On Fridays I’m always listening to music and thinking what I’ll be ordering for dinner. I usually don’t cook on Friday night, specially now, during quarantine, since we cannot go out to eat or hang out with friends, I’ve figured out a way to have a good time at home.
Below is a list of songs that I have saved on a playlist for Fridays night at home and that put me in a good mood.
I have only chosen these 5 because they were under the “most played” on my Spotify. So I guess I listen to them even when is not Friday!
I could keep adding more, but I will do more of these posts in the future for sure.
Am I having a dream or did I write about this yesterday?
If you read yesterday’s post, you would know by now that my instrument of choice is the guitar. Even though I have played other instruments, the guitar for me has been what has challenged me the most.
I’ve been with my Ibanez for a little bit over 10 years. This guitar has traveled the world with me, and not because I played in different countries, but because I have moved around quite a bit. With this guitar, I learned chord transitions and my very first song. I also learned and practiced the pentatonic scales until my fingers could not handle it anymore. How could I forget those? If anyone here plays the guitar, they know what I’m talking about.
If I check the case of my guitar, the pockets are full of music notes, songs I learned how to play and that I probably couldn’t play at the moment. I remember playing and singing at the same time at some point, which is a skill not everyone can master. I also used to have a lot of guitar picks too and I don’t know where they are anymore.
Unfortunately, I stopped playing a while back. There really shouldn’t be any excuses for this, but let’s just say adulthood got in the way.
Fortunately, I have decided to get back into it. Ibanez has a broken string and I have ordered a new set of strings for her. I’m just waiting for them to arrive in the mail. Also, I purchased a new electric guitar that arrived last week (picture on yesterday’s post) and that I have been playing since day one. Aside from the new set of strings, I am also waiting for an electric tuner and about 100 guitar picks that I’m planning to leave all around my house as an incentive for me to get back to my musical days.
For starters, the concept of music is too broad. Are we talking about writing music? Playing music? Listening to music?
At least that’s how I see music.
I’ve been involved with music since I was born, almost. My parents were involved in their university choir where they learned how to read and understand musical keys and notes. After they graduated they kept singing with my hometown’s band and they kept doing it even after I was born. I have memories of them in choir practice while I was asleep in their laps. I was probably four or five years old, maybe…
Fast forward a couple of years, I was enrolled in a music school where I learned how to read, write and play music. The first instrument I ever learned how to play was the violin, which I found out later in life, that the violin is one of the most difficult instruments people can play. From there, I started to get interested in more instruments which is where I ended up learning how to play the piano and later on the guitar. At some point I was teaching kids how to play the piano, I was probably 13 or 14 years old.
But aside from knowledge, the environment where I grew up was full of creative individuals. I have aunts who love to sing and play the guitar and uncles too. My godfather is a very well known musician in my hometown. Growing up I used to go to his house every other weekend. His house is full of musical instruments like a piano, a keyboard, guitars and I think there was also a set of drums…
Today, I have all this knowledge in my head that is just waiting for me to turn on the switch and either share it, enjoy it and explore it or just let it off, hiding at the back of my brain..
New like our new way of living or new like a new object or game that we have acquired during quarantine? Well, I think I have created a new routine every week and have gotten more interested in new things if not every day, then every week.
Writing is a good example. It is not new to me, but it is definitely something I had the opportunity to get back to while being at home. It feels like an accomplishment for me to be able to get back to doing the things I like.
I have also gone back to playing music. I got a new guitar and new strings for my older one. This is not new to me, however, it’s been years since I last played a song or even grabbed my guitar. I feel like staying at home and having a lot of free time has wakened up my virtuoso side. It is certainly a good thing!
Notice that I am not adding cooking to the list. Cooking is something that I do regardless of the situation. That is the one thing I will never stop doing. For those of you who know me, know that I am cooking breakfast almost the minute after waking up. So, not putting a meal together, for me is not an option.
But anyway.. all of this to say that staying at home is not as bad as it seems. You can definitely do the things you like and not do the ones you don’t like..It’s that simple.
How hard can it be to create a playlist when you are stuck at home? Not that hard – I thought to myself. Which is why I decided to do it.
But guess what? It is not as easy as it seems. I was in between conference calls, making lunch, you know, the usual. My mind was all over the place.
I was also listening to music and trying to figure out the “perfect” playlist for when working from home because I wanted to create one myself. There are thousands of playlists out there, it can’t be that hard to create one, can’t it?
And I did.. I did create a playlist on Spotify called WFH – Challenge mix. It is 1h 15min long. Not enough for a whole day at home, I know! Feel free to listen to it and let me know what you think. I need some sort of feedback if I want to keep working on it.
And hey, I’ll keep working on it .. We will be stuck at home for a while anyway.
Para mi este ha sido un lugar que he aprendido a querer y a disfrutar durante mi adultez.
