Life is a Mixtape

Over Summer we caught up with some old friends. We catch up each year at the beach and in a few hurried days share all our news, updates with work, kids, parents, issues of faith, house renovations, future plans and so on. It is truly lovely.
These friends are special because we have been in and out of each other’s lives in various ways, at significant moments for many years. One of the markers of our friendship has been the number of ‘mixed’ tapes that A used to make and send our way – to mark a special occasion, to reflect a new event, to just because he had time to ‘record’ a few tunes of Dylan and Hendrix and the like.
The Mixtape has had its day, almost. Now we share playlists via Spotify. But a mixtape is precious. And Life’s playlist is like that too – eclectic, unexpected and precious.

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We have become pretty IT savvy in recent years. We now have some older children joining us on that journey which is exciting but also a wake up call. How do we use technology in a manner that is purposeful and not time wasting and all consuming? Do we reach for it first thing in the morning? Should you be able to use it in all areas of the house? Should their be time limits? When my man and I use it for work, social networking blogging, creating websites, apps, music, film or to look up a recipe, we know it is not going to go away. The question is how to do it well, smarter and effectively.

Maybe that is another post for another day. I thought I would share our latest treat. Spotify. You may have subscribed already but if you haven’t heard about this Swedish music streaming service you are really in for some fun. Music can be browsed by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist. Using your Facebook account you can immediately have access for a trial period or for a small fee have music at your fingertips, ad free.

We have had a great time introducing our kids to older music, dancing to 80s hits around the kitchen table. Revisiting favourites and sharing our kids’ playlists! Check it out to subscribe, it will be worth it.