My iPod in Middle School
Last night as I laid in bed and was unable to sleep, a song popped into my head that I hadn't thought about for years. This prompted me to go searching through Spotify for all the music I loved in middle school.
I love Spotify. I think it's an incredibly useful tool for any person who loves music and listens to it on a regular basis. I paid for Spotify for probably 6 months before I actually began to really take advantage of what it could do. It's a great resource for music discovery, or in my case recently, music re-discovery.
So, I sat there and tried to rebuild what my iPod looked like from about 2004-2007. What I wasn't expecting was how emotional and nostalgic this experience was. With every album I listened to, a memory came right along with it. I could remember what book I read when I was listening to this album, and what song I listened to every day as I walked into school in 6th grade.
My memory was directly tied to the music.
As I built the playlist, I started being able to remember who introduced me to this band, or what concert I went to in 7th grade. It wasn't just a time spent listening to music I hadn't thought of in a long time, it was a journey through the people and places that were important to me at a foundational time in my life.
It was a good time to sit and remember who exactly I was and where I've come from. You put the playlist on shuffle and it quickly goes from obscure indie band I liked because my brother thought they were cool to a heavy metal band that I liked because my friends were into them.
In the end, I realize that just like my playlist, I am who I am because of the people that I was around.
If you want to get a sense of the music I listened to in Middle School, I embedded the playlist below.