Where the Unknown Music Roams – Expand Your Music Library

Where the Unknown Music Roams – Expand Your Music Library

You’ve heard all your favorite music and artists on your local radio station. You’ve tuned in while hoping to hear something new and exciting. Unfortunately, the radio stations usually play the same tunes over and over. This causes other musicians to get left out in the cold. You may never hear of many fabulous rock singers, R and B artists, jazz professionals and Gospel greats if you only listen to what your radio station has to offer. Here are some tips to show you how to expand your music library with great songs you’ve probably never heard before.

Where Did The Music Go?

If hundreds of singing groups and musicians submit their songs to producers each year, but only a few get chosen, then where do all these amazing musicians go? Where and how are their songs being heard? Do they just give up? In the past, many of them would likely quit playing or singing all together once they were rejected in the mainstream music industry. But nowadays, a new avenue of getting their sensational music to the public has arisen; it’s called the World Wide Web!

There are now thousands of hip songs available online today that will probably never make it to the radio stations. The artists’ names will probably never be mentioned in the mainstream music industry. But, that doesn’t mean the songs are cheesy or that the artists have bad singing voices. It simply means they didn’t get chosen to be in the top music charts. Their music might be wonderful, but was overlooked or got lost in the crowd of other musicians and bands.

A Variety of Music

This happening isn’t limited to only one certain type of music or musician. Almost any type of music can fall victim to getting tossed in the “rejection” pile. This includes jazz, Latin, pop, R and B, hip hop, reggae, rock, folk, comedy, Gospel, blues, techno, spoken word, rap, etc.

No matter what your taste in music, there are probably thousands of artists who never made it in the big-time that you would enjoy listening to their music. Your music library can grow with great music CDs from these singers so you can listen to many different songs whenever you want instead of being limited to the over-played music on the radio.

Music on the Web

There are specialty websites online that focus on publicizing music and artists that have never been heard before. You can go online to listen to unique sample music, buy CDs, and buy merchandise. These artists are great even though they never made it big. You can usually try their music before you buy it to be certain it is right for you. So, there’s nothing to lose, but lots of amazing music to gain.

Music for Your Business

If you own a business where music is played often, you can also play some “unknown” music over the loud speaker for others to hear. Your customers will be amazed at all the distinct songs they hear in your store. You’ll be the talk of the town!

Whether it’s rock, jazz or hip hop you enjoy, or if it’s Gospel, country, folk, or some other type of music, you can expand your music library in no time with many great tunes that never made it to the top!

Whatever Happened To…

Whatever Happened To…

There are certain props in entertainment that you never forget. They become so much of your life and your heart that the mere memory of them calls up visions, feelings and scenes to play over and over in your head. Those are the movie props that transcend just the need to collect and be put in someone’s vault at the MGM studios, but are important enough that everyone should know where they are. These items aren’t just part of a picture; they are part of our common heritage, our culture and our joy. But, where are they?

There’s No Place Like Home

Ask anyone who saw the 1939 version of the Wizard of Oz what is the most vivid image they remember and they will tell you one of two things: The witch scrawling “Surrender Dorothy” in the sky, or the brilliant red ruby slippers tapping their heels as Dorothy remembers there is no place like home. Where are the slippers now? There were 6 pairs of slippers made for the movie, 5 of them for Judy Garland and one made for a stunt double. Of the actual 5 for the movie, one set resides in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and are available for public view. Three other pairs have changed hands many times and been auctioned repeatedly (one selling at Christie’s auction house in 2000 for $666,000) and now belong to private collectors. One pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and remains at large.

The Black Bird

Sam Spade, everyone’s favorite private eye took to the streets of San Francisco looking for the Maltese Falcon and some folks have been wondering where it is ever since. There was originally only one Maltese falcon made for the production but it was dented in filming and several resin falcons were produced to finish production. The original falcon is on display in the Warner Brother’s museum and available for viewing. 4 other falcons are privately owned and displayed at various venues. At one time its auction price of nearly $386,000 was one of the highest paid in the world. In February of 2007 the official replica of the falcon used in publicity stills was stolen from the second floor vault of a San Francisco restaurant where it was being displayed.


