My parents sent me one medium-sized box and one heavy box for my 35th birthday. Inside the larger box, I found the best portable record player on the market. In the medium sized box, I found a stack of my old storybook albums, along with some fun, new t-shirts with graphics from the 1970s on them. The t-shirts had funny sayings on them from that decade as well as some graphics of toys and other popular things from that same period. I was pretty touched at the thoughtfulness of everything my parents sent me. I quickly called my parents to thank them.

When my husband came home, he found me sitting on the living room floor with one of my new t-shirts on. Emblazoned on the front was a photo of a popular doll from my childhood. He chuckled and said, “Hey, that is that doll you had as a kid!” Then, his eyes drifted over to the record player that I had set up. He was impressed with it because he loves anything that comes from the electronics store. Continue reading “Reminders of the Past Can Bring About Good Feelings in Adulthood”

One of the hardest times of my life was when my gram told me she was moving into a nursing home. I just did not feel she needed to be in one, especially when I had offered to open my own home to her if she ever wanted to move in. She told me that she did not want to interfere with my own life, and that she had picked out a great nursing home where she would still retain a lot of independence. She told me I needed to look at storage for Winnipeg because this might just be a temporary move for her.

That is what brought me comfort. I knew that if she was planning on a permanent move, she would have had me looking at people who hold estate sales. She was getting rid of some things, but she still wanted to store the majority of her furniture and all of her knick knacks. Continue reading “My Gram Needed a Storage Unit”

I have always had dreams and ambitions of becoming a self employed maven. I wanted to have my own shop and sell what my idea of fashionable clothing and accessories were. It because a goal of mine to have a small business. I had no idea that the challenges of getting things like a building and merchandise, and even a small business loans in Toronto would have been as simple as it was. In Toronto, it is a mecca of small business and free thinking people that are able to make profits off the locals and the tourists that come through the city. I have always wanted my own shop that I could express my own ideas of fashion in and having a place in Toronto was my dream. I didn’t have any idea how it would actually work out, but I knew in the end that it was my goal. Once I started becoming serious about my lifelong dream, my friend told me I should really look into making it possible. So, I started on building my empire… from the ground up.

Starting from nothing with a business idea was a struggle. I was told by many people to go and find the basics first just to see how much it would cost to run. Get a storefront, see how much employees would cost, find out all the basics of this and then get a price estimate and then see if I could get a loan. Continue reading “The Right People Help Small Businesses Start off”

Each year I grow a lot and get a good harvest. My son and I would trim the buds by hand, which he hated, but he did anyway because he didn’t have a choice in the matter. He told me that there was probably some kind of trim machine that could get the job done much faster than the both of us. I told him that he was probably right, but we wouldn’t be able to afford something like that. My son took that as a challenge and looked online to see if he could find a machine that would be within our budget.

After some searching, my son found just the machine that would make our lives easier. The machine looked like some kind of space aged engine from an alien vehicle to me. It had a rotating section that would push the buds down onto a disc to trim them and then they would pop out at the bottom. Continue reading “The High Tech Age of Trimming”

I have a small company, and I was doing the majority of my business right at my store front. As I saturated the area with my services, business was becoming slower. Thankfully, the services that I offer can be done online as well, so I knew that I was going to have to think more about my online presence than that of my store front. While I would never abandon that, I knew I had to grow to stay relevant. One of the first things I did was find Lift My Rank, a company that specializes in search engine optimization.

I did not know that I was going to use them, because I did not even know they existed until I did a very thorough search for SEO help. I know enough about SEO to understand that I needed a professional’s help to make my website rank high in the search engines. I did not want to create something shoddy and have it not matter, nor did I want to create something beautiful and not have it seen by the masses. Continue reading “My Website is on the Front Page of Search Results”

I lived in a cramped studio all throughout college. I even shared it with two roommates at one point. I knew that I didn’t want to struggle for life, so I decided to get my Master’s degree. Because of that, I got a pretty darn good job when I graduated, and it pays really well. So, after living in such a low-brow studio for so long, I wanted something nice and unique to live in. I decicided to check out High Park real estate listings after a real estate agent told me that I would probaby enjoy some of the new offerings there. I found the best place to live in a relatively short amount of time. Continue reading “I Knew I Needed Something Different to Be Happy”

The internet has made it possible to develop friendships with people worldwide. I was genuinely happy when a friend of mine I have never formally visited in person was getting married in Australia. I knew his bride to be because of the internet too. My wife and I looked up a company online that would send flowers in Melbourne to congratulate them on their engagement. They were so impressed with the arrangement we sent them that they decided to use the same company to do the flowers at their wedding.

