Needed: The Golden Playlist

So most of you know that in addition to FLBlogCon (for which we just announced this year’s dates plus did a Call for Speakers), I also own Florida Swim Network.

Florida Swim Network

Being married to a swim coach and being the mother of a swimmer, I found myself poolside way more often than I wanted, so what to do? Blog! What else! haha

If you are not familiar with it, Florida Swim Network covers competitive swimming in the state of Florida and we began live streaming swim meets a few years back. Fast-forward to 2016 and we are one of the largest swim sites on the ‘net and  our broadcasts sometimes get picked up by ESPN and the SEC Network.  We’re also getting ready to launch the first ever Apple TV Channel dedicated to the sport of swimming!

Our Road to Rio

And since this is an Olympic year, we’ll be headed to Omaha for the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, and then in August we’re headed all the way to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games!

Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Swimming in Florida:

  • The state of Florida has over 130 swimmers who are qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials and most of these are high school athletes (Yep, sitting in class right beside your kid!)
  • The 2012 Olympic Swim Coach was Gregg Troy, who is the head coach at the University of Florida
  • The 2016 Olympic Swim Coaches both have Florida ties, too – Coach Bob Bowman (yes, Michael Phelps’ coach) swam at Florida State while co-head coach Dave Marsh swam at Indian River State College
  • Florida is the training ground of the some of the world’s best swimmers who come here to train with our elite coaches spread across the state
  • Many Olympians and former World Record Holders live here in Florida and now coach the new generation of swimmers
  • 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and NBC commentator Rowdy Gaines grew up in Winter Haven and still lives in Central Florida
  • 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte grew up training in Daytona Beach and his dad still coaches there
  • Alia Atkinson, 3-time Olympian and current World Record Holder from Jamaica, trains in South Florida and was the first black woman to win a world championship title
  • The state of Florida will probably have over 30 swimmers competing at the Rio Olympics, representing various countries
  • Florida will most likely also have a swimmer competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games, which happen in Rio right after the traditional Olympics

For the Olympic Trials, we’re considering doing a majorly long road trip (from Orlando to Omaha) to visit some of the swim teams and former Olympians along the way, and even stop in Nashville to see my high school buddy Willy Daunic who is a sports radio personality there. (I heard his face is on the side of buses and everything – haha!)

Playlist Needed

So, if we do this road trip, we’re going to need a pretty spectacular playlist to get us through. One problem, though, is that my hubby Joe and I don’t always see eye-to-eye with our musical tastes, so we’re going to have to do some compromising. Plus I don’t want to have to go buy every song we come up with, so that’s another sticking point.

To get started with this playlist process, we’ve decided to do a list of the types of music that we can listen to for hours on end… this should be interesting!

Bess’ Choices:

  • Billy Joel
  • Elton John
  • Eagles
  • Sugar Hill Gang
  • Jim Brickman
  • Berlin
  • Michael Jackson
  • Eminem (Don’t judge)
  • David Allan Coe (Again, don’t judge)
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • Jack Johnson
  • David Bowie
  • Aloe Blacc
  • Hamilton soundtrack
  • Phantom of the Opera soundtrack
  • Evita soundtrack (and once again, don’t judge!)

Joe’s Choices:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Paul McCartney
  • Phil Collins
  • The Police
  • Prince
  • Van Halen
  • Rolling Stones
  • UB40
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Peter Gabriel
  • The Bangles (don’t judge)
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Duran Duran
  • Billy Joel
  • David Bowie
  • Men at Work
  • John Cougar
  • Steve Miller Band
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Alan Jackson
  • George Strait
  • Jimmy Buffett

Streaming Options

So now we’ve got to figure a way to listen to these artists without going broke buying all their albums. We’ve tried Pandora before, but it often gives you “sounds like” artists or music you just don’t want to hear.

My son mentioned Spotify (he’s a subscriber) so I checked it out. They are apparently the undisputed king of streaming music with over 20 million paying subscribers and another 50 million that use their free service. Plus they have over 30 million songs in their library, so I am pretty sure it will have every song Joe and I could want, even my “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina!”

Finally there is the newer Apple Music. While it looks pretty good and also has a large library, it doesn’t appear to give us the ability to create our own playlists or look at playlists other people have created. Apparently Spotify already has some really great travel playlists created.

So, for now, we are open to suggestions, both on artists/songs for our playlist as well as which streaming music service to use.

Let us know!