Charles Foster Kane lay on his opulent death bed wanting Rosebud. The mystery of its identity consumed the movie Citizen Kane, considered by many to be one of the best films ever produced. As we watch Charles Kane start out with good intentions and end a rich, morally bankrupt egoist we too can’t image what Rosebud might be. At the very end we are rewarded and humbled to know it was simply his boyhood sled a symbol of the innocence he had which was thrown into a fire. There were three sleds made for the movie, but two of them were destroyed by fire for the filming of the pivotal scene. The third Rosebud is owned by a private collector who paid $60, 500 for it in 1982. There is a solace in knowing the collector is someone likely to take very good care of it, and leave it to the legacy of film when the time comes. The collector is none other than Steven Spielberg.

Movie props go overlooked by movie goers all the time. But when they themselves become characters, it’s good to know they have found good homes.

Pleasure And Empowerment Through Art Therapy.

Pleasure And Empowerment Through Art Therapy.

They say that art imitates life. It is a medium of expression of one’s creativity. It conveys a whole lot of ideas and feelings. Art is a product of human activity that stimulates the senses and evokes different types of emotions. It is the mind’s interpretation of what it perceives, and expresses it in symbols, words, drawings, music, dance, plays, etc. It comes from the mind of its creator. If art imitates life, and an expression of human activity, then art can help us understand an individual’s state of being through his works.
Some artists paint on canvasses while others find satisfaction in something deeper: the art of inner healing. Artists who are knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, including spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions have discovered the healing potentials of art. Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art by people who experience a variety of challenges in life, such as stress and anxiety, emotional problems, depression, illnesses, and other health conditions. It is also for people who seek personal development and fulfillment.
Art creations and its processes increase self-awareness and the ability to cope with struggles in living which include coping with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences. Art therapy helps to enhance cognitive abilities and provides life-affirming pleasures. In art therapy, creation may start with an urge to make a doodle or sketch, or with a certain feeling, dreams, memories or just a plain idea. The next step is to give it a physical form with the use of a clay or paint or any tool one would like to use for his creation. This is a creative play that provides a means to express something that has no word, or is not yet understood.
There are a number of reasons why people come to art therapy. Most people who are grieving a loss of a loved one, undergoing depression, trauma, sexual abuse, and drug or substance addiction find relief and courage through creative expression. Others who are mending broken relationships, exploring their dreams, or seeking for renewal and meaning in their lives have found the depth of art therapy to be very helpful and effective.
Art therapy can provide a deep sense of safety as it becomes to be a trusted place to consider these private images or expressions. Picture, sculptures and other forms of art offer a kind of nourishment, healing insights, and a fresh respect for one’s creativity. There are people who prefer to work in silence. But there are also times when a unique dialogue between a client and a therapist takes place. The finished art work remains as a source of further reflection after the session. For art therapy, creativity, its process and the experience is given more emphasis than coming up with a beautiful product. A drawing of an ugly picture can be an important expression. Just the act of picking up a crayon and making a mark can be a powerful expression to some people who have not done any art since grade school. Engaging in artworks can evoke feelings and relive memories of those days
Art therapists with proper training have also become professionals in the field of aesthetics and therapy. They are experts about the healing potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research. They provide consultations to allied health professionals and work with people of all ages, individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities. Services are provided individually or as part of clinical teams in different locations and settings that include mental health, rehabilitation, medical and forensic institutions; community outreach programs; wellness centers; schools; nursing homes; corporate structures; open studios and independent practices. To experience and to regain creativity can be empowering, as well as pleasurable. Connecting creativity with therapy greatly helps in exploring the struggles and challenges of daily normal life.

Advanced Internet Marketing – Taking It To Another Level

Advanced Internet Marketing – Taking It To Another Level

Once you have mastered the basics of marketing on the internet and are seeing results, you need to move onto advanced internet marketing. Even if you aren’t ready to actually implement advanced marketing, knowing about it in advance can help you prepare for jumping into it when the time is right.

Why Worry About Advanced Internet Marketing?

Many people learn the basics of internet marketing and then stop. They figure they are doing well right where they are, so there is no reason to move forward. Why mess with a good thing?

There are plenty of reasons why you need to know as much about internet marketing as you can. You may be doing very well on your website right now, but you need to be constantly growing your marketing and adapting to the changing demands of your potential customers if you are going to stay ahead. This is where advanced internet marketing comes into the picture.

In regular marketing, the store across town is your competition. You may only have to worry about staying ahead of a few other businesses in your area. But online, stores all over the world are your competition. You potentially have to worry about hundreds of other businesses trying to steal away your customers. Since the world seems to be growing more impersonal, and customer loyalty is hard to come by anymore, this can represent a big problem to be overcome.

