I tried to make a playlist. I thought of a theme, an arc, a storyline. It came out all wrong, though, I started to feel like I was putting a Glee episode together.
Thanks, but no, thanks. No theme, no arc, no storyline.
So, I thought I’d use sound, rather than lyrics, as the driving concept. But I don’t know what a good playlist sounds like, let alone how to compile one. I hit the rocks with that one too.
Then, I finally did what I usually do in these cases: Procrastinate.
Eventually, as it happens everytime procrastinating stops being an option anymore. I decided random would save the day. So, I went through my files and started to press shuffle, until I got 12 songs I like, from 12 acts I haven’t seen mentioned around these parts.
That particular plan wasn’t really coming together either, so I did what I do when things aren’t going the way I want them to: I cheated. I left stuff out that I thought it would fit best somewhere else, or that stuck like a sore thumb in this context. And self-censored. Generously.
Finally, I got a dozen I was somewhat happy with (I’ve used a couple of them in the Mothership before, but those trees fell down in an empty forest, anyway, so we’ll pretend that never happened).
Guidelines? Simple enough. These are 12 artists I know very little about. They’re people I’ve been meaning to investigate for a long time now, in most cases, but it just never happened. So, what do you think? Which ones would make you dig deeper, if any? Which ones are nothing but a few seconds of your life that will never come back?
(Many thanks to Amylee for techie support and general encouragement. If this post ever sees the light of day, it will be because of her. So, you know who to blame now…)