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Music to My Ears

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My ears may not work that well, but they know great music when they hear it.

You may not agree with my ears’ musical preferences, but I’m okay with that.

Helping my ears make some musical decisions lately has been Spotify, the most fantastic music site known to man. Seriously. It’s that great. It’s legal Napster, free ITunes, and customized Pandora all tied up together in one lovely little musical bundle.

Have you already discovered Spotify? Am I way behind the times?

Don’t answer that. I just got my first smart phone. I’ve never really owned an IPod. I got my first personal computer at the age of 26. I might be just the tiniest bit behind the technological curve….

I remember when I saw my first IPod. It was my friend Tom’s, and it was my senior year of college. We were driving in the car at night – I think we were headed to astronomy lab, which I wouldn’t have passed without his help, – and out comes Tom’s IPod. I had never seen anything like it. He kept telling me that the CDs were inside the IPod; I was so confused about how it worked and how it was possible for this tiny little machine to hold such a massive amount of music.  I loved the smooth, shiny case and how you scrolled through the music using the little dial. It was magical, and I still remember that moment quite clearly.

Seeing Spotify at work was a lot like seeing Tom’s IPod for that first time. It contains, literally, a world of music – so many artists, so many albums – it is a bit overwhelming and awe-inducing.

When I become overwhelmed, I try to focus on just one small spot at first – I thoroughly excavate it before moving on to the next small spot. My small spot on Spotify has been the Court Yard Hounds. Have you heard of them? It’s Martie and Emily from Dixie Chicks, but with a softer and more lyrical sound. My first playlist (and in fact the only music I’ve listened to on Spotify so far) stars the Court Yard Hounds, with a couple favorites from Sugarland and Lady Antebellum (thank you, Pandora) thrown in.

Another great thing about Spotify? You can share playlists! Here is my first one:

Court Yard Hounds, Sugarland, and Lady Antebellum

Super twangy, I know, but I don’t care. I’ve been listening to it in the evenings for the last couple days and I’m finding these songs to be a safe little place to tuck in to and let loose the reins on my mind just a bit.

For all of you who are farther than I on the tech curve: what have you been listening to on Spotify? I’d love to get a peek at your playlists!