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The Music Experience

These music moments have defined me and the time in my life in which I heard them; the way I felt during each one will stay with me forever.

Listening to The Doors on the 4th of July at Castaways in Angola, NY

Listening to The Beatle’s “Rubber Soul” on my headphones on the school bus

Hearing “Don’t You Forget About Me” in the movie “The Breakfast Club”, and never being able to separate the song from the movie thereafter

Driving to the Finger Lakes with my brother in the winter, with Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros’ “Global A Go-Go” as the soundtrack

Driving extra fast to The Toadies’ “Heel” in my old 1995 Corsica

Laying in my room in the humid summer, windows open, with Moby’s “Play” lulling me to sleep

Seeing Nirvana: Unplugged on MTV for the first time, and loving “The Man Who Sold The World”

Discovering the music of Tom Waits while watching a documentary about train jumpers

Listening to my parent’s old records in our living room: Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Led Zeppelin….the list goes on and on

Listening to Sublime’s “Badfish” to calm me down before my driver’s test

Hanging laundry to dry in my dorm room while blasting Buena Vista Social Club

Engaging in sorry college behavior and singing to “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” at college bars

Singing along to OAR’s “Revolution” at a bonfire in Medina the first weekend of freshman year in college

Having The Shins and Esthero as a constant soundtrack in mine and my husband’s first apartment on Linwood Ave in Buffalo

Sitting in my car in the parking lot outside mine and my husband’s Whitney Pl. apartment in the winter; the stars out, listening to Regina Spektor’s “Apres Moi”

Listening to The Pogues and The Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping Up to Boston” on St. Patricks Day in Buffalo, NY

Listening to The Decemberist’s “The Crane Wife 3” in the limo on the way to the church my brother was getting married in

Listening to Coldplay’s “Fix You” in our Whitney Pl. loft with my husband, trying to get the timing for my walk down the aisle for our wedding just so

Our memories can sometimes play tricks on us; but when music becomes the soundtrack to your life, you don’t have to rely on memory….all you have to do is press play.

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Mabel Oliver
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How Is The MP3 Player Changing the Church?

There are two very different populations in the Christian world today. The first is represented by people of the older generations maybe in their 40’s and up. And then there are the much younger people – they both go to church, for mostly the same reasons.

The older Christians in the world are accustomed to listening and watching TV, buying CD’s and cassette tapes, they may even listen to the radio. But the younger Christians do things differently. Technology is allowing the younger Christians (and anyone who can keep up with the technology) to download their messages and music, so that their listening ears can receive the information through the white earphones of their MP3 or iPod.

This will change the face of most Churches today. Moving toward Mp3 access for Christian media may be something unconsidered by many, but anyone who has become aware of services, like Tivo or DVR receivers can see where this is going. A step up from the VCR, these services allow you to access your TV programs on demand. A prime example is my wife, who when I suggested we get ours, thought I was hoping to just get another toy so I could watch more TV. Now, she especially finds it to be the best time-saver and argument stopper between the kids. It can be set to automatically record every episode of your favorite shows and watch them when you want.

Most Churches are still doing thing status quo. They want you to attend church and hear the messages there. This, of course, is optimal for fellowship and the group dynamics for touching and agreeing with others. And when the message really touches, there are usually CD’s you can buy on the spot. However, the quality of these messages on CD’s may not stand the test of time. Not to mention audio cassette tapes, which are even more fragile. This is the only media that most churches have to offer.

To get the word of God out and win souls for the Lord, the churches today will need to wake up quickly. Consider the cell phones with Mp3s. Not to mention, most 2008 cars will be manufactured with just Mp3s built in and downloads obtainable while driving down the road.

For some in the church, the Mp3s are a dream come true, for others the worst nightmare. The challenge for most is to how to forge ahead in this technological revolution when technology is not the focus of your life. Churches and pastors have a powerful message. Thankfully, there are companies that can help move our churches safely through this technological transition so our younger generation is not missed. Ironically these services are being offered at a very reasonable price to get you moving in the right direction.