So What Do You Do?

The first thing you should do before focusing on advanced internet marketing is to give yourself a refresher course on any internet marketing strategies you already use. Use updated materials and sources to see if any new strategies have become available. This is a great start because you can put these to work for you without having to learn entire new methods.

Then turn to books, magazines on internet marketing, and well established websites that are recommended. See what is next in line for you to tackle in your marketing campaign.

There are plenty of options available, so you should be able to sift through them to find one that you are not only comfortable using, but is also relevant to your business. Certain advanced internet marketing methods work better for some businesses than others, so only you can decide which direction you wish to take your marketing efforts.

Don’t Rush, but Move Forward

You don’t have to go racing into new marketing right away if you are doing well at the moment. You can use the opportunity to just learn all you can about the methods you are going to implement next. But you do need to always be learning something and preparing for the next stage of your website and business. This keeps progress and growth from catching you off guard.

If your current internet marketing efforts are based around the same tried and true tactics that seem to be working well, consider adding video marketing or perhaps even social networking to your overall marketing.

It may not be obvious right now, but you are doing yourself a big favor by learning about advanced internet marketing. Even if you just research it in your spare time, you will begin to formulate ideas and plans for the future of your business. This sort of preparedness and forward thinking will keep you going strong in the market for many years to come.

Home Based Internet Businesses – Can It Be Just As Good As Winning The Lottery?

Home Based Internet Businesses – Can It Be Just As Good As Winning The Lottery?

“He must be crazy” you say, “How can he possibly link the lottery with home based internet businesses?” Now that’s a bold claim I know, but not so far fetched. Let’s take a look at it together and see why…
Winning the lottery, what images does that conjure up?
No more hourly commute to and from work to slave for an ungrateful boss, psychotic manager, whining customers or self-righteous taxpayers.
No more stressing over bill payments or lack of cash flow. No more fighting with loved ones over money troubles or cancelled vacations.
And freedom! Freedom to go where you want, when you want. Buy what you desire not what you need.
And guess what? Thousands of people are starting home based internet businesses to obtain this kind of freedom. The internet has created more millionaires than anytime in history!
So now the link does not seem like such a tenuous one does it.
Home based internet businesses can take many forms, for instance:
Buying and selling products on ebay – Another popular home based internet business, but also can require a bit of hands on work involving packing and shipping of products.
If you don’t have the desire or skills to store/ship/market a product there are plenty of other home based internet businesses to choose from.
The information provider – You can research a market, discover their wants and provide a solution to their “pain” via an e-book, audio or video product. All done ‘digitally’ without ever having to ship a product.
Data entry online – particularly where you write ads to be displayed on google, is a new option. With ‘google cash’ being the flavor of the month.
Paid surveys online – Sounds unlikely, but you can make a home based internet business just out of giving your opinion. Paid to rate products, go shopping, even view movie trailers online.
Share trading – Gone are the days of needing a broker or market floor hustling. Trading, evaluating and monitoring shares and stocks can now become a home based internet business.
Foreign currency exchange – Formerly only available to global banking networks and multinational companies, the internet allows this home based internet business to become a reality. Being able to monitor fluctuations between the Euro, the pound and the dollar from your pc screen allows you to play with the big boys.
Paid autosurf programs – Another new and popular home based internet business is paid auto-surfing. These are sites where you pay what is called an ‘upgrade fee’ to the hosts for you to surf and view a designated number of sites and in return you receive payment which is a set daily percentage of your upgrade fee. Net profits of up to 44% are not uncommon.
Each of these home based internet businesses do have one thing in common. They all require effort and commitment to get them to work. But in doing so, you have the possibility to break free from an unsatisfying, soul draining (ok, ok I’m getting too personal here) job and live the life you deserve!

Top Ten Places to Gamble

Top Ten Places to Gamble

Number ten on the list is Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos located in Southern New England between New York City and Boston, 30 minutes of each other. They are claimed to be a favorite destination for college-aged gamblers flooding the region annually. You’ll be able to find one of the world’s largest poker rooms in Foxwoods, and world class entertainment and high-end shopping in Mohegan Sun.

The Bahamas are number nine on the list, the islands that are famous all over the world. The resorts located there such the Atlantis, The Westin Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort and the One & Only Ocean Club are attractive not only as gambling spots, but also as bech-themed allure.

