Most weekends, when the sun is just high enough, and the leaves rustle gently in the breeze, my neighbors play the most beautiful music I've ever scrambled eggs to.
I don't want to know who my neighbors are, and I especially don't want them to know that I'm listening to their heavenly chord experimentations. I want us to coexist at a peaceful emotional distance while spatially close. You guys can do your own thing to your heart's content, and I'll do mine. It just so happens that in a place like Brooklyn, statistically, each person's own thing has a greater likelihood to be incredible.
In the event of a emergency, like a fire or the lack of a cup of sugar, I'd lend my neighbor a hand, and I believe they'd do the same for me. The fact that neighbors in a big city can't deploy high hedges or large plots to divide each others' boundaries lends itself to a mutually-reinforced emotional distance. I LOVE IT.
Has anyone ever made a mixtape for you as a way to circumvent an awkward admittance of their feelings for you? For some reason, I attract that type of dude, and I've had more mixtape gifts than I care to expand upon.
But this morning, I rolled the dice with a Genius Playlist on a Neil Young song, and the mixtape that it made me has changed how I see my iPod, which I call my nPod, forever.
nPod loves me.
I personally have fallen in love with technology, but I never thought it could return the favor. I nearly blushed as the quality, tone, and mix-up of songs that my lover, the Genius Playlist Maker, chose for me.
Yes, of course, I chose the set of songs to upload onto this device, and yes, I've heard all of them before, so it wasn't quite the same as a love interest attempting to connect with me through their favorite songs. But I will say that the algorithm not only matched the weather, the time of day, and my mood, but also the progression of my commute as I walked from my Brooklyn apartment, rode the crowded train, and walked around cool, windy, newly sunny Manhattan into work.
Here were the songs that unlocked the key to my heart:
Neil Young - Old Man
David Bowie - Changes
Cat Stevens - The Wind
Wilco - Jesus, etc
Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
Pretenders - Brass in Pocket
Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Wilco - California Stars
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
David Bowie - Heroes
My Morning Jacket - One Big Holiday
Cat Power - The Greatest
David Bowie - Space Oddity
Neil Young - Unknown Legend
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
The Pretenders put me in the mood for a fine latte from Cafe Grumpy, then Cat Power congratulated that good decision and encouraged me to put on sunglasses. New Order greeted me and a good-looking stranger in the elevator up to the office.