I found myself humming “Lovely Rita” this morning in the shower and thought to myself, “Now there’s a song I love but haven’t listened to in a long time.” Checking iTunes later in the day confirmed it: the last time I listened to it was on April 13, 2006 at 3:39 PM.
Other songs on Sgt. Pepper’s had been neglected even longer.
|Song Title||Last Played|
|Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band||8/14/2006 9:42 AM|
|With A LIttle Help from My Friends||9/13/2005 10:02 AM|
|Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds||3/18/2005 10:26 AM|
|Getting Better||5/1/2006 9:15 AM|
|Fixing a Hole||4/10/2006 2:30 PM|
|She’s Leaving Home||10/19/2006 4:46 PM|
|Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite||4/25/2005 10:00 AM|
|Within You, Without You||11/15/2005 8:02 AM|
|When I’m 64||6/9/2005 3:39 PM|
|Lovely Rita||4/13/2006 3:39 PM|
|Good Morning, Good Morning||1/4/2006 1:42 PM|
|Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)||11/28/2006 9:06 AM|
|A Day In The Life||1/18/2006 6:06 PM|
“Good Morning, Good Morning” is, in fact, just one of the 161 songs (out of 6245 total) that I’ve given a 5 star rating. How could I have neglected a favorite for so long? It’s a crime against humanity, I say.
In an effort to solve this “problem” I created a Smart Playlist called “Neglected Favorites” that automatically selects songs I like but haven’t listened to in some time.
To qualify as a neglected favorite a song must have a rating greater than three stars, above average, and not have been listened to in 180 days. I limit the list to 200 songs and then automatically have it synch’d to my iPod for listening in the car or while on a run.
I’ve been using this playlist for a few months now (and even convinced some friends to try it) and can’t imagine my iPod without it. I’m constantly saying, “Man, I haven’t heard this in forever!” and then getting my groove on.
I tell you, iTunes is like magic. Go use it.
Some more smart playlist material: