Adding background music at home for free

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

I love music, and I love to have it playing all day at home. It adds to the mood and the ambiance of our environment – when I clean, I have more energy and a better attitude if I’m listening to this song; I love reading and writing with anything by this guy in the background, and who wouldn’t love to eat dinner to this? (Or your husband, who shall go unnamed, can make fun of you for liking this song.)


Photo by Arlo J

But I digress. The point is, I love music, but I’m not made of money. We keep iTunes up most of the day, but after awhile, you can get tired of the same tracks, especially if you play them as much as we do.

I know this isn’t new to the internet, but it’s new to our home. At playlist, you can create a free playlist using mp3s from around the internet, and you can play it directly from the website. The tracks aren’t yours to keep; in a way, they’re sort-of borrowed from cyberspace. Playlist encourages you to buy the track if you like it.

But the great thing from my perspective is, free background music at home! You can play a playlist up to 100 songs, which will last you quite a while. Here’s a playlist I made recently, entitled “Lazy Afternoon Music – background music for reading, cleaning, cooking, vegging”:


On a side note – you can indeed add playlists to your blog or site. May I make a request of you, though? Please don’t have them play automatically. It’s kind-of a pet peeve of mine when a website automatically plays music. That’s just me, though.Another side note – the first song, Gravel Lines by Amy Seeley, is my current favorite song. Don’t you just love her voice? Sigh.So there you go – playlist definitely works for me.

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  1. hey, i love me a little rocketman! i love old elton john. there’s this chick flick out in the states right now called 27 Dresses, and when it gets to the requisite sing-along scene that all rom-coms must include, they sing benny and the jets and it was fabulous. :)

    btw, love this new design, it’s beautiful.

    and i just picked up “the hidden art of homemaking” from the library (saw it in your sidebar). is it good?

    miss you!

  2. I love this idea! I just bookmarked that playlist site. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for your comment over at my place- I had to come check out your music-related post. This is a cool thing! I really need to get some better speakers for my machine…

    And I am in total agreement about not having music start up automatically on the web- so annoying.

    Thanks for the WFMW tip.

  4. You are my new hero! Thanks for commenting on GRS – that’s how I found you. Love your blog and I know I’ll be a regular reader. It’s great to find others with the same mindset.


  5. @katie – Yep, “The Hidden Art of Homemaking” is wonderful. I haven’t read it in ages, and I actually don’t have a copy for myself, but I need go ahead and buy it. It’s a classic.

    @tootie, miriam – Glad this tip could help. You’re welcome!

    @AMBA – Wow, I’ve never been a hero before – I’m flattered. :) Glad you found me here; it’s a rather new site, but I’ve been blogging at my personal blog for several years now. Welcome!

  6. oh my. where have you been all my life?

    you love Sufjan Stevens. i love Sufjan Stevens.
    (but he is MY secret boyfriend — so hands off!)

    can i just download your entire archive directly into my brain right this second if i stick my finger into my USB port?

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  7. have you tried Pandora ( you plug in one song or artist and it automatically generates music that has things in common with it. as it plays things, you tell it if you like the song or not which refines its abilities to play what you like. you can also add other artists or songs to the same channel. i’ve found a lot of awesome new music this way! :)

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