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Mabel Oliver
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Movie Musicals: Hip Hop Videos

Krush Groove– the Most underrated Movie Musical of All Time

Krush Groove has to be the most under rated musical in the history of movie making. Released in the fall of 1985 this movie is based on the early days of hip hop giant Def Jam Records

The movie starred rap pioneers Run-DMC, Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, The Beastie Boys, producer Rick Rubin and finally the man himself who is the original hip hop mogul Russell Simmons who plays a character named Crocket. Prince protégé Sheila E. plays the female lead and little known actor back then Blair Underwood played Russell Walker- the characters based on Simmons.

Cameos in the film include New Edition- you would get a thrill seeing a young Bobby Brown years before his marriage to Whitney Houston. A dimpled faced skinny young guy wearing a Kangol named LL Cool J whose few moments on the screen were the most memorable in the film. If you blink during the movie, you will probably miss a very young Chris Rock standing against the wall during one of the many scenes filmed at the legendary Bronx club The Fever.

Beat Street– The world was introduced to break dancing

This movie tells the story of two brothers from the Bronx whose lives revolve around becoming a successful dj and break dancing. This movie stars the beautiful Rae Dawn Chong as a choreographer from New York College who inspires the older brother Kenny played by actor Guy Davis. Also in the movie is stage and screen actress Tonya Pinkins best known for her character Olivia Frye on the daytime drama All My Children.

After this movie graffiti had become accepted as a true art thanks to portrayal of a character named Ramon who sadly is killed on the tracks of a NYC subway.

Newly inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, The Furious Five close out the movie in a great scene filmed at the famed Roxy. Hip hop pioneers, the Treacherous Three,

Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force perform, as well as the very talented New York City Breakers and Rock Steady Crew.

Both movies show hip hop culture in its infantancy. In the early 1980's, New York City birth a sensation that would take the world by storm. It's only right that remember and honor the films that introduced the world to rap music and the hip hop culture.

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Mabel Oliver
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How to Make Your Own Music Video

Have you ever wondered how you can make a music video without spending a large amount of money? One simple and inexpensive way is by using the Windows Movie Maker program.

To start, you must make sure all picture, video and audio files you plan to use in your video are uploaded onto your computer’s hard drive. When you open the program you should already have started a new project. Beneath the “Import” label on the left you will find links. Click on the link with the media type you wish to import for this particular project. Once all files are imported you must drag them into your timeline section. The program automatically places them into the category timeline, which they belong. You can rearrange the clips by dragging them across the timeline and placing them where you want them to be. Whether you’re using photos or video footage there are many different transitions and effects you can use in your video. You can add the fade in/fade out effect and you can even speed up a particular clip. To add these features you can click on the “Transitions” and “Effects” links on the left, and drag the selected features into your timeline (as you did your media files), placing them on (for effects) and between (for transitions) the picture/video clips. Effects can also be used on audio. You can shorten your audio (by dragging the audio clip to the left of the screen), and even create a fade out effect. All you have to do is right-click on the audio clip and choose an option from the pop-up tab. Another feature you can use is the “Titles and Credits” feature. With this feature you can add credits and titles at the beginning or end of your film, as well as on selected clips. You can even experiment with the animation, and find fun ways to display your titles/credits.

Once you are finished with your project you can save it, but it will be saved as a Windows Movie Maker file, which restricts you from viewing, uploading and sharing your video on different media programs and websites. To change this format you must click on “File” then “Publish Movie,” select the folder where you would like your movie to be saved, select the format for your movie and hit publish. Your movie should be ready to view and share within minutes!

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Mabel Oliver
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The Sony Walkman Bean MP3 Player Review

Hey wouldn't you like to have a bean as an MP3 player? Well now you can with the Sony Walkman Bean MP3 player, it makes carrying around a bean fashionable and practical.

No smelly oders or weird looks today, just 100% music on the go in your magic Sony walkman bean.

The Sony Walkman Bean MP3 player is amazingly compact in size and doesn't weigh much of anything. You can easily carry it around for hours and forget that it's just sitting there in your hands.

