Never Listen to a Bad Song Again With the Anti-Shazam
Mic check. Listen up: It’s time to make your playlistyours again. We’re talking never listening to Spotify and having Nickelback or “Friday” pop up out of nowhere. No hip-hop when you’re a country fan or country when you’d rather be jamming out to classic rock. With Denied, a new app coming to Macs in mid-September, you can block out all the bad noise from your work-time soundtrack or party playlist.
Here’s how it works: Denied monitors your Spotify while you’re listening to automatically skip any song you’ve programmed to filter out. That means Top 40 playlists don’t have to include Miley if she’s not your thing. Come summer time, Spotify radio doesn’t have to infuse your eardrums with the latest beach track if you’d rather be grooving to something else at your desk.
Use the app’s filters to list artists, songs or albums you dislike. You can even specify keywords you want them to avoid. Then, without skipping a beat, Denied skips over that track on Spotify’s playlist and moves on to the next song you actually want to hear. It’s like… the anti-Shazam!
If you want to see how much you’ve been skipping, turn on the app’s notifications. You’ll be able to see just how on or off Spotify was that day, plus how many times an artist or song has been skipped. And of course… if you happen to be hosting a party for mom and need that ’70s music back on, access granted. Just remember to turn Denied back on after the party’s over! Sign up to be an early user here.
Rocking out at work? Tell us what songs your jamming out to and what you’d like to skip below or on Twitter!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!