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The Art of the Playlist

I was making mixes/playlists the other day.  I don't make mixes very often because it's an agonizing process for me.  Seriously.  I started with over 70 songs that I had to dwindle down to 31 to fit on two CDs.  It was torture.

See, for me, the songs have to flow.  I can't just throw a completely random bunch together - that's a different process.  No.  The end of the song has to flow well enough into the beginning of the next song.  I don't like having two songs in the same key back-to-back.  If I include the same artist more than once (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, and Tom Petty all make multiple appearances) then I have to properly space them out.  It's no easy task.

That being said, I still want to be a Classic Vinyl DJ for a day.  It might kill me, but it'd be worth it.