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Perfecting the Art of the Playlist: Part Two


I think I'll call this playlist "Music To Eat Cake To."

In honor of this being my Birthday Week ™, I am going to show you how to select music for a radio show. Don’t forget to check out the first “Perfecting the Art of the Playlist” post if you haven’t already.

This year, my radio show would fall on my actual 21st birthday! Unfortunately (perhaps not-so-unfortunately), I am headed home to frolic in an apple orchard with friends and family, so this playlist will only be heard by the car and me. Alas!

• The First Track: “Birch Trees and Broken Barns” by Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps
Caroline performed live on my radio show last week, and, though she didn’t play this song on the air, it has since become my autumn jam. The song also mentions an apple orchard, which fits with the general theme of my weekend.

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Perfecting The Art of the Playlist: Part One

cassetteThe art of making a playlist is truly a life skill…similar to tying a square knot or surviving in the wild with a hatchet as your only tool.

Let’s start with a definition, shall we?

Playlist (noun): 1. a list of the recordings to be played on the radio during a particular program or time period, often including their sequence, duration, etc. 2. an electronic file containing a list of audio files that can be played on a media player in a particular sequence

Playlists and mix tapes, of course, really only differ in terms of the technology which produces them. (Though, certainly, creating mix tapes with cassettes are a much more labor intensive process than simply dragging and dropping in iTunes.)

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