It is an interesting world where we can get online and send flowers or gifts anywhere at the push of a button. If you use it the right way, it can bring you closer to people you would never otherwise meet. Continue reading “Sending Flowers to Friends in Australia Showed Me How Connected We Really Are”

My old printer died after 20 years of use. I’ve printed a lot of documents with that printer, and have gone through many ink cartridges. I used this opportunity to get a better printer with a built in scanner so I could scan documents into my computer. While the printer is excellent, I didn’t like the scanning software that came with it. The software was pretty bloated and slow, and I didn’t like the quality of the pictures that were generated with each scan. I tried using the stock software that came with my computer for scanning, but it was only a little bit better and lack some features.

My best bet for finding software that would scan with a plethora of features without being too slow and bloated was to look online. I needed something that was free, yet still had everything I needed. While pay programs can provide good results, I prefer not to spend any money if I don’t have to for software, especially when some pay software will only let users use the software on one computer with a particular license. I have more than one device in my home that can use the printer, and would prefer not to buy multiple licenses for the same program.

I found a pretty good program with all of the features I wanted for free. The best thing about this program is that I can save each scan in multiple formats beyond just simple pictures. I can create presentation files, pdf files, and archives, which are great for sending a lot of scanned items as one file. This comes in handy when I need to fax some important documents like tax information. I usually have to do this at least twice a year when it’s time for me to renew my financial information.

My friends and I often use a ride sharing service when we want to go out for the evening and have a few drinks. The advantage of using one of these services is that you don’t have to assign a person in your group the role of designated driver, because the driver of the service will take that role. I recently read an article about limos being offered from ride sharing services. The cars that we usually get from these services are just average cars that don’t really having anything luxurious about them. Riding around in a limo really is a step up, even for a night of drinks.

On a whim one night, I reserved a limo for ride sharing instead of the usual car. My friends thought I was crazy for getting a limo, that is, until they got inside of it. Sitting in a luxurious vehicle was enough to change their minds and get them totally on board. Continue reading “More Excitement at Night in a Limo”

For years, we’ve known that listening to music has benefits for children’s development. CD series like those from Baby Einstein have become extremely popular with parents of babies because experts have recognized that listening to classical music is not only engaging to very young children but actually increases their brain’s ability to perform spatial reasoning.

When a baby is born, he has billions of brain cells. As the baby develops, those brain cells form connections with other brain cells. When babies listen to music, especially classical music, they make strong music related connections in the brain. Over time, continued listening to classical music actually changes the way the child’s mind works by creating brain pathways that would not have been there otherwise. Listening to music does not increase IQ, per se, but can make the mind perform many important tasks more easily and with greater skill.

Listening to music has been shown to prime our brains for spatial tasks, like putting together puzzles. Even adults who did not listen to music regularly as a child can experience a short-term burst in spatial capabilities after listening to music.

Why Classical Music?

Classical music has been shown to have the most impact on creating brain connections in children because of the complexity of the music. Classical music has a very complex musical structure. Studies have shown that babies as young as three months old can detect the special structures in works such as those of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach, and can recognize music they’ve heard before.

It is this complexity that leads researchers to believe that classical music is the best music for building these pathways in the brain. However, all music is good for the brain. Research has also shown that children who have early and frequent exposure to music are better at math, emphasizing the relationship between pathways built by listening to music and the brain’s function.

Special Benefits to Children with Special Needs

We’re fully aware of music’s benefits to all children. But, researchers are becoming more and more aware of potential additional benefits to children with learning disorders like Down’s syndrome, Autism and other learning disabilities.

Children with Autism

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects socialization and communication. It is a spectrum disorder that affects roughly 0.6 percent of the population, occurring four times more often in males.

There has long been a connection between autism and music. Autistic children, though deficient in language, are generally able to process music as well as children their age who do not suffer from a learning disability. This often makes music of special interest to autistic children, and there have been many case studies regarding autistic children who are musical savants.