The Bahamas are followed by the Bicycle, Commerce, Hollywood Park the Hustler casinos – the major gambling attractions in Los Angeles. There are more than 30 other casinos located along the coast all the way to San Diego.

France is the seventh on the list. Being a wonderful tourist destination with such attractions as the Eiffel Tower, Musee du Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Cathedrale Notre-Dame, France is regarded to be a wonderful gambling destination. There are more than 450 casinos in the country. The Aviation Club de Paris is considered to be one of the world’s most famous poker rooms due to its exposure on World Poker Tour Broadcasts.

The Mississippi River area, the unofficial birthplace of American gambling, is the next on the gambling list. The immense gambling spirit comes from the casinos lining the Mississippi River coast from Louisiana to Canada.

Lots of famous gamblers come from Australia, home to more than 400 casinos and racetracks. So, Australia is number five on the list. Both the general gambler and the poker player can choose as their places of destination such casinos as the Crown Casino and the Star City Casino located in Sydney.

Cruise ships for gamblers are associated with only one thing – time to gamble. It doesn’t really matter where you are cruising as cruise ships feature some of the best gambling action. So, cruise ships are number 4.

Atlantic City which is the third on the list is the place where such pros as Johnny Chan, Erik Seidel and Phil Ivey made their millions and their marks playing cards at the Taj Mahal and the Borgata. The world’s major gambling brands (Harrah’s, Wynn, Bellagio, Sands) have a large presence in Atlantic City.

Macau has already been called the new Las Vegas. It is becoming bigger than the most famous of gambling destinations. The Venetian Macau, the largest casino in the world by far, has been opened this summer. The size of the casino is really impressive – it is bigger than four American football fields. Macau is number two on our list.

Thanks to the tourism and gambling industries Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in America, and number one on our list. It has become home for mega-casino resorts like the Bellagio, the Wynn, the Sands, Mandalay Bay and dozens of others. Even with Macau quickly becoming the world’s first choice for gambling, there is nothing like Las Vegas having a hotel room and gambling chair for everyone.

Premium Bond and ERNIE

Premium Bond and ERNIE

Premium bonds are bonds that do not pay interest. They do something much better. You purchase premium bonds and let it sit just like in a savings account. Each month there is a lottery and if your bond number is picked, then you have a chance to win over a million dollars. Over one and a half million cash prizes are given away each month and if your bond number is picked, you win from fifty British pounds to well over a million pounds. The great thing is if you do not want to participate in the program anymore you can take back your money like it was never invested at all. This program is so popular that over a third of the population of Great Britain participates in it.

Unlike the American lottery system where numbers are picked randomly from ping pong balls, Great Britain uses ERNIE to generate numbers from premium bonds. ERNIE is a random number generator hardware system and has been around since 1957. ERNIE first generated the bond numbers by picking up on signal noise from a bank of neon tubes. It was the size of a mini van and could only generate about 2000 numbers an hour. The first number generator lasted almost seventeen years and was replaced by an updated version in 1972.

The computer age came to age in the eighties and in 1988 ERNIE 3 was invented. The generator was about the size of a personal computer but ran at no where near the speed personal computers run today. It took ERNIE 3 almost six hours to generate the numbers for the monthly lottery. ERNIE 4 is being used today and it came of age in 2004. Working at speeds five hundred times as fast as the original model, ERNIE 4 uses thermal noise instead of the noise from neon lights. It can compute over a million numbers and hour

Once the numbers are generated, a staff of hundreds validates the generated numbers with real bond numbers that the numbers match. Once matched, prizes are allotted to the public. The machine is checked over monthly to ensure proper validation and to keep the system honest. With over a million and a half winners monthly, the machine keeps every thing running smoothly. The investments pay off as winners are awarded their prizes depending on the order that their premium bond number was generated.

ERNIE is so popular in Great Britain that the machine actually receives cards on holidays such as Christmas. Jethro Tull, a poetic singer and song writer even wrote mentions ERNIE in his song, “Thick as a Brick.” The magic of ERNIE and the thrill of lottery and a chance to win a million has the majority of the population of Britain investing more and more. The idea that your money can earn more than a mere one or two percent that savings accounts earn has the British public flocking to the bank to let ERNIE make them a million.

