20 Songs To Get You Dancing Around The Living Room

20 Songs To Get You Dancing Around The Living Room

Get your groove on.
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Dancing around the living room possibly might be one of my favorite pastimes. Occasionally I'll even count it as a workout (hey I'm only human). If you have a stressful week full of exams, papers and classes, turn up the volume, turn on Spotify and start grooving. You'll be amazed by how great dancing and singing (horribly if you're anything like me), makes you feel. This is a great and silly stress reliever you and enjoy by yourself or with your roomies!

Let's start with some classics

1. "Dancing Queen" - ABBA. This song really makes you feel like you're young, sweet and 17. You can jive (I know you can).

2. "Friday I'm In Love" - The Cure. Perfect song to celebrate Friday and the weekend! I mean, who doesn't love the weekend.

3. "Bennie And The Jets" - Elton John. This isn't just a dancing song but a singing song as well. The best part about this song besides Sir Elton John is your own interpretation of the lyrics. Electric boobs or boots?

4. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" - Michael Jackson. The king of pop. If you really want to bust a move, MJ is a necessity on your playlist.

5. "Closing Time" - Semisonic. One of my personal favorites and the best song to sing to the top of your lungs. Especially the chorus.

6. "The Boys Are Back In Town" - Thin Lizzy. How do we live in a world where there is only one song about the boys being back in town? Shake whatcha got.

7. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" - Whitney Houston. I mean the title says it all. Grab a roomie or friend and get your dance on with somebody.

8. "It's Not Unusual" - Tom Jones. Bust out The Carlton. Need I say more?

9. "Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen. Sure you might use to watch your parents dance around their living room to this classic. Carry that torch to keep the legacy going and feel free to break out the dad moves.

10. "You Make My Dreams" - Hall and Oates. One of the best duos to come out of the 70's. Recreate the flash mob Joseph Gordon Levitt created in 500 Days of Summer. Okay, well that might be hard to do in your house but you get the point.

Now for all the dancers stuck in middle/high school.

11. "Fergalicious" - Fergie feat. will.i.am. Fergie taught us all how to spell delicious and glamorous better than your 7th grade English teacher.

12. "Hey Ya!" - OutKast. This song screams for your favorite, most outrageous dance moves.

13. "Soak Up The Sun" - Sheryl Crow. Throwback to your first CD you've probably ever owned. Plus it's important we all remember to soak up the sun.

14. "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers. Possibly one of the best jumping up and down head banger to ever grace the speakers of your 8th grade dance.

15. "Since U Been Gone" - Kelly Clarkson. The anthem to help any girl get over her high school heartbreak. Plus the high notes turn into screaming notes real fast.

And for the final, top five, here are my favorites.

16. "Loving You Easy" - Zac Brown Band. It's impossible not to smile when you listen to this song. Or dance.

17. "Nobody To Love" - Sigma. Dancing to this upbeat song is always a party and the slow parts lets you catch your breath if you're a little out of shape (like me).

18. "You're So Beautiful" - Empire Cast feat Jussie Smollett and Yazz. This song was discovered in a workout class I took last year as our fun, cool down song. I can't keep a straight face listening to this song but boy it makes me want to get up and groove.

19. "Worth It" - Fifth Harmony feat Kid Ink. Talk about a confident song and if you're going to dance around the living room, I hope you're confident. Baby I'm worth it.

20. "The Way You Look Tonight" - Frank Sinatra. Okay, so this is my favorite song in this whole entire world. This jazzy piece is an oldie but a goodie. Not to mention it's sung by Ol' blue eyes.

Dancing in your living room, kitchen or bedroom is something we should all do. It not only helps us de-stress but allows everyone to let out a couple of crazy moves and laugh. If you're looking for this playlist you can find it on my Spotify (Gretchen Gorman) under my playlist The Odyssey. Don't forget to dance through life, it's better that way.