In very practical terms, many parents of autistic children have found that listening to classical music can calm and soothe their children during bouts of acting out. Like repetitive motions, such as swinging and rocking, music can sometimes also be used to prevent outbursts by helping children to calm in advance of a potentially stressful situation. Classical music has been shown to actually calm the nervous system.

Children with Down Syndrome

One of the most important therapies for Down syndrome children is auditory therapy. Down syndrome children have great difficulty in auditory vocal processing. They have trouble learning to coordinate the movements of the lips and tongue that are required for speech. In addition, they are highly prone to ear infections, which often lead to hearing loss. When children suffer hearing loss, it further impacts their ability to speak.

Music is a key element of the auditory therapy needed by Down syndrome children. Most music therapists use classical music in auditory therapy because of how it stimulates the brain and calms the nervous system at the same time. In addition to how classical music can help improve cognitive function, it helps improve auditory function, which is of special concern to these children. Children with Down syndrome can actually improve their ability to respond to the full range of sound frequencies through sound therapy using classical music.

Other Learning Disabilities

There are studies to indicate that classical music provides benefit to all children because of its ability to create pathways in the brain, stimulate the brain and calm the nervous system. These features are particularly important to children with any sort of learning disability. Improved ability to focus, concentrate and remain calm are positive affects for children with hyperactivity disorders, Asperger’s syndrome and ADD. In addition, the stimulation of the brain and creation of new pathways may help these children to improve their ability to perform certain tasks, especially spatially related tasks.

Music holds a special place in the lives of many people. Most of us have specific songs that trigger responses and memories each time we hear them. So, it’s no surprise that music has a profound effect on our minds. We also now know that these effects can be used to improve our minds and our cognitive abilities, especially in children with learning disabilities.


When you first listen to a song, with the exception of the lyrics, the first sound that you’re going to recognize is the sound of the guitar. No guitar has changed music, quiet like the electric guitar.

Before the electric guitar, there was America’s beloved acoustic guitar. It greatly changed music in that it allowed musicians alternatives to the mandolin and banjos. The acoustic guitar is a huge asset for songwriters because of its portability, which allowed musicians to write or perform their music almost anywhere.

When the electric was first built in the 1930’s, it was met with strong resistance. Critics actually believed that the sounds would not be appealing to music lovers and they didn’t believe the electric guitar would make it off the assembly line. Even the original creator couldn’t have imagined the impact that the electric guitar would have on the music industry. No one in those days could have. The very first electric to be manufactured and sold to the general public was built by the Electro String Company in 1931. These guitars were actually made from cast aluminum, and people actually referred to them as “frying pans”, which prompted the Gibson Guitar Corporation to create their ES-150 guitar. These guitars quickly became popular and this particular Gibson guitar became one of Gibson’s best sellers, ever. And when artists began to realize that the electric gave them the flexibility to create their own musical style, it started to change the sound of music.

The invention of the electric was a huge asset to concert halls. Before it, concert halls we’re smaller, accommodating smaller crowds. This was because the acoustic guitars’ sound was hard to hear from a distance. It allowed venues to expand because the sound could be amplified, allowing much more people to hear the concerts from a greater distance. Concerts started to change forever. Now, instead of a musician playing for a few hundred people, they were playing for a few thousand. And today, musicians are performing for a few hundred thousand fans and selling out every single seat!

Electrics have evolved from the original production. There are additional pickups on the modern guitars that allow artists to create unique, individual music styles. No guitar has been able to capture the emotions of a song or its musician like the electric guitar. What makes the guitar able to do this is that it can be amplified. You can’t have one without an amplifier. When used alone, it doesn’t create the mood changing sounds that the amplifier does. The electric guitar and amplifier go hand in hand. The amplifier to the electric guitar is the bread to the butter in the music industry.

No one can truly evaluate the way music has changed over the last several years. Great music has the power to change lives. Music expresses what simple words alone cannot. The electric guitar expresses the feelings that words cannot. The sounds of the electric guitar are electrifying (no pun intended). It has created some of the best performances ever. It has become the very definition of rock and roll. It will continue to revolutionize music for generations to come.


One of the main contributing factors to a movie’s success is its soundtrack. Music is an essential element in most plays and dramas. Shakespeare made efficient use of music in his famous plays. Movie makers realize that a lot of the movie’s business at the box office depends upon the music recording. There are many ways to incorporate songs in a movie. Musicals are one genre which is exclusively based on songs and lyrics. However, even if it is an action movie, filmmakers find ways to include some soundtracks into it.

