Music Monday: Walter’s Month in Music (August 2015)

Lately, I’ve noticed that a few of my friends create monthly playlists of songs that they’ve found over the course of each month. I’ve been meaning to get in on this trend myself, and earlier this month, I finally got around to starting my own monthly playlist.

The thing I love about Spotify (other than the free music streaming) is that millions of songs are at just the tip of my fingertips, and that if I happen to come across a song that I like, I can add it to my own playlists. Spotify gives me the ability to not only find songs and artists that I already love, but also to find new ones through the already made playlists by other Spotify users. Because of the “Browse” feature, I’ve been able to discover artists that I can add to my own collection that I can go back and revisit constantly – I simply need to have a genre in mind, and the musical possibilities from there are endless.

Playlists are a great way to have all of your favorite songs organized in one place, separating them by genre, mood, artist, et cetera. In the past, whenever I came across a song that I loved, I would simply add it to the default “Starred” playlist, a playlist that just contained my favorite songs, without having to put much thought into it. I started to drift away from this practice, adding less and less songs to that extensive playlist as time went on. Then I started to notice that a few friends of mine were creating playlists on a monthly basis, adding songs to those playlists as the month went on. It was only a matter of time before I, myself, got in on this trend.

The songs that I’ve been adding to my monthly playlist have so much more depth and meaning than those I’ve simply “starred” in the past. While this playlist does contain songs that I just really liked upon listening, most of them have meaning that’s personal to me, and contain lyrics that I can understand and relate to. Everyone, myself included, goes through a range of emotions as each day go by, and I figured that the best way to document those feelings, other than writing them down, is by finding and saving music that best represent those feelings. This playlist that I’ve created contains songs with feelings ranging from fun and playful to introspective and thoughtful, happy and optimistic to morose and apathetic. When I go back to these songs, I am taken back to that particular emotion that I was feeling in that point in time when I added each song to the playlist. This playlist is also a great sketch of my eclectic taste in music – though varying in genres, each song is lyrically driven, and thus capture the feelings I have perfectly. Without further ado, here is my playlist for August 2015:

  1. “Tom’s Diner” – Giorgio Moroder feat. Britney Spears
  2. “Geronimo” – Sheppard
  3. “Strangers” – Langhorne Slim & The Law
  4. “Amadeus” – Family and Friends
  5. “Be Okay” – Oh Honey
  6. “Brother” – Mighty Oaks
  7. “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
  8. “Pieces of The Past” – The Show Ponies
  9. “If I Die Tomorrow” – The Show Ponies
  10. “Disappear” – Parachute
  11. “Car Radio” – Twenty One Pilots
  12. “My Everything” – Owl City
  13. “You’re Not Alone” – Owl City feat. Britt Nicole
  14. “A Thousand Times” – Oh Honey
  15. “Some Type of Love” – Charlie Puth
  16. “Honey, I’m Good.” – Andy Grammer
  17. “Run” – Delta Rae
  18. “Kiss Me Darlin'” – Twin Forks
  19. “Scraping Up The Pieces” – Twin Forks
  20. “Papercut” – Zedd feat. Troye Sivan
  21. “Take On The World” – Rowan Blanchard & Sabrina Carpenter
  22. “The Middle of Starting Over” – Sabrina Carpenter
  23. “What Do You Mean?” – Justin Bieber
  24. “Can’t Control The Weather” – Fairground Saints
  25. “Celeste” – Ezra Vine

If you have Spotify, give some of these songs a listen and let me know what you think. I also have plenty of playlists on my profile that are available for you to look through if you’re looking for some new music to listen to. Let me know if you find anything you like, or if there are any songs or artists that you want me to listen to.

Have a great week, everyone!

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