Stephanie has been doing these Three on Thursday posts for a while now, and I love the idea behind them. If I'd been blogging last year, I probably would have posted quite a few of these. It's a great way to share a few things I'm loving right now, and (hopefully) inspire others to check them out as well.
1.) "Disillusioned" by A Perfect Circle
It was a happy accident that I stumbled across this on Spotify last week. I used to be so on top of new releases by bands and artists I love, but I haven't kept up with it as well in recent years. When this popped up, my exact reaction was, "Holy shit!" I may have even squealed a little like the silly Maynard James Keenan fangirl I am. And this song ... So beautiful. Maynard's commentary on the current state of the world usually isn't uplifting (Tool's "Ænima" is a perfect example), but "Disillusioned" is just that ... And that's something I think many of us need right now. But don't just take my word for it. You can listen to the song below.
2.) Apple AirPods
I got these for Christmas from my mom, and they are awesome! I've been looking for a nice pair of wireless headphones for a while, but I wasn't a fan of the ones with really large earpieces or the ones that still had a wire running between the two earbuds. When I saw these, I knew I had to try them ... And they're everything I hoped for and more! I was worried they wouldn't stay in my ears very well (this seems to be a common problem for me), but they actually stay put even if I'm jogging or bending over/moving around a lot while doing things at home. And, not only do they stay in place, but they're comfortable to wear ... I forget I have them in sometimes. The sound quality is even better than I expected, and the Bluetooth range seems to be really good. I haven't gone really far with them in, but they've worked everywhere I needed them to. If you're on the fence about these, I say go ahead and buy them.
3.) Spotify Premium
I initially didn't plan for this post to be all about music, but that's the direction it took. I love music to a ridiculous degree, so I'm sure more music-related recommendations will appear in future posts. Since I love music so much, it may surprise you that I just recently opted to upgrade to Spotify Premium. (Well, I had it once for a month long free trial, but that was in 2014.) I got a great deal on it, though, so I couldn't resist! I was offered 3 months for $9.99 (plus tax), and, because I used my Capital One Quiksilver card, I got 50% off that ... So I got 3 months for a little over $5! I'll probably keep the subscription once the special runs out, though, because I feel like I'm using it a lot more. It's nice to be able to download my playlists for times when I'm offline (like on flights), and I love not having ads. It's worth it to me.