Friday, December 18, 2020
“Life is a Gift: Choose it Wisely.”
I like to begin each weekday morning in wintertime with a cup or two of Yogi herbal tea. While my favorite variety is ginger, there are many others available on the Yogi Storefront on Amazon from which to choose. I prefer to start my morning work routines without the artificial boost of caffeine, and since I often practice 20-hour periodic fasting (no solid food from 7pm in the evening until to 3pm in the afternoon of the following day), drinking nourishing tea supplemented by a mid-morning coffee is critical to maintaining my energy, drive, and focus.
I am accompanying my first cup of ginger tea this morning by listening to “Wake Me“, from Mandolin Orange’s album, Haste Make/Hard Hearted Stranger. As I type, this is followed by “Old Hickory” by Old Crow Medicine Show’s album, Volunteer. It’s the perfect folksy, grassroots musical soundtrack to accompany my winter morning. I am about one month into a three month free trial on Amazon Music Unlimited, and the experience is gradually changing my somewhat outdated views of how best to listen to music. I actually have a large CD collection dating back to the 1990s, and I supplement it with free music using my public library’s Hoopla account, but the nice thing about Amazon Unlimited is how well the predictive algorithm shuffles in new songs based on my likes, lists, and past listening sessions.
It’s not foolproof, by any means, but the more effort you as a user invest in liking, disliking, and selecting songs, artists, or albums you like, the better the A.I. becomes at adding in newer selections from time to time. “Crowded Table,” by The Highwomen, is equal parts yearning and nostalgic in the way that all classic, American Dream songs tend to be. Before a few moments ago, I hadn’t even realized that this song even existed. And what would life be with out the occasional pleasant or serendipitous discoveries from time to time? That’s what I enjoy about my Yogi tea daily affirmations, and it’s what, in the end, I also enjoy about Amazon Music Unlimited.
If you’d like to read more about my winter seasonal tea and coffee rituals, please see my earlier post from last week, which you can read here. Thanks for the time! Hope to see you again real soon.