When I get ready in the morning to when I go on a bike ride to when I work at a coffee shop, I'm listening to music.
I finally committed and got a Spotify membership a few years ago and haven't looked back since.
Music plays such a vital role in my life and can totally enhance or change my mood.
The styles of music I listen to have shifted over the years.
I'm sending a special thank you to my parents for raising me on some pretty great music.
The Pixies, Jimmy Eat World, Beastie Boys, The Shrek Soundtrack. These were just a few of the CDs we'd have in the car. I really think this shaped what I grew to love.
I'd say I listen to about anything and everything (besides country). Country is just something I haven't been able to get into. Considering I'm from Kentucky, you might think otherwise. Sorry.
If you send me something to listen to though, I'll give a shot.
I love sharing music with people. I think that when you know someone well enough that you can send them something that you know they'll love, that's pretty amazing. And even if it is something that you aren't sure they'll like, the act of doing it means a lot to me.
If you're not familiar with Spotify, it has some really amazing features.
Number 1 for me would have to be Discover Weekly. This is where Spotify generates a weekly playlist of some songs you may be missing based on what you've been listening to lately. There are some weeks where they totally nail it and I'm loving everything and then there are weeks where it totally misses the mark. This makes it super easy though to find new music.
There's also Daily Mix. You get not 1 but 6 Daily Mixes. These mixes consist of songs or artists you've listened to before but they throw them in a totally different order and combination. This typically ensures that you won't have to do any skipping of songs, which is perfect for when I'm on a bike ride.
I also noticed the other day that they created a playlist called "Summer Rewind". This threw me back to music I listened to last summer and a lot of it was stuff I had completely forgotten about. I love it when they create things like this. Music also has a way of reminding you of places, events, and people. Throwing it back to music of last summer reminded me of a lot of things and experiences. This can have pros and cons. I generally think it's a really positive thing though. :)
I feel like I'm always discovering new elements of Spotify and it makes me appreciate it even more. I'm still on the student discount and I'm kind of dreading the day I'll have to switch to full price but it's worth it to me.
I was asked the other day who my favorite artist was and that was really difficult. I ended up giving them a list of my top five because I couldn't just name one.
Some of the artists I'm really loving right now (with a top song of theirs) are -
Oliver Tree - "All That"
Rainbow Kitten Surprise - "Possum Queen"
King Krule - "Out Getting Ribs"
SALES - "Best Times"
Night Moves - "Border on Border"
I've seen a number of concerts too and some of my favs are -
Cold War Kids
Ra Ra Riot
I'm seeing SALES in September and I can't wait!
Being in Minneapolis has been great for live shows.
I have a number of playlists on my Spotify account and am always posting songs to my Instagram story (@chlospeare) if you're interested in seeing even more up to date favorites.
Comment below with some of your top music picks!
I'll sign off with my Summer of 2018 playlist!