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Picking Slideshow Music

Posted on June 18, 2008. Filed under: Media, Photography |

If not for the valiant and selfless efforts of Queen and Survivor, where would season-end slideshows be?

Following Video Slideshows with Aperture and Final Cut, I got the following comment:

Tom I coach a 7 yr old girls softball team and am going to try to make a slideshow dvd for them can you suggest some music. This seem to be the hardest part for me. Thanks

Picking the right music is definitely one of the hardest parts, whether your audience is 7 or 17 or 37. If it is a mix of ages, picking music is even harder.

I tend to spend a lot of time worrying over the music, and in the end feeling a bit silly for having worried so much. It’s hard, and can become a game of infinite second-guessing, to pick something catchy enough to propel the slideshow yet not cheesy and obvious, inoffensive literally and in innuendo yet not Lawrence Welk bland.

What I tend to find later is that if you have some good pictures in the foreground, it really doesn’t matter as much. People subconsciously bob their heads or smile at the memory the song brings to their minds, but the high-level reactions of laughter and comments all come from the pictures themselves.

Still … There are a few different ways to go with music.

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