On a per minute basis, Spotify is the cheapest application I use
My favorite application – Spotify – sent me a note today with my listening stats for the year. I think when people hear me say Spotify is my favorite app and that I listen to it all the time, they don’t understand just how much I enjoy it – or the utility I get out of it (if I can use that word in this context).
I’m sitting at work listening to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist while finishing up some audit work. I commonly listen to the less engaging material while I work so I can focus on the work but I felt like some variety this morning. Most of the playlist is forgettable – but I will credit the curators with the inclusion of Jamie N Commons.
Watching The Voice this evening. The show is not engaging enough for me to simply watch without a distraction.
One of the performers (Rob Taylor) covered “I put a spell on you“. He’s a capable performer, but I’ve heard a better version of the classic. In our family, the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler is a seasonal must-see. We all watch it together, and because we’ve seen it so many times, we can anticipate the actor’s lines. Bette covers the song very well. It’s a great Blue’s classic and like all songs in this genre – the best song connects emotionally through the vocals.
I decided to abuse my Spotify account and try to figure out who sang it best. Pretty much everyone has covered this song.
The best way for me to understand my mental state is to consider the music I find most satisfying. Currently, my tastes are trending toward more traditional, contemplative acoustic performances. #MusicMonday
I’m really enjoying Spotify. A few days back I asked the Internet for their music streaming service recommendation. https://www.facebook.com/david.pappas/posts/10152036624817953 My subscription to Rhapsody is to be renewed in four days, and this gives me a chance to re-evaluate my service choice without incurring additional costs. As you can see in the comments above, the hive mind believes Spotify is the best choice – even with some prodding towards Rdio. Spotify is definitely a step up from Rhapsody in a few ways including selection, interface and the ability to share music – such as below:
As I grow older, I’ve grown to appreciate the way that music can energize, soothe and change my mood. It’s probably surprising to friends and family, but I have become a big fan of Electronica. What I like about it is that it helps me to stay focused and energized while I’m sitting at my desk at work.
I grew up listening to traditional rock from bands like Led Zeppelin, Boston, Aerosmith, etc. In the late 80’s I started listening to New Age music to help take the edge off a very stressful period (new wife, child, and job while pursuing an MBA). I still enjoy both forms of music – but at this point in my life, my greatest challenge is maintaining a laser focus. What I need in workplace music is an absence of distraction while helping maintain an energy level. Rock music is far too engaging for me – I want to understand the lyrics and engage emotionally. Lyrics are not commonly a problem with New Age music, but it’s not consistently energetic. Electronica is high energy and instrumental (in the broad sense of the word). I can put my ear buds in and focus on desk work.
I have close relatives who probably don’t understand this choice. It’s counter to the tastes of my generation. I guess very few 40 somethings choose to listen to Electronica. But if you review my Last.fm play list, there is no denying where I spend my time.
For your listening pleasure, I have included one of my current favorites. Yea, I know. It’s not what you would have expected. (short link)