Music Monday: Relax and Wax

What is worse than a chest wax? …A bikini wax. What’s worse than a bikini wax? A bikini wax with no music to keep keep you calm and fully sidetracked. We asked our Twitter Followers and Facebook Friends, “What songs calm your nerves?” and we got some serious soothing suggestions. We think our friend, Kim M. hit the hair on the head with her comment:

 

“Normally anything by Enigma but for a bikini wax play some Metallica or Rammstein to drown out my screaming.”

Don’t worry Kim, along with some relaxing slow jams, we peppered in some heavy metal at the end including Linkin Park’s “Numb” (haha) for all you screamers out there!Get a playlist!Standalone playerGet Ringtones

Here’s what our friends suggested:
Seamone C: Mary J. Blige “Good Woman Down”
Mari H: IZ “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Nancy C: Andre Boccelli
Mishka J: Secret Garden “Nocturne”
Kelly R: The Beatles “Because”
Elina A: Sai “I Go to Sleep”
Tina J: Kenny G.
Maria S: Yanni
Lori S: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan “Bethe Bethe Kese Kese”
Em G: Norah Jones “Come Away With Me”
Carrie D: Ssigur Rós or Jónsi
Chanté M: Marvin Sapp “Perfect Peace”
LaToya C: Carl Thomas “Summer Rain”
Lynne V. and Noelle E: Sade “Smooth Operator
Kelly V: Enya “Sail Away”
Melissa R: Corinne Bailey Rae “Breathless”
Stephanie C: Dave Matthews Band “Crash”, Maxwell “Pretty Wings”, Dispatch “Flying Horses”

Music Monday: Slacker Radio Launches Spa Station

Last week, something awful happened to me when I was on the train. I was minding my own business, checking my Facebook news feed, when I heard the one noise no one wants to hear at 8:30am: the “traditional ringer” of an iPhone on loud. A passenger about three rows ahead of me was now rummaging through his jacket pocket trying to answer his cell phone. I cringed with each ring. I was hardly awake; my eardrums were not ready for that type of abuse.

After he found the devil’s device, something even more horrible happened: he answered it. He started shouting about some sort of deal or contracts something or other. All I could think was, “Is this guy serious?” I could see the passengers around me rolling their eyes and glaring at this guy over their morning papers.  No one had had enough coffee to deal with this torture. How rude! It was at this point I turned to my iPod for some relief. While my variety of music drowned out Mr. Cell Phone’s boisterous conversation, the high volume made me feel even more anxious. I was so irritated not even some feel good Earth Wind and Fire could make me cool down.

I wish I had known then what I know now. The popular music app and internet radio website, Slacker Radio announced the addition of new stations to their platform last Thursday, including a station called “Spa Radio.” Slacker describes the station as, “healing, contemplative music – the soundtrack to a day at the spa, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy or just relaxing at home.” They should have added, “Perfect for annoying situations while riding public transportation.”  I now have the app on my phone and listen to soothing harmonies on the train. It helps me feel relaxed and calm as I ride to work and picture myself getting a soothing Swedish massage or a reflexology treatment. The best part: I can drown out everyone on the train while still feeling centered and completely Zen.

Dear Slacker Radio,

Thank you for helping me stay sane.

Sincerely,

Stephanie.

Click here to listen to the Spa station on Slacker Radio.

Playlist: Mom’s Favorite Songs

Sunday marks another year of honoring our mothers for all the hard work they put in day in and day out. Whether it’s providing filling dinners when we don’t have the time to cook ourselves, staying up for late night bedside venting sessions, being the brutally honest shopping partner we need and all around best friend — MOMS, we appreciate you! As you shop for the perfect gift this year keep in mind her interests and give her a gift she will love. In honor of those interests we reached out to our Facebook fans and Team Spa Week for their mother’s favorite songs. Consensus? Our moms are rocking to songs from The Rolling Stones and The O’jays to James Taylor and Boyz II Men. We love you mom.

1. Shower the People, James Taylor ( Stephanie’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
2. Stacy’s Mom, Fountains of Wayne (Kaitlin’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
3. A Case of You, Joni Mitchell (Michelle’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
4. Sherry, Franki Valli & The Four Seasons (Rebecca’s Mom’s Favorite Song )
5. A Song for Mama, Boyz II Men (Melissa’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
6. Maggie May, Rod Stewart (Erin’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
7. Cry Together, OJay’s (Candace’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
8. Don’t You Forget About Me, Simple Minds (Dawn M.’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
9. Is This Love, Bob Marley & The Wailers (Marlene J.’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
10. Sitting On The Dock By The Bay, Otis Redding (Heather L.’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
11. Kashmir, Led Zepplin (Jennifer W.’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
12. Ave Maria, Celine Dion (Yvette D. and Mary Jo B.’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
13. I’d Give Anything, Beres Hammond (Rose T.’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
14. You Were Always On My Mind, Willie Nelson (Melissa R.’s Mom’s Favorite Song )
15. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones (Breanna’s Mom’s Favorite Song )
16. Oh What a Night, The Four Seasons (Kelly’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
17. My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis (Carol R.’s Mom’s Favorite Song)
18. The Way You Make Me Feel, Michael Jackson (Mazelle J.’ Mom’s Favorite Song)

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Wedding Wednesday: Booking The Band

Ever been to a wedding where the bride and the groom were picture perfect, the décor was plucked straight from a bridal magazine, but the music was an unfortunate disaster? A bad band, pitch-y singer, or an unprepared DJ can completely throw off the whole vibe. There is nothing worse than seeing a bride mope around her reception because the master of music can’t get the playlist right. Even worse, being stuck with a pompous band chiming in with the drums like a badly timed joke. Then the night is over and your guest will remember your wedding by how bad the music was. We put the dress, food and décor so high up on the list, but the ambiance has to be set right. Here are a few tips to avoid a musical disaster on your wedding day. Cue the music!

  1. Research, Research, Research! – This is not a task you take to Google Search — you have to thoroughly research the band that will be playing the music for your ceremony. As much as we would like to keep the whole ceremony a huge hush-hush surprise, it is safer to build a list of references from friends that have dealt with the company before. If you go with an agency keep in mind you could be charged 15-20% outside of the musician’s fees.
  2. Draw Up a Contract – A contract insures that you expectations be met during the wedding. Take the lead when it comes to this. When you come to them with a contract it shows you mean business. Outline when they should arrive and how long you expect them to play.
  3. Hear the Music – Yes, this is an obvious step, but many engaged couples don’t take the time to do this. When the choices are narrowed down take a weekend a few months ahead of the wedding day to how your musician plays.
  4. Build a Playlist – Here comes the fun part. Put on your dancing shoes and call your bridal party over to help you build your playlist. Don’t forget to include suggestions from hubby-to-be. P.S. – You can’t go wrong with the Cheesiest Love Songs of All Time. Okay, maybe you can.
  5. Discuss the Flow for the Night – To avoid abrupt interruption assign someone from your wedding party to stay on top of the band throughout the duration of the affair. Let them know the tempo of music you want played during different parts of the ceremony. Get in sync with your music man and then have fun!

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The Cheesiest Love Songs of All Time

In the words of Katy Perry last night at the Grammys:

This one goes out to all the Valentine lovers.

While Katy’s “Teenage Dream” might land on this list 10 years from now, we’ll let it slide for the time being. From the bottom of our hearts, here are the cheesiest, most classic love songs of all time. (Your list—we couldn’t resist recycling from last year.) Enjoy, and have a LOVEly night! <3