More than a year ago, my iPod unexpectedly died on me. I didn’t have any of my iPod songs or playlists on iCloud, nor did I have my iPod playlists on iTunes.
This was a disaster of the first order, because I love to listen to music. I crave music, and I had created playlists to suit my every mood. Suddenly, all of my carefully crafted playlists were . . . gone.
After a solemn ceremony and reassurance from the Genius Bar that I truly was screwed, I bought a new iPod and decided to start all over — going through every song on my iTunes library, from A to Z. I’ve been doing it for more than a year now. Along the way I deleted songs that were duplicative, or songs that I didn’t like. Those that remained were placed into new playlists. My progress was delayed when our old iMac also quit on me, but I kept at it.
Tonight, after more than a year of work, I finished culling the iTunes library and rebuilding the iPod. I went through an original library of more than 15,000 songs and chopped it down to a mere 7716, starting with Take on Me by a-Ha and ending with Love Song by 311. I’ve got baroque, and Motown, and holiday music, and Ashokan Farewell, and Sharp Dressed Man, and Jeff Beck’s Freeway Jam. I’ve got it all in my little bit of metal magic that’s smaller than a pack of cigarettes, and I’m ready to face the world again.
I’ve still got work to do, adding new songs from time to time, tinkering with the playlists, and perhaps creating a few more that I might discuss in the future. But tonight I’m done with my year-long project, and I feel like celebrating. Time to unhook the iPod and listen to Derek and the Dominos’ Key to the Highway.