The Clash – Idealistic Rebellious Rockers

History,Reviews 13 June 2014 | Comments Off on The Clash – Idealistic Rebellious Rockers

The Clash - Idealistic Rebellious RockersRock and roll history is incomplete with the mention of one of the greatest punk rock bands of all times, The Clash.

A punk rock band, put together by Joe Strummer (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Paul Simonon (vocals and bass guitar), Mick Jones (vocals and lead guitar) and Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon (percussion and drums) in 1976 during British punk’s original wave. Most often considered an idealistic and fiery band, they blended reggae, funk, dub, and rockabilly elements in with the punk.

Both Mick Jones and Joe Strummer were exceptionally talented songwriters, both singers with their own style and distinct voice. Not far behind The Jam, The Clash portrayed the image of being rebels with a cause: ‘restoring the protest and passion of rock and roll’.

The band members:

The lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellow), was born on Aug. 21, 1952. Spending most of this childhood and formative years at a boarding school, he was already into performing on London streets. In his early 20s, he founded the 101’ers, a pub rock band. At the same time, Mick Jones, born on June 26, 1955, was part of a hard rock band called the London SS. Hailing from a working class family from Brixton, Jones has been fascinated with rock and roll since early childhood.

The London SS was formed in an attempt to replicate the wondrous sound of the Mott the Hoople and Faces. Paul Simonon was Jones’s childhood friend, born on 15 Dec. 1956, joined the London SS in 1976 after being inspired by The Sex Pistols. Topper Headon (Nicky Headon) was born on 30th May 1955, and joined the band later.

The band 101’ers disbanded in 1976 after a Sex Pistols concert, and soon before their song “Keys to your Heart” came out. Joe Strummer, and the 101’ers’ guitarist, Keith Levene, joined the London SS, post which the band was revamped and renamed The Clash. Continue reading “The Clash – Idealistic Rebellious Rockers” »

Never-ending story of Rock & Roll

History 29 June 2014 | Comments Off on Never-ending story of Rock & Roll

Never-ending story of Rock & RollHowever hard it may be to believe, but the fact remains that Rock and Roll was not always a genre of music. Most historians, musicians and music lovers, trace the origins of the genre to a time period between the late 1940s and early 1950. Originating in the USA, Rock and Roll combines elements of the African and American genres of music, mashing blues, jazz, gospel music and jump blues with country music and the western swing.

1954 is believed to be the year when music revolutionized and people’s tastes changed. Rock and Roll took base from R&B, with an honorary mention to the legendary innovator Little Richard, who, in the 1950s completely changed the music scene. With numerous R&B artists considered pioneers in the Rock and Roll genre, indluing Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, and Willie Mae Thornton, Richard’s words rang true. He has said that” R&B had a baby, and someone named it Rock and Roll”.

Rock and Roll started out with attracting the youth, specifically teens who did not want to listen to the music their parent’s preferred to listen to. Rock and Roll music was being aired to the radio, and the teens from Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and New York started tuning in, getting hooked to this new kind of music. While a lot of “black” audiences were familiar with this type of music, for the “whites” it was something absolutely fresh and new. Continue reading “Never-ending story of Rock & Roll” »

How Music Affects Your Brain

Science behind Music 13 July 2014 | Comments Off on How Music Affects Your Brain

How Music Affects Your BrainMusic has been known to bind people across borders, race, nationality, culture or color. A tool for expressing and communicating emotions and feelings, or a message, music is not bound by the technicalities like language. For most people music is a way of relaxing, just being, be it listening to your favorite tracks, or composing and making music. A lot many times, music, irrespective of the unit it is being played on, tends to overwhelm. But why does no other sense make us feel the way music does? Music in films, or concerts, or sometimes even at the restaurant you’re dining at can make you feel like you’re in a different world.

Music is different for everyone. The understanding of music is different from person to person. Something that may be noise for some may be music for others, while some may find opera boring. Music is a perceptual illusion, the understanding and comprehension of which is based on the individual ability of each person to process the structure of the musical piece. A piece of music is a complex blend of different sounds and sequences, and each person’s brain comprehends it differently.

