The Evolution Of Music Medium

The Evolution Of Music Medium

From CDs to Spotify, how I got acquainted with making my first playlist.

Only two months ago, I started a Spotify account. It wasn’t because it was popular or because of its various functions in sharing music, it was mostly because my Chinese music application wasn’t working and reinstalling it would require overcoming viruses along the way.

My sister used the device for several months at this point, making playlists for a bunch of events and moods consisting of popular songs from today. She raved its praises throughout the day and encouraged me to install the application and follow her. While it sounded interesting, I tuned out from that, because primarily, I prefer buying CDs from the store, while listening to only some of the songs from an artist’s portfolio online beforehand. In one day, I would listen to them in their entirety while driving in my car.

I liked the physical feel of having CDs in my hands, with the singer’s notes and the artwork on my hands, and having it stacked on the wall in my bedroom. When choosing a computer, I prefer having one with a functioning DVR Drive, not because I watch DVDs anymore, but so that I could insert the CDs inside and rip them to a Windows Media Player. That way, I would listen to them forever. However, recently I find myself listening less to Windows Media Player; they are now left untouched as I search the internet for music.

Nevertheless, when I get my first car, I hope to get one with a CD player before they completely disappear for good. I want to utilize it like my family members had DVDs or others had video tapes a decade ago of their favorite movies. Or even now, their favorite vinyl records, which some people think about today.

Up until recently, I also never considered having playlists. I was more interested in individual songs; if I liked them, then I would stretch out towards full albums, though not completely. The only times I’ve heard about playlists was during my high school years when one of the members of the administration reminisced on 1980s films and mentioned mixtapes: putting songs on cassette tapes and giving them to other people, whether it’s friends or somebody you had a crush on.

Today, creating one is simpler; one can create a Spotify account, choose some songs from the expansive library of music the service contains, and then put it under an umbrella based on mood.

As of this summer, I’ve been following this trend with my first major playlist. Just like my mood with musical mediums, a little bit nostalgic. When done, it will contain a song from every year since I was born, from different artists and different languages. Afterwards, I’d add an additional song every year, creating a sonic story of my life.

When I’m done with that, however, I don’t see myself making new ones in the future. On the contrary, I may listen to music from my past, and try to discover more in the future. Either way, music plays a role in my life, regardless of the medium.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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