The first track that played on my current Spotify playlist:
Hypnotize will always get me going.
And no, this isn’t a paid endorsement for Spotify or anything like that. Spotify just happens to be my music listening tool at the present moment.
I had previously used a paid subscription, but I’ve recently begun experimenting with using the free version to see how I like it . I’m curious as to whether or not it is worth it to continue a paid subscription versus just using the free version and subscribing to lists. Any input from the audience is welcome.
And so it was that this morning I was looking for something to listen to while writing, and under the browse button I found the Hip Hop Monsters playlist. Our differing definitions of hip hop set aside for the time being, I decided to give it a listen.
One of the songs that came up was this little ditty featuring Miley Cyrus (I can’t believe I just name-dropped her here, but whatever).
I wasn’t looking at the Spotify app when this came on, so I had no idea who I was listening to, but discovering that it was her did not make me turn away in disgust. In fact, I starred the track.
While browsing, I came across the Workday – Indie list, which has the description “Get through your workday with 8 hours of indie.”
I like discovering new music, so I will be giving that one a whirl at a later time.
I feel obligated to follow the Viral 50 list, because I need to be in tune to what’s hip with the youngsters these days.
If you have a Spotify profile and you think I should be following you and your music choices, please let me know in the comments.
Christian is my favorite. His YouTube videos are awesome, and here is the latest he has put together along with Katie Goodrich.
Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed, (JJ Fad)
Uh, sama lamaa duma lamaa you assuming I’m a human
What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman
Innovative and I’m made of rubber
So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you
I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating
How to give a motherfuckin’ audience a feeling like it’s levitating
Never fading, and I know that the haters are forever waiting
For the day that they can say I fell off, they’d be celebrating
via Eminem – Rap God Lyrics | Rap Genius.
I love you, Slim Shady.
Each fruit and vegetable in our stores has a unique history of nutrient loss, I’ve discovered, but there are two common themes. Throughout the ages, our farming ancestors have chosen the least bitter plants to grow in their gardens. It is now known that many of the most beneficial phytonutrients have a bitter, sour or astringent taste. Second, early farmers favored plants that were relatively low in fiber and high in sugar, starch and oil. These energy-dense plants were pleasurable to eat and provided the calories needed to fuel a strenuous lifestyle. The more palatable our fruits and vegetables became, however, the less advantageous they were for our health.
from “Breeding the Nutrition Out Of Our Food”, NYT
“I remember back in the days, you’d go visit someone at their house, and you’d look at their bookshelf and/or vinyl collection and you’d pretty much know who you were dealing with and whether you’d be compatible as friends (and in some cases as lovers or partners). But today I wonder, now that so many people have digital collections of everything, how we’ll any longer have this ability to know a person’s character by the music they listen to or books they read. I doubt we’ll become a generation of people who look into other people’s phones, iPads, or Kindles just to figure this sort of stuff out.”
– from “What Happened To Knowing More About A Person By The Books And Vinyl On Their Shelves?“ by Lynne d Johnson
“So with the question, “How’s the whole ‘writercomedything’ going?” satisfactorily answered, the next question from my friends is “So how’s the LA dating scene?”
My answer always disappoints because, honestly, I haven’t done much (any) dating. I made an agreement with myself that I would spend my first year in LA establishing the groundwork for a successful comedy writing career, which for me, necessarily means not focusing on men.
I made this agreement with myself because I really enjoy the company of men. I’m also easily distracted by them.”