Will Podcasting Replace Your Radio?

Have you tried podcasting yet? Maybe you are one of the ones that has still not found out about it. Perhaps you have heard of it but you still don’t really understand what it is all about. Since I even asked about whether or not you knew of podcasting, that should give you some type of clue how likely it might be too replace radio.

The new format of today happens to be podcasting which basically means distributing video and audio content across the Internet. Technically, it really amounts to nothing necessarily new nowadays. It basically means that you are embedding some multimedia content into some type of feed. (more…)

How to Write for Travel

Who wants to create their own travel website? Perhaps not many people reading this want to go as far as creating their own website to discuss traveling destinations tips. However, I have seen many posts that show a person being very capable of doing just that.

Almost on a weekly basis I will see someone on Facebook post about what destination they had recently visited. I also have seen many take the opportunity to write reviews on websites like Trip Advisor and others. Many of those are some really great posts. Therefore, you don’t necessarily have to create your own blog website to write about travel experiences. (more…)

How to Choose Music for a Funeral

Music goes above all words in expressing the most intense of human joy and sorrows. When grieving, music will consciously evoke tears and surround the victims with the most comforting embrace. Just like any other event, the kind of music that plays at a funeral service will touch the ears and live in the memories of all those who attend the service. Music makes the funeral service personal and more meaningful, escorting those who have rested with respect and love.

People are slowly walking out of traditional music in funerals and are becoming much more selective in their choice. The trend is towards songs that will leave a specific message with the audience, signify a past meaningful relationship or even evoke memories of a particular time in life.

However, one should keep in mind that when they do make their funeral music arrangements and price out their options for their burial, they ought to do so before getting funeral coverage insurance so the policy will be quoted properly to cover one’s end of life event.

Choosing a familiar person to perform

If there are people whom for some reason you feel should perform at a funeral service, choosing them to perform a song will be the most meaningful way of ensuring that they participate. These could be friends and family members who are talented musically and willing to do a piece for the departed. As a planner, you may leave the selection to their discretion or feel free to direct them regarding the kind of songs that they will present. Some individuals get overwhelmed if they are not prepared emotionally in time. It is therefore a good idea to inform the person in question early enough so that they prepare adequately and harden enough to handle the emotions that may spring up.

Hiring musicians

If you love live music as part of any memorial service, then a live band would be the most appropriate option. There are various resources that will help you find a band within your area. However, these should be bands and musicians who will bring the exact emotional feel that you desire. Taking recommendations from friends and family members will also help you in selecting a perfect band.

A soloist could also find way into the service under this category. Soloists can be ordinary people who are good at evoking people’s emotions or musicians who specialize in funeral events. Whatever the selection, be in charge of the music and ensure it communicates the intended message.

Pre-recorded music

There is a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to pre-recorded music for a funeral event. Because of this overwhelming nature, some guidelines ought to be followed. For instance, choose songs which can express both grief and hope and not just the most popular ones. These are the two main ideas that should be communicated in a funeral. We must express a sense of pain, loss and grief. On the other hand, we must communicate some hope to those who still breathe, especially those who were close and dependent upon the deceased.

Balancing family choices with the larger community’s considerations is another essential consideration that should be made. While the family will lean towards songs which the deceased treasured while alive, not all of these will give hope to the attending community. Strive to strike a balance between the two.

For example, I know of a guy that died from a kayaking accident and his family decided to have music from his favorite rock band, Green Day, to be played while showing a slide show of pictures of him kayaking  at different locations. For what its worth, it turns out his kayak was already cracked from a previous accident and he never took the time to look for a replacement kayak (All he had to do was read a few kayak reviews and order one before his next trip!)

In summary, there is no specific music that is assigned to a particular funeral. It is a matter of assessing the situation and selecting an option that will convey the message of many and leave them touched.

The Piano, A Timeless Classic

The piano is undoubtedly one of the best loved and most flamboyant musical instruments currently in the market. This is hardly surprising when you take into consideration the long and rich history of this instrument, which spans well over three centuries! For those who may not know, the piano was invented in the late 1600′s by the talented Italian instrument maker Bartolemeo Cristofori. And at once revolutionized music forever!

The Piano Effortlessly Plays Both Soft And Loud Music

Before the invention of this instrument, music composers could only write their pieces for either the harpsichord or the clavichord. Both of which were limited when it came to playing soft and loud music in the same composition due to their rigid internal mechanisms. The piano did away with this hindrance, and could effortlessly play both soft and loud notes on the same musical piece. Hence its original name “gravicembalo col pian e forte” which literally means a harpsichord that can produce both soft and loud notes.

The Addition Of Pedals Enhanced The Range Of Notes The Piano Could Produce

Despite this achievement, the earliest versions of this phenomenon musical instrument were far from being perfect. Composers could only write pieces on the Alberta bass line that is basically a series of notes such as C, E or G that could be played on the piano. This drawback over time brought about the invention of the pedals that are still found on modern pianos. These new functionalities enabled this instrument to produce a huge variety of notes than it previously could.

An Overhaul In It’s Keyboard And Internal Mechanisms Fine-Tuned It’s Capabilities

Another remarkable hallmark of how the piano (instrument and music) has evolved over the years is its keyboard. The earliest pianos’ keys operated via a mechanism that plucked their strings, which significantly limited its dynamics. Modern pianos now possess hammers that strike the strings when a player presses the keys. These strings are fashioned from metal and are set on a large iron frame where they are stretched very tautly. Modern pianos also have a soundboard that is positioned behind the strings and effectively resonates the sounds produced by the hammer hitting them. There are even digital models available today that produce just as elegant a sound as acoustic models!

