I’m not sure if you’re already familiar with Spotify or not. It is one of the numerous options available to listen to music – on your phone, PC, tablet. (It’s free with ads/paid for ad-free).
I’m always looking for the ideal channel to tune into on Spotify for just the right music to work and be productive. It’s hit or miss a lot of the time. You might like one song, but not the next 20. (But I’m too lazy to do a few extra clicks to change it up.)
Lately, I’ve discovered a random and interesting genre on Spotify called ‘Word’ (at the very bottom of the options under ‘Browse’). It is so intriguing… When trying to focus on work, you can’t really listen to and absorb it all, but it’s nice to have on in the background to take some of your mind off the mundane. Check it out: https://open.spotify.com/genre/word.
The Spotify Word playlists are eclectic and unique – poetry, speeches, stories, meditation, self help, foreign languages, vintage radio, children’s stories, presidential voices and more. They have specific writers featured in some playlists as well – Shakespeare, Bronte, Jane Austen, Noam Chomsky, Emily Dickinson… You can learn what you might have missed in high school English!
The voice actors can be varied, dramatic and entertaining. A few times I’ve tuned into the Shakespeare poetry playlist and got entranced in it. It’s nearly impossible to comprehend what is being said, but it transports you to another place in time. Then, at random, you start speaking in Old English to your colleagues.
I highly recommend exploring it for yourself. Play some for the children in your life for good measure. It’s truly a fun and passive learning experience.
His voice is gravely and rustic, reminding me of some of my favorite classic country artists. The video and music is similar to the vibe of O Brother Where Art Thou with the folk elements. The hand clapping, foot stomping, humming and swearing/shouting is infectious. The prison story element is compelling – nod to Greg Barnes and Melissa Giles, producers.
I don’t have personal experience with delirium tremens or alcoholism, but can relate to needing a stiff drink on occasion. Cheers!
My friend/drinking buddy Vanessa and I with our lemondrop martinis at the Green Dragon, Carlsbad
You can purchase this Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats album on CD, MP3 or vinyl!
At work, I’ve been known to sit on an exercise ball, peddle an under-the-desk stationary bicycle and do crunches while I sit at my desk. I like to multi-task by marking items off the to do list while working on my fitness simultaneously. I’ve always wanted a stand up desk or treadmill desk, but could never justify the cost…until now.
Knowing about my enthusiasm for such health/productivity devices, a conscientious coworker introduced me to a new phenomenon I can embrace – the ‘Hamster Wheel Standing Desk‘!! Even better, it’s a DIY project you can do for a team building exercise.
In the future, I would like to have a ‘fishbowl’ work desk invented: a small swim spa, floating desk and waterproof PC. Can someone in Redmond get on this stat? Heated water, please.
“Alright stop. Collaborate and listen! Ice is back with my brand new invention. Something grabs a hold of me tightly. Flowin’ like a harpoon daily and nightly.” – Vanilla Ice
*Warning: Personal plea for you to take social action below. Listen to Ice Ice Baby while I attempt to persuade you to go shopping for some beautiful, handcrafted Italian jewelry.
Annika, 8 | Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Etsy Store
Annika, 8 | Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Etsy Store
If you like Janine’s handcrafted jewelry, please share it with your friends and family. Better yet, buy some Signorelli-Mix jewelry for your mom, mother-in-law, wife, girlfriend, daughter or grandma! Her jewelry would be perfect for Mothers Day or Easter gifts!
“Lindy’s Nautical 40th” birthday party is just two months away and planning is well under way! Invitations have been designed and sent out. Shout out to Courtney Mansell Design (former maiden name Van Laar) for her most awesome graphic design skills. We work closely together on projects all the time, and I’m always in debt to her for the magical way she pulls concepts together.
We are going to be taking a three hour tour on the Newport Beach Harbor Tiki Boat by Fun Zone Boats. They feature charter and party boat trips in Newport Beach, California. The photos of their booze cruises look epic! Of course, I have a comprehensive list of my own ideas to make it even more memorable and fun. Battle Shots, anyone? Nautical costumes and regalia? There will be a taco bar, regular bar, DJ and a Gilligan’s Island vibe. Photo ops galore!
Next steps are my music curation for the DJ and the party mix tape. I created a Google Docs online form to help gather all the best music requests for the party ‘mix tape’. Aside from the obvious dance hits of more recent times, here are some of my classic song faves from the last four decades (in no particular order.) If you haven’t heard these before, you’re missing out. Go to your nearest online radio platform now to check them out.
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
Push It – Salt n Pepa
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
It Takes Two – Rob Base
Raise Your Glass – P!nk
Summer Lovin’ – Grease
Children’s Story – Slick Rick
Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
Little Red Corvette – Prince
I Want Your Sex – George Michael
I Need You Tonight – INXS
Beds are Burning – Midnight Oil
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
Boom I Got Your Boyfriend – MC Luscious
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC DC
Girls – Beastie Boys
TOO MANY MORE TO LIST!
What are your all time faves to dance to? Don’t be shy – put your song request in a comment. I’ll consider it for my mix tape!