I'd say it was a little over 13 years ago when I got my first computer equipped with a CD burner, and thus, it was a little over 13 years ago when I had my first foray into the world of playlist creation.

Much like one's first sexual experience, that first playlist started abruptly and ended just the same. It was awkward, meteorically discombobulated, and directed by an unrestrained enthusiasm for experimentation rather than an understanding of what was actually happening.  Needless to say, it was bad...real bad. However, as with most things in life, given time, practice, and experience it got better and after a while I figured out what I was doing, and developed a logical, three point method to my madness.

1. Being strong and being aggressive are two very different things. While starting and ending strong is always important, aggression has its place and time. 

2. Creating a cohesive feel and an overall encompassing atmosphere is beyond important.

3. Maintaining intensity is vital, but the subtle valleys and slow, more deliberate parts of the process ultimately make the climax seem that much higher and pleasurable.

Am I actually talking about sex, or creating a playlist/listening to music? If done right, aren't they virtually the same thing ultimately producing the same emotive result?

Follow the steps above and you'll find that making a sweet playlist, or making sweet love is as easy as 1, 2, 3.