The Expanding E85 Fleet of General Motors

The Expanding E85 Fleet of General Motors

The E85 movement, which is based on an alternate fuel consisting of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, is getting an additional boost thanks to a recent decision by General Motors to expand its existing line up from 9 models to 14. This increase will mean that General Motors, which already has nearly 2 million E85 vehicles on the road, will be able to produce as many as 400,000 E85 vehicles per year. For proponents of alternate fuel sources, the decision by General Motors is certainly a welcome one. Let’s take a look at GM’s expanding E85 fleet and what this could mean for you, the fuel conscious motorist.

E85 has been around for well over a decade now, but has only recently has it been the focus of such widespread attention. Credit gas prices exceeding $3 per gallon for interest in E85 and you can see why General Motors is continuing to expand its line up to meet the demand for alternate fuel sources.

The Current Line Up

GM’s current fleet of E85 vehicles now numbers nine. GM’s Silverado, Tahoe, Impala, Monte Carlo, Avalanche, Sierra, Suburban, Yukon, and Yukon XL currently make up the entire fleet of E85 capable vehicles produced by the automaker. The bulk of GM’s E85 sales have come since 2000, however the automaker had been building E85 capable vehicles for many years prior to the turn of the millennium. DaimlerChrysler and Ford also build tens of thousands of E85 vehicles per year.

Expanding on the Theme

General Motors is planning to add five new models for 2007 including the Chevrolet Uplander, its crossover van offering. Other models have yet to be named, but they will likely include similar sized vehicles.

Shortages Persist/Limited Availability

While E85’s appeal remains strong, limited pump availability and fuel shortages have put a strain on the market. Most of the ethanol currently used is derived from corn a readily available food and fuel source in the U.S. However, refineries and pump availability is limited outside of the Midwest, making E85 totally unavailable in some areas. With GM’s help, new stations and increased capacity are coming online. Fortunately, if E85 is not available in a particular area, each vehicle can still run on straight gasoline.

Fuel Economy and Performance

Another area that must be acknowledged is overall fuel economy. While ethanol does produce a nice boost in overall performance, it does impact fuel mileage reducing it by 25-30% on some models. When E85 prices are 50 or 60 cents lower than gasoline, this is not a problem. However, with E85 demand being high, prices are only 5 or 10 cents lower in most areas. Certainly, consumers could find themselves paying even more overall for fuel by electing to go with E85 at various times.

A Cleaner Environment

Beyond price and fuel economy, there is one huge benefit to using E85: harmful pollutants are greatly reduced. With only a small percentage of gasoline consumed compared to straight gasoline or diesel fuel, greenhouse gas emissions drop significantly which is clearly better for the environment.

A Temporary Fix or a Wave to be Ridden?

Finally, E85 may be considered only a temporary fix especially if other forms of fuel efficient vehicles catch on. Hybrids remain an attractive alternative for some, biodiesel is growing in strength, and hydrogen powered cars are only a few years away. Still, E85 is more then a fad, but it does need some government intervention in order to succeed. Whether the federal government does intervene remains to be seen, but if consumer sentiment continues to rise, that may all become a moot point.

Silver Lotto System Review – Good Or Bad?

Silver Lotto System Review – Good Or Bad?

I decided to write this Silver Lotto System review after having a chance to look into all of the hype. Is there really a system that can help you to win the lottery? In this brief review I will answer this question and many others you may have, all with the ultimate goal of giving you a good idea whether or not the Silver Lotto System is a waste of your time.

I like to play the lottery, not because I think I can win, but because for the day or so until the drawing it gives me a chance to plan out how I’ll spend the jackpot. When I heard that there was a system out there that could help me to win the Lotto and is more effective that letting the cashier at the gas station do a “quick pick” of my numbers, I was intrigued and skeptical. I decided it couldn’t hurt to learn more about the Silver Lotto System.

Upon looking into it, I found that there are a ton of people who have used the Silver Lotto System to win hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’d never heard of a system that has such a great track record. A system that works for most Lotto games in any country, as long as the games have 5-7 balls and have numbers that are under 70 it can work for you. The Silver Lotto System also has no added costs, so if you’re broke it’s still viable program.

The best part of the Silver Lotto System is the bonus offer. When you buy the program, you get a numbers workshop that is worth more than $150! A system that has worked for many, I highly recommend the Silver Lotto System to anyone who is tired of being poor and wasting money on lottery tickets that don’t give them jackpots.

Generally, investment opportunities are limitless in highly industrialized nations such as Canada or the U

Generally, investment opportunities are limitless in highly industrialized nations such as Canada or the U

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