For readers with access, it takes no effort to notice how music weaves throughout my blog. It was a revelation to find the option of embedding songs from Spotify into WordPress. The unfortunate thing is—and I’ve checked this by switching countries through a VPN—many of the songs that I display are either unavailable in certain countries or the embedded elements simply don’t appear. This makes me sad, even if it usually doesn’t take away from the writing in my posts. Nevertheless, using Spotify has been the easiest way for me to connect my thinking with music because the alternatives suffer their own drawbacks: embedding YouTube videos will also come with country restrictions, visual noise, or less predictable content availability; and purchasing each song individually, then hosting them in WordPress or SoundCloud would carry more cost, labor, and potential legality issues.
That’s a whole lot of preamble for me to get to the point: from time to time, I will drop a Spotify playlist curated by me, Jonathan Oyola a.k.a. Neptune Lazur a.k.a. manfeelings—the last one is my Spotify username and a reference to a Peep Show episode [Dailymotion]. Just like “Reblogs,” “Songs of the Week” posts will have a somewhat buried placement, given none are listed in my website’s menu. I apologize to any viewers who don’t have an automatic way of seeing the embedments on these posts. To the viewers who do, my hope has been that you enjoy these musical offerings or, at the very least, are exposed to lyrics and rhythms which further your own inspiration. People are complex, so it shouldn’t be surprising to find my writing and music tastes can be a little juxtaposed. Here’s the final tip that I’ll leave you with: Spotify users can also *click the logo in the top-right corner of embedments to listen in the app on Android.
I wish you good hunting, good listening, and good writing!
*Update: Sometimes this won’t work from inside the WordPress app. Go figure!
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