Category Archives: Music Connoisseur

Presenting the Xbox MVP Summit 2020 playlist!

We’ve reached March. We’ve also reached the month where many Xbox MVPs will descend on Redmond, WA to hang out with the Xbox team, and talk about plans and ideas. While most of the event is under NDA, this part of it is not.

For the past several years, I’ve enjoyed putting together a playlist for the event. This goes back to the days when Microsoft’s Global MVP Summit included consumer technologies. This year’s playlist took longer than I thought, but I’m happy with the results.

The title of my playlist is “Cocktail party in the streets. House Party in the sheets.”

The playlist can be found here:

It’s a wonderful blend of songs to sing along to, plus songs that – I hope – help people expand their musical palate. One of the things I always aim to do, with this playlist, is help people potentially discover music they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Unlike past years, this playlist is only available via Spotify. You can list to it with or without a paid subscription, and it’s one of the more popular and commonly used services. There’s 30 songs, in total, with a 2 hour running time.

Please, feel free to take a listen, and let me know what songs you enjoyed. DId you discover any new genres/artists? I’d love to help you take that discovery and get deeper into the crates.

Dolby Atmos for Music? Yes, please!

I’m a huge fan of Dolby Atmos. I enjoy having it as part of my experience playing games on Xbox. So, when I saw this video about bringing that technology to music, I was all ears (no pun intended). I would love to hear what artists can do when they’re unshackled from being only in left/right channels, and can now take their vision and, literally, surround you with it.

This is awesome.

L to the Izzo

This probably would’ve been just fine as a tweet, but it needs to be declared here, too: I’ve grown into a huge fan of Lizzo’s music, and I’m happy to see that she’s getting the recognition she deserves.

I’m also happy that she’s a force for body positivity. The girl can work it, and her music catalog is outstanding.

I say all that to say this: I hope she wins every Grammy she’s nominated for. I hope she wins Grammys that she isn’t even nominated for. She should win best pop/rock performance, jazz solo, new age release, whatever.

Yes, she’s that good. Go ahead and @ me!