How many of you – when younger – have enjoyed making mixed tapes? I am among those who have made tapes. And many. Carried away by a friend, in 2004 I made my first “official” compilation, one of those with great attention to detail, from the cover to the tracklist.
I made them to win a girl over, to remember a particular moment or as a Christmas gift to all my friends. I keep track of them because this will allow me to reconstruct a piece of my life and probably ask myself ‘what the heck was I listening to?!’ With a little patience, I will upload them all on this page.
Two pointers for optimal listening: (1) the order of the tracks is not random, so I suggest not setting the mode to random, and (2) Spotify adds tracks to the queue if the playlists do not reach 15 tracks, and mine, by choice, reach about 10.
Making a playlist is a delicate art.High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
It’s like writing a love letter but better in a way.
You get to say what you want to say without actually saying it.
You get to use someone else’s poetry to express how you feel.
And then there are the rules.
#23, Apr 2021
#18, Sep 2009
In the summer of 2009 I made the MusiCenando evenings in which I brought live music to some clubs in the province, with related exhibitions of photography, literary interventions or other forms of art. This is the playlist I put on before the concerts started.
#1, Aug 2004
The first playlist, this doesn’t need too many explanations. It may be that it was the first, it may be that I connect this to a period (work in discography) which I missed much over the years, but after many years it is still one of my favorites.