In fact, Bollywood films are renowned for the excessive song and dance sequences they have. Hollywood movies too use orchestral or synthesizer score or even a new hit song to add to the interest element. Sometimes a movie’s popularity is increased by its musical score. Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on” for Titanic stayed on in public memory long after the movie left the cinema halls. The soundtrack of Love Story is one of the most enduring ever, and who doesn’t download music from Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. Many a times, blockbusters become classics because of their excellent scores. Hence, composers and song writers are in great demand in Hollywood.

There are different types of motion picture music. One is the underscore category like the score for Steven Spielberg’s E.T. Another is the category of original recording like “Hungry Heart” for the movie Perfect Storm. Finally there is the song that is written especially for a movie like “Over the rainbow” for the hugely popular Wizard of Oz. Each of these types is used frequently in movies and requires different recordings, contracts and royalties.

Songs are used in movies to show all kinds of emotions. A romantic setting is enhanced by an appropriate love song. Similarly music has been used to make people laugh and cry. In fact the story itself can be narrated through cleverly inserted songs. Moreover, with a great background score, emotions and dialogs acquire more significance. If a producer wants to use an existing soundtrack for his movie, he can do so by negotiating with the music producer. Often, a pre-existing, hit song can help create the mood required in the movie. The soundtracks of many movies come out and go on to become huge hits in their own right. These days with digital music recording, adding new songs to movies is becoming easier.

My Fair Lady was a complete musical whose main claim to fame was the witty use of lyrics to show every mood. Similarly, Chicago and Moulin Rouge used songs and extravagant dances to create the required atmosphere. Even if the movie does not use songs every other minute, it will show action with a background score playing regularly. Who can forget the scenes of Psycho with the spine tingling music in the background? The audio mastering was such here that the score heightens the audience’s fear and any time one hears the music he quickly associates it with Psycho. Such is the power of appropriate music in cinema!


It is not clear how music influences the individual. Some experts insist that music and musicians influence young people. Other sources insist that certain individuals respond to particular types of music and musical expression. Either way, today’s youth can see how their favorite musicians dress and behave, both in public and in private, via the multiple media sources which are constantly monitoring the world’s celebrities. Young people can then elect to change their own appearance and behavior to reflect the musician and musical style that they most identify with.

Two separate, but related, theories explain how individuals relate to and express themselves through music. Social identity theory indicates that people “borrow” their identity from the society in which they live. The individual’s adopting of a group identity through music is a way for that person to conform to the ideals, goals, and norms of the society as a whole. The opposite of social identity theory says that some individuals elect to behave in a manner that is contrary to societal norms. These people prefer to adopt their own style and stand apart from everyone else. This is called personal identity theory. These theories are interrelated because, even though personal identity theory identifies the individual aspects of expression, the person is still identifying as a part of a sub-group.

Young people are more likely to subscribe to varying forms of identification through music; especially those forms that my not conform to the larger society. As young people move through the adolescent years and into young adulthood, they are more likely to explore and experiment with their own identity through music than older adults, who have likely settled into one genre that they identify with. Looking at music in this way makes it easier to see how it has always been, and remains, a socializing agent; a way for young people to explore their independence as they move away from the authority of their parents.

This perspective on music can hide the influence that music has on children. The music of the past century has played an important role in the lives of young adults, yet music may be having an expanding effect on individuals who are even younger. Remember that music has always been an important part of every society. Children are socialized through songs that are shared with them at many ages. Children’s songs can be as simple as songs that teach basic information, such as ABC’s and 123’s, and they can teach social skills and acceptable behavior (think Sesame Street and Barney). Still, children have access to the same music that young adults have access to; and sometimes this music is not age-appropriate. This phenomenon has ushered in the debates about whether or not exposure to certain musical influences is having a harmful effect on the nation’s youth.

Interestingly, one study has found that females are more likely to be influenced by music than males, although both genders find expression through music satisfying. This may be because females are typically socialized as members of a societal group and males are typically encouraged to be self-sufficient. The study’s authors believe that the socialization process makes females more susceptible to musical influences than males.


There are some basic reasons that justify the inclusion of music in the elementary curriculum.

