Ever have one of those moments, where the music synced up perfectly with a moment in time? You were traveling on a road trip. You were having the perfect meal with your friends. It was the best-night-ever and you remember the song that everyone was sitting around, singing aloud. Every time you listen to it, it takes you right back to that happy place. 🎧
Wanna repeat performance? Start making your own musical diaries!
I use Spotify for the majority my music needs. My favorite songs are on Spotify, and the ones that aren’t are just a $1 splurge way – and you’d be surprised at how far and in between that really is. Spotify has like, 99% of the music I listen to, and plenty of new music to discover.😍
What’s even more amazing is Spotify now lets you upload your OWN playlist covers. OMG WHAAAAAAT?!
And guess what? I’ve got treats for ya – Fresh, homemade music diary covers, just for you. 💿
Types of Playlists
I freakin’ love making playlists, because I love the possibilities of what you can do! They are the modern mixtape after all.
Though I’m not as dedicated as this guy. o_O
I love how the mixtape evolved into the mix CD, the iTunes playlist, and now – playlists on streaming services.
For my generation, it was the mix CD. I had so much fun crafting them, and listening to them on repeat (angsty teen, headphones on always.) 🎧
My favorite types of playlists:
- Diary Playlists -These playlists transport you back to when you made the playlist, just like listening to your old mixtapes or mix CDs.
- Flow Playlists – My favorites! These are made with purpose. They can take the listener on a journey through lyrics or through emotions via music. These can be designed around a theme. You don’t want to play these playlists on shuffle.
- Compilation playlists -These are just a bunch of songs thrown into one playlist, also around a theme (usually as a background activity with looooots of songs to essentially make your own custom radio.)
- World building playlists (for stories) – Storytellers, listen up! I started creating playlists based on my characters, the locations, and factions for a project, and it’s changed my life! These can be compilation based or flow based.
We’ll talk about the other playlists in future blog posts. Today, we’re all about your 2017 soundtrack – a musical diary playlist!
🎵 The Soundtrack to Your Hero’s Journey 🎵
Okay – gonna tangent for a brief second. Today we’re getting ready for your your hero’s journey, because you’ll want music for the ride.
Music drives us, music motivates us, and music can enhance or even change our moods.
Music is so important to me. When I was in high school, I wanted nothing more than to score music for films. While I’m on a different path now, one thing I learned was how valuable music was to the film making process – which is all about putting hero’s journeys on screen.
“The Lost Weekend” is a film about an alcoholic. The film was purposefully made without music, instead, people laughed at the over-the-top performance of lead Ray Milland. Miklós Rózsa scored music for the film, and suddenly – people understood the tragedy of the movie and the plight of the alcoholic.
For your hero’s journey, you’ll want to start with keeping track of your musical journey. It’ll help you relive your captured moments in time, much like a digital pensive.
Like magic, we can use playlists to control our feelings – especially if we’ve got music that corresponds to those moments in our life. When we’re feeling nostalgic for a certain time in our lives we can use our musical diaries to look back and remember. These are the soundtrack of your life! ️
Here’s how to make your own soundtracks from your past and present.
Soundtrack from the Past
Making your past soundtracks are super easy.
How to make your own:
- Pull out your old mix tapes and CDs
- Listen, & write out a list of all the songs on the mix
- Create a Spotify playlist (give it the same name as the mix tape/cd name.)
- Add them to your Spotify playlist
Add all your old playlists to a custom playlist folder, and boom. Instant memories, on demand.
If the song isn’t available on Spotify, buy a copy on Amazon or Google play, or rip it from a CD directly and upload it to your Spotify music folder.
Freakin’ easy, right? Wanna see one of my old playlists? (You know you do. 💃) This mix makes me think of senior year in high school, dancing in my garage to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun for a special show for seniors at my school.
Try this out, see what memories come up for you!
Soundtrack for the Present
Last year, I kept a musical diary for 2016 – and you should try it for 2017!
This diary helped me look back at 2016 and enjoy some of the musical memories I had. Here’s my 2016 playlist:
How to make your own:
- Create a new playlist
- Name it “2017 Musical Diary” (or something similar)
- Add a song whenever one moves you so much that you have to listen to it over and over (maybe it’s over just one day, maybe it’s a week of really listening to that song, whatever works for you.)
If you want to enhance this method, get a Last.fm account and “scrobble*” your music through Spotify.
*Scrobble – To “scrobble” a song means that when you listen to it, the name of the song is sent to a Web site (for example, Last.fm) and added to your music profile.
How to scrobble your music with Last.fm:
- In Spotify, click “Edit” in the menu bar, from there scroll down and “Preferences”
- Scroll down through your preferences and there is an option to connect your Spotify to your Last.FM account.
- Log in using your Last.FM account
And now all your musical history will be saved! 🙌
Last.fm is a great tool to collect data on your music, especially if you’re a nerd about that stuff… like I am.
It’ll keep track of ALL the songs you listen to throughout the year, and you can go back and check to see which songs you had on repeat and add them chronologically to your 2017 Musical Diary if you’re so inclined.
Start your musical diaries NOW!
Trust me when I say, Treat Yo Self (well, your future self) and start a 2017 Musical Diary on Spotify RIGHT NOW! It’s amazing!
You’re about to start your hero’s journey, so create your soundtrack now! 💿
We’ve got a long road ahead, and you’ll want music along the way. I’ve made you a few playlist covers to get you started right away. Download these covers, and add them to your playlists for your awesome musical diary!