Ecommerce and the Music Industry

Music truly can make the world go round. Music has the ability to unify people in a single thought, may it be peace, harmony, joy, or a specific cause, and it has changed the word one song at a time. But music used to be limited and under appreciated by many. Not because music then was of poor quality but because it was not as accessible as it is today. We have a freedom today to gain access to all kinds of music through the help of technology therefore awareness and appreciation of the music industry has grown significantly in such a short span of time.

Long before the internet had its glory, music was confined to a smaller audience. Some of the most powerful songs written were sung and played underground in fear of other bigger issues like communism, capitalism and war. With the emergence of ecommerce, the world became a giant playground for music of different ages, stages, and styles. Ecommerce has opened a new way for music to be heard in other places where it can be appr

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How to Care For Your Watercolor Painting

So you just purchased a new beautiful watercolor painting, now what? There are really just a few important things to know about your watercolor painting in order to keep it bright, vibrant, and unblemished.

1. Get your painting framed with a glass protective panel. This is important, a regular frame with no glass will leave your watercolor vulnerable to dust, smudges, water damage etc. Did you know that watercolor can reconstitute itself when water is added? That means the paint can shift, lift, drip etc. A glass front will protect against water damage. It will also keep the dust off. You can’t just dust a watercolor painting as the paper is sensitive to marks and is a delicate surface. A well framed piece will also help keep out insects that can damage the paper. It is very difficult to repair a damaged watercolor painting, so keep it protected.

2. Avoid direct sunlight. Watercolor paintings are sensitive to sunlight. The colors can fade, and the paper can becom

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How To Become A Professional Belly Dancer

There is a major question to ask yourself if you want to become a professional belly dancer. Do you want to be a professional instructor or do you want to be a performing artist of belly dancing? A professional instructor will have responsibilities for both teaching and performing. A professional belly dancing artist will focus on being a performer.

Which came first… the chicken or the egg? First and foremost knowledge and real experiences are critical. When professionals are interviewed most of them did not intend for this form of art to be a career. They were happy taking lessons and dancing for self, but life has its surprises.

If I may, it is my opinion that the teacher has much to do with students becoming future instructors or entertainers. Throughout my years of teaching I know of eight or ten of my students who became instructors and three others who became professional performers. Two of these people work in the United States and one is an international

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The "Do Do" Philosophy (No Procrastination)

Ivy Lee, the efficiency expert made lists as his way of dealing with procrastination. There are certain things we need to organize if we genuinely want to get them done, right down to shopping lists and laundry. I get it. So, when I write about the “do do” philosophy, I am writing about the opposite of the “do not do until later philosophy” right down to not realistically finishing everything of importance that we start and doing everything putting our whole heart, mind and spiritual power into it. My point is that all deadlines, objectives, and goals are really created by ourselves to prioritize reality. I know, that sounds somewhat redundant, but, I am reiterating a reality that works for all equally, if you put something important off, you have to do it later and more intensely with more mistakes probably because you are rushing to do it right, and in time to make a deadline. I am mentioning here sort of a “Murphy’s Law”

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Allusion in Poetry

Allusion, according to A Handbook to Literature by C. Hugh Holman, The Odyssey Press, “is a figure of speech making casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event.” According to definitions in various literature and composition text books, an allusion is the casual reference to a figure or event in history or literature that creates a mental image in the mind of the reader.

All right, young man in the back, what’s the problem? I hear you whispering. Maybe I can answer your question better than your neighbor.

“Uh, well, I just think maybe you have confused something. Isn’t an allusion something you see that isn’t there?”

Thank you. I’m so glad you asked that question. Many people do confuse allusion and illusion. An allusion is the reference to someone or something in literature or history. Illusion is something which is not actually seen or which does not really exist.

One example

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Five Music Industry Myths That Damage Your Music Career

Music Career Myth #1: You can’t make it if you’re older than a certain age.

