Bloganuary: Playlist

Today’s Bloganuary prompt is: What’s on your playlist?

I don’t have a playlist so much as a set of songs which I like. I play them and then YouTube suggests similar songs. I play my music on YouTube because sometimes I like the video as much as the music. Sometimes, even more. Like “She Burns” by Foy Vance which features actress Lucy Hale. I like the visual esthetic of the video and how the camera seems to have a love affair with actress.

For entirely different reasons, I love this stop-motion animation and song by Elliot Park.

I have a on-off obsession with Ed Sheeran. He habitually plants ear worms which are hard to shake out of my head. Just before Christmas he released an acapella version of “Afterglow” which is love song disguised as an ecclesiastical hymn.

But it is his re-mix of “Peru” with Nigerian singer Fireboy DML which is my current favorite. The song was my introduction to the Afrobeat genre, a combination of West African musical styles influenced by American jazz and soul.

YouTube recommended this song to me when if first came out. I liked it then when it had less than 20,000 views. Now it has 24M and the song is at or heading for the #1 spot in the UK and US billboards. For this particular song, the better sounding version is this one but I dislike the video. This acoustic version is almost as good with more tasteful visuals.

And finally, a song that I first heard years ago when “Tears For Fears” rode the airwaves and videographers focused on dental work; “Shout” remade by IVESY. It is on the soundtrack for ‘Discovery of Witches’ and is almost unrecognizable from the original. You can judge.


    1. Thank you AB. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one who noticed 🙂 I enjoyed Season 1 of Discovery of Witches. It’s as good as holiday in England and Matthew Goode’s voice is like chocolate!

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  1. The baby snake video is very cute indeed! It makes me wish I could do stuff like that. I showed it to one of my boys earlier today 😋

    But I also really loved Fireboy & Ed, both the video and the song. It is totally up my alley and had to add it to my very short Spotify list – I’m super selective with music, hah! I have a list of like 24 songs which I just listen to on repeat and that’s it. (98% reggaeton, 1 samba, and Måneskin’s Beggin’ which I’m obsessed with, as Manja knows!) I didn’t know I would like anything by Ed Sheeran. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. In Toronto today there is an extreme cold alert with wind chill in the -25 to -35C range. Based on your comment, I played some reggaeton and immediately felt better! I can see why you like it 🙂

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  2. I never really think of You Tube for music listening nor take much notice of videos these days – maybe I should! To be honest most of the music I listen to is old stuff from my teens and 20s, with a few more recent numbers thrown in when I hear something I like.

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    1. My taste in music has changed over the years. I’m probably in the minority but songs from the 70’s & 80’s that I used to love then, make me queasy now. Maybe I’m an odd one, for feeling nausea instead of nostalgia for old songs!

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  3. I really love the baby snake video and song. 🙂 So sweet! I’ll send it to Snow for her twins. I also thought this version of Shout is interesting. Still prefer the original though.

    My music taste is all over the place. Each song that I encounter and it causes something in me to stir, I save to my current Svašta playlist. Svašta means what it is, “all sorts”. I’m currently on Svašta.05. You can find them all on my YouTube channel, next to your two videos that you made for us. 🙂

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    1. I was think of Snow when I posted it. I like the video because it’s a catchy song and clever use of stop motion animation.

      The link doesn’t work for me Manja. What is your channel’s name? Maybe you can send me a link to that.

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