I know it seems counter-intuitive, but a new app has been helping me to zen out! Have you heard of calm.com? I’ve opened it when I’ve wanted just basic spa-like music while at a clients and I’ve used it for actual meditation. You can meditate on your own or use their guided meditations from 2 minutes to 20 minutes. You can also choose different visual scenes, anything from mountain brooks to rainforest leaves. (I of course will choose the ocean every time.) I’ve been genuinely surprised how much I use it…and like it! (The only thing not leaving me zen about the app is their font choice…glad there is not too much of it!)
For the last several weeks I have had one app open almost nonstop on my phone and/or computer: Songza! Goodbye Pandora, I have faithfully listened to you for at least 5 years, but your mixes don’t hold a candle to the concierge service on Songza. (Oh yeah.. and no ads!)
What I love the most about Songza is that you get to choose music by mood (or genre, or activity, or decade, or record store clerk!). And with stations with titles like: Lush Electronic Yoga,3am Airport, Sadcore Hibernation, Ride Around Shining, & High Heel Power Walk how could I not be intrigued.
Some stations in heavy rotation these days are: Indie Roots Rock, Solo Jazz Guitar, In the Euro Hotel Lounge, Singer-Songwriter Christmas, & Shredding The Slopes (for demo in the studio!). I have already discovered new music that will become a permanent part of my collection. Go download it right now!
I know all too well that too many corporations know what I’m doing just about all the time, but it’s no less disconcerting when a company admits it. Apparently all my Netflix binges are being monitored…along with what I’m searching for and when I’m searching for it. This is of course supposed to result in better suggestions for me (not somehow be used for marketing purposes), but I tell ya, the movies that are recommended for me seem crazy and I’m not quite sure which algorithm deduced that I would enjoy watching Katy Perry: Part of Me. Check out the full article here.
I love the internet for all sorts of reasons. But last week, I loved it a whole lot more when I saw some quick wit and a sharp tongue being put to good use on Pinterest. Tiffany Beveridge has created a board called “My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter“. Her page utilizes the now ubiquitous high-fashion editorials for children as documentation of her fictional toddler daughter, Quinoa. Hitting on just about every upper-class white person trend, Quinoa is living the high-life. She is the perfectly curated organic-eating, vinyl-listening, photo-styling, sartorial little girl… with damn funny satire to boot. Kudos Mrs. Beveridge… kudos, indeed.