Last week I had a conversation about mixtapes on Twitter. It started with this.
remember when friends made you mix tapes? that.
— alberta soranzo (@albertatrebla) July 30, 2013
Now, If you’re as old as I am, you probably do remember that time and the immense pleasure it gave you to receive a mixtape. The listening to it over and over, trying to unearth a hidden message. You surely also remember the thought that went into making a mixtape for someone. The painstaking attention you devoted to choosing the perfect songs, the order in which they would be played, the message you wanted to convey. It was a labor of love.
I listen to a lot of music. My iTunes library is on the humongous side, but lately it feels like I’m always playing the same stuff over and over. Also, the music I’m listening to is making me feel a bit stuck. You know that thing where you connect a certain song to a certain situation? That.
I want change. Some people get a new haircut. I want to get new music.
So, I’ve decided to crowdsource my playlist and to ask the internet to make me a mixtape.
How it works
You tell me what to listen to using this form and I listen to it and publish the whole playlist for the whole world to see. I might be convinced to share a thought or two about each song and/or a link to my last.fm feed to prove that I indeed went through with it.
What you get
Nothing, other than the chance to expose a perfect stranger (me) to what you think is the best song ever. Or the worst. It’s up to you, but if you post it and I can find it, I will listen to it. If you want me to listen to your song, that’s cool too. Super cool actually.
Oh, and if you include your Twitter handle, I will tweet you a thank you and I will mean it.
What I get
I should pick a day, shouldn’t I? I suppose it will depend on how quickly I reach, shall we say, four hours of music. But I’d like to get new music soon, that’s the whole purpose anyway, so I hope you’ll help me by sharing the link to this page with your friends.
I’ll choose a date by the end of next week and stick to it, no matter how many/few songs I get and I will post a running list of the songs as I get them.
That’s what the comments box below is for.
Ready. Set. Go. (And thank you)