The first of the reasons is that music serves mainly as an aesthetic or a visual experience. This experience basically involves the observation of significance with the help of sound images rather than all the way through printed communication, discussion, any sort of arithmetical modus operandi, or additional type of expression.

The improvement of one’s artistic intellect has proved the ability of being able to enhance the excellence of life equally throughout the school years and through the later years. Music’s significance as an opportunity to identity consciousness has been confirmed by experts such as Rogers and Maslow.

The second reason for which music is regarded to be an important part of the curriculum, is the role that it plays in understanding the culture. Music is a true demonstration of the traditions, community culture, aspirations and accomplishments of humankind. In music are embedded various custom values, and beliefs of the common man.

At the same time, communication with the help of music is sort of abstract; the learner must be educated to interpret this nonfigurative representation of music coordination in order to understand it.

Finally, for the reason that music edification is supported on the technique the brain understands music, it is capable of manipulating the expansion and growth of the superior cognitive procedures of the brain that are usually not possible in other fields. In recent times revealed study at the University of California has shown that prepared melody teaching improves student’s spatial aptitude, which holds a significant constituent in arithmetical way of thinking and judgment.

Supplementary investigation in this field have revealed that the brain ought to have loaded, sensory knowledge experiences if it wants to raise itself to a higher level of intellectual growth and ability. Students dispossessed of these sensory stimulation that are provided specially by music have been equated by enlightening experts to youths who at some point of time in their lives experienced brain inactivity or damage.

Lessons in music have shown their benefits by increasing the creativity and ability of the mind as well as decisive and contradictory philosophy. These are some essential skills that are needed by the brain to develop into a higher being for the present and future work place.

Clearly, all of these profits that are listed above are unswervingly connected to one’s mastery of the customs of thoughts and meaning in music and to one’s aptitude to understand writing and appreciate the fine distinction of denotation which it encloses. This is the explanation that states the importance and necessity of music in the elementary education.

With these benefits of music come to light, the focus and stress on inclusion of music has increased by many folds. With the media paying more attention to the needs of education, and the proposed budget cut reductions, the schools are now forced to cut some corners in their facilities and curriculum. However, the schools have kept intact the basic elementary classes of physical and musical training that help the students develop into a better human being at all levels.

The music classes that have been an integral part of some school curriculums classes have shown excellent results. The following explains the various benefits that have been shown by the application of music on children aged between four years to fifteen years.

Arithmetic ability: Music and melody compositions that had been included in the curriculum for children aged between four to fifteen years of age have shown positive results in deciding the mathematical ability of the children. Music has shown itself to help the child’s brain develop in an enhanced manner, thereby resulting in a better aptitude and skill to understand arithmetic as soon as they get older.

Since math’s is an integral part of our lives at every stage of life, it is essential to develop good mathematical skills. In order to survive in the technology driven world of today, it is very important for the children to develop their arithmetic and logical abilities from childhood.

Especially with our global economy, By refusing to expose our children to music at an early age we may be robbing them of an essential skill to compete with other countries.

Science Skills: These skills are also a benefit of music classes for many of the same reasons as before. Music enhances our children’s reasoning skills, which is important to understand how science works. Again, these skills are required for our children to be competitive in the future.

Reading Skills: Music classes teach the students on how to concentrate on small things. In order to efficiently understand what is being read and written, music is an essential element for its success. It also enhances memory and recall skills. This is helpful in all areas of our children’s education. With illiteracy rate going up in our country, we must begin to try to enhance these skills.

Community Skills: Music permits our kids to make effort in groups to generate music as a whole. By putting your child’s name down in the music programs in school, you actually consent your youngster to become skilled at how to lend a hand and work together with others for a universal goal.

These classes allow children how normally wouldn’t associate with each other to cooperate and promote unity. A sense of belonging is very important in our culture today. Especially important to those who grow up in environment which constantly plague on their emotions. Studies show that music classes enhance self-esteem in their students. Music education may also be an important step in reducing the incidence of violence in our school by bringing the students together.

Moreover, other than these skills, music classes also help the children to increase their Intelligence quotient levels. At times, children who are dealing wit hearing and speech problems since childhood cope up with these inhibitions during a music class.

It also helps children who experience inhalation and verbal communication intricacies and learning disabilities. They may be many other things that have not been discovered.

