Monday, March 7, 2011

Music Monday

{photo via Pearls for Paper}

I think iTunes was one of the best inventions ever. Back in my high school days I used Napster, LimeWire, and some other shady websites to download free music to put on my Windows Media Player. Then I would burn them all onto a CD, entitle it something like "Jenna's Favs! Spring 2002" (decorated with stars drawn with a Sharpie), and jam out to it in my car 24/7 for the next 3 months.

A few years later I got my first iPod. During college I moved away from the burning CDs phase and started making playlists instead. I would make a different playlist for each semester and another in the summer. The playlists consisted of all of my favorite songs at that given point in my life, whether those songs be new or extremely old. I would listen to that playlist every time I drove anywhere for the rest of the semester, adding songs to it as time went by and essentially creating a soundtrack for that specific period of my life.

Listening to the same songs over and over and over for several weeks has never bothered me, especially if they consist of all of my current favorites.

Over the years it seems that I have created somewhat of a diary by means of my playlists. Sometimes on long trips I will start at the very first playlist and proceed to listen to each of them all the way through today. If I'm feeling nostalgic, all I have to do is choose the playlist from that time of my life and there's no doubt that it will take me back.

I still make the playlists every "semester" even though I'm out of college now. They have become something that I really cherish (as weird as that sounds) and hope to continue for as long as possible. Plus it's way easier than keeping up with my life in a journal!

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