I am the first to admit that I am incredibly challenged when it comes to technology - the fact that I am able to use the program required to post this blog is pretty amazing. I have a smartphone, but I often hand it over to Steve because something isn't working and he is shocked at how little I use the programs that are on it. Apparently, I am not harnessing the powers of this handy little machine!
So, in an effort to try and embrace my phone's abilities, I recently agreed to join Steve's Google Play Music Family Plan. Just in case you are in the market for choosing a service, I consulted Steve about what other services people are using: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Red, and Pandora.
I guess I resisted joining the plan because I didn't exactly understand what it was; I didn't believe him when he told me (over and over again) that I could listen to any music I wanted at any time, anywhere. I was satisfied with the radio in the car and using Music Choice on our television; I guess I didn't mind the randomness of what music played. I also think I had some weird notion that if I agreed to Steve's plan, that would mean I'd finally have to deal with the piles of CDs that I haven't listened to in years. I've learned while writing this blog post that actually, according to Steve, that's exactly what it means! It's hard to part with things that bring up emotions, but I wonder if I'm as attached to that U2 album as I think I am.
If you are in the same boat as I am with old CDs, check out the service Decluttr to purge your collection. If you have a lot of CDs, it is labor intensive, but definitely worth it. I like that I'm having to take a hard look at each CD to really decide if I truly need it. It's also been a good process for me to confirm for myself that I can, in fact, bring the songs of my past back at any moment, anywhere!
The other night, I was finally convinced of the benefit of my Google Play Music. Anna and I were reading books - I was happy when she brought me one of my favorites, Baby Beluga by Raffi. I have fond memories reading and singing this story to the many children I took care of over the years, so I love that I now read it to my own children. After I read the story to Anna, I asked her if she wanted me to sing it to her. She agreed, so I sang, and then she asked me to find the song on my phone. I didn't say anything out loud, but I was skeptical that it would be on the service - a children's song from 1980, really? I was pleasantly surprised to find the whole album (we had so much fun listening to the songs) and then, there was a link to Raffi's website with the news that he has a new album out, Owl Singalong. How fun to discover even more songs!
Anna and I had a great time singing and dancing, an activity that I think will be enriched by my newfound music service. I feel like a kid in a candy store and look forward to exploring all kinds of music. Of course, I wish I had started using the service sooner, but I (my confidence) wasn't ready. And, I thank Steve for being patient with me, watching me come to my own realization when I was ready to try something new. Watch out! Who knows what other apps I'll start using!?!