By do away with these classes from our child’s schools, in reality we are stealing from our children the essential abilities that are required by them to build a better future for themselves. These kids are going to be the ones who run everything in now a few years. Do you want that your child gets incomplete education in any form? Or do you want to hand your own future in such hands which do not possess sufficient skills to carve a better future for themselves?

Some of the examples of doing these are listed below:

1. Singing which is pure form of complete musical expression in all cultures across the globe. It helps the child to open up and improve his communication skills. It helps them to express their ideas and thoughts in a better manner.

2. Instruments also play an important role as a means to enhance interpersonal behavior and expression. Also playing of musical instruments in a group helps the child to learn about team spirit.

3. Composing and writing lyrics for melodies, is a very creative activity that is again an important method to improve communication skills and learn to effectively express one’s thoughts.

Music classes are indispensable. Do not allow your ignorance position in the system of our children’s opportunity. Inform yourself on the reimbursements of these lessons. If you have a different opinion that is okay, but try to understand the other side of the debate before making your decision.

If in case, the local school in your city is planning to do away with the music classes after heeding to some parents, step forward and be vocal. Raise your concern and try to advise the ignorant. Endeavor to bring to an end your neighboring school organization from taking from our children the essential skills.

In case, you stand unproductive in your endeavors to stop the school administration from barring music classes, try to get them reinstalled by some way. Show them examples and results that have been researched.

If you know some children who have taken benefits from these music classes, ask them to help the children of the school in knowing the benefits of music. That will greatly help as children tend to listen to their own age groups better. One or two lessons per week or enough to get the benefits of music classes.


The beauty of digital technology in music production is the simple fact that we can save our work in any condition at any time and recall them in the exact same settings as when we left off (a fact I’m sure many musicians and engineers take for granted). Another benefit is the use of automation: that is we can automate parameters within our music production software. Most of the major software allow full automation of virtually all parameters, therefore placing the limit on our creativity alone.

Automation maybe a feature that many musicians pay little attention too, especially those who are just starting out. At first, automation may seem like a tedious job, and can be a major turn-off since it isn’t the most intuitive thing to do. But proficiency using automation in our music production, whether in the music arrangement stage or the mixing stage, will allow us to explore creative avenues otherwise blocked if we neglect automation.

Using automation in composing and arranging music

This technique may be used more heavily in electronic dance music production than any other style. Listen to the leading contemporary electronic dance tracks, and you can listen to the detailed programming of synthesizers and effects take place to create a stunning soundscape worthy of dance floors all around the globe. Automation is used in EDM production, as a way to manipulate filter controls and other controls that shape the sound of the instruments in the arrangement. It can also be used to bring an instrument in and out of the mix, not only by volume, but also by cut-off frequency and resonance (I’m sure you’ve heard this technique before in EDM). Further use of automation in arranging might be to make effects kick in mid-song, or bring it out during a different part. For example, adding delay to the guitar at the chorus, or increasing the reverb on the snare during the bridge.

Using automation in mixing music

Which leads us to the more subtle use of automation: to mix music. Sometimes, you dial in a perfect EQ for the piano during the verse, but then realize it doesn’t suit the chorus. You could split it up to a different track (which is easier actually), or you could automate the EQ during the chorus. For the vocals, you might add more reverb or switch to a different delay for the coda, to bring it out and add some majesty to the part. The use of automation for mixing is virtually limited only to our creative imagination, as there are a myriad of “weird” effects out there (some of them free too) that can give even weirder sounds when combined with automation.

To your automation discovery,



I was really surprised not long ago when I tried to file a claim with my homeowners insurance company. We had massive rains for nearly two days, and every stream around us was flooded. We had more rain than I have ever seen in the 19 years of living here in town, and my basement was flooded as a result of the rising streams. I was not too concerned because I knew that everything was covered, but I realized soon thereafter that it was not. Buying flood insurance would have made it so things were covered, but just having homeowners did not. Continue reading “I Was Not Covered for Flood Damage”

Radio has become very famous over the years. But after the invention of iPods and music phones people have stop making use of this device. The store all their favorite tracks on the gadgets mentioned before so that they can carry their music everywhere they go. But there are several benefits of listening to music on the FM. One benefit is that you will get to listen to different tracks from time to time and they are hardly ever repeated on the same day. You can install a radio in your car so that it can catch the frequencies of different station when. This way you can listen to some amazing music when you are on the go.