Reality: Companies and bands who are successful don’t focus on age. There are tons of professional musicians 30 and older in all aspects of the business. Your age only matters if you make it matter.

The music industry functions just the same as any other business. You can become successful at any age as long as you have a strong work ethic, dedication and a lot of value to offer.

Learn what the music industry seeks in musicians and begin strengthening these skills (more mentioned on this in a moment). This is what attracts people in the industry to you.

Music Career Myth #2: Fans don’t purchase music any more.

Reality: Fans do buy music these days, but old business models for selling it do not work. To sell music to your fans (and make good money), you must:

1. Know how the industry works right now (rather than how it worked decades a

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Painting Aluminum Venetian Blinds in a Few Easy Steps

All the Colors of the Rainbow…

Painting aluminum Venetian blinds can be fun and fulfilling, especially when you take a step back and look at what you’ve done. You could add some sunshine, a few colors of the rainbow, and the infinity of the sea and the sky by simply changing the color of your aluminum Venetians in a few easy steps. When you chose this type of window treatment you were probably guided by their durability and easy maintenance. However, as it usually is the case, people tend to get bored of looking at the same window scene over and over again. That is probably the right time to start a remodeling project which includes repainting your aluminum Venetian blinds which is a more cheap option to buying new ones. Since you are probably looking for a budget solution, I herewith offer some tips on painting aluminum Venetian blinds in a few easy steps.

If you have decided to paint your metal Venetian blinds, this is what you should do

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Five Easy Ways Parents Can Prepare Their Kids for Theatre Field Trips

For teachers, field trips can be one of the most challenging times of the year. There’s transportation to coordinate, reservations to make, and often, a classroom full of rambunctious kids to corral. While theatre field trips are a great way to expose young minds to the arts, keeping children focused for the duration of the performance can be tough. Here are a few tips to help parents prepare their kids for their upcoming experience at a performing arts centre.

Discuss the Play Ahead of Time

Whether it’s a child’s first trip to the theatre or their fifth, it’s always helpful to discuss the play beforehand. Read the plot together and let them ask questions at home or in the classroom. Live plays can be confusing, but if they’re familiar with the main plot points of the play, they’ll be able to absorb more of the performance and be better prepared to appreciate the acting.

Explain the Difference Between Movies and Live Theatre

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Philosophy Audio Book Review – Great Minds and Thoughts of Philosophical History

Would you like to really get a handle on the subject of philosophy? I mean really get to know the subject, the famous names, and the root of their thoughts? If so, let me recommend an excellent audio series to you, one that is so good, you’ll want to keep it on your bookshelf when you complete your listening to it:

“The Great Ideas of Philosophy (Second Edition)” of the Great Courses 0f Philosophy and Intellectual History by Professor Daniel N. Robinson Ph.D. Oxford; The Teaching Company Limited Partnership Audio Series; Chantilly, VA; 2004. ISBN: 1-56585-981-2.

This is a five part series, and it is 60 lessons The lectures are roughly 30 hours of lectures and it comes on thirty CD ROMS. It is extremely comprehensive and moves very fast, and it must be listened to in complete silence, with full attention and probably best listened to in the dark. If not, if any distraction you will not be able to follow along. This series is one of the

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Picture Poetry by Daveda Gruber

Wow what an amazing talent on display. I have just finished reading Daveda Gruber’s new book “Picture Poetry”. This is truly a great collection of poetry from the heart of a great writer, publisher, and graphics author. Her talents truly shine forth in this unique collection of poetry.

Page after page you read emotional, heartfelt poems of her life, romance, pain and loss. In her poetry she shares ” Footprints” of “Lies” as she moves forward from day to day. Yet haunted by incidents that happened in her “Past”, she “Doubts” and wonders is it “An Impossible Dream” that she can’t find the answers too? She is on a quest and you can feel the desperation in many of these beautiful pieces that the writer shares with her readers. The heart of a mother, wife, and poet is felt poem after poem.

We also read “Even Angels Cry” as she continues upon her quest for “The Truth”.

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