It seems to me like Gary Chapman needs to update his 5 Love Languages because I think I’ve found a new one: sharing playlists. Especially now with more people relying on digital media to express their feelings.
Remember when mixtapes were a thing? As someone who grew up to CDs, MP3 players, and iPods, I do not, but it was a concept I was always fascinated with. Whenever I’d see it in the movies, I’d get all the feels (but mostly kilig).
I do know that making a mixtape takes a lot of time. Imagine all the time spent tuning in to the radio, waiting for the right song to play then recording it on a blank cassette tape. If you miss it you have to wait for the song to come up again.
Until now, music has that same impact since it carries meanings, thoughts, and emotions, like other forms of art do. Probably, for others including myself, sharing music can be as intimate as sharing a hug with a friend.
Someone’s favorite songs are windows to their souls. Like how you can tell a lot about a person from their shoes, you can get a read on them based on their music tastes.
The new-age romantic
Thankfully, apps like Spotify allow you to create your own playlists. Now, sharing your favorite tunes is a piece of cake. Plus, you can add your own flair to them by adding cover art. This will give the list a more “from the heart” feel. Moreover, sharing playlists is hassle-free since music streaming platforms offer share buttons to social media channels.
Crafting the perfect playlist has the power to speak to the person you’re sharing it with on an entirely different level. They don’t even have to be a romantic partner, they can be your best friend, your barkada, your siblings, or your parents.
Apart from sharing music, there are many other new love languages arising like tagging your friends in meme posts. Old-fashioned folks might find it weird to call these new-age methods love languages. But if this is how you show affection to others, who’s to say they aren’t.
When you can’t seem to find the words to make a friend feel better, try sending them a song.