The best thing about this is that it is completely free of cost and you can listen to it 24×7. All you have to do is buy or install a device that will be able to catch the frequencies of the stations properly. The stations play music that is tailor made for their country. There are some that play music from all over the world. This way you can listen to different genres, and there are different stations to choose from. You will never tire of listening to music here.

You can also listen to the music played by these music stations on the internet. This way your work can be made more enjoyable. All you have to do is subscribe to a particular website and you can listen to music throughout the day and night. CL communications is one popular station that has been streaming music from all over the world.


I have great credit, and I also have a great job. What I don’t have is a lot of collateral. I do not own my own house, nor do I have an extensive art collection, multiple vehicles or anything else like that. I pay my bills on time, but I don’t have a lot of possessions. That is normally not a problem, but it could be when it comes time to take out a loan. In my case, a traditional loan with collateral would not work, so I had to look into unsecured funding.

I was not sure what to expect because it felt like I had a huge mark against me just for not having a house or something else that could be used for collateral. I was able to find a company that handles unsecured loans with no issues. There are requirements of course, but I easily qualified. A person must have a credit score of 700 or better, which I do. Continue reading “My Unsecured Loan Went Through Quickly”

There is a whole lot more to building a house than you might think. Just picking the general contractor was a big job. We absolutely wanted someone who was reliable and would not leave us hanging. Before we even got that far, we had to buy a piece of land. Then it was a huge project just to get permits to build, put in water, connect the sewer system and more. We even had to do a perk test on the ground even though we were not having a septic system. And we got Deland homeowners insurance before the footer was even poured for the foundation. This was very important to have. You do not want bank money unsecured by insurance if something should go wrong.

I have heard stories of vandalism during construction, even arson. Our house was going up quickly, and everything was vulnerable. There are even people who will go in and steal your copper pipes and wires before the finished walls are put up. We made sure we got Deland homeowners insurance that would cover anything that could possibly go wrong in the construction phase. Then our policy would be a normal homeowners policy once we began occupying our new home. Continue reading “Building a New Home is a Big Project for All Involved”

I love games of chance. I am fortunate enough to have the funds to play them, and I am grateful for that. It does help that I have a lot of lucky streaks when I am playing too. I don’t always win, but I don’t always lose either, so it really does work out for me. I used to go to casinos and play, but I broke my leg last year and was not able to get out as easily. I did not let that stop me though! I did a search for main poker online because I know that there are a lot of legitimate poker sites for people like me who enjoy playing from the comfort of their own homes. Continue reading “The Reason I Play Poker from Home Now”

Since the beginning of time, music has been used as an expression of cultural identity. Ancient tribal societies used music as a foundation for gatherings and to express their history, ethnicity, and cultural beliefs. Music has changed throughout the ages, but the use of music as an essential part of cultural and individual expression has changed very little.

Music’s integral connection to identity is often difficult to recognize, especially in today’s society where music may not be viewed as being as message-oriented as it once was. There were times when entire generations or cultures of individuals each knew the same songs. During World War II, entire nations of people sang songs that expressed their national identity with their cause and their connection to their fighting forces. Again, with the protest songs of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the people of the nation explored their feelings about war, youth, and racial unrest. And, as music as a form of expression has grown, different individuals within the same society have come to identify with varying forms of music as their own individual expression of self.

Although music may not be as blatantly descriptive as the songs of decades past, music speaks to the individual in the same way that the individual speaks through music. A nation of parents sat perplexed as their children became entranced by the sounds of rock and roll, and now there are as many types of music to identify with as there are generational cliques to adapt the musical message. Parents are still perplexed by youth who dress like Britney Spears and Eminem and who use language expressed in song. The addition of music videos has also added a note to self-expression through music that wasn’t present until the last few years. Unlike past generations, today’s youth can see how the music is being expressed and can identify visually with their chosen genre. Television and the internet have also allowed international peoples to share their cultures through music.

Whether music is viewed as being an influence on youth or as being influenced by youth, is still secondary to the fact that it has always been present as a socializing factor. Whether that socialization takes place as a part of a group membership or as a way to express individuality, there is no way to ignore the fact that the influence and expression of music expands as the world community shares more of its musical styles. People may find that music speaks to them in a certain way, moves them in a certain way, or that they identify with its message. People may also find that they can use music to express themselves as individuals as well as to conform to a group. Doubtless, music and its connection to individual and group identity will take on new forms as people continue to be exposed to varying forms of music and culture.


