Yep. I can play individual music files easily enough. But almost any audio player already has a lot of features for managing the music repostitory, handling playlists, different ways of performing playback (shuffle, repeat, etc.) I don't want to write all that. I'm hoping there's one out there already that would let me just fire off a command like begin_play_smartplaylist("cooking time").
It looks like Kodi has some options to send commands via curl, but I haven't figured out how to make it work well for me yet. Perhaps there is another player with a simpler interface? Not sure.