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How Your Taste In Music Truly Reveals Who You Are.

How Your Taste In Music Truly Reveals Who You Are.

Music is one of the areas in life that connects people of all colors and regardless of their backgrounds. Your taste for music can tell people a lot about your past, your present, and your future. Your taste for music can reveal your personality, your age, your race, your country of origin, and your culture.

As a DJ, it is important for me to study my audience and figure out what kinds of music they would love to listen to and dance. I usually do my assessment using age and culture, and sometimes I ask the audience to make a song request. Every musical genre is unique, but it has to be played to the appropriate audience, otherwise it will not reveal who they are.

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Musicians sing about their life experiences and what happens in their environments. Their fans are those who can relate to the music. So, if you know the artist and what they sing about, you would know a lot about their fans.

Four simple and important characteristics your taste for music can reveal are:

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You’re a dancer

Most dancers love to listen to only danceable music, the kind that puts them in the mood to dance. Their playlists usually contain the most popular dance songs of all genres, which is very interesting because in a dance contest the dancer never know in advance what music will be played. Their best preparation is to have all popular dance songs in their collection.

Dancers do not listen to music just to keep their brain busy; they listen to music that resonates with their lifestyles. A dancer once told me he would rather listen to one song all day than to waste his time listening to a song that wouldn’t make him want to dance.

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Your age

All music lovers and certain artists are cohorts. They grew up with the artists, so their songs often remind them of their past. Their age is relative to their taste for music. Whenever I’m working at an event, the older folks seem to dance to old school music, while the younger folks seem to dance to new school music. Knowing this, it’s easier for a DJ to control a dance floor.

Your cultural background

Culture plays a big role in our taste for music. Some people were born into a culture where they are accustomed to only one genre of music, so they only respond to the music of their culture. This group can easily be revealed once you know the origin of the music they listen to. I have spun records at a lot of parties and noticed that some of the best dancers didn’t know how to dance to the music of other cultures. They stay withdrawn and respond only when I play music of their culture.

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Your Happiness

When we are angry our minds become monopolized by the circumstances that made us angry. We think of nothing else but the problem we have or the solution. Humans are social creatures and we have to be happy in order to socialize with others. When you listen to music, you are connected and socializing with the artist. When we go to a party to have fun, the only common denominator there is music.

We all have had problems in the past and the only thing that took away our sorrow was that one song that we time traveled with. We are still here because of that one artist — the one who knew exactly what we were going through, the one who spoke to us through their music and became our counselor. We got over that problem. We were happy that it happened to us and happier because we listened to that life-changing song.

Featured photo credit: Man Playing Guitar At Large Concert via stokpic.com

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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