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How to Make a Music Playlist


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The portable mp3 player, with its convenience, has made it to the daily routines of many people. Executives and employees alike listen to it during their coffee breaks. Fitness buffs plug their earphones in while working out. Given its current popularity and usefulness, you might as well use it to your full advantage. Create playlists the right way, then you’ll realize how music can turn normal days into good days. (See how do MP3 players work)

A Gradual Shift in Tempo

Music, especially the catchy ones, can influence movements, gestures, and even your mood, if you’re into the songs being played. Keep that logic in mind when creating your playlist. Arrange the songs in a gradually rising tempo and intensity, as if creating a workout program. Listen to the beginnings and endings of songs, so you will know the sequence. If you’re quite a listener, add songs that gradually slow down the general tempo, then finish the playlist with another gradual rise, this time more intense than the previous one. Once you finish the playlist, the music can give you a sudden rise in momentum, a few rest periods, and an emphatic finish to the day.

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Separate the Tracks Performed by the Same Artist

The point of creating playlists is to listen to songs that will never be compiled in the same order, particularly with CDs. If you group the songs coming from the same artist together, might as well listen to the albums individually instead of creating a playlist. A diverse set gives you a chance to appreciate the songs in a different perspective. You can create stories by joining the songs with lyrics that contain similar themes and tempos, tapping the creative side of your mind. After listening to such a playlist, your mind will stimulated enough to take on almost any challenge.

Set a Playlist for a Destination or Mood

Any destination has a theme while moods dictate the way you should feel for a particular moment. If you’re pretty sentimental, why not create playlists for both? A well-made playlist will make you delve into a particular theme or emotion, making the experience more intense. You can then focus on what’s currently keeping your mind occupied. Sadness can translate into a tearful episode then a lovely poem. The feeling of elation will double when coupled with a appropriate playlist. Music will certainly make your life more colorful if you use it properly.

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Driving Music Must Be Fast and Flowing

driving musicMusic, being pretty infectious, can influence your driving speed and how you react to different situations on the road. If you play an aggressive set of songs, the tendency is to drive faster and develop road rage. Ballads and slow classical music, on the other hand, can make some people drive at a slow pace, which isn’t good for attendance records. Think balance. Create a driving playlist by arranging several fast, but not too aggressive, songs that have almost the same tempo. By doing so, your driving will be fast and smooth, which may influence your momentum coming to work or an important affair. Here’s a sample driving playlist:

  • Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
  • My Favorite Game - The Cardigans
  • Love will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  • Sex is On Fire - Kings of Leon
  • Smack my B*tch Up - The Prodigy
  • Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
  • Take a Chance - The Magic Numbers
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl? - Jet
  • Everlong - Foo Fighters
  • Mixed Bizness - Beck

The Power of a Good Playlist

A good playlist is much like an outline of thought and movement. Get into the tempo and delve into the song themes, then you’ll be swinging your head onto a good day. You can also recover from depressing moments in no time. Never miss a beat folks. If you’re interested in reading this article, might as well read how to convert MIDI files to MP3.

5 Comments so far

  1. Rojan on May 4th, 2009

    cool tips for a non-techie like me. tnx

  2. tonton on May 4th, 2009

    what music should I listen to before going to bed?

  3. Linda on June 21st, 2009

    This was a very helpful article. We made a CD of this sample playlist and we love it! The songs are so varied but they flow together very well. It is really surprising! Thanks for the advice.

  4. Paul on June 28th, 2009

    Tonton: It depends on your musical preference. Light jazz usually works along with acoustic bossa nova and sometimes indie pop.

  5. Paul on June 28th, 2009

    Linda: You’re welcome. :D That’s also what I listened to when I wrote this article, as well as some of the others.

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