, what usually follows is a long session of listening to the artist’s whole catalog, and then I download song after song, or whole albums. And nothing else gets done. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.
Do you ever pay attention to that section on iTunes called Just For You? It’s scary how well those iTunes robots know me. Yesterday, I spotted a song, titled “Mesa, Arizona” by singer/songwriter Jeffrey Foucault. Because I happen to live in (yes) Mesa, Arizona (see? scary), I figured it was worth a listen.
And then I fell in love. This guy is so talented, so soulful. His lyrics are poetic, gritty, beautiful. And his voice? I could listen all day. (And did.) Of course, my first instinct is to share new music with friends who might like it, too. Today, while I was waiting in the car line at school, I thought, hmm, that’s not a bad idea. What if I could get a bunch of people to post playlists of their favorite music? I think it would be a fun way to share music that we might not have heard before, or to be reminded of music we might not have l in a listened to in a while.
So here’s what I’m thinking. I’ll get things started by posting a playlist (and a text list, for songs I can’t find online) of some of my favorite songs. Then, if you feel like it, do the same thing on your (it can be part of another post, if you want) and link back here within your post.
(After your post is up, be sure to come back here and add the link for that post to the Mr. Linky widget, or else we won’t know about your great taste in music. And then I’ll be sad.)
I use Playlist.com (a free service) to create playlists that I post here (on my Driving Music page, linked from the right sidebar). It’s really easy, and you can find a lot of music there. There are other sites that work the same way. But to participate, you do not need to post a music player, just a list of your favorite music. (Deb, I really hope you do this!)
Here’s my list – or a good start, anyway. If you think it’s mellow – or even too mellow (it’s February, I can’t help it) – then here’s your chance to give me something to listen to that will make me want to dance. (Even if I don’t actually get up and dance. )
Ballad of the Snow Leopard and the Tanqueray Cowboy – Lyle Lovett, performing the David Rogriguez song
North Dakota – Lyle Lovett
She’s Becoming Gold – Marc Cohn
Flyin’ – Emerson Hart
(This list may grow as I think of others.)
If you’re reading here, but don’t have a blog of your own, I hope you’ll leave your list here in the comments.
UPDATE: Deb (San Diego Momma) got us started – fantastic playlists – so go check them out. Also, she is my favorite now. You can be my favorite, too, if you do this!