A True Classic Never Dies

A True Classic Never Dies


It is an inarguable fact that today’s society has happily thrown its former opinions and values to the wind in favor of a more flamboyant lifestyle.
This can be seen by the popular manner of clothing, hairstyle, music, activities and, perhaps most noticeably, its popular jewelry. Once kept small and sedate jewelry is now making its own debut in the more popular at Eastern and tribal styles found in Africa and Asia.

There are, however, some classics which remain untouched. The purity and beauty of plain silver jewelry has not lost its appeal in the current craze for the unusual; in fact, with the return to several of the classic styles of dress and mannerisms plain silver jewelry is more popular than ever before.

The trend in plain silver pendants dates back to the dark ages, when men and women wore silver crosses in an attempt to protect themselves from those things that went bump in the night. While the effectiveness of these dubious charms and pendants was never proven, they remain an integral part of the foundation of jewelry design for the rest of history. There are very few individuals today who can say that they have never owned or worn a simple cross necklace at some point in their youth. From the necklace of the cross spraying various other, more complex designs; however, the principle of simplicity and purity remain the same.

Plain silver pendants got their next big boost with the advent of the charm bracelet. A charm bracelet is a bracelet made of many links put together upon which small charms can be hung. These charms range from the classic cross (take note of how the Christian religion continues to influence people’s mannerisms and style of dress throughout history) to be more flamboyant red high-heeled shoes and four leaf clovers. These were incredibly popular in the late 20th century, and remained a popular fashion item among children and young teenagers today. Most of these charms are alike in that they are not incredibly complex; however, it is their simplicity that in many ways makes them more appealing. Charm bracelets bring to mind hot summer nights and childish wishes upon a star.

The latest trends in silver jewelry are the Italian charm bracelets. Introduced to Americans by the Italian nation in the 21st century, these innovative versions of an old classic have set the fashion industry on its ear. Italian charm bracelets consist of links which link together overtop of a core frame; however, unlike the traditional charm bracelet there is nothing dangling off these bracelets. They present a clean, smooth line that serves to greatly reduce the risk of the charms being broken or damaged due to normal wear and tear.

Regardless of what the fashion industry considers to be hot and in vogue today, plain silver pendants will never go out of style. These can be found at any local jewelry store or designed by any clever designer



Comedian Harmonists – Classic Times to Contemporary Tributaries

Comedian Harmonists – Classic Times to Contemporary Tributaries


Comedian Harmonists – They’re not comedians but classical pop harmony artists.

The Comedian Harmonists were as popular as ever in Germany and the rest of Europe during the early 30’s. Originally composed of Harry Frommermann (buffo-tenor), Robert Biberti (bass), Josef Roman Cycowski (baritone), and Erich Abraham Collin (second tenor), the remaining Comedian Harmonists from the Nazi era were later joined by Ari Leschnikoff (first tenor), Robert Biberti (bass), and Erwin Bootz (piano) to produce a music of a European Teutonic sense combined with an eclectic twist of jazz, cabaret, film and opera music, and of course a German pop flavor.

The close harmony ensemble (5 singers and 1 pianist) were among the acclaimed of international Europe artists before the WW II for their vocal talent to imitate musical instruments. The group’s superior vocal performance is represented in their best tunes as Wochenend und Sonnenschein (Weekend and Sunshine), Die Dorfmusik (The Village Music), and their popular renditions Creole Love Call by Duke Ellington and songs by Fritz Rotter, peter Kirsten, R. Gilbert, and Milton Ager – enough to earn them the following of likewise popular personas as rock critic Lester Bangs and folk and rock producer Joe Boyd.

And the Comedian Harmonists success didn’t end in the 30’s, not at all during the First World War that reproved three of its Jewish members. It was in the 90’s that the Comedian Harmonists’ saga continued and began anew, in particular, with the release of the first US officially licensed compilation of their works for Hannibal in 1999, and then following was the Broadway musical Band in Berlin inspired by their story, and the film The Harmonists.

However although the group themselves starred in 12 films, toured the US, and adapted the Mills Brothers and US hot pop music and jazz as inspiration in their recordings, the Harmonists in fact was not as popular in the US during their times until they finally disbanded in 1941. But thanks to filmmaker Eberhard Fechner, a memoir of the Harmonists appeared in the form of a 4-hour television documentary aired over two nights in Germany in 1975. By then the groups’ interview in the film revived the interest in their music. Their records were resold and sales provided for the surviving members of the Comedian Harmonists aging and scattered all over the world. They were also honored by the King’s Singers in 1980 who recorded their music “A Tribute to the Comedian Harmonists”. And still it goes – Harmonists’ based Broadway shows, imitator fan groups, and then the 1997 German biopic film The Harmonists released in the US, the 1999 compilation hits for Hannibal, and now, the 21st century Harmonists discography available at any record bars and the internet.



