I realised recently that I never listen to music any more. While I very much enjoy the peace and quiet and rural sounds out at the beach, I also want to stay flexible and fresh in my thinking and attitudes. Listening to a variety of music is one of many things that could help me with that.
I dug out and charged up my old green iPod shuffle and filled it with music from my iTunes collection. For good measure I used iTunes to buy an album by a New Zealand band called Fat Freddy’s Drop so I’d have something new (to me) to listen to. Then put the iPod in the car so I could listen while driving.
Then I thought of something: over the past while (years, maybe) I’ve come across mentions of Spotify in connection with music. Perhaps I should take a look and maybe save some money.
Sure enough, Spotify has a free, ad-supported service that allows you to listen to music on your Mac, iPad or iPhone for free in exchange for occasional pretty much non-intrusive and inoffensive ads.
I signed up for free and downloaded the apps.
The Mac interface is fairly self-evident: find songs or artists, add them to a playlist or Follow them, Browse to find a Top 50 or a genre.
Spoken words can be hard to understand. Environment, volume, accent and many other factors can foil clear transmission to a listener.
My mind flashes back at this point to when I was in kindergarten and being taught The Lord’s Prayer. As far as I was concerned the final words were
the car and the lorry, for ever and ever, amen.
The words were were being taught though were:
the power and the glory … not really part of the lexicon of a 4 year old.
One Spotify feature I’m specially enjoying is Lyrics. Whether it’s classical, pop, rap or reggae, I rarely follow what people are actually singing about. I really enjoy tunes, rhythms, the overall sounds of songs, but so often can’t make out individual words. Unveiling that mystery can be quite fun.
Mind you, hip hop and rap lyrics sometimes still leave me in the dark, drawing their vocabulary from flavours of English I’m just not acquainted with.
If, like me, you’d like to broaden the music in your world, give Spotify a try.