And within seconds of taking the Sony Walkman Bean MP3 player out of the box I was able to hook it up to my computer and load it with music.

The Sony Walkman Bean MP3 player comes with 1 GB built in flash memory, it supports MP3 and wave files and one of the neatest features is that the USB wire is hidden and attached within the bean. So you always have it with you.

The Sony Walkman Bean MP3 layer has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and on average you're supposed to get about 50 hours of play time before you need to recharge it.

The Sony Walkman Bean player comes with a green display menu that shows you what's on track number you're on and has a fully featured many that makes it easy to sort your music by artist, album, or group.

There is an FM tuner on the Sony Walkman Bean MP3 player which allows you to listen to local radio stations and was amazed by the sound quality that is produced by the bean. It also has basic features like repeat songs as well as shuffle.

The Sony walkman Bean mp3 player also allows you to set the time and date making it easy to use it as your own personal clock while on the go.

The buttons are very easy to find in the dark on the Sony Walkman Bean Mp3 player and don't have any trouble switching to and from songs.

You can also lock the Sony Walkman Bean MP3 player so that if a button gets hit on accident it doesn't just randomly change your song.

The Sony Walkman Bean Bean MP3 player comes with sonic stage software that makes it easy for you to navigate and find your music to launch your MP3 player will also allow you to convert CDs so that you can put your favorite albums on your MP3 player.

Like all MP3 players it comes with a standard set of headphones that are very comfortable and look like they were bought from dollar tree, so if you plan to listen to a lot of music; you'll want to find a better set of headphones.

I highly recommend the Sony Walkman Bean MP3 player. It's a wonderful new novelty item will walk around with and start conversations. It holds a good amount of music as very compact in size.

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Mabel Oliver
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The Best Indie Music Videos

As evidenced by the swelling list of indie music video websites like HostBaby and Pitchfork, the democratization of audio-video recording technology is well underway. But as in digital book publishing, does access to global distribution automatically provide a return on investment with indie artists sales, and more importantly, a growing loyal fan (customer) base? Of course, the short answer is "no." However, in reality, there are winners and losers; and as in most things, the cream somehow always manages to rise to the top. Yet it's not necessarily the best musicians, songwriters or vocalists that cut through the din.

Due to audiovisual technology's growing sophistication, indie artists are required to not only master their art or craft, if you will, they must become experts in full-suite programs like Digital Performer or for Apple users, Logic, using plug-ins, synths, samplers, creating and syncing video files, and mastering an endless array of other effects-producing software. Couple that with maneuvering through the hectic world of business, marketing, production, distribution, accounting and event organizing and what may seem like at first, simply an entertaining music video on MUZU.tv, is in fact, the culmination of an entire industry vertical, typically accomplished by a handful of impoverished artists seeking affirmation of a vision. Trust me; it's not about the money.

And I don't really want to paint such a bleak picture but the reality is, on top of all this, to hit the bar, some synths, no matter the best available from the likes of Native Instrument's Komplete Bundles, there is no substitute for a desired sound one can only capture from say, a real kick drum or tom with expert mic selection-placement in a studio environment, never mind, the intimacy of a $3500 Neumann U 87 large condenser mic for a pop vocal track. And have I mentioned gain staging yet? There is no substitute for a quality compressor/limiter.

So really, the days of a mediocre music video tumbling into a well of good fortune and splashing the charts with a half-baked production, if ever there were, are gone. Even though the every-band's access has been improved dramatically via affordable home studio software and low-cost, high quality analog-digital interfaces, the necessary steps to successful audiovisual production remain the same. Knowing which of those steps should be exported or completed in-house is critical to producing a quality music video. And in the end, the finished product must speak for itself–no excuses.

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Mabel Oliver
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My Top 5 Country Music Videos

Not only do I love listening to music, but I also love watching music videos. With my wide of music interests, I have picked 5 of my favorite county music videos, each from a different artist.