Besides, there are specific benefits of listening to music:

  1. Improves creativity: listening to music when working or trying to finish trying tasks can help in finishing it faster. Moderately loud music, not too loud, can actually help in boosting creativity and thinking of smarter solutions. Music that plays as a part of the ambience brings out the most creativity.
  1. Predicting personality with music:A study conducted by the Heriot Watt University actually broke down specific character traits of people listening to different genres of music. For instance:
  • Jazz fans are creative, easy going, outgoing and have a high self-esteem.
  • Blues fans are outgaining, easy going, creative, and gentle besides having high self-esteem
  • Opera lovers are gentle, creative, and have high self-esteem
  • Classical music fans are introverts, at ease, creative, and hold high self-esteem
  • Rappers and rap lovers are outgoing and hold high self- esteem

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Why Rock Stars Love Gardening

Uncategorized 29 July 2014 | Comments Off on Why Rock Stars Love Gardening

Why Rock Stars Love GardeningBeing a rockstar may mean that you are at home in every club and arena in the world, while maintaining relationships with the rich and beautiful of even the most remote countries; however, it certainly doesn’t mean that you’ve got to choose your hobbies based on a coolness- or the excitement-factor any longer.

Quite the contrary, being an internationally well known superstar of the rock scene allows you to take up whichever hobby you please, without having to resort to the common and boring ones that every other rock star goes for; like collecting expensive sports cars and designer watches that cost even more than said sports cars.

You can choose to be a superb hobby gardener, because, let’s face it, there are plenty of reasons why that would be the best choice for every rock star in the world. Just in case for you these great reasons aren’t as clear as they should be, here are two of the premier reasons why any rock star of your caliber needs to start gardening.

Too many vacant rooms in your mansion

There are only so many purposes that you can assign to all of the rooms in your mansion. After you are done designing the second home theater, that is equipped with more seats than people whose last names you know, maybe it is time that you resort to something a little more fulfilling.

Adding an in indoor garden for some of the prettiest flowers in your basement, on the first, second or third floor will allow you to never have to leave your house again when you want to breathe in some freshly produced oxygen, in between band practices. With the help of the latest grow lights, you won’t even have to pay any more attention to whether the room you would like to dedicate to your new hobby has windows.

Simply use the most expensive grow lights and within weeks you’ll have your own personal jungle somewhere in the midst of your mansion.

A lazy chef and too much space in the backyard

It sounds like a nightmare, not only is the combined space that you have available in your back-, side- and front yard so large that you don’t have the first idea of what to do with, but also is your chef and the leader of your Olympic pool sized kitchen as lazy as can be and simply refuses to drive to the nearby grocery store (even though he’d be allowed to take any one of the Ferraris in the eighteen-car garage of yours).

Luckily, there is a solution for all rockstars like you who are currently through these two problems. Build a (or two or three…) green house in your backyard! It will provide your lazy chef with as more garlic, thyme and basil than he can handle; at least when not using cheap grow lights.

But let’s face it with as much money as you have as one of the premier stars in the rock (and now gardening) scene, there shouldn’t be a problem for you to get the cutting edge technology that you, your lazy chef and your herbs deserve.

Mosh Practice

Hobbies,Music 19 August 2015 | Comments Off on Mosh Practice

Mosh PracticeThough some of us are a little old for it now, it’s no secret that punk rock songs, especially songs from The Clash and other popular bands, are able to get people’s blood moving. The music gets their bodies moving too, sometimes right into each other with collisions, concussions and the like. That’s moshing for you. It’s not really something that can be avoided at certain concerts, so if you’re planning on attending a show where you know people will be body slamming each other, it could do you a lot of good to get in some mosh practice before the day of the concert.

Unless you have a bunch of die-hard music fans who share your sense of taste and your willingness to take a body blow, you’re going to first need to come up with some good facsimiles for other people which you can “mosh” with. While they won’t be throwing themselves at you and will be standing mostly still unless you hook something up to make them move, there are a number of good choices for these stand-in “people”. You could use body pillows if you don’t have anything more appropriate handy. They’re a decent size, they have some mass, and they won’t really harm you in a collision.

