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DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Intention

What fascinates me about intention is how, with the creative process, it is often more of an initial motivational force than a true destination to be reached.

You may have a very concrete plan of what you want to create, however, once the creation is routed through your personal filter, the outcome will inevitably be warped and distorted by your talents, limitations and individual quirks. But this is what makes it unique.

I have heard countless musicians say something to the effect we were trying to sound like the Beatles, but we ended up sounding completely different. The Ramones may have wanted to sound like the Bay City Rollers, but catchy bubble-gum riffs aside, they sound like they’re from a different planet. The lesson here is, make a plan, but don’t stick to it. The magic is in the unintentional. Or as Brian Eno puts it, “"Honor thy error as hidden intention”.

Is it “Music City, U.S.A.” or “The Capitol of Country Music”? Whichever moniker you prefer, Nashville’s deep contribution to music is unquestionable. The Nashville chapter picked the theme this month and I included a handful of songs from the southern metropolis. From emerging artists like Bully, to the undisputed queen of country Dolly Parton, Nashville was, is, and hopefully will always be a musical nexus. With such a deep musical tradition, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I have never been to the city. I swear I have every intention of visiting.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and here is a playlist for the road trip. From late 80’s NYC hardcore favs, Gorilla Biscuits, to Nas, Robyn and Paul McCartney, this month’s playlist is filled with tales of intention, both good and bad. Themes of the best-laid schemes, ulterior motives, and well-meaning actions dominate the soundtrack.

I hope you enjoy the selections. If you dig these playlists, please share them, and I always enjoy hearing from you on Twitter. See you next month with another playlist! Thanks for listening.

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