Last week’s road trip out west to avoid Hurricane Irene was a long one. On the equally long drive back, I needed a boost to keep me alert and awake on the road. Caffeine doesn’t do anything for me, but music does.
Enter Spotify, a streaming music service with a library of over 15 million songs. Basically, you can search for an artist, song, or album and play it instantly. It’s awesome.
It’s free to use Spotify on your computer if you can tolerate the occasional ads while streaming music. You can upgrade to Unlimited ($4.99/mo) to remove the ads. However, you have to upgrade to Premium ($9.99/mo) if you want to use Spotify for streaming music on your phone. With the night drive ahead of me, the $10 monthly fee was well-worth us getting back safely. Continue reading
We’re only 3 days into the New Year, and I’m already kind of cheating. Our #4 memory of 2010 actually involves three memories: the birthday celebrations for Cool Mum, Cool Baby, and myself.
APRIL 3 – COOL MUM’S BIRTHDAY KARAOKE PARTY, DEC 4 – COOL DAD’S
Cool Mum LOVES karaoke, so that’s what she wanted to do for her birthday. Bars and restaurants can be fun, but there can be interminable waits to get your song played. Then Cool Mum found Karaoke Duet 48, a place in Midtown that offers private room karaoke for cheap hourly rates. CM invited friends from church and her playgroup to the Saturday singing session.
Since the Cool Fam is highly unoriginal, we did the same thing for my birthday. We had it on a Sunday afternoon after church, and our friends sacrificed their nap times to party with us. Many Two Little Red Hens treats were consumed, and we discovered how many bad words are really in Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind’. Continue reading