The Farr Side column: Jamming to my online playlists
What’s in a playlist? That’s easy - everything! Memories are in your playlists. Along with history, good times and bad times, thoughts, fun and all those go-to songs you need to hear from time to time.
A lot of people were lost during the quarantine time for COVID-19. Not me. I had my music.
I stopped watching TV because it was getting difficult not to fall into a funk. A person can only hear the same repetitive stuff for so long before it begins to have a negative effect. So, what was I to do? I turned to my music.
I’m that guy who can love it all. I don’t pigeonhole myself into thinking only one genre is it. I can appreciate all forms of music. That’s why writing “The Farr Side” has been such a joy for me over the past 20 years. If that isn’t convincing enough, ask me about my 5,000 CDs.
I’m a late-bloomer to the digital music world. That’s OK. I still want to own that physical copy of an album. And, yes, I still buy CDs.
A few years back, I took the time to put a lot of my songs onto an iPod. It took me about a year to scan my CDs and put only the songs I wanted on the iPod. If you recall, I shared that time and process with readers.
I like the iPod, but it was time for me to change it up a bit. Should I invest in a music-streaming service? If so, which one, and could I make my own playlists? Better yet, could I make playlists others could find and enjoy as much as I do? The answer to each of my deep thoughts was “yes.”
So, during quarantine, I began streaming music through Amazon Music from my Prime account. There are other good services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, but I had grown to like my Amazon Music through my Alexa.
I worked diligently to come up with playlists that would satisfy me. Hey, this is a serious quest! If I’m going to do it, it’s going to have to please me. So it began. My first playlist had to be music from the 1980s. It’s my favorite era and the music was the best. It seemed to be the time when almost all fields of music were well-represented on the radio. I worked up two playlists to accompany my love for the days of my youth. I made an upbeat playlist and one for slow jams.
The playlists turned out well, but I needed names for them. “The Farr Side ’80s Jams” and “The Farr Side ’80s Slow Jams.” They are like the old mix-tapes I used to make. The memories began as the music played. This is what I needed. Can you imagine a playlist of ’80s jams containing more than 1,000 songs? I could! Put it on shuffle and you’re set for quite a while. The slow jams playlist comprises some 500 songs.
This led to the formation of more playlists, including “The Farr Side ’90s Jams” and “The Farr Side ’90s Slow Jams.” I also made “The Farr Side Killer Duets,” “The Farr Side Definition Of A Diva,” “The Farr Side All-Time Favs” and “David’s Party Mix.” You can find these all on Amazon Music and listen for yourself to what makes me happy - seemingly endless music.
David T. Farr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.