By Annie Bryan
“The birds singing
The sun rising
As I wait for you”
-“Darling,” Real Estate
Good morning to anyone looking to grow and foster closer friendships. If you’re a tender human being with friends you want to show your appreciation for, consider a friend-specific accumulation of songs as your generation’s Hallmark greeting card. Here’s my big pitch. Enjoy, drones.
There is little evidence for or against the intentionality and thoughtfulness of curating music for a friend. A gift without cost, playlists tell your pal that you care about who they are and what makes their ears happy in a way that shows them that you’re thinking of them.
Welcome to the new way of saying “hi” to people in college, an environment where you may not have time for even your best friends. The intentions for curating relationships and good vibes amongst peers found within making a playlist for them goes a long way. How many times have you intended to put a coffee date on your calendar with a friend? Made dinner plans and had to cancel because something else came up?
Have no fear, comrade. A cryptic and thoughtful Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud or (to heck with it) 8tracks playlist is the way to go. No need for CD copies, records, or tapes. Playlists are whimsically intangible. Revel in their lack of experience of the third dimension. Raise a fist to physics and rejoice. While you’re at it, realize that music doesn’t follow the useless rules of time, or Google Calendar, or class schedules, or office hours. Toss your playlist to a friend via hitting that soft share through text button while you pass them on campus.
Better yet, here’s an entire list of extremely valid scenarios as a moodboard for when you can shoot a love-filled playlist to a friend in your college-compounded lifestyle:
We’re about to unload on a whole new messy and semi-productive semester, and I hope your hectic and terrible next four months are filled with as much intentionality, fellowship, and tenderness as possible.
From one person with friendships to another, from one student with friends living in Europe to another, from one surviving human being to another, let’s just get super close to people this semester. Share a friend your deepest darkest secrets via symbolism-stuffed lyrics. What do your ears think of when you think of your one special, mega-platonic friend? Let them know. Let the world know.