It’s a big claim, but think about all the times of need you have turned to music ... in times of heartbreak, teenage angst, weddings, funerals, setting the scene for a party (at the beginning and at the end of the night), for graduations, for religious services, and on and on.
Is your music playlist helping you?
Some of you may remember the old mix-tape?
Remember the days of waiting by the radio with your blank cassette tape ready, hand hovering over the record button so that IF your favourite song came on you could record it?
Once recorded, you could make a mix of your favourite songs.
And making a mix-tape for your friends was a thing:
- A precious gift showing thought and careful consideration of your friend's musical taste.
- A sign of appreciation, given the amount of time it could take!
Mix-tapes were made for birthdays, Christmas presents, for a new love or when a friend was going away so they could play it in the car or on their Sony Walkman ...
Sometimes they would get stuck in the player, which would mean that all you could listen to was that tape. (This happened to me when I was travelling with a group of friends from Melbourne to Kakadu - luckily OK Computer by Radiohead is a great album).
These days it's much easier to make a mix-tape (aka playlist on Spotify). You can make playlists for all kinds of moods and easily share them.
The infographic below gives some tips on how to best use your playlist as a support and to learn to identify when it may not be helping you.
PS The mix-tape really was a thing of beauty - I say let's bring it back!
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