But if you’re looking for a more realistic moshing experience, there are few options better than grappling dummies if you have the money for them. They’re meant for martial artists who are practicing combat moves, but they work just as well for music fans looking to figure out the best way to get into a crowd of people and then get back out of that crowd without getting hurt too badly. These dummies have the size, shape and mass of a smallish person, and they offer a lot more resistance than something as flimsy as a pillow.

The only thing is finding a good place to source those dummies once you do decide to go with them. You could always check locally, looking at martial arts studios, maybe even some college level gyms; you might be able to find a good deal on some used dummies that way. But if you’re looking for something newer, something under a warranty, you might want to check http://www.grapplingdummyinsider.com and read more about them for yourself. They probably have better information about the dummies than we do – we just know they’re good for taking a hit.

Even with good practice though, you still need to plan ahead if you’re going to do some moshing. Taking out any piercings in your nose, eyes, ears, lips and elsewhere on your face as a general rule will inevitably safe you a lot of pain and frustration, not to mention medical bills. Some of those people moshing can get very violent, ripping out earrings, nose rings and lip rings so fast you won’t even be able to track them down in the throng of people around you. Hey, nobody ever said living dangerously didn’t come with the chance of getting hurt, right?

How music defines a country

Music 10 November 2015 | Comments Off on How music defines a country

Did you ever wonder what would it be like to have a world without music? What would have happened if the world was a tough desert and there was no drop of music to quench our thirst? It is really something to give a thought to. What a disastrous thing it would have been? How dry and lifeless our world would seem? Is not it? Music is a source of life to us. It is a source of inspiration to almost all our work, directly or indirectly. Music motivates us in our day to day life’s work. It stands as the support system that empowers us to move on no matter what happens, no matter what comes our way. It helps us move forward with our life and adds life to our years.

Just food for thought, what would happen if the world had been defined by music? What would have happened if every country round the world has some music or some kind if musical instrument or some genre of music as their national symbol? What if these countries round the world is defined by that music. It would be such a wonder! Countries defined and characterized by music. So, here we are. Let’s take a stroll and find out by putting our little grey cells to work which country would have been fairing if they were musically categorized.

America

Rock and roll would be the best thing to define this country. The country has always been in the rock and roll. Rocking and rolling the world with something or the other. Be it theories of science or conspiracy theory, the country leads us all. Ever wonder why all the aliens from the entire universe and from other universes always attack the east coast of America. Pity on the statue of liberty, she has to face it all.

France

Speaking about the statue of liberty, who can forget the beautiful country of France? The city is a beauty to view with all those lovely monuments and works of art. And who can miss the fantastic light and sound at play at the Eifel tower. You can read more about those lights here. The country is just like opera music, full of history and delight. It is a classic in its every aspect. You can love it, hate it but can never ignore it.

India

India is a land of unity in diversity they say. It is country that is just like classical music. It is like wonderfully lighted palace which has antiques of every taste. It is like the accumulation of all that is uniquely classical and a heritage. The country though is developing very rapidly with all the modern features from both home and abroad, can never let go its old traditional ways of life which are inseparably associated with its soul.

There are be many more examples that you can come up with because as diverse and unique are the nations around the world so is music. Music truly is omnipresent.

Music and Motivation

Music 5 February 2016 | Comments Off on Music and Motivation

Music and Motivation

Do you have a favorite song to listen to when you’re trying to accomplish something, or get some work done by a tough deadline? If you do, you should know that a lot of people share that same quality with you. While different people no doubt prefer different songs, there’s an underlying sentiment here that music can alter people’s mindsets and make them more motivated under the right circumstances. Actually, music has been proven to have all kinds of effects on the way a person perceives the world around himself, or herself. It can improve or worsen a person’s outlook.

The effects of music on the mind are not just limited to the realm of work, either. Many students study better and take in more information when they do it while listening to favorite songs in the background. People fighting for their lives in a battle have been proven again and again to fight just a little bit harder when there’s music supporting them in that fight. Now, we don’t really have bands accompanying marching armies these days, but we don’t really have marching armies anymore either, what with the way war has evolved. That makes this example kind of archaic, but no less poignant.

