I have OCD. I’ve never denied this, as I consider my particular brand of OCD to be just mild enough to help structure my life in a responsible way. For example, my anxiety makes it impossible for me to leave the house without a balanced checkbook, but stops just short of having me wash my hands 600 times immediately thereafter. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is the glue that keeps my life from crumbling, and I’m well aware of that.
Still another positive result of OCD are the little projects and hyper-focused, late-night creations that seem to get pulled out of nowhere from time to time. Something that, when glanced at by a foreign eye, seems unnecessarily complicated and trivial, yet turn out to be pretty cool ideas in the light of day.
I’ll preface this by admitting that I’m probably not the first person to invent the Mini-Mix (or even the millionth, probably), but I get the feeling that the bulk of my audience would appreciate something as needless-yet-completely awesome in every way as the following creation. Here’s where my inspiration came from.
My commute to work is almost concrete in nature. 10.5 miles each way, approximately 22 minutes on the road at a time. It’s not a lengthy commute by any means, but it’s still long enough that I want to listen to music on my iPod for the duration. Typically, I spend more than five minutes a commute skipping around, dissecting playlists or otherwise distracting myself from watching the road or actually listening to any music at all, while searching for that next perfect track.
This is where the Mini-Mix comes in. I’ve decided to create a veritable library of 5-7 track mixes that not only last the exact length of the 20-22 minute commute, but each have their own specific mood and theme. I choose a mix before I leave the house, and the Mini-Mix does the rest. No wasting time skipping or skimming around; just a handful of killer tracks for a short attention span.
Here’s an example. This is my Mini-Mix, entitled “The 80’s Loves You!” I mainly chose to share this list with you because it’s easily the most embarrassing and guilty-pleasure-y mix that I have.
1. The Outfield – ‘Your Love’ – 3:43
2. Rick Springfield – ‘Jessie’s Girl’ – 3:13
3. The Cure – ‘A Night Like This‘ – 4:19
4. Squeeze – ‘Another Nail In My Heart’ – 2:55
5. The Smiths – ‘This Charming Man’ – 2:44
6. New Order – ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ – 3:50
6 Tracks – 20:44
You really have no idea how much the Mini-Mix has changed my commute for the better. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your weekend. Also, let me know what your Mini-Mixes would consist of, and go here if you still need to hook your iPod up to your car. There’s a Major CDP Announcement arriving on Monday, so please stick around for that.