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A much-overlooked benefit of today’s changer-style compact-disc players is the power to customize whole programs of music with specific moods by selecting tracks from multiple discs. With just a few of your favorite CDs, you can program hours of listening geared to whatever “feel” suits you best.
Some terrific playlists can be put together with songs from CDs you’re likely to find in the collection of almost any thirty-something popular music lover. For example, place these discs, in this order, in your five-disc player:

Disc 1 – James Taylor, James Taylor’s Greatest Hits (Warner Brothers)
Disc 2 – The Eagles, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (Asylum)
Disc 3 – Billy Joel, The Stranger (Columbia)
Disc 4 – Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time (Capitol)
Disc 5 – Shania Twain, Come on Over (Mercury)

(Okay, okay! Shania’s been around a little less time than Billy or Bonnie, but her music and her lyrics are fun, and it takes a hard heart not to like her.)

Once your discs are in the changer, use the “Program” feature of your player to set the following sequences:

Program 1 – Upbeat
Disc 5, Track 1 -- “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
Disc 3, Track 2 -- “The Stranger”
Disc 1, Track 10 -- “Mexico”
Disc 2, Track 1 -- “Take It Easy”
Disc 3, Track 1 -- “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”
Disc 1, Track 11 -- “Shower the People”
Disc 5, Track 6 -- “Come On Over”

Program 2 – Soft and Gentle
Disc 1, Track 2 -- “Carolina in My Mind”
Disc 2, Track 7 -- “Tequila Sunrise”
Disc 3, Track 3 -- “Just the Way You Are”
Disc 4, Track 4 -- “Cry on My Shoulder”
Disc 5, Track 10 -- “You’re Still the One”
Disc 1, Track 6 -- “You’ve Got a Friend”
Disc 2, Track 10 -- “Best of My Love”
Disc 3, Track 5 -- “Vienna”
Disc 4, Track 8 -- “Too Soon to Tell”
Disc 5, Track 15 -- “You’ve Got a Way”
Disc 3, Track 9 -- “Everybody Has A Dream”

Program 3 – Mellow About Love
Disc 4, Track 3 -- “Love Letter”
Disc 1, Track 3 -- “Fire and Rain”
Disc 2, Track 9 -- “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
Disc 3, Track 7 -- “She’s Always A Woman”
Disc 4, Track 9 -- “I Will Not Be Denied”
Disc 5, Track 2 -- “I’m Holding on to Love”
Disc 1, Track 9 -- “How Sweet It Is”

Program 4 – A Little Bit Rowdy
Disc 5, Track 11 -- “Honey, I’m Home”
Disc 2, Track 4 -- “Already Gone”
Disc 4, Track 11 -- “The Road’s My Middle Name”
Disc 5, Track 4 -- “Don’t Be Stupid”
Disc 1, Track 12 -- “Steamroller”
Disc 3, Track 6 -- “Only the Good Die Young”
Disc 4, Track 2 -- “Thing Called Love”
Disc 5, Track 14 -- “Rock This Country”

There’s a good mix of male and female voices in these programs, and the emphasis is on tone instead of content. The result is a pleasing sound that’s good for at least a half an hour in each program.
Plus, there’s no ovelap of songs between the four programs, a fact that makes it possible to play them back-to-back for a couple of hours’ worth of unrepeated tunes. It’ll turn the background music at your next party -- or your next private evening -- into a dynamic experience.