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Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ is a Mantra for Self Improvement

If you’ve ever heard Michael Jackson’s song ‘Man in the Mirror’ you might think it’s all about activism and politicking. With lyrics like, “If you want to make the world a better place then look at yourself and make a change,” anyone would raise an eyebrow to the defying characteristic of righteous action this song exudes.

Three years ago, after the news of Jackson’s passing, I played this song on my iPod as a way to honor the late, great, king of pop. Even though I was only a minimal fan at best, I still needed to have my own sense of closure, however trivial it was. The song I chose to memorialize Jackson with (in my own mind) was one of my favorites, yet I realized that I hadn’t actually paid that close attention to the lyrics. Sure, I heard the mantra, “Make that change,” ring over and over again, but it hadn’t hit home until that day.

Reclining in my luxurious overstuffed loveseat with a full bowl of popcorn in my lap I heard, “I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love. It’s time that I realize that there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan. Could it be really me, pretending that they’re not alone?” How did I ever miss that? Was it because I was jaded by the 80’s-era of Madonna and Michael Jackson pop-infused dance floor accessory successes, or was it because so often we choose to tune out that which we think has little or nothing to do with us?
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Best of Bonnaroo Gym Music Playlist

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival just wrapped up its 11th annual go-around. The festival ran from Thursday to Sunday featuring more than 150 musical acts. Bonnaroo is known for its vast array of musical styles. Everything from rock, jazz, hip-hop, and even electronica is represented at the 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.

Phish was the fan-favorite headliner of the entire festival. They closed out the four day event. Apparently this 11th year was one for the record books. Lots of great performances and memories shined on the stage and off. Keep the good vibes alive with this week’s gym playlist inspired by some of the top memories from 2012’s Bonnaroo.

1. Mac Miller – “Donald Trump” (We suggest the “clean” version).

Mac Miller used Bonnaroo as the stage to debut songs from his newest album, a collaboration with Pharrell. Apparently the crowd was very pleased.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge”

RHCP bassist Flea left an impression on the audience as he gushed over all the love he felt at the festival. Share the love with an oldie but a goodie.

3. Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”

Legendary heavy-rocker Alice Cooper surprised and wowed the crowds by closing his show with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Be inspired by his classic jam and maybe rework it as you workout.
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Kelly Clarkson Loses 20 Pounds and Gains a New Boyfriend

Singer Kelly Clarkson, brought to stardom by winning “American Idol,” is once again the subject of celebrity gossip because of her recent weight loss. The 30-year-old recently appeared at the Billboard Music Awards showing off a new, trim figure. Clarkson credits her trainer for helping her slim down about 20 pounds. She says her trainer makes exercise fun, and they schedule a variety of activities, like hiking, to keep things interesting. Clarkson calls her “Chuck Nora” because of her hardcore, G.I.-Jane-like persona. She also said she has been eating healthier to help shed weight. Overall, though, Clarkson says that she exercises as a stress reliever.

New events in the singer’s life have prompted her most recent exercise and diet regimen. She recently began dating Brandon Blackstock, Reba McIntire’s stepson, and says that spurred her desire to be healthier. In an interview, she said she likes being toned when she is in a relationship. In fact, they use the same trainer – but they don’t work out together. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “We did that once and I didn’t like huffing and puffing. I didn’t like looking all red and gross.” She is also beginning a new reality TV show, “Duets,” which will feature her singing on stage every week along with an amateur singer.
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12 Songs for the Best Yoga Music Playlist

By Karen Sherwood for NutritiousAmerica.com

Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ BKS Iyengar

What would the world be like without music? It’s true the perfect instrument and lyric can accomplish a number of things. It can serve as a reflection, a memory, or it can simply keep you in the present moment where the mind quiets and we learn to let go. Yoga follows a similar school of thought, though traditional yoga studios usually keep their classes silent so students can learn to meditate and focus on their breath. This certainly makes sense, yet using music can often be a more effective way of getting a person to achieve serenity. When I practice yoga at home, or share my practice with students, I always use music to enhance the experience. Here is my ultimate yoga playlist that takes me through a perfect hour of practice.

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Cheers to you and your yoga practice. Perhaps music can be your vehicle to get to that place of non-judgement, tranquility, and never-ending presence.



A Disco Gym Playlist in Honor of Donna Summer and Robin Gibb

The music world took a hit this last week. The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, lost her battle with cancer last Thursday at age 63. Shortly behind her was Robin Gibb, singer for the iconic 1970’s group The Bee Gees. Gibb lost his lengthy battle with cancer on Sunday.

These two were legendary symbols of the 1970s and the disco era. They will be missed, and far from forgotten.

As I was warming up for my workout this morning, the iPod was on shuffle. Before I rounded the corner, “Stayin’ Alive” came on. That song has remained on my playlist for years. There’s no denying a good song, regardless if the era it came from had men in bell bottoms and ladies in lots and lots of blue eye shadow.

I’m never too proud to workout to disco and you shouldn’t be either. I was never around for disco to be alive, but it’s always been one of my guiltiest pleasures while working out.

1.  I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor – 1978
2.  Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees – 1977
3.  Hot Stuff – Donna Summer – 1979
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