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Top 5 Tips for getting your music discovered online

A musician’s guide to SEO
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  1. Pick a unique band name

Usually, I’d say the name of a band doesn’t matter; but, in the cyber world, this can make all the difference. Picking a name that is easy to rank for on Google is essential for new fans to be able to find you! Ranking for keyword searches on google is very easy when the keyword or long tail keyword (combination of words) isn’t something many people search for. Let’s take the band “Real Estate” for example. This band has over 1 million monthly listeners, and over 40 thousand Instagram followers. With a quick google search of their name they rank…nowhere on the first 5 pages. Now let’s look at my high school band “Olympic Formal” (this isn’t me trying to plug my music I swear). With just over 50 followers on SoundCloud, and less than 700 followers on Instagram, all our sites pop up at the top of the first page. You think anyone is searching for “Olympic Formal” and not looking for us? PICK A GOOD BAND NAME! 

2. Stop using hashtag music 

When people are searching for new music, a lot of times it happens on Instagram or twitter, but #music has over 180 million posts. You are not going to rank for that hashtag. I promise. Instagram’s new algorithm discourages people from using a ton of hashtags, and doing so can lead to you even being “shadow banded”. So pick 5 or 6 relevant hashtags that are more niche than the umbrella terms people usually use. It’s a lot easier to rank for something like #bostonhiphop than #hiphop. 

3. Make a WordPress

Many people think Blogs are a thing of the past…and they’re kind of right. The likelihood of getting people to engage with a website that’s not a major social media platform isn’t nearly as high as it was in the early 2000’s. However, using a site like WordPress allows you to repost all your pictures and videos from Instagram and Facebook and add “alt text”. Alt Text is the description that is behind the photo that no one sees. Having the name of your band or other keywords in the alt text of your WordPress allows you to show up for searches on google images. 

4. Links are key

Google uses things called “Spiders” to search every page on anything that is relevant to your search. One of the things that these siders look for is internal links to relevant content. So if you want your Bandcamp page at the top of a Google search, be sure to post links to all your social media pages and websites, as well as have other sites (personal accounts/blogs and professional blogs) link your sites within their posts.

5. Content is king

The days of just putting out music are over! Musicians have to realize they are not in the music business, but also the entertainment business! The single best way to get your music discovered is by having something that lots of people engage with. It’s a hell of a lot easier to have 1000 people watch 1 minute Instagram video of a jam session than it is to get 1000 Spotify streams. It’s all about that content baby!

  

1. Pick a unique band name

Usually, I’d say the name of a band doesn’t matter; but, in the cyber world, this can make all the difference. Picking a name that is easy to rank for on Google is essential for new fans to be able to find you! Ranking for keyword searches on google is very easy when the keyword or long tail keyword (combination of words) isn’t something many people search for. Let’s take the band “Real Estate” for example. This band has over 1 million monthly listeners, and over 40 thousand Instagram followers. With a quick google search of their name they rank…nowhere on the first 5 pages. Now let’s look at my high school band “Olympic Formal” (this isn’t me trying to plug my music I swear). With just over 50 followers on SoundCloud, and less than 700 followers on Instagram, all our sites pop up at the top of the first page. You think anyone is searching for “Olympic Formal” and not looking for us? PICK A GOOD BAND NAME! 

2. Stop using hashtag music 

When people are searching for new music, a lot of times it happens on Instagram or twitter, but #music has over 180 million posts. You are not going to rank for that hashtag. I promise. Instagram’s new algorithm discourages people from using a ton of hashtags, and doing so can lead to you even being “shadow banded”. So pick 5 or 6 relevant hashtags that are more niche than the umbrella terms people usually use. It’s a lot easier to rank for something like #bostonhiphop than #hiphop. 

3. Make a WordPress

Many people think Blogs are a thing of the past…and they’re kind of right. The likelihood of getting people to engage with a website that’s not a major social media platform isn’t nearly as high as it was in the early 2000’s. However, using a site like WordPress allows you to repost all your pictures and videos from Instagram and Facebook and add “alt text”. Alt Text is the description that is behind the photo that no one sees. Having the name of your band or other keywords in the alt text of your WordPress allows you to show up for searches on google images. 

4. Links are key

Google uses things called “Spiders” to search every page on anything that is relevant to your search. One of the things that these siders look for is internal links to relevant content. So if you want your Bandcamp page at the top of a Google search, be sure to post links to all your social media pages and websites, as well as have other sites (personal accounts/blogs and professional blogs) link your sites within their posts.

