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An Interesting Way To Organize Playlists That You’ve Never Imagined

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An Interesting Way To Organize Playlists That You’ve Never Imagined

Playlists can be a playful way to connect different genres of music together. A great playlist can help explain a certain cycle of life or a specific mood. Thus, organizing a playlist around a specific mood is a healthy and charming way to sit back and let the music take you away.

Usually, playlists are arranged in line with moods and feature descriptive sounds; common playlists include: sad music, soft hangover artists, discover new music weekly, chill, country and workout music. These playlists are organized neatly and have been that way for awhile, but what if I told you there was a new way to organize playlists that is inventive, fun and associated with different drinks?

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    It works like this: drinks are associated with different moods, so conveying their moods through music helps kill two birds with one stone. This way of organizing playlists helps the mind easily dissect what exactly it wants to hear by what determining what you want to be drinking. It’s a cute way to let your brain fire neurons and then be entertained by the choice of music coming through your ears.

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    The best part is drinks can convey different moods for different people and the playlists will not be the same. For example, a playlist entitled ‘Red Wine’ will probably be a nice relaxing playlist to associate with time spent before bed time, or it can be utilized as chilled out music to have in the background when your girlfriend or boyfriend is over and you’re chatting about life.

    A playlist entitled “Energy Drink” will be the songs that you use to pump yourself up, maybe even to replace the old “Workout” playlist. When you organize your playlists correctly, everything will start sounding better and will make your mood more relaxed.

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    For me, I would have a playlist entitled “Chocolate Milk” that would be used to comfort me in dark times. I use Nesquik chocolate powder and mix it with milk as my own sort of remedy to calm my nerves during troubling times, especially if I cannot sleep, have a sleep paralysis episode, or right before work/after bed. In many situations, this playlist would work as the comforting songs that make me feel OK with life, whether it be that Sheryl Crow song or that Henrietta song, they all work together, In short, the playlist would be a great thing to utilize — preferably on shuffle — to just let music captivate me the way music is meant to do.

    “Scotch” would be a playlist of heavier songs that give me a good mind buzz and makes my hair stand on edge listening to them, almost correlating with how it tastes to have scotch sliding down my throat and taking over my blood. Here, I would utilize more of my hardcore bands, such as Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats and Grizzly Knows No Remorse.

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    It continues on and on, but this idea for playlists really lets your mind playfully associate moods with drinks and songs with your mental state. Your mental state will playfully choose what to listen to, so try it out for yourself and organize a few playlists. See what music start doing for you.

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    Last Updated on January 27, 2022

    5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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    Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

    “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

    Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

    Food is a universal necessity.

    It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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    Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

    Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

    Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

    Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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    The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

    Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

    This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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    Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

    Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

    Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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    So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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