Sacred and profane

While adding a couple of more things to my Spotify playlist tonight, I wondered if I needed to set up separate playlists for Christian music and secular music. I’ve never done this on my normal MP3-player or computer playlists, and I’m not going to do it here either, except maybe to set up some special-occasion playlists. When I want to listen to music, I want a hodgepodge, a return to the good old days when radio stations weren’t so specialized and consultant-driven.

This leads, of course, to some sort of bizarre segues. Then again, even if you ignored the lyrics, I have eclectic tastes in music in general, and so you’re likely to hear a variety of styles and eras represented.

Granted, a lot of the Christian music I listen to (built around songwriters like Terry Scott Taylor and the unrelated Steve Taylor) has a satirical bite to it, although I do have some more literal and straightforward songs on the list as well.

So am I crazy or corrupt for listening to the sacred and the secular intermingled?

I apologize to my Facebook friends for all of my Spotify links this weekend. I’ve been having fun with the service.

One caveat: Spotify has so many songs that in several cases I’ve discovered that I have added an unexpected version of the song to my playlist – the live version instead of the studio version, a dance mix, or (in the case of some oldies) a re-recorded version from a nostalgia album years later, perhaps after the artist has changed record labels and no longer has the rights to use the original track. Usually, you can go back and figure out the version you really intended to add. In one case, there was a sound-alike single (Spotify has those too, along with karaoke tracks) mislabeled as being the original artist, in this case an artist that Spotify doesn’t have the rights to yet. So I couldn’t replace that one with the real track; I just deleted it.