So here’s a little history: the Christmas before last I published a list of some of my favorite XMAS songs. (For whatever reason I wasn’t feeling so Christmas-y this year so I didn’t do that.) And several people gave me names of some of their favorite songs and I thought “hmm, I should create a Spotify list of these.”
And so of course as these things go, I didn’t. Then late last year I published the story of my Allmans road trip. And I advised that how I got onto that convoy in the first place was that I had collected songs by followers of their website, made a tribute CD and voila!
And so in putting those two factoids together with what remains of my brain cells, I had this lightbulb idea. Now that we have Spotify, what’s to prevent some enterprising blogger (yours truly) from soliciting input from readers and creating the all-time blogger’s playlist!
The way I see it this could either be a fantastic list or just a massive piece of shit. Either way, it’ll be (I think) fun, assuming anybody’s even into it.
Here are the “rules:”
-Email me three songs from the genres of rock, jazz, pop, blues, funk, folk, reggae, soul or country. The songs should be no longer than 5 – 6 minutes. If you send me longer ones, I will be forced to add in all 23:03 minutes of “Whipping Post” followed by 33:41 minutes of “Mountain Jam.”
-Give me a little blurb (sentence or two) on why you love the songs. I won’t use all the write-ups but will randomly select some. You may not see any quote on yours at all as it depends on space.
-First-come, first served. If you send me a list and somebody already claimed a song, I’ll ask you for another. Or you can send me an alternate or two if you want. I’m not the quality guy and so I won’t reject a song if I don’t like it, only if it doesn’t fit one of the genres and/or is too long.
-Don’t go nuts and try to impress everybody. Also don’t say “Hey, Music Enthusiast likes blues so I’ll do blues.” Send me what YOU like not what I like. If they’re the same, bonus. But if you want to send me Mongolian Throat Singers (it’s a thing), it’s all the same to me.
-I’ll defer to all of you and if you pick songs I would have picked, I’ll credit them to you and I’ll do them in random order. Well. I’ll try to pick a nice order for the playlist but considering we’re all going to shuffle it, probably doesn’t much matter.
-I don’t care if the song came out in 1957 or 2017, just as long as it’s something you really dig. And they can be “live” or studio.
-The only “perk” I want is I get to pick the first song in the list. You know the band, you just don’t know the song. But I think it speaks to what we’re doing.
-If you ‘re a new artist looking for exposure – or their publicist – this list isn’t for you. This is for bloggers who want to have a fun list to share. If you’re new and you’re good, I’ll get to you eventually.
-I’m sending this out on Saturday morning 2/24/18. The polls close in two weeks (plus one day) at midnight (US EDT), 3/11/18.
-I’ll sort the songs out and have a blog post (or maybe two) within a week or so of that date which you can reblog, read or do nothing with. I’ll go with what I get whether two songs or twenty.
-Confidentiality will be maintained. The only thing the post will note is your songs and your blogger handle. No email addresses, no nothin’.
Oh, and even though I’m calling it the blogger’s playlist, no harm in sending in a few tunes if you’re not one. I have a few email followers too so have at it.
I think that’s it. Email is:
Gentlemen, ladies – Start your engines!