A veces hay momentos en los que estoy perezosa y podría tener cualquier excusa para no ir, pero al final del día siempre me siento mal y siento remordimiento por no haber ido. Aquí me puedo sentir muy bien, pero cansada al mismo tiempo. Y, aun así, me gusta seguir yendo al gimnasio. Una vez que comienzo a ejercitarme y comienzo a enfocarme en cuanto estoy sudando en realidad, me olvido de lo que paso durante el día o de lo que esta por pasar.
Hace un par de días, estaba un poco estresada del trabajo y en lo que llego la hora, simplemente cerré mi computadora y me fui corriendo al gimnasio. Ya estando en el gym, me cambio de ropa y lo primero que hice fue abrir Spotify, la aplicación de música. Ya cuando me coloque los audífonos, me olvide de mi estrés del trabajo y me enfoque en los ejercicios del día. ¿Me tocaba hacer piernas? Eso no lo recuerdo. Pero de lo que si me acuerdo es que me olvidé del trabajo, comencé a escuchar música y a ejercitarme.
También me paso otro día, estaba aburrida en casa y un poco ocupada. Era domingo. En realidad, no estaba ocupada, pero sentía que tenía muchas cosas rondando en mi cabeza, y fue entonces cuando decidí ir al gym. ¿Quién iba a pensar que yo estaría en un gimnasio un domingo? Una de las razones por las cuales estaba preocupada ese día, era porque no tenía tema para mi blog. Pero una vez que terminé de ejercitarme, me di cuenta de que en realidad tenía era que escribir sobre mi disfrute por ir al gimnasio. Bueno, mis amigos también me animaron y me dijeron que debería escribir sobre mis idas al gimnasio. Así que pues, aquí estoy.
¡No se preocupen! Que no soy un fitness workaholic. Simplemente me gusta, disfruto hacer ejercicio y es bueno para mi salud también. Además de todo eso, tiene un efecto positivo en mí, físico y psicológicamente.
Algunos de ustedes leerán esto y se reirán. Pero es que en realidad no los estoy mandando a que vayan al gym ¿o sí? Es que no soy de esas personas, y para los que me conocen, saben que es verdad. Si te gusta bien, puedes venir conmigo. Y si no, bueno, no importa. Hay personas que son más perezosas que otras o en realidad no les interesa ir a un gimnasio. Y es que en realidad hay muchas maneras de estar activo. Como, por ejemplo, montar en bicicleta, o sencillamente salir a caminar. Y eso está bien también. Con tal de que nos levantemos del sofa y nos alejemos de Netflix, no creo que pase nada malo.
Hablando de Netflix, ¿sabían que pueden descargar episodios individuales y mirarlos mientras están en el gym? No se necesita wifi porque ya estaría guardado en tu teléfono. No es que yo lo haga, pero si he visto gente haciéndolo.
¿y a ustedes? ¿les gusta ir al gimnasio o hacen otro tipo de actividad?
¿Miran Netflix durante su tiempo libre? O sencillamente ¿escuchan música? Como por ejemplo, J Balvin.
This is a place I have come to love and to enjoy every time I go there.
Yes, sometimes I am just lazy and make any excuse to not attend, but at the end of the day, I will feel bad and guilty because I didn’t go. Other than making me feel good and tired at the same time, I enjoy going to the gym. It is a place for me to think and to disconnect from reality, at least for a little bit. Once you are working out and focusing on your muscles or how much you are sweating, you tend to forget about what happened during your day or even what will happen later in your day.
A couple of days ago, I was very stressed at work. I shut down my computer and headed straight to the gym. I was so worried because I thought I screwed up. Once I reached the gym, changed into my work out clothes and opened Spotify, I completely forgot about the whole issue and started to wonder about my workout for the day. Was it leg day? That, I don’t remember. But what I do remember is that I completely forgot about work and started to think about which music I wanted to listen to.
On a different day, I was feeling bored at home and headed straight to the gym. It was a Sunday. I never thought I was going to go to the gym on a Sunday afternoon. I was not stressed about work, but I felt very busy in my head and needed a break. I was feeling overwhelmed for some reason. I remembered worrying about not having a topic to write about. Once I finished working out that Sunday, it came to me. I needed to write about working out. Also, some of my friends commented and told me, “you should write about the gym next time”. So here I am.
Don’t worry! I am not a fitness workaholic! I like working out, I enjoy it and it is good for my health. But other than that, I like the way it affects me psychologically and physically.
Probably some of you will read this and smile or even laugh out loud. But I am not trying to tell you or ask you to get your butt to the gym. [Maybe I am]. I am not one of those people. If you like it, cool – join me. If you don’t, then that’s fine too. Some people are lazier than others, or really don’t have any interest in attending a gym. There are also other activities that can be done instead of going to a physical gym. For example, riding a bike in the park or going for a walk. And that is ok too, as long as we stay active, and away from Netflix. At least for forty-five minutes during the day.
Speaking of Netflix, you can download the episode of whatever show you are watching and stream it while you are on the treadmill!! Did you know that?
What about you? Do you attend a gym or stay active in any other way?
Do you stream your favorite show while on the treadmill? [for those attending the gym]. Or just listen to your favourite musician, such as J. Balvin?