Did you know that it takes 400 to 450 songs—let's just call it an even 420—to make a playlist that will play for an entire day without repeating a song?
I know this because I used to run a 24/7 internet radio station and you end up making note of this sort of math when plotting how to make a non-repetitive rotation with a limited amount of uploaded songs (#rip old internet radio stream).
Sure, the number "420" also has some reefer connotations, but I promise that 99% of the reason I made this playlist was because I wanted something that could play non-stop for *at least* 24 hours straight. And I wanted to fill the playlist with the kind of music that I classify as "safe for most work places, but not boring and lame"—because I know what it's like having a job where your music is on in the background all day errday. So having a place where you can go push one button and then not have to worry about finding any more music options for the rest of the day, that's very necessary.
It's probably most accurate to think of this 420≠ALLDAY playlist as the portable jukebox that sits in the corner of my made-up establishment, 'The HI54LOFI'.
But, "what kind of place is this 'The HI54LOFI'?" you ask. Well, as I've once described to a friend…
The HI54LOFI is like this cool pub or cafe, except I don't have to prepare anybody's drinks or worry about ordering stock or anything like that. I just pick out the music. And it's also maybe a thrift store, but one of those cool ones where all the books & records & clothes & stuff is good, but the prices aren't marked up crazy. What would you call one of those?
We never did work out what one of those would be called.
Anyways, as I plan on keeping this playlist at 420 songs, I will be jumping in and tweaking the song selection whenever the feeling hits me (ie. as I listen to new-to-me music and go "ohh… I think that would sound good down at the ol' HI54LOFI").
So if the idea of being able to throw 24hrs worth of music on shuffle whenever you're in need of some tasty background ear candy—for example, maybe you have your own pretend establishment, or maybe you have a real one—make sure you hit the 'Follow' button on Spotify as that way you'll get the auto-magic updates whenever I sub in a new batch of tunes.
And if you don't use Spotify, but would like to listen to something like this, shoot me a message and I'll see if I can help (as I'm still trying to figure out the best way of providing better radio alternatives, especially since having to kick my old 24/7 internet radio stream to the curb).
Jeremy // @HI54LOFI