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.