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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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