Unmatched Versatility In Producing Any Kind Of Music

What makes the piano special when compared to most other musical instruments is the fact that it can produce virtually every conceivable music note. Digital pianos of today can even produce electronic sounds! This is brought about by the varied number of strings each key possesses. In essence the keys that produce low notes are only connected to one string, those that produce medium notes two, while treble keys usually play three strings. This means that the more strings hit by a key, the more louder the sound produced. Most normal pianos possess up to seven octaves, while concert pianos can have more than twelve. Piano players can also be in a position to hit chords and multiple notes at the same time unlike most other instruments. This obviously underscores the versatility of this amazing instrument that is arguably the best invention the music world has produced to date.

How to Best Educate Your Online Visitors to Encourage Return Visits

What is even better than having someone read your content the first time? It’s certainly rewarding to inform those people about the topic you want to share when they visit your article or website. They have been educated, entertained and enlightened through what you had to say. Perhaps there would be one thing better… that would be enticing them enough from the content they have already absorbed to have the desire to come again later to read, listen and be informed once again.

You don’t have to be the best writer to write for the Internet. It just takes a few components that you won’t necessarily see in your average books you read. Yes, it helps to have a certain flare in your writing but not necessarily so. Here are some definite tips to help break your readers back for a return visits.

Choose Clever Headlines

Your headline needs to attract your reader to your content. It also needs to be a brief and accurate description of the content that follows. You can write the best content ever but if you don’t have a good headline to bring your readers to it then you have lost them already.

The First Paragraph

Do you know what is more important than the headline? Yes, I know you already have the answer, the first paragraph. This is where you have to start your delivery. You have then on earth with your readers presence after they were enticed with your headline. Now you have to deliver. At this point if they don’t see enough reason in the first paragraph, they will stop reading.

Be Succinct

Know that today’s readers have a short attention span. They want to quickly scan what they’re reading. In a moment’s notice their attention may be drawn to something else.

Keep your paragraphs small. If you find some of your paragraphs becoming too large, just break them up. Try not to ramble on using words that could easily be trimmed out of your writing. Help them by getting to the point so they don’t have to read long paragraphs.

Take Advantage of Subheadings

Many or even most of your readers will be in a hurry when they approach your article. They will want to scan your article as quickly as possible. If you don’t let them have a glimpse of what your content is about, they might go looking for an alternative very quickly. So what do you do?

Use of subheadings when you can. This allows your readers to see and certainly what your content will be about in each section. It helps them to skip through your content if needed.

Be Real

Write as if you are speaking directly to your listener. Let them see who you are in your writing. Don’t come across like a textbook. Help them get the idea that you want to get across by giving them an example.

In order to let them feel that you’re talking to them directly, try recording your thoughts first. Speak into the recorder as if you were talking to your friend trying to describe something. Afterwards, listen to your recording in attempts to see what words you used and how you used them.


10 Creative Tips to Writing a Song

Do you often wish you could churn out songs the way some artists do?  Musicians find their inspirations in a variety of different ways but actually finding the words to suit is a little more difficult.  Using the following ten tips, you should be able to pull a more creative side out of yourself when you settle down to come up with that masterpiece:

  1. Think about your passions
  2. Whether it is a partner, something that involves the environment, whatever it is that gets your juices flowing; it is a good base for a song.

  3. Let your emotions take over
  4. All songs must have some sort of impact and must evoke emotion of some description. Let your own emotions take over and let it show in the words that flow from your pen.

  5. Go a little mad
  6. How many dentists or doctors do you know who have released or written a song?  The best musicians have a colorful life, something crazy that makes then stand out from the crowd. Find your something crazy but do stay within the law!

  7. Avoid getting high while writing
  8. You might think that you become more creative when you are high but, in actual fact, it can have a devastatingly negative effect on your results.  Try to write your song with a clear head – you’ll understand why the next morning!

  9. Get away from it all
  10. Especially if you are struggling to find the inspiration you need.  Sometimes, getting out of the house and going for a walk can clear the head and get your creative juices flowing nicely.  If you are a traveler, go away somewhere exotic on vacation or somewhere remote. All those new foods, languages and different cultures can sometimes be the kick you need.

  11. Bad experiences can be good for a song
  12. Just occasionally, you might find your inspiration from a deep dark place within you. Perhaps you have suffered a loss that cut you deeply. Sometimes that can be all the inspiration you need.

  13. Get together with a friend
  14. Writing a song with someone else can produce marvelous results. You have someone else to bounce ideas off, someone who has their own ideas and a fresh pair of eyes and ears.

  15. Hat trick
  16. If you really are stuck for words, get together with a couple of friends and write down some individual words that you all think would sound good. Put them all in a hat and then pull out three.  If you think the words fit, make them work in one line of the song.

  17. Cheat
  18. Yes, there are a few websites that will help you out by generating lyrics for you. They will require a lot of editing but they can at least be a point to start from.

  19. Preparation is key
  20. Get into the habit of writing down things you hear that would sound good or that were funny.  You could find the one line for your song that will make it stand head and shoulders above everything else.

Song writing is difficult, there is no denying it. While you may struggle with inspiration, boosting your creativity can be of great help in producing that number one hit!

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