Do we really need to hire personal playlist consultants?

Barrywhite_lI fear for the future of our great nation when I read articles like this one in the New York Times about wealthy folks who hire personal playlist designers to create aural wallpaper to match the decor in their homes. It’s this sort of conspicuous consumption whose deliberate waste and foolishness can’t be good for America’s image abroad or as qualifications for the elite who roam our corridors of power and lead us, at least by example. Are there really that many affluent and spoiled people among us that "personal playlist designer" is a viable career option? And who has so little faith in their own musical taste that they would hire someone else to pick their own mood music? I may not know much about art or design (and I’d love to be rich enough to hire an interior decorator to make those selections for me), but I certainly know what music I like. Musical taste is so personal and idiosyncratic that I can’t imagine letting anyone else pick the songs that make up my sonic environment each day. (Even the client cited at the end of the Times article knows that he wants Barry White (pictured) playing in his bedroom. But of course. So why does he need a consultant?) Hiring someone to make those decisions for you suggests that you simply don’t know who you are. Unless, that is, you know you are a frivolous person with money to burn.

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  • Martha

    Too true, Gary – and even if you don’t feel like making your own playlists, there are dozens of other free or low-cost options. It’s really not that hard to get Pandora, or Music Choice on Comcast, or even the Genius mix on iTunes. Some people do seem to have way too much disposable income…or are way too lazy. Or both.

  • alexandra

    hearing this just supports my theory that there are far too many incredibly stupid people in this country. and the richer you become, the stupider you seem to get (don’t even get me started on how rich people/celebs just choose things based on how expensive they are (ahem, hideous “designer” clothes) because apparently that means it’s good. hello, emperor with no clothes.) honestly…if you can’t pick your own music, you shouldn’t be allowed to listen to it. period.
    what a waste of money. on the other hand, where do i sign up to be a music consultant for these morons? sounds like a lucrative career.

  • Ceballos

    While it’s true that people appear to have too much disposable income, after thinking about this for a bit, I don’t think it’s quite as outrageous as it sounds at first.
    As Gary mentioned, people hire others to decorate their home. People also have employees who create meals for them or dress them. Having someone pick your music for you just seems like the logical/lazy next step.
    Gary also mentioned that people hire others to tell them what art to buy, and what is music if not another form of art?

  • Snarf

    Oh for crying out loud. Now I really have heard everything.
    BTW I’m available as a consultant – $300 per 1hr playlist and I have excellent yet eclectic taste in music.

  • CD

    How do I sign up for this job because this has got to be the easiest gig of the century.

  • elena

    This kind of sounds like what I do for my friends every couple of months…except it’s called “making them a mix cd” and I don’t get paid for my services. I’m thinking, like many others in this post, that I should take out an add on craig’s list. Elena- Available to make any boring old house more interesting with sounds from Bon Jovi to Beethoven! (why do houses need mood music, anyways?)

  • RubyBaby

    I can understand this as a marketing tool for restaurants, stores, etc but a home? What, the people that live there aren’t able to create an ambience all on their own…how did they get rich in the first place???
    Whenever I think I’ve heard the last in a long line of stupid ways to spend money for things/services that no-one really needs, along comes another one. I’d love to earn mega$$$ for doing this, but who really wants to have to deal with the inevitable pain-in-the-rear clients.

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  • Hermenes

    Aug13I didn’t know Grooveshark and discovered it with great inesertt. I was generally listening Deezer and Jiwa, but as living in Colombia it became nearly impossible to listen what I want because those sites block most of the songs because of Copyrights problems ! Also we don’t have access to Spotify for the same reason. And also are some videos of Youtube.Grooveshark works fine. Thanks.Best regards,Manu

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