Scratching the DJ Itch

I vividly recall getting my first iPod. I knew from the instant that I spun the wheel, I could finally be my own DJ.

As a decades-long aficionado of mixtapes, I was already in the habit of creating curated collections of individual songs. Even though it was a pain, I did it because the results were worth it.

Eventually, the process got easier. Digitizing my CDs and burning my own mixes was a big step, though it was just a more efficient mixtape instead of a revolutionary new way to listen to music.

The iPod turned out to be the tool I always longed for but couldn’t yet imagine. Now with Spotify, the magic of music has been improved again.

It’s a land of plenty and an embarrassment of riches for less than the cost of buying a CD every month at 1990’s prices.

Ironically, the biggest hurdle to music enjoyment is deciding what to stream to my ears. Even today, with millions of songs available to me, I have a playlist of just about 1000 proven winners that I keep on shuffle.

That’s something no DJ could ever deliver.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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