So, for those of you who don’t know yet, Spotify Wrapped is here yet again. Everyone has been posting about it on their social media for the last 24 hours. For those of you who aren’t aware, Spotify Wrapped shows you how your year looked in the music you listened to. It shows you what your most played song was, who your most played artist was, and what your top songs were in the entire year. It also gives you a playlist based on your preferences in the last year so you can look back at how your year sounded in music. This year, there was a new addition to Wrapped that showed you what aura the music you listen to gives off.
It has been so beautiful to look at people share their most personal moments in music. It really gives an insight into what the person has chosen to escape to in the last year.
Although a lot of people excitedly compared their journeys, a lot of people thought that people sharing their personal Spotify Wrapped statistics was boring and overrated. It really made me think about how even our most personal moments in life are subject to scrutiny from the world outside, when the only motive we had in sharing them with the world was to talk about how much something as beautiful as music had kept us company through the year.
Personally, I loved seeing everybody’s Spotify stats on my social media feeds. It is really interesting to know that people might have completely different tastes in art than you might expect them to have–another proof that social media doesn’t necessarily tell you everything there is to know about a person.
Another thing I have noticed is people being afraid of coming across as ‘too basic’ or ‘too pretentious’ for their preferences. It hasn’t exactly been an easy year on everybody and so many of us have done what we needed to do to feel better. And if putting one of our favourite song on a loop for several hours or playing songs from simpler times in our lives made us feel better, then I see no reason why anybody should be embarrassed of it.
Remember that your preferences in art are yours alone. Whether or not you opened yourself up to exploring new things this year or chose to stay behind and relive what makes you comfortable, this has been your journey. You should be proud of what makes you happy and puts you at ease. You have nothing to be embarrassed of.
And, hey, if you still don’t think that your moments should be defined by the art you surround yourselves with, I’m not going to correct you on that. It’s your opinion, and it vastly differs from mine, and there’s nothing that can be done about it. But I choose to believe that every moment in our life, especially and increasingly now, is defined by what we watch, what we listen to, what we read, and most importantly, what makes us happy.
Your defining moments are yours and yours alone. Xx