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Our Community Playlist!

Listen at your leisure...with tea, please ;D

By Mackenzie DavisPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Our Community Playlist!
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Wow! For being a community challenge, I am impressed by how cohesive this playlist ended up being! The vibes are pretty consistent, with enough variety to make it interesting and keep the pace engaging. And it's an absolute joy to listen to.

If you're unfamiliar with the inception of this project, it all started when I heard "Blue is the Eye" by Ye Vagabonds at work one day. It completely captured me, stopped me in my tracks, so to speak, and made me ponder art and its affect on people. I decided I wanted to hear the songs that captured other people's hearts and souls and to make a playlist of them.

This is that result.

Without further ado, here it is on Spotify:

And this is the YouTube version, if you'd prefer to listen to it there.

Now, as the comments rolled in, I began to loosely develop a two-song-maximum rule to prevent the playlist from becoming unbalanced with one person's songs. I definitely wanted it to feel like many people compiled it, which it DOES! I'm sorry if you submitted more than two, though. It was an oversight of mine not to specifically restrict the number of songs in my original article. I suppose I expected it to be difficult to find one song that stopped you in your tracks, so why even assume people would have three or more? 😅

If you take a look at the songs, there's no order besides flow. If you submitted two songs, I wanted to try to keep them separated, but that didn't always the interest of aforementioned flow. If anyone is interested in reordering the songs for their optimal sound (something I am not well-practiced in), please do. I'd love to hear the final result!

As it stands now, I really love this playlist. It's unique and interesting. Keeps you on your toes as a listener, and takes you for an emotional trip. In my humble opinion, it flows very well. There aren't a lot of hard-shifts into new genres or sounds; I tried to find good transition songs to prevent that, and I hope it works for you all. 😊

Thank you to everyone who participated in this project! You introduced me to a LOT of new artists and genres (I was surprised to see three songs from metal bands!) and gave me nearly 2 hours of good listening!

Wait, what about the tips?

In my last post about this, I mentioned that I'd tip my favorites. Those tips are forthcoming. I won't be announcing them, just doing it at my discretion. It wasn't a challenge, after all! However, I must say, I like the playlist so much, regardless of my favorite songs on it. Consider the tips more of a thank you than a reward.

While my original expectation was to get at least 12 songs, it ended up being double! I truly appreciate the enthusiasm behind this. Would anyone be interested in another playlist project? If so, I'd love some ideas in the comments! I don't see enough unofficial Beat challenges...might be fun to change that.

Cheers all, and I hope you enjoy our Community Playlist, preferably with some kind of hot beverage in front of you. (Although, tea is the only acceptable hot beverage, in my opinion.)



The song that started it off:

The original article, with everyone's comments (I encourage you to read those, to know whose song is whose and why they were chosen):     




PS: The deadline to submit photos to my second Ekphrastic Challenge is June 5th! If you'd like to participate, it's not too late! (YET!)


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Mackenzie Davis

“When you are describing a shape, or sound, or tint, don’t state the matter plainly, but put it in a hint. And learn to look at all things with a sort of mental squint.” Lewis Carroll

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Comments (12)

  • Harbor Benassaabout 20 hours ago

    The option to save posts couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I can’t wait to listen!

  • The playlist is amazing! I am listening to it now. Yesterday I was just thinking that I needed some fresh music to make my thoughts wonder and to inspire me to write more of my autobiography and travels. Sp thank you thank thank you!!

  • Dana Crandell27 days ago

    This turned out to be a really interesting playlist, and you did a marvelous job of putting it together! I found a couple of new artists to check out!

  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨about a month ago

    This is brilliant MacKenzie 🌟 Thank you for putting this together and for having the inspiration to create this in the first place ♥️ I have it playing now and I’m looking forward to hearing tunes I haven’t heard before

  • Andy Pottsabout a month ago

    Wow, thanks for including my suggestion. Very much appreciated. I'm off to hear Amelia Coburn in concert on Saturday, so looking forward to that. And also looking forward to exploring the rest of your playlist. Thanks again!

  • Randy Bakerabout a month ago

    This was a cool idea. Thanks for including my suggestions. I'm listening to the playlist now. So far, so good!

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Oh, this is very cool! Thank you for putting this together and deeming my suggestions worthy of inclusion! I love that they are placed together as I feel they have at least some kinda connection! :) Well done on this one, pal. Shall be listening to it in due time - also, great shout-out to whoever chose Roads by Portishead! :)

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    Ah, missed all this. Raging migraine today, so I will not be listening immediately...

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Oooo, I gotta set some time aside for this! This was such an exciting project!

  • Poppy about a month ago

    Sorry I never replied to your comment about which version to include 😂 I’ve been so slack lol. But thank you so much for doing this! Such a good idea and I’ll need to listen soon

  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    I'm going to check it out. Might even have it on at work today. Always love being introduced to new music and this is a great way to do it!

  • Alexander McEvoyabout a month ago

    Oh fun! I’d forgotten you were putting this up on streaming platforms :) This was a fun challenge, Mackenzie! How about, ‘A song that directly inspired your work’? Could be fun :)

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