Spotify – My Cost per Minute

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).

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Modern Gothic Blues

I really enjoy Jamie N Commons’ style.

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.

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Best Covers: I Put a Spell On You

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.

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Spotify Music Embedding

I’m really enjoying Spotify.  A few days back I asked the Internet for their music streaming service recommendation.
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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:

My Odd Musical Tastes

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)