I've been thinking a lot about playlists lately. They drive my music consumption, as I'm always putting together playlists for occasions, birthdays, parties - and as soundscapes for a run, a housecleaning, a seduction, a product idea. Recently, I was challenged to come up with one that described my personality, and I apparently succeeded.
But I'm generally working with my own music. This weekend, though, I had the opportunity to use someone else's library and to create a "found" playlist. The music collection was Virgin America's from JFK to SFO. The methodology was alphabetical, choosing a song per artist I wanted to listen to. The results: surprisingly good, given my absurdly eclectic tastes. Amazing how excellent Led Zeppelin's "All of My Love" sounds after Puccini's "Mi chiamano Mimi" from La Bohème - and how appropriate it is lyrically. Or hearing Little Walter's "Nobody but You" segue into Louis Armstrong"s "What a Wonderful World" into Lyle Lovett's "Who Loves You Better?" And that's just the Ls.
It's like having just a few odds and ends in your fridge and realizing they'll make a great meal. Very satisfying.