When children are young, it is easy to control the type of music they listen to. Mostly, children listen to what the parents do. Parents may choose to listen to music written specifically for kids, but at other times, the family may listen to whoever set the stereo station last.

The question becomes: Is Rock music safe for children?

Nearly all the best-selling albums of all time are Rock. But is this ‘rebellious’ genre of music having a positive or negative impact on children and society?

As with just about every subject, there are many pros and cons.

The fact is: Rock is a form of art that promotes creativity and expression. Many songs have very poetic lyrics and send off great messages to people. A big message sent through music these days is world change.

In 1985, Live Aid was put on by many rock musicians from Black Sabbath to U2. It raised over 232 million dollars for famine relief in Ethiopia and was inspired by the song ‘The Tide is Turning’ by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

Even today, many bands put on benefits for a plethora of causes. Several bands have toured in Iraq to perform for our troops overseas. Also many rock benefit concerts were put on to raise money after the 9-11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake.

Bands also promote Christianity in their music, especially in today’s day and age. Popular bands, such as P.O.D., Flyleaf, Pillar, and many others, widely and openly promote religion through their music. And other bands, such as Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle, subtly promote it through their poetic and abstract lyrics.

Looking at their generosity of both their talent and money, it is clear that many Artists have chosen to spread joy. Are there other benefits?

Music in general, as well as Rock, can inspire children to pick up a healthy hobby of playing music. Learning an instrument helps a child find a form of creativity they can express in an unimaginable amount of ways. Even if they aren’t going to become the next icon, enjoying music can often grant the listener or player an outlet for emotional issues or traumatic events as life progresses.

However, much like all good things, inevitably, you will also find the bad.

Many artists express their feelings through morbid and perverse metaphors and talk about dark taboo subjects. These artists have a breathtaking talent that people should be open to, but they are simply not for children.

Parental advisories can’t always be trusted. For instance, the songs ‘Digital Bath’ and ‘Lhabia’ by Deftones talks about a daydream of grisly melancholic acts, acted out of boredom. This album has no parental advisory on it at all. Yet, that same band has songs against drugs, racism, and other positive influences, but is also not for young children.

As much as the R.I.A.A. tries to help, they are not the parents of America.

As our children start to discovery their own taste in music, parents need to monitor the content and words. Maybe your child has found a singer or band that they really like. You have listened to the song and approve. Make sure when you buy that CD though, you carefully listen to all of the songs or simply purchase the one song that you approved.

Rock seems to be the most controversial but it also has many positive influences that should be taken in to consideration. There are some negatives that come with it, and those should be filtered out by the parents.

As a family and society, we do not want record companies, or anyone else for that matter, to decide what we feel is appropriate or not. We enjoy the privilege of making that decision. We do appreciate their input, hence the labeling. But, when it comes down to it, we are the parents; we will take responsibility for what our children are plugging in their ears.

So, the next time your child wants to listen to a song they like, instead of immediately refusing, listen with both ears. You will learn much of what your child likes and dislikes. You will gain insight into the thinking of your child. You will also learn what to absolutely deny your child.


I was looking for some Snapchat filters for a birthday party I was throwing, but the results were pretty lackluster. The ones that were already available on Snapchat looked so boring. It was like someone’s grandmother designed those filters. I knew there had to be some way to get better Snapchat filters online. Someone else had the same thought I did and made a website where people can actually purchase new filters upon demand. I had just the idea for a new filter that would be seen by all of the party guests.

Once I selected the filter and purchased it, I began making preparations. The filter was used as a form of a digital invitation on my Snapchat account. Everyone would be able to see when the party was happening and where just by looking at the the filter. Continue reading “A Party with New Filters”

I wanted to buy a new towel holder for my bathroom. The one I had had broken, and I was tired of just leaving my towel laying around in there. I am the type of person who has a place for everything, so it was driving me a bit bonkers to not have a towel holder. I started looking at a couple of different online stores, and that is how I Found a narrow small towel radiator that I absolutely fell in love with. My entire purpose was just to find a towel holder that would keep my towels off the sink or the back of the toilet.

What I found instead was a towel holder that will hold my towels nice and neat, but with such an added bonus to it. Continue reading “A Nice Towel Radiator for My Home”