I’ve been in my car a lot this summer, especially at around 7:00am and 2:00pm. Weirdly enough, the radio station that I listen to tends to play a lot of the same songs at those times, so I’ve become accustomed to a slew of summer hits that I likely wouldn’t have listened to otherwise. They’ve accompanied many commutes and kept me dancing while exhausted from work or just life in general. They’re now the songs of my summer, the kind that you hope to hear on the radio in ten or twenty years with your family and then sing along to with utter joy.
1. Stay with Me, by Sam Smith
2. Rude, by Magic!
3. Chandelier, by Sia (the Maddie version because, ya know, gotta rep Pittsburgh)
4. All of Me, by John Legend
5. Am I Wrong, by Nico & Vinz
6. Love Runs Out, by OneRepublic
7. Bastille, by Pompeii
I just realized that I know almost every word to every one of these songs. Yikes.
I’m not usually one to jump on social media bandwagons, but I’m thankful that I listened to my music guru of a best friend when she told me to download Spotify in September of 2011. Since then, it has revolutionized much more than the melodies that stream through my headphones. While starring favorite songs was great in high school, the start of college brought about a need for immersion, an escape from a painful reality. Spotify gave me a way to grab songs from a musical timeline ranging from the 1900s to today, from obscurity to top 20, and from I-need-a-song-to-reflect-my-bad-day to wow-things-are-looking-up, and safely keep them on my computer, free of charge.
(I need to note the irony of the DiscoverOhio commercial that just came onto Spotify, not even kidding. Okay, back to the topic at hand…)
At the beginning of last year, my friend and I started a joint playlist and began adding a few songs each month. The playlist has become something beyond a list of songs; it’s also a time capsule for vivid memories and moments. A few weeks ago, we saw one of our favorite bands live for the second time in Pittsburgh. She first mentioned the band at the very, very beginning of our friendship, and it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come since then. The lyrics have fit into our lives in poignant ways – reflecting our departures for college, horrific news stories, and more – just when we needed them (and each other).
There are songs on Spotify that I can’t listen to anymore, ones that I listen to infrequently in an attempt to preserve how much they mean to me, and millions still out there to discover. Therefore, Spotify – and music sharing in general – has totally changed my outlook on music. The ten year old girl that complained every time her mom turned on the radio doesn’t exist within me anymore (granted, those speakers did give me headaches), and my love for sharing music is here to stay.