Recently I took a friend to a wonderful American-owned dive bar that plays a steady stream of great rock music. Places like this are rare in Korea because 99% of businesses play the same ten K-Pop songs all day long. Whether you’re in an ice cream shop or a high-end men’s designer clothing shop, you’re going to hear the same bubblegum music.
The playlist on tap at the bar included some great classic rock like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Johnny Cash. They also played some more recent stuff like Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Sadly, my friend didn’t know any of the songs that were playing. In fact, she admitted that she’s never even heard of The Rolling Stones or The Beatles. I was dumbstruck. How could someone, even a Korean, not know ANY of this music?
After I gave a long (and boring) lecture on the importance of classic American rock, she asked me to make a list of the songs she should hear. I was happy to oblige. I spent all day yesterday searching for and compiling great music.
I took great care to organize the songs in a way that made sense, and only chose the best music. I spent too much time scrutinizing every song choice. Once satisfied, I put the songs in my Dropbox and sent her the link.
As the files were uploading, it stuck me that I just made a mixtape for a girl. It was like a flashback to middle school. It’s not as cool or romantic as a real mixtape, but it’s essentially the same thing. I guess nothing really changes.
Until next time.