It wasn’t until recently that I’d realized quite how much I have often emotionally invested in making playlists in my iTunes library. Be they to commemorate a special occasion, honor a friendship or foolhardedly assuage passages of time dictated by particular moods of mine (those never last as long as a first playthrough though), I still take far too much care in comprising CD-shaped compilations and, as a result, treasure them just that little bit too much. This is made immediately apparent by a few stringent disclaimers I always give myself whilst making said mini music-fests:
1) As hinted previously, the duration must never exceed seventy-nine minutes and fifty seconds so as to be able to fit on a playable CD;
2) The music featured needs to pleasingly tread the line between the mainstream and the obscure, specifically when being made for another person;
3) No genre should ever be considered taboo;
4) All songs must be at least five-star-rated.