Zulu Musical Instruments, Essential To Develop Musical Traditions In Africa

?Zulu Musical Instruments, Essential To Develop Musical Traditions In Africa

African music is the music of Africans who live in a large region of 50 nations, each with a special culture, history and language, South of Sahara. Zulu musical instruments are part of this multilingual culture. African music has some distinct characteristics: the use of repetition is one of them. Another important characteristic is the polyphony; this is the combination of different musical parts played simultaneously.

The history is marked by the awesome military strategies of the Zulu King Shaka. The King’s and his warriors’ campaign of expansion is well known in world history. Zulu rich traditional culture includes songs, dances and colorful rituals, Zulu musical instruments are spectacular and original. A variety of Zulu musical instruments are well known, s well as the traditional Mine dance; Zulus have longtime used their music as a cry for freedom.

African music is really rich in modes of expression: drum ensembles are using Zulu musical instruments from the percussion family. Each drummer uses special methods to produce sounds to distinguish his drum from the others. Iron bells are very popular Zulu musical instruments; they are used to produce a repeated sound to help the drummers to play at the correct time.

Zulu musical instruments, rare and very special
The akadinda is a king of xylophone; two groups of African musicians are playing simultaneously. The first group is playing repeatedly the same pattern; the second group plays to fill in the missing sounds. Groups of Zulu musicians play also using flutes, trumpets or xylophones. Each player plays a single note in a strange rotation with the other players. The result is a polyphonic piece, characteristic to African music.

Musical practices of South African people were observed from many years; Zulu musical instruments are obsolete. Venda mbila is an old Zulu musical instrument; it is not used anymore. Reed flutes, contrary, are still very popular. The influence of foreign cultures and civilizations causes many of old Zulu musical instruments to become obsolete.

Musical instruments such as tsonga – a horn, ingungu – a friction drum, nkoka – a drum, pedi – a flute, venda – musical bow and stick, deze and demba – thumb piano and resonatos, umfece – ankle rattles are almost obsolete.

To preserve this awesome heritage of Zulu musical instruments, the necessary information was entered into a database; each Zulu musical instrument was digitally photographed to preserve all information about it.



Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

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There once was a time, maybe not too long ago, where we didn’t have all of the technological luxuries that we enjoy today. The mere thought of listening to music on a portable digital music player like the Apple iPod Nano was simply, ludicrous. The incredible graphics of a home video game system like the Xbox 360 only existed in dreams and imaginations. And who could have imagined a bulky, shoulder-mounted video camera turning into a tiny, hand held digital video camcorder? It’s really incredible to think that just as little as twenty years ago, all of these incredible technological devices weren’t even thought of and about, let alone were mass produced. Now, you can do into any store or refurbished electronics dealer and find a whole range of amazing electronic items.

If you own an iPod or a Sony Playstation Portable, can you imagine not having these luxuries – and that’s what they are – at your disposal and at your beck and call? Earlier and previous generations didn’t have the option or ability to literally take every song they’ve ever heard with them wherever they go as we do now with the Apple iPod Nano. They could only listen to songs on cassette tapes, vinyl records, or heaven forbid, the old classic 8-track player. And as for taking songs with them, that was out of the question. Even though we can bring our music with us wherever we go by using the Apple iPod Nano, one has to remember that portable music players, like the original Walkman, weren’t introduced to the public until 1980, which isn’t even 30 years ago.

It’s interesting to wonder what people did for fun and entertainment many years ago. Going to the movies was always a popular pastime, but you can now download and watch videos on your PSP or your Xbox 360. Perhaps some people liked to simply goof off and act silly, which now, with the advent of the digital camcorder, you can shoot and share your goofy adventures and upload them on the internet for all the world to see. Sitting around listening to music is also a nice way to kill time, but why sit around when today, you can listen while on the go with your Apple iPod Nano? No matter what people did for fun and entertainment in the past, we can now do it bigger, better, louder and faster with a whole array of electronics at our disposal.