  1.  "I Can't Sleep" by singer Clay Walker. Directed by Trey Fajoy, this video is a classic. Clay Walker trails through the video searching and determined to find the woman whom is the reason he "Can't Sleep" and at the end of the video when he finds her, instead of having a happy ending, she ends up with another man. The video is shot in Mexico and provides beautiful scenery, good lyrics, and a great screen play.
  2.  "The Thunder Rolls" by singer Garth Brooks. On May 12, 1991 when this video produced by Bud Shaetzle it caused quite a controversy. This video is about an abusive husband who is cheating on his wife, and the wife comes back to kill him. Even though this video was banned from TNN and CMT it still won the video of the year award.
  3.  "Don't Take The Girl" sang by Tim McGraw and directed by Sherman Halsey is one of the most popular music videos of all time. It is a great montage of boy and girls relationship through the stages of life, with a dramatic heart breaking ending that will bring tears to your eyes.
  4.  "Save A Horse Ride A Cowboy" sang by the musical duo Big and Rich, this video was a huge transition in country music, and lead country music to a place it had never been. This brought a whole new crowd of followers to country music and music video director David Hogan really created a dynamic video.
  5.  "American Soldier". This video sang by Toby Keith, and directed by Paul Rachmen. This video is so impactful and really hits to home for people who are affected by the war on terrorism. This video shows the life of an American Soldier through powerful prideful lyrics.

All of these videos are very theatrical and have underlying stories that you have to watch the videos and really listen to the words of the songs to follow. They aren't just an artist and a camera. Even though some are controversial, the meanings in all of these videos are bold and also powerful, than many people are able to relate to.

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Mabel Oliver
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Digital Video Cameras and MP3 Voice Recorders for the Outdoors

Welcome to another installment of Sea Kayaking Dot Net's fence post navigation series, your online resource for tips, pointers and helpful hints for sea kayakers around the world.

Today's topic is portable digital video cameras, digital voice recorders, and their utility on sea kayaking day trips and overnights. Two economical and compact, easy to transport models to consider are the Flip Ultra digital video camera, about the size of a pack of cigarettes, and the Sony ICD -UX 70 MP3 digital voice recorder, about the size of a doublewide USB flash drive. Both are simple to operate, run on common alkaline batteries, and fit handily, as a pair, into watertight LockNLock boxes no larger than half an egg carton.

The advantages of the Flip Ultra and Sony's ICD digital voice recorder are their small size and ease of use. Push a button and off you go, recording in stereo technical paddling discussions around the campfire or footage of the island and waters you're visiting. Both digital recording devices are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, making them particularly handy for packing into a sea kayak, where space is at premium, especially on extended kayak camping trips.

The drawback of both units is that neither is waterproof (although you can buy a watertight case for the Ultra and shoot footage while underway or while rolling). While you're on the water, both need to be stored in gasket-sealed watertight cases.

Both units offer simple one-button operation. For the Flip (well-regarded for its omnidirectional microphone, depth of field and sensitivity in low light), you simply set the camera onto a miniaturized tripod, press the red record button, point the lens at your subject, and start filming.

The camera's onboard omnidirectional microphone is effective for picking up both narration and ambient outdoor sound. Once you've shot your footage and brought the camera home, you open the camera's USB port, plug it into your Mac or Windows computer, and use the camera's onboard software to download and edit your footage.

The Flip Ultra runs on two AA batteries, handy for sea kayakers who habitually bring along a dozen or so AA batteries to power their GPS units and VHF radios.

The Flip Ultra records to internal flash memory and can hold about an hour's worth of high quality sea kayaking footage. Drawback is, once you've shot an hour of footage you can't shoot anymore until you've downloaded your current footage and cleared the camera's memory.

The same holds true, but to a lesser extent, for the Sony ICD digital voice recorder. A miniature MP3 recorder, the ICD runs on a one AAA battery and includes a port for both an external microphones and a set of headphones. Like the Ultra, the Sony MP3 recorder records onto internal flash media. You can record nearly sixteen hours of high quality audio on the MP3 recorder, making it handy for recording interviews, commentary and conversations with local residents if your paddling location is exotic or remote.

