In no way whatsoever am I going to claim that I have the finest taste in music. Nor am I an expert with critically analyzing and identifying every single chord of any instrument in any song ever created. That’s not me. It honestly isn’t anyone. Music reaches billions of people all over the world and everyone has their own style, genre, mood, artist, band, etc. My general music taste would completely oppose those of rap, hip-hop, and death metal fans. Their taste would oppose my classical, pop, alternative, and country preferences. Everyone wears different ears on their heads and everyone has different songs on their mp3 players, iPhones, Androids, and iPads. So how do we all compromise and connect?
It’s simple really: we make playlists. Each and every one of us has music that we love, but our friends and family don’t share that love. Once you can find a genre that everyone agrees with, start mixing up your playlist. For instance, my father and I both enjoy rock music, but he favors the heavier styles of rock that I never would. We find something in the middle, like R.E.M. Their music doesn’t reach the head banging capacity of AC DC and it doesn’t dip too far into pop (my dad hates pop). Compromise achieved! Another magical alternative that you can turn to is evenly incorporating both or all tastes of music. Five people could mean thirty songs: each person gets six of their choosing spaced out evenly on the playlist. Equilibrium achieved!
Another reason playlists connect us all is that we all share the same collection of moods. Nobody is happy, sad, or tired all day everyday. Some days we need motivation and others we just need to unwind. When I need blood cranking in my body, I will use my playlist compiled of Maroon 5, The Script, Jordan Smith, and more. If I am having a peaceful or disappointing day, I will use my playlist with Of Dirt and Grace, Dixie Chicks, Alisan Porter, and Brian Nhira.
It is not a cryptic coincidence that everyone has several playlists, it is reality. We are all human, we all have emotions, and we all feel the same ways at different chapters in our daily lives. Don’t solely think of playlists as simple assortments of music. They are compartmentalized feelings we encounter routinely in our world that we get to enjoy for our own comfort.