Wedding Ceremony Music – Top Tips on Making Your Wedding Ceremony Special

Wedding Ceremony Music – Top Tips on Making Your Wedding Ceremony Special

Music makes your wedding ceremony special.
“If music be the food of love, play on!” … so wrote William Shakespeare. Are you wondering how to make your wedding day stand out as a truly magical occasion? Live music may well provide the solution to your dilemma. Whether it’s in the form of romantic melody, upbeat Swing Jazz or exotic world rhythms, the live musical experience adds a unique presence and excitement to any event.
At which points in the wedding ceremony is music most appropriate?
The focal point of the wedding ceremony, whether church or civil, is the public exchange of promises between a man and woman in front of their family and friends, to love and care for each other for their lifetimes. The ceremony sits right at the heart of a very special day. Live music, introduced judiciously, is a device that can greatly increase the sense of occasion as the ceremony unfolds.
The musicians can play softly in the background as the guests gather together before the service starts. An appropriate choice of music can of itself announce and accompany the entrance of the bride. A song or short musical performance during the signing of the register provides a contemplative focus for your guests. The sense of celebration can be fully released through the choice of joyful music as the newly-married couple receive congratulations.
Selecting the music and musicians for a religious wedding ceremony.
The wedding ceremony in a religious setting carries an ancient tradition. In England, the sound of the organ, choirboys and a peal of bells instantly springs to mind. Whatever your persuasion, there will be a long tradition of music appropriate to each moment in the service. Making use of that tradition links your marriage service with the generations of couples who have made the same promises contained in the wedding ceremony down the years before you.
Whether you decide to stay firmly within traditional guidelines or break away, make sure you talk through your choice of music with the minister who will be officiating at the ceremony. The music you choose must be of a sacred nature, and he or she must feel happy that it will fit with the tone of the service to be conducted.
The music you choose needs to be appropriate to the size and style of the religious building in which the service is taking place. Classical chamber music generally fits into this scenario well. You might consider a string quartet … or if the venue is smaller, a duo comprising an accompanying instrument such as the piano or guitar with a top-line instrument such as violin, flute or saxophone.
Choosing the music and instrumentation for a secular wedding service.
The secular wedding ceremony is a relatively new phenomenon in the UK. You have the freedom to choose from a much wider selection of music, from traditional to modern, to make your particular ceremony unique. But where do you begin? If you’re stuck for ideas, visit Hop Till You Drop’s Wedding Music Guide. There’s a wealth of info regarding resources available on The Internet to “get you on the right track”, so to speak.
The range of musical styles that will fit the bill in the secular setting is broader. Traditional folk tunes, classic modern love themes, tried and tested jazz standards may all possibly suit your style. Intimate acoustic duos and trios will suit a small gathering. If the venue is large, a fuller band will be needed to make sufficient impact.
Be aware, also, that strictly sacred music cannot as a rule be used outside a religious setting. When you’ve made your musical selection, do run it past the officiating registrar to make sure that it is acceptable.



Jackson Browne- Revisiting An Old Friend

?Jackson Browne- Revisiting An Old Friend

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the music of Jackson Browne. I think the first album of his that I bought was 1974’s “Late for the Sky” and it still remains one of my all-time favorites. … If I had to put together a list of my 10 favorite all-time artists, Jackson Browne would definitely hold one of the spots. He’s been on that list since music started playing a major role in my life. I think 1974’s “Late for the Sky” was one of the first albums I went out and bought with my own money. And now, if you ask my 6 year old daughter her favorite, Jackson Browne would be one of the first names she’d mention as well.
I was probably 13 years old when my love affair with Jackson Browne began. I’ve seen him in concert probably more than any other artist (with Bruce Springsteen running a close second…), and even had the pleasure of seeing them perform together when Bruce joined Jackson onstage at a show at NY’s Madison Square Garden, sometime around 1984.
It was Bruce who inducted Jackson Browne into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame last year… after over 30 years of making music— ranging from some of the most emotionally moving to politically provocative ever made.
It was my love of music that propelled me into radio, and Jackson Browne was among a handful of artists that I’d always dreamed of interviewing.
I got to meet him a number of times before he joined me on the air one morning… The first was after a benefit concert at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater, when my date said to him, “You made her cry!” To his quizzical look I explained that “Late for the Sky” always makes me cry… and then sheepishly walked away. In fact, his rendition that night did move me to tears. I’ve always said that a truly great song can elicit a physical response, whether it be goose bumps or tears. Jackson Browne’s music does that for me.
A couple of years later, I hosted a national broadcast of the “Columbia Records Radio Hour” with Jackson Browne performing live in front of a very lucky audience, at which time he told me that he was a fan of the radio station and listened often. You can imagine how that made my day!
Finally, on September 13, 1996, Jackson Browne joined me on the air at KSCA in Los Angeles. We had a little room in which artists came and performed… it was actually a hallway between our main air studio and the production room. We affectionately dubbed it the KSCA Music Hall. Perhaps his performance that morning inspired his recent solo acoustic tour, which spawned his wonderful new album, “Jackson Browne, Solo Acoustic Vol.1”… though since this interview happened 9 years ago, I’d say that’s unlikely…
But one of my radio dreams was fulfilled that morning and now, 9 years later, through the magic of podcasting, I’m able to re-live it and share it with Jackson Browne fans worldwide.



