september 2013 [#MonthlyPlaylist]

And the cycle begins again…

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I experimented with the art of playlist-ing back in high school, but it wasn’t until my first few weeks as a college freshman that I began making monthly playlists. When I made the first one in September 2009, my intention was not to ritualize, but to capture the milestone, the moment, the music. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to do it again, and again, and again…

4 years later, I am still making them. My plan was to organize music on a monthly basis so that by the time I graduated, I would have 4 years worth of playlists, kind of like a sonic scrapbook of my undergraduate experience. As we all know, my plan was derailed when I was financially forced to postpone my final semester, extending my 4-year plan into the unforeseeable future. Although these playlists were intended to end sometime after I received my diploma in the summer of 2013 (and I could stop making them until I return to school), to exclude the dramatic pause in my education would be to deny the truth of my life’s journey. For posterity’s sake, I will keep playlist-ing.

September 2013 is the commencement of the 5th cycle of Shady Sun‘s Monthly Playlists (here’s to hoping I will be registered for my last 5 class before I begin the next one). Regardless of when I actually end up graduating, it’s all good, because I realize that everything happens in due time. Not sure how many of these I will make before I die, but it’s fun for now, and that’s what counts, right? Some people knit, other people clean, but I playlist (and yes, it is a verb).

Download my September ’13 Playlist, because it’s better late than never!

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