Ok, I have a confession to make. I like to think that I’m a fairly intelligent person. I have a Masters Degree in Education and parents have trusted me to teach their children for 20 years. Sometimes though, I do things that are just not really smart. Here’s a prime example:
For a long time, I have wanted a laptop so that I could be a bit more mobile when completing my school work, writing blog posts and creating playlists. My husband really thought this was an unnecessary expense, but I finally talked him into it. Being a ‘Mac’ family, we went to the nearest Apple store and I decided on the MacBook Air. So far, I love everything about it and my husband finally agrees that it was something I needed and would use.
One of the first things I did when I got it home was to make sure I had Spotify up and running on the MacBook. No problem. I knew that some other instructors had some trouble when either upgrading or adding a new computer or device with Spotify so I was relieved that I had no problems. Then I checked my iPhone and found that many of the songs in my playlist had not synced. I was sure that it had something to do with the amount of memory on my phone, so I just went ahead and started deleting things. Can you see where this is going? I deleted a few apps that I really never used and some old photos and emails. Still, most of my playlist would not sync. Here’s an example of what it looked like: (This isn’t my actual playlist, but see how the Zeppelin song in the picture not dark like the rest and doesn’t have the green arrow next to it? That’s what most of my playlist looked like!)
i finally decided that I would delete some of my Spotify playlists from my phone so that I would have more space. In retrospect, I realize that the only playlists taking up space are the ones that are tagged for off-line play, but I was so convinced this was the right thing to do that I kept on deleting, never realizing that deleting them on my phone was actually deleting them from my profile. It was kind of like how I get when I start cleaning out closets. It just feels SO GOOD to throw things away! But later, when I logged back on to my Spotify profile on my laptop and Mac computer, they were long gone.
Surprisingly, I was not panicked. I went back to my blog and was able to bring a few of my more recent playlists back. (If I really wanted to, I could go through the blog and get ALL of them back, but that would take FOREVER!) The playlists that I really miss are the ‘folders’ that I keep my music filed into. Yep, those were all deleted too. I did panic a bit about this, but not much. I’ve already built those playlists back up pretty well, and because I’m always on the search for new music I didn’t mind if I lost some of the old stuff. If I liked it enough, I could certainly add it in again later.
So, if you go to my Spotify profile, you may not see the number of playlists you’ve seen there in the past, and now you know why. I’m not proud of my mistake, but I’m dealing with the ramifications.
I can’t even remember now how I ever did fix the problem of the plalyists not syncing, but I haven’t had a problem with it since then. 🙂
Confession (and a tip!) #2:
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you can share playlists with Spotify. I’m all about grabbing another instructor’s playlist and using it as is in my class in a pinch, or just because I love it. I know that many instructors do this and I think it’s probably the greatest thing about Spotify.
However, I am completely guilty of sometimes changing my playlists up. For example, I kind of have a rule about when I sub for other instructors. When I sub, I don’t have time to create brand new playlists, so I always go back and use an old playlist. Sometimes when I do that, I may change out a song or add or delete songs within the playlist.
I try my best to put it back into it’s original state when I’m finished, but the truth is, that doesn’t always happen. So if you follow my (or any other instructor’s playlist) in Spotify and you are planning on using it as is in your class, it’s always a good idea to re-create the playlist in your own profile, so that if someone changes their playlist, it won’t affect you.
Just a little tip for you since I’m definitely guilty of this. 🙂
One more thing. Speaking of subbing, I subbed this morning for another instructor and I used a playlist that I posted here last week. I used it in one of last week’s classes as well and the folks went crazy for it! I’m pretty sure I’ve never gotten so many compliments on a single playlist, so if you’re up for it, you should definitely give it a shot. (Just remember to re-create it in case it changes later. Ha ha! ) Here it is again, updated with teaching notes:
Better With You: warm up
Turn Up The Night: continue warm up, bringing it up to a standing flat
Bonfire Heart: Seated climb—>standing climb
Tush: seated flat
Chasing Cars: Standing climb
Zorba’s Dance: This one was so much fun! Start out at a nice, steady flat road pace (80 RPMS). At 1:05, the pace starts to pick up so bring it up to about 90RPMS and maintain it for the next minute or so. At 2:18, there is a slight pause in the music and then it really picks up! Sprint to the finish! It’s only about 15 seconds.
Sunchyme: alternate seated/standing climb
Unstoppable: Seated climb
Levitate: Seated flat with two big accelerations at 1:20 (30 seconds), and 3:23 (30 seconds)
Some Time Around Midnight: 00-1:30 Seated climb, 1:30-3:09 Standing climb, 3:10-4:15 Seated climb, 4:15-5:04 Standing climb
In a World Like This: Standing climb with Jumps on the chorus (:39-8 count jumps, 1:45-4 count jumps and 3:02 8-4 count jumps)
Show me 10: Riders choice-seated flat, standing flat or alternating
Tabata: 8/20 second seated accelerations with 10 second recoveries
Ain’t No Sunshine: Cool down
This Moment Now: Stretch
**Catch you soon with my LIVEFIT Trainer Phase Two review and a new playlist!