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.