By Lesa Snider

For most creatives, music is inextricably intertwined with the creative process. Before we sit down to hammer out a project, many of us pick a playlist that (we hope) will inspire or, at the very least, keep us awake. Steve Jobs, in delivering keynotes on iTunes and the iPod, called music “the soundtrack of our lives” and trumpeted iTunes’ Genius Playlists as a shockingly easy way to discover (or rediscover) music in our collections—after all, many of us own more music than we remember to listen to.

In this column, you’ll learn to create a Genius Playlist and break free from your musical rut.

1. Pick a favorite song

By far the easiest and most enjoyable way to get started with Genius Playlists is to start with a song you really love. You know, one that brings a smile to your face and sensory memories of a happy time in your life. The genre—metal, rock, pop, classical, jazz, etc.—matters not.

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