We all make playlists. We have playlists for when we’re sitting on the beach or for a long road trip. We have a playlist for parties. There are those songs we listen to when we’re happy, sad, or want to dance around the house in our underwear. Playlists could be the best of one artist or of one kind of music. You might even make a playlist that has the same word in every song. Maybe you put together a “Best of” from the year you graduated or got married. Then there’s the times you just hit “random” and enjoy the list the computer compiles for you. The thing is, it’s a lot easier now than ever to make a playlist. Those of us at a certain age remember when a playlist might have been a stack of records meant to play in a certain order, or hours meticulously putting songs on a cassette to give to someone special.
I catalog all my music through iTunes, so these are my 5-star rated songs. Looking over the tracks now, I can see how varied my tastes have run. There’s a little bit of everything in here, including a pair of Elvis songs, classics like the Beatles, along with some blues and soul, new wave, grunge and a few one-hit wonders. My favorite artists are well-represented with the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, and the Police. Each song takes me to a particular time or place, or evokes a certain memory or emotion.