Arcade games on console home systems

Arcade games on console home systems

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When it comes to the classic arcade games you will want to keep in mind that they have become the biggest rage in the gaming industry. This trend is definitely bringing back some of the arcade games that everyone loves, but also it proves that arcade games are not dead.

The gamers are not only just the younger crowd now, but those who grew up playing these games are also now addicted to them. You will find that the games are being redone, but you also have to realize that a lot of these people have never given up their addiction. You will also find that there is an addiction that is growing because these games are being redone and they are now marketing the game to many age groups.

In the past, arcade games have not been known to have the best graphics. You will also find that the move to other gaming units have now giving in the games very detailed graphics. This move successfully negates the fact that the popularity of a game largely depends on its game play and not seemingly awe-inspiring graphics.

This phenomenon has also triggered a resurrection of arcade games and made it popular among online gamers. Arcade games are also being ported into handheld consoles like PSP. This is clearly an indication that there is popularity among gamers for arcade games.

Some of the ported titles are:

Geometry Wars was a classic game from the 1980’s. The upgrade features high end particle physics, digital sound, new special effects, a new scrolling area and high end graphics.

It is set in the far reaches of the galaxy where you battle hordes of vile, neon blazoned aliens. You can also choose from the newer version or choose the updated version.

As for Pac-Man it has become an all time classic game that everyone has played at one time or another. It has now become upgraded with the help of high definition. The game still retains the original game play and the charming retro look.

As for the newer versions of these games, you will find that they are still packed with fun and action, but also you will notice that the game also has the original sound and music themes so that you can still feel like it’s the original.



DVDs Bring Classic Donny and Marie Back to the Small Screen

DVDs Bring Classic Donny and Marie Back to the Small Screen

Long time fans and even a new generation of Osmond fans were not surprised that Marie Osmond did so well on “Dancing with the Stars.” Great talent, hard work, and determination in the face of hardships and crisis are what we have come to expect from Marie, Donnie, and the entire Osmond clan over the years. This was evident in all the Osmond children even from the youngest of age, and Donny and Marie have credited their parents for instilling this in them many times in interviews.

The Osmond family celebrates a momentous achievement this year along with throngs of fans young and old with fifty years of entertainment that has been forever captured on TV, film and now on DVD’s so that generations from now can watch and be entertained just as we have been all these years by the mega-talented Donny and Marie Osmond.

Donny and Marie were clean-cut kids, with strong, religious, caring parents that kept all of the Osmond children well grounded. But they were a little bit Country and a little bit Rock and Roll, and very “cool” as far as kids were concerned. The Donnie and Marie show was a variety show originally aired on ABC from 1976-1979.

Donny and Marie had already made names for themselves in the music industry prior to the airing of their variety show. Donny and his brothers sang together as The Osmonds. While Marie had a #1 hit song on the billboard charts, (one of the youngest singers to achieve this) titled Paper Roses in 1973.

The Donny and Marie show had songs of course, but also comedy skits, a skating bit, and always a spectacular finale before Donny and Marie would close the show with a song that became special to many of us that tuned into their show every week. That song was “May Tomorrow be a Perfect Day.”

Donny and Marie are certainly the embodiment of true classic television stars. But they have also been able to maintain their popularity even as the face of television has changed so much since the late 70’s. The tapings of the Donny and Marie variety show could have been hidden away in forgotten vaults along with other classic TV shows like I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffin Show, Happy Days, The Carol Burnet Show, and other truly wonderfully entertaining classic TV shows.

Thankfully, someone had the foresight to bring these classic TV shows out from their dark vaults and run them again for a new generation of kids to fall in love with and an older generation to enjoy the shows that were such a part of the culture of our time back then. There is something comforting about re-living the experiences of our youth as we watch reruns of our favorite classic TV shows. It is nice too, sharing these fond favorites with children and grandchildren and discovering that there is no gender gap when it comes to enjoying wholesome classic television shows together. You can see many favorite classic TV shows aired on networks devoted to broadcasting classic TV, which have large audiences of every age.

DVDs have become a popular medium for watching movies and special episode series of our favorite television shows. You don’t need a television schedule to mark special broadcast dates on the calendar because with DVDs, you are in control of when you watch them. Keeping up with changing times, many of our favorite classic tv shows are now being digitally re-mastered onto DVDs for crisp, clear picture and sound formats to allow us to relive the magic those classic television shows created