For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.
I is for iPod Playlist
I didn’t listen to the radio much until I reached the middle school years. Until then, I listened to whatever my brothers played (The Beatles, Wings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more) or albums my parents owned. (I remember listening to a lot of Mitch Miller and On Top of Spaghetti.) When I developed my own interest in popular music, the only way to assemble a playlist was by creating the infamous mixtape, camped out in front of the radio with a cassette recorder.
Enter the iPod, iTunes, and Spotify, and, oh, how things have changed. It’s certainly much easier and less time-consuming to create a custom playlist.
In Rightfully Ours, Paul inherits his father’s iPod. Listening to his dad’s music helps him feel connected to his dad, particularly when he starts to see a relationship between which songs are playing and the events in his life. The right song comes at the right moment. (You can find the songs on Paul’s dad’s iPod (and more) on the Rightfully Ours playlist.)
Have you ever experienced hearing the right song at the right moment, as if it were speaking to you?