Feb 28, 2015

Create a Life You Don't Need a Vacation From

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.

The above quote from Seth Godin is another telling of the concept of "creating a life you don't need a vacation from". What does your perfect life consist of? What are the most important 1-2 aspects of that life?

What steps could you take today to make your life closer to that ideal?

What steps are you taking now that actively put you in the other direction of that ideal? (A crucial step to move forward!)

Feb 26, 2015

Review: One Day the Musical

I love musicals and am always on the lookout for the next great show! After hearing that One Day the Musical was produced by the same team as Heathers (and that there was a discount code), my friends and I got some tickets!

One Day Musical Review
One Day Musical Review
The musical follows a "tribe" of high school students who each share their trials in song. Unfortunately, the show is less of a musical with intertwined plots and more of a collection of individual songs. This led to some pacing/tone issues; for example, there is a funny song directly after a very graphic sexual assault.

The singers are extremely talented. With the exception of one female singer who was a bit pitchy in Act 1, I felt like I was witnessing the first performances of a few soon-to-be-big Broadway stars (Austin Scott & Chase O'Donnell, anyone?).

Unfortunately, some characters have a large amount of backstory (one character in particular faces multiple instances of sexual assault and abuse in the 2 hour show) while others get only a few songs/scenes. At times, this can make One Day seem more like a hyped-up musical version of Degrassi with exaggerated characters introduced and known only by their "issues".

Overall, I think this show has definite potential (a few of the songs and scenes were very funny) with fewer characters and more plot integration.

I SAID YES

I said yes!

Feb 25, 2015

Gnoosic: Does It Work?

Gnoosic is a new music recommendation service...basically you input your three favorite bands and it spits out a few suggestions of what you might like.

Like many other recommendation services, it can't pull together very complex tastes. If you like two similar bands and one outlier, you will probably just get bands like the two similar ones.

So...the real test...did I enjoy the bands? Well, at least half, yes. I found a great new band, Delphic, that fits in with my current musical groove (think Chvrches and Broods but with a male vocalist). That's better for me than looking through Hype Machine or Pitchfork in terms of successes, so I have to say I like the service!

One tip for using the service is that you get the full list of recommendations at the end-especially helpful if you don't recognize ANY of the names they suggest. (Definitely email those to yourself! You probably won't have time to check out all those bands in just one sitting!)