I curated the perfect playlist according to rules of Hulu’s new, High Fidelity
Updated: Apr 15, 2020
The rules are plain and simple.
1. It has to be entertaining
2. It has to tell a story
3. The meaning can't be too obvious, but it can't be too obscure either
4. You can't double up on songs by the same artist (unless it's the theme)
5. The opener has to be familiar, but also unexpected, and most importantly? It has to make you feel good.
6. Track #2 needs to carry an element of surprise, convincing the listener to keep listening.
7. The closer is the most important. It's the last thing the listener is going to hear, and the only thing they're going to remember.
Also, don't ever shuffle a playlist. Ever.
So the main point for me was to create a list of songs that each brought something to the table. Given that I was planning on sharing it with others, I also felt the need to make it in a way that people wanted to listen to every song. For me, the length was key. Too many songs and the meaning might get lost, but too little won't get the message across at all, so I thought my perfect number. I'm pretty sure everyone's perfect number is different, but mine was 15 (I can't pinpoint exactly why, but it just seemed right). For me, the hardest part was the opener. It was overwhelming to think that this was the first impression I was giving everyone, and the perfectionist that I am, I refused to settle. The closer, however, flew right into my lap, and I was sold in seconds.
Now I don't expect everyone's playlist-making experience to be the same, but I do guarantee that by the end of it, you will have a deeper appreciation for the art that goes into it, as pretentious as it first may seem. So now, without further ado, I present to you my perfect playlist, titled "Para Ti." I'll spare you an in-depth analysis of my thought process here. Still, I did include my first, second, and last songs respectively in obedience to Zoe Kravitz's character, Rob's (AKA Playlist Concocting God) wishes <3.
Track 1: Cayendo (Side A - Acoustic)//Frank Ocean
The perfect opener, what can I say... The gentle acoustics paired with Ocean's familiar voice sounded like the ideal sensorial seatbelt buckling you up for this glorious freaking journey I'm about to take you on.
Track 2: Tired of Being Alone//Al Green
Unanticipated, yet a classic. This was Green's first single, which soon began his streak of four straight gold singles. Seductive, soothing, and unmatched.
Track 15, The Grand Finale: Face the Sun//Miguel ft. Lenny Kravitz
I couldn't think of a more memorable song than this one. The lyrics were perfect, tying my theme together seamlessly, and each note just hit different. Also, peep the subtle Kravitz motif we got going on up here.
It took a lot of listening, vibing, and reflecting to reach the peak euphoric experience that I call my playlist. As the last notes fall, and I replay my playlist for the third time today, I'm left with nothing but my feels, which therefore means I have done my job.