I am in love with Spotify.
I am not exactly up on the cutting edge of tech, so I didn't know about Spotify until recently, when a friend mentioned it on Facebook. He said he loved it for finding obscure classical music pieces.
THAT piqued my interest!
I downloaded the free version to my PC and started out by looking up old choral works: songs I'd sung in choirs years ago that have stayed in my brain and my heart but which I had no recording of. AND THERE THEY WERE. "Hail, Gladdening Light"! Healy Willan's "Three Kings"! Just a few clicks of the keyboard, and there was more John Rutter music than I could listen to in the next decade. A few more clicks and there were dozens of Bach albums. An avalanche of Handel, a tsunami of Tchaikovsky, a mountain of Mozart.
It was exciting and overwhelming as I came to grasp the magnitude of this music collection. If the classical collection was this thorough, other music genres were going to be as well.
That concerned me a little bit, if my children were to start messing around with it. I told the kids to stay off of it. That didn't last long, of course. But so far, it's been fine. If it ever becomes a problem I can find some way to block their access to it, but my kids at this point have no interest in listening to stuff with explicit lyrics or whatever else I was afraid of them finding on there.
Fish discovered movie soundtracks. Bean got on too. Now they each have their own playlist and they love it. I love it that Bean listens to Bach to perk up his brain when he has to do homework late in the evening.
I loved it at Christmas time... endless new Christmas albums to explore.
Now I am making Sunday playlists and mood playlists. Every time I get on Spotify I have so much fun. And I am just scratching the surface.
I may upgrade to a paid subscription at some point, because the ads are kind of annoying. But the free version is pretty great, and I am still just awestruck at the incredible amount of music I now have access to.
Isn't this an amazing time to be alive?