5. Content is king

The days of just putting out music are over! Musicians have to realize they are not in the music business, but also the entertainment business! The single best way to get your music discovered is by having something that lots of people engage with. It’s a hell of a lot easier to have 1000 people watch 1 minute Instagram video of a jam session than it is to get 1000 Spotify streams. It’s all about that content baby!

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5 Surprising Reasons to Take Up Ice Fishing This Season

Why Ice Fishing is the Best Fishing
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Winter has arrived and since we live in the real world and not in Game of Thrones universe, it won't last for years. That's why instead of being cooped up in your own house, you should make the best of this season. And how can you do it?? Of course, by ice fishing. 

Yes, I am perfectly aware that, when we hear the word 'Winter', fishing is not the first thing that comes to our mind; but it should. 

Ok, I admit that winter is cold, bleak and sometimes boring. However, ice fishing is the best way to spice up our winter. There is no activity that would cheer you up in this gloomy weather more than fishing through the ice. Yet, if you are still skeptical about ice fishing, then below I have given 5 reasons that would certainly convince you to take up ice fishing this winter. 

1. Saves Money

Money matters to everyone, unless you are Bill Gates or his lucky lad. And, you can save a lot of money by fishing in winter rather than in summer. For, during the summer, in order to catch fish, you must own or rent a boat, and a boat requires maintenance, and all of this will cost you a huge sum of money. 

On the other hand, in winter you won't need a boat, and without a boat, there would be no maintenance. This would certainly save you an ample amount of money. Besides, instruments of ice fishing aren't expensive and you can purchase them for less than $100. However, you must make sure that your equipment such as rods, auger, and fishing reels are top notch to ensure that you are fully prepared for any kind of fish. 

2. Perfect for family outing

One thing that I particularly love about ice fishing is that we can do it with our family, unlike fishing in summer, as it is quite difficult to go fishing with 5 or 6 people in the boat. It is also worthy of note that ice angling is extremely popular among kids as a winter activity as they love playing in the snow, and their happy faces will certainly brighten up your mood. Thus, it won't be an exaggeration to say that an exhilarating fishing adventure is the best outdoor activity for family outings in this freezing weather. 

3. No sunburn

Sunburn is a cause of concern for most of the anglers, and rightly so. Because overexposure to the sun can cause us severe skin damage. However, ice anglers don't have to worry about sunburn unless you are one of those who prefer to fish in a state of undress. 

Nonetheless, it would be wise for you to put on some warm and comfortable clothes of high-quality as it would protect you from hypothermia. And, if you are you terrified of cold weather, don't worry, for, with a new technology called ThermoLogic line by NTA Enterprise, you can control the temperature of your own fishing apparel. Therefore, put all your worries into the closet and remember, before embarking on the ice, you must bundle up. 

4. You Don't get bored

It could be quite frustrating when the fish is not biting. But you shouldn’t trouble yourself, as you can try a lot of other activities instead of waiting for the fish to get hooked. For example, you can play cards, hockey (my favorite) or enjoy a hot tub out in the open. Besides, you will have all your fishing buddies alongside you. But if you are one of those who like to fish alone, then divulge in skating or you can try your cooking skills while keeping an eye on the hole for fish. Hence, rest assured, boredom is something that you won't suffer from while ice fishing. 

5. Great for health

I am sure, you have heard this phrase 'health is wealth', but did you know that you can preserve your 'wealth' by ice fishing? Yes, you can. But how??? Well, It has been scientifically proven that being near to water is greatly beneficial for our health, even when the water is frozen. 

An Australian study has revealed that water can have a great effect on our overall fitness. For, it reduces stress (which is vital for our heart), helps breast cancer patient's recovery,and aids to tackle chronic illness or mental problems. Therefore, by taking up ice fishing in this winter you can get both pleasure and health benefits.

So Do You Feel The Itch?

By now, you should feel the bubbles in your stomach for ice fishing. It has fun, adventure and what not! Let me know your thought on taking up ice fishing this season in the comment section below.

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