What if you could workout and sing karaoke at the same time?! Crazy, right? Well, yes, but it is a real thing. Karaoke spinning classes are popping up all around the country and people are loving it!
Do you find it difficult getting motivated enough to go to the gym? Having trouble finding an exercise routine that actually makes you want to get up and go? Many of us face the same situation; we want to get in shape but find the monotony of jogging, biking, or lifting weights… well, monotonous. These karaoke spinning classes could be just what the doctor ordered.
According to class instructors and participants alike, the singing adds an element to the workout that not only keeps you entertained, but increases your cardio level at the same time. Almost any fitness expert you talk to will tell you that the key to getting and staying in shape is finding an activity you love to do. After all, if you don’t like it you’re not going to do it. If you’re a karaoke fan or even just a music fan (and I’m guessing you are given the nature of the blog you’re reading) this could be the perfect fit for you.
Now, while it would certainly be a riot to join one of these classes and make a fool of yourself along with 20 or so other people, if you’re a bit more of an introvert this is something you could even do at home. An exercise bike can be a relatively inexpensive investment compared to gym memberships and class fees. All you need is a stationary bike and your smartphone or tablet with the free Sing-N-Share app and, voilà! Instant karaoke spinning class in the privacy of your own home!
Motivated yet? No more excuses, guys. Get peddling, get singing, and get active!
Study after study has proven that music affects the brain positively or negatively depending on the circumstances. It can trigger memories, both good and bad, but the key phrase here is “trigger memories” as the wife of an Alzheimer’s patient in Wisconsin is finding out.
Bill Paese is an 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient at the Rocky Knoll Health Care Center in Plymouth, Wis. For most of his life Bill sang in a barber shop quartet. According to his wife, Jean, an iPod playlist of barber shop music allows her to see glimpses of the man she married 53 years ago.
“He’s in there,” Jean told ABC News‘ Byron Pitts, “and sometimes we get to see him.”
Jean and Bill Paese/courtesy ABC News
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are afflicted with the disease. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
While researchers are careful to point out that listening to music is by no means a cure, it is believed that familiar music can activate enough areas of the brain to create connections and retrieve memories once thought lost.
In 2010, Dan Cohen, a social worker in New York, created the Music & Memory program in order for people to donate iPods for use by Alzheimer’s patients. To date the organization has collected approximately 10,000 iPods. The goal is 1 million. You can find information on how to donate here.
When you think about Los Angeles, what images usually come to mind? Movie stars? Liberal politics? Rap music? If you were to take a poll my guess would be that country music wouldn’t exactly top the list. “Country: Portraits of an American Sound,” a new photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography may take strides in changing that.
Running from May 31 through September 28, the new exhibit will feature photographs of the most iconic country music performers of all time taken by various photographers, pro and amateur alike.
Also featured will be more contemporary artists such as Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, along with displays of country music albums, posters, instruments, and stage costumes provided by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There will also be screenings of a full-length documentary exploring the evolution of country music over the last 80 years.
L.A. may not be the hub of country music, but from May 31 to September 28, it will definitely be a mecca. For those who live seemingly a world away, fear not! The exhibit is expected to tour the country following its stint in Los Angeles.
It happens! You try your best to be “the cool dad,” only to find that the Universe may have a sense of humor, but your wife (and the fire department)… not so much. NBC’s TODAY host Willie Geist found this out the hard way over the weekend as his attempts to turn his kid’s karaoke party into a special effect spectacular went up in smoke!
According to Geist, his kids love to come together and have fun singing One Direction karaoke. In an effort to surprise his kids and make things a little crazy, Geist decided to bring home a fog machine. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men.
“I brought it home and my wife Christina’s like ‘What,’” he recalled Monday morning on TODAY. His response? ”Trust me, it’s going to be great.” Oh, Willie. Willie, Willie, Willie.
After turning on the fog machine (and a strobe light for extra effect), the house began to fill with fog as planned. The problem: apparently smoke detectors can’t tell the difference between fog and smoke. To make matters worse, in his attempt to turn off the blaring fire alarm Willie accidently hit the carbon monoxide detector. All of this while receiving “the look” from his wife.
After the fire department and a state trooper had been officially invited to the party, Willie felt that he had learned a lesson. “We’re not going to have anymore fog machines,” he stated. Probably for the best there, Will. Though, in my opinion, you should have asked the firemen and the cop to belt out a tune or two for their efforts.
Though music isn’t the primary artform honored at the Academy Awards, it is the perfect compliment to theatrical performance. Without the simplistic, yet spine-tingling theme from John Carpenter’s Halloween, Michael Myers would have been almost laughable walking around in a white-washed Captain Kirk mask. Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic is just as memorable as the movie itself. On a night filled with great moments and performances, the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony thrust music into the spotlight… where it belongs. Check out some our our favorite performances below.
U2‘s stirring rendition of “Ordinary Love” wasn’t just simply the performance of a song from a movie soundtrack (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), it was a fitting tribute to a man who completely embodied the spirit of peace and forgiveness.
Karen O and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig changed things up a bit. No glitz. No glamour. Just a beautifully simplistic performance of “The Moon Song,” the main theme from the Spike Jonze film Her.
In yet another tribute moment, Pink dawned a ruby-red gown and gave an emotional performance of Judy Garland‘s beloved classic, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
What were some of your favorite moments, music or otherwise? Let us know in the comments below.
Everyone has a favorite artist or band. Want to know how your choice stacks up nationally? Well, here you go. Paul Lamere of the Huffington Post has released a map showing the most popular artists in the US, state-by-state.
After looking at the map for no more than 2 seconds one thing is easily apparent; rap rules the nation. Rock and roll has taken a backseat to rap and hip-hop as artists like Jay Z and Drake lead the musical coup d’état.
This was a landslide by any definition of the term! Rap/hip-hop decimated all other genres by taking forty-four of the fifty states. Jay Z, voted one of the two most powerful people in the music industry by Billboard, proved his staying power by taking a whopping 22 states all by himself. Other popular hip-hop artists were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (11 states), Drake (8 states), and Eminem (3 states).
It wasn’t a total no-hitter for rap, however, as the Grammy Award winning dance/electronic duo Daft Punk took four states. Fellow Grammy winners Lorde and Imagine Dragons each eked out spots taking a state a piece.
So what do you think? Is this chart accurate? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out KaraokeOnVEVO and Sing-N-Share for more of your favorite artists.
Many say that trying new things is what keeps us young. If that’s the case then former Talking Heads founding member David Byrne must still be in his 20′s! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member spent Tuesday evening (February 25) covering Biz Markie‘s 1989 hit “Just A Friend” in a karaoke-esque performance for an “Artist’s Pay For Radio Play” benefit in New York City.
This certainly isn’t the first time the New Wave pioneer has covered songs from other artists. Byrne has performed songs from the likes of Whitney Houston, Beyonce, and even Missy Elliott. One of my personal favorites was his 2011 duet performance of “You Can Call Me Al” with Paul Simon himself. As an 80′s fan I definitely geeked out on this one.
So here’s the thing. If a rock and roll visionary and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who has won Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes can try new things, why can’t you? Check out KaraokeOnVEVO and Sing-N-Share now to perform your own covers of your favorite songs. Or heck, do something really new and learn how to play guitar with our easy-to-follow Play a Tab program. The sky’s the limit and the only one holding you back… is you!