My Three Songs. More on that later…

Excellent ride today. Taking this particular week off and living in this region was good timing on my part. Perfect weather. Low 60s. No wind. Sunny. Gorgeous sights along the way and full of energy from all the holiday extras, including an entire jar of cashews that I ate before bed last night.

Spent much of today’s ride thinking about music.

One of the better aspects of social media is that it’s a great platform for sharing:

– Information
– Ideas
– Art

Music is all of the above.

One thing that I committed to years ago in my social media life, and that I still practice most days, is to select 3 songs that other people have posted and to give them a listen all the way through.

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Only a few loose rules here:

First, one has the carve out roughly 15 minutes from otherwise busy days, assuming that each song is in the 5-minute range. Of course these do not have to be listened to in one sitting, and with me they rarely are.

When I have 5-minutes here or 5-minutes there though, in the scope of a day, I’ll pick a song and give it a whirl — often while I am cooking, cleaning, or getting ready for bed.

Once I select a song and push play, I listen to it all the way through the end, even if it makes me cringe.

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I try not to be exclusive to musical genres. That is, and as hard as this might be, I regularly select songs outside my comfort zone. Examples of these might be Swedish death metal, traditional classical music, or modern rap music. None of which I have an affinity for, and there have been few instances where I’ve selected songs from these or other foreign genres, and become a convert. Still, as a believer in diversity, I think this is a good way to be.

When it comes to selecting the genres I do like, this little game has introduced me to a lot of new music I would not have a found by other means, and it’s been a great alternative to radio which, by all accounts, will be dead in just a couple more years.

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In my social media life, as well as in my analog life, I surround myself with musical friends.

Anyway, playing Pick Three is a great use of social media. There is little to lose other than 15-minutes or so, and over time, the potential return on the investment will be much greater than 15-minutes otherwise wasted on a political argument which is certain to bring all participants down… Jhciacb

Today’s Ride…

Bike: Bella
26 miles
1,250’ climbing
16.1 mph avg
1,700 calories

Whether you ride a bike or not, thank you for taking the time to ride along with me this week.  If you haven’t already, please scroll up and subscribe. Oh, and there is this from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Enjoy…!

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