Last year, on this day, I created a new playlist on Spotify. I decided I wanted one of just artists who share my birthday. It was easy to start with the ones I knew: Johnny Cash, Juliet Simms, Fats Domino.
But I wanted more, so I went to Wikipedia and went through the list of people born on February 26. Let me tell you, there was a lot, and it took me a while to search through and find all the musicians.
Once I had done that, I went through Spotify, searching for those who I had found. Some were artists I had heard of before, but wasn’t aware of their birthdays, like Michael Bolton, Erykah Badu, and Corinne Bailey Rae. There were long dead composers. Others were international artists who I wouldn’t normally have found out about otherwise, such as: Najwa Karam, Natalia Lafourcade, and Keisuke Sakai. And then there were other artists who fell somewhere in between.
This is a playlist I may only play once a year, but it is fun knowing that I have this connection with them, of having the same birthday. It was also great expanding my music library in this specific way.
Here’s my challenge to you, go do the same. Go to Wikipedia, search the births on your birthday. That alone could lead to some finds. After that, go to Spotify and look for the musicians who share your birthday. Find out something you might not have known. Expand your horizons. Enjoy life.
O, and Happy Birthday to all the February 26 kids!