Well that's it for today's installment of Sea Kayaking Dot Net's fence post navigation series, your online source for tips, pointers and helpful hints useful to sea kayakers around the world.

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Mabel Oliver
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Free Classical Music Online

Classical music is often played by orchestras. Such instruments used in classical music are violins, cellos, harps, brass instruments, woodwinds,and percussion.

Classical music has been around as long as 500 A.D. Over the years and throughout the different periods, classical music has evolved like many other types of music. There are three types of periods of classical music. The Periods of European art music are Early, Common Practice and Modern and Contemporary.

The Early Period of classical music includes Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. The Medieval Period ran between the years 500 and 1400. The Renaissance Period was from the years 1400 to 1600. The Baroque Period ran from the years 1600 to 1760 and overlapped into the Common Practice Period.

With the Baroque Period overlapping into the Common Practice Period, it is the only style of classical music to do so. The other two types of classical music in the Common Practice Period are Classical and Romantic. The Classical Period ran in the years 1730 to 1820 and overlapped with the Baroque Period for thirty years. The Romantic Period ran from 1815 to 1910. This period overlapped with the Classical Period for five years.

The Modern and Contemporary Period of classical music includes 20th Century and Contemporary. The 20th Century Period includes the years 1900 to 2000 which overlapped the Romantic Period for 10 years. The Contemporary Period includes the years 1975 to present and overlapped the 20th Century Period for 25 years.

It shouldn’t matter which period of classical music you prefer, listening to classical music can be relaxing and enjoyable. I find listening to classical music when I am tired a great way to relax.

Classical Live Online Radio: Free Classical Music

This website has a list of over 140 different sites to listen to classical music on. They have provided the stations that play classical music with information about each station. They have also provided how the classical music is played for each of the stations. The radio stations provided for the free classical music online are from around the world.

Using the radio stations that stream classical music online can help you listen to your favorites while away from home. The radio stations listed on the site above are just a few of the ways you can listen to classical music online. There are sites that have a few pieces of classical you can download to your computer or a MP3 player.

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Mabel Oliver
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Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 – MP3 Player Review

Back in the day, Sony Walkman tape players were the hottest tech item around. Today, Sony has the 8GB or 16 GB Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 mp3 player to revive the legendary brand. They are priced at $199 and $299. Unfortunately, the new Sony Walkman doesn't hold up against fierce competition in the mp3 player market.

With an interface that reminds you of Sony Ericsson cell phones, there are 4 buttons marked with arrows for ease of navigation and several icons. When the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 is compared to the iPod Nano, the interface looks a bit basic. It is relatively small when put next to other media players, but is still larger than the Nano, and for such a diminutive device, the screen size is quite impressive.

PC software on the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 is horrid, although on the device itself it is fair. Even though you can add music to your device with a halfway helpful interface and manage podcasts, it does go far slower than the speeds offered by iTunes. There is however a plus to this. You can drag and drop files onto the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729.

Audio quality tests yielded good results. Although the bass is a bit pronounced, it is in no way detrimental to the sound quality. There is also an extremely low level of noise and distortion on this mp3 player. The channels tend to stay where they are meant to stay. Bad reviews on audio quality only included the output power and headphones tests.

The headphones included with the device are of very poor quality, but are better than the ones that come with iPods. Low output power issues are of such a nature that the high impedance headphones will use a lot of the power that should be used to power the headphones. Other than this, the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 mp3 player did a good job.

All things considered, the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 has a few things against it. With a more primitive interface and physical look, it doesn't compare to the iPods or other comparable media players out there. It is also higher priced than the same size Nano. If you happen to catch one at a significantly reduced price, then you might want to check into it.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 mp3 player has continued a tradition for the Sony Walkman franchise, but is not up to the standards previously set by them. It is slow and has a primitive design compared to other media players. It is also priced higher than comparable players.

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Mabel Oliver
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