Music has been proven to push athletes to fight harder, run faster, hold onto a game ball tighter and just give that extra 10% that can make a game go well instead of badly. Just think about it. If, while riding your sturdy longboard you happened to hear a song about racing, or rushing from one place to another, would that not make you pedal a bit faster, trying to get to your destination sooner? Some of these changes in attitude happen on a kind of subconscious level, where the listener isn’t even aware they are happening. So, even if you don’t realize it, a song might alter the way you take to a given task.

There are so many studies proving that music has the ability to affect the motivation of a person, there is so much proof gathered already establishing this as a fact, that it would be silly to argue otherwise. Granted, the same songs won’t affect different people in the same way, and there are some people who won’t be affected much at all by any song, but as a general rule, music can indeed improve the listener’s level of motivation and get them working harder, pedaling faster, speaking louder or writing in a more articulate and rhythmic way.

If you need proof you can actually see and feel, then just try listening to something you love when taking on your next big task. You may do this already without any outside encouragement; if you do, then just pay more attention the next time you do. Gauge yourself to see how fast you move without music, then compare it to how fast you move while listening to a favorite song that makes you want to move. It’s just that easy to verify what’s being said here – that music can motivate its listener.

Packing Food for Concerts

Health,Hobbies 5 February 2016 | Comments Off on Packing Food for Concerts

Packing Food for Concerts

Have you ever tried to take food or refreshments with you to a concert, show or performance? If you have, the odds are good that you were turned away and told to return empty handed, or the food was just confiscated at the door before you were granted entry. Sure, sure, they say this is to promote a safe environment, to stop people from sneaking in weapons or drugs or other paraphernalia that might lead to other concert goers having a bad time. But this is also a convenient way to force people into buying on-site food and snacks, which are often ridiculously overpriced at such venues.

Packing food for concerts doesn’t need to be a gambling game where you just hope you don’t get caught at the door with your container full of food. There are some things you can do to increase the odds of sneaking in with your snacks intact, not just at concerts, but movie theaters, plays and musicals. First, you have to lose those big, bulky containers. People can tell when you’ve got a box tucked into a purse or under a coat, especially when they’re trained specifically to look for and find that sort of stuff.

If you don’t use any large containers, then great, your odds are already improving. But unless you’re content with bringing a bag of chips or some other small item, you’ll need to take things a step further. By sealing your food yourself, you can keep it fresh and ready to eat whenever you want, like in the middle of a concert when some so-so song is blaring and there’s a lull in the crowd while everyone waits for another hit to start blaring through the speakers. Just look at http://vacuumsealerhub.com/ to get a better idea of what’s being described here.

With a machine like that, you can securely wrap real food and make it easier to sneak into a concert or show. Burgers, dogs, ribs, fresh fruit and vegetables, literally anything can be put into an airtight space by using a vacuum sealer. This makes the food take up less space while doing away with the need for large, bulky containers which are easy for people to spot. These “vacuum bags” are portable, easy to carry, airtight and best of all, they trap in all the flavor and freshness of whatever food ends up getting sealed inside of them.

Of course, you could avoid all of this hassle and inconvenience by just taking a meal before the concert, show or event you plan to attend. This is probably a more practical solution, since it cuts out a bit of extra work and worry and saves you a few minutes, which is always nice. But if you’re going out on a budget and you still want something good to eat, taking some homemade food with you is one of the only ways to do it, and packing your homemade food as outlined above is one of the only ways to make sure you can actually keep it and get to eat it.

Building a Music Stage

DIY 21 January 2016 | Comments Off on Building a Music Stage

Building a Music StageThere’s actually a lot of work which goes into creating a music stage. That is, the stage where a band, or bands, play during a concert or other event. It’s not just building an elevated platform so everyone in the crowd can see the musicians performing; there’s also drilling of countless holes to run wires for electrical connections, worries about having an acoustically sound stage and making sure the finished stage is actually sturdy enough to support the mass of half a dozen guys, musical instruments, speakers and amps, and maybe an overeager fan or two. Building a music stage is a lot of work.

Thankfully, you can cut out a lot of the finer aspects if you don’t intend to use the stage for more than one event, or you know it will be torn down afterwards anyhow. We’re talking about things like sanding, priming and painting – that’s the kind of work you would do on wooden planks if you were looking to make a porch or a deck or something like that. Or even a music stage, if you want a high-quality stage which will manage to stand for several years. But if it’s a one-time affair, you can afford to cut back a bit, and more than just priming or painting the wood.

For starters, you don’t need very exact cuts to begin with, so you don’t need fine measuring tools. The stage should be flat of course, but many stages are uneven, and a little variance probably won’t trip up anyone walking across it. Tools like the reciprocating saw are perfect for jobs like this which usually need to be done quickly, but don’t necessarily need that fine work at the end. You can see more about these versatile tools at http://jasonsawreviews.com/best-reciprocating-saw-reviews/ any time you like.

A handy electric drill or manual augur will also be necessary to cut holes and grooves for running various electrical cords and A/V wires which all help to make a concert actually a concert. These cuts can also be rushed if you’re on a tight schedule or budget, and it won’t do a thing to affect the quality of the performance. Make sure those divots dug into the stage are well away from where anyone will be walking during the show and it will be like they aren’t even there in the first place. Some versatile reciprocating saws may be able to slice planks and cut holes in them.

There needs to be space under the stage as well for all of those wires to run their courses and any technical personnel to wiggle around out of sight, fixing connections in case anything goes wrong during the show. Any decent musical stage should also be tall enough that members of the audience can’t easily just climb up onto it with the performers. If you follow the simple guidelines listed here and use the tools recommended, you’ll be on your way to building a decent performing stage. Don’t forget about supports and making the playing surface large enough to accommodate everyone and everything.

Music over guns

Music,Science behind Music 1 December 2015 | Comments Off on Music over guns

Music over gunsThe earth is a wonderful place. It is made up of some really wonderful stuff. Some say that it is the creation of the God almighty who has blessed with the eternal joy of the very existence and the boon of life so that we can enjoy ourselves and the beauty of this world and thus be a part of the very creator, the God Almighty, through his creation. Others say that the world is made out of matter which is again made of molecules which is made of atoms and inside them lies protons, electrons, and neutron and so on. But the very fact that the world is beautiful and unique and full of surprises is something that neither of them could deny. The one thing that ensures the unique beauty of the earth is the existence of the contrast that one could find in every aspect of the nature. We call nature the mother and Mother Nature has in her laps many diverse and contrasting features that awe us all, indifferently.

Diversity is the special characteristic of nature. The existence of day and night, warmth and cool, the sun and the moon, the scorching desert and the green tropical rain forest and many more all are witness to that. The very existence of the life and death is the ultimate proof that nature dwells in contrast.

When the very nature is the dwelling dome of contrast and diversity then how could the fragment and part of the nature, man itself, can be exempted from this unique and beautiful characteristic of nature? Man is born to differ. At every point, on every issue one will always have a different opinion on the topic or a part of the topic as they could not fully agree with anything what so ever. Even man is opposed to his own self many a time, when he is in dilemma or just cannot figure out what to do. Soliloquies anyone? Shakespeare did make a living and a really good name out of those.

Music over gunsGuns and music are the two poles that are something to watch out for. They are both weapons with immense intensity and potential and must be handled with care. But the problem is you just cannot chain away music although there are options of guns safes which you could acquire from places like TopGunSafe.Com where you could safely and securely stack your guns without thinking twice. But, how can you chain music? Melodies and rhythms are made by the nature itself and thus are present in every aspect of it, in every part of it. You can sense their presence in the hills, on the corn fields, in the soothing breeze and in the chilly frost of the north winds. You can take a piece of music from even the call of the cricket. But guns they are though weapons of mass destruction yet one could find a lot of laggings in them. They may kill someone with just a pull of its trigger but there are doubts whether it will change them or make them resent. But music is magic as it heals old wounds and bridges worn out breaches.