Dear Music: An Open Letter

Dear Music,

As I sit scrolling from room to room on plug.dj, I wonder do you realize how much you’ve done for me or how you’ve impacted my life? I can’t thank you enough for the relationship we have.

I know we’ve been friends since childhood and sometimes I feel like I don’t appreciate you enough. You’ve helped me through the ups and downs, and you always seem to know what to say. You are beautiful in all your different forms and genres, and what better way to give thanks for everything you’ve done for me than on this plug.dj Brand Ambassador journey.

I’d like to think that our relationship all started in elementary school when my kindergarten class would learn nifty little songs in order to remember basic knowledge. Without you, I wouldn’t have really appreciated the “ABCs” without the Jackson 5, or the days of the week through the song “Saturday Love” by Cherrelle, and lastly the importance of the months of a year like “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire as easily as I did. It seems like such a small detail, but it’s the little occurrences like that:  you show up and helped me out, even as a young man.

 

Music… You are there for me regardless of what’s going on in my life. Which is how I discovered plug.dj? Well… Not just yet… I had heard for what I had thought was the last ‘no’ in my quest to become an R&B/Soul artist. On a flight back home, I was surfing through the internet for new ways to stream music and came across turntable.fm. To my surprise this site was just what the soul doctor ordered. I was welcomed with open arms in a room called “Soulful Strut” and man did my music experience change. The song selections, the people, and the milestone parties gave me a musical outlet to enjoy you again.  I knew I could count on you to be there for me at any hour of the day or night and you and Soulful Strut comforted me during hard times, calmed me down during stressful times, enlivened the celebratory times, brightenedy days, and so much more. You’ve seen me through every stage and phase of my life. You’ve grown with me. You’re part of every significant memory I have. I was revived and it was all because of you.

But something happened. As much as people all loved turntable.fm, they decided to shut it down to fully concentrate on the “Live” experience. The decision to do that was tough on its faithful listeners like me but the night of the final party a member of Soulful Strut gave us the name of a website that wanted to throw our next party…

 

In comes plug.dj

One of the many things I love about you is how you bring people together. plug.dj did just that… a bit snappier, there were more avatars and fun things to do with your character, and definitely a more global audience. Some of my happiest memories are being with friends and family in Soulful Strut, SOULZONE and YouTunes while chatting, singing and dancing together… or shall I say “WOOT” together. There have been plenty of times where you have made the experience on plug.dj what it is. AWESOME!

R.I.P. plug.dj (2012-2015)

But something happened again… After two years, making it to level 17 and becoming the host of Soulful Strut, plug.dj was forced to close their doors. This couldn’t be happening. I wasn’t ready for this. I was so vested into building this website that I vowed not to move on. I went from room to room campaigning for others to be a “Gold Subscriber.” We were successful in holding the doors open for some time but to no avail it was over. Where else would I get to experience you in the ways that I have for so many years????

plug.dj is back! (2016-present)

And then it happened… No, no, this time it was good thing! July 25, 2016 The Facebook post read, “Official Update: plug.dj is now owned by Rowl.” I’m still picking up confetti off the floor to this day. The great thing about this post was to hear how the company was going to place tremendous focus on community and the user experience. I was all-in and made the decision to try and become a Brand Ambassador. plug.dj had been good to me from day one and I felt what better way than to pay it forward. You see what you made me do, music!

 

As I begin to take this BA journey, one of the things I’ve learned from administration and my mentor margotron is to search through many more of plug.dj’s communities. I’ve discovered that you are even more beautiful in all your different forms and genres, and what better way to give thanks for everything that you’ve done for me than to say thank you, music. 

I like to think you’re the closest thing people have to magic. The fact that every person in the world is able to connect on streaming sites like plug.dj is because of you… and for that, I thank you again.

Lastly, my dear friend, I’m grateful for all you have given this world. I may not have found all the right words to express how much you mean to me, but as I “Hang Out” in the Urban Suite I’m asking you… No, not you music but the person reading this right now… I’m asking you to reply in the comments of this blog post regarding “your” experience with music and how you were introduced to plug.dj. It can be as long or as short as you would like. REMEMBER: IT’S YOUR EXPERIENCE!!!

Always,
Ramel,
A plug junkie on BA trial

3 thoughts on “Dear Music: An Open Letter

  1. ProDjMx

    Woaw, what a well written post. (don’t expect the same for my comment haha)

    Music didn’t have a big place in my childhood but the more I was growing up the more I was understanding it, I think. I started to understand the different genres of music and how I could appreciate it.

    I joined plug.dj in 2014, I am not sure how I discovered it but I instantly loved the concept! On my first time on plug.dj, I remember I joined the biggest french community and they were playing something called E.D.M. Back in the days, I had no clue what it meant, but, like many others, thanks to plug I discovered the beauty of this type of music and loved it. Unfortunately, with the time the number of members droped and we went to 150+ per day to 10 per day quickly because, as you mentioned, the shutdown of plug.dj. This event forced me to go visit other communities and appreciate their community as well as their music, which was a great thing at the end as I met a lot of wonderful persons that were around the world. Now a days, I have been in a lot of communities and made great friends and I am still going around to explore and maybe discover & grab new songs!

    To go back to music, it has kind of a big place in my life now. I am using it to dance, yep, I fell in love with it and always wanted to do those impressive moves that hip-hop dancers were doing, so I went to a hip-hop class almost three years ago. Since this day, I am dancing and working on my moves each week, which is a way for me to relax and express myself. And without music, it would be impossible.

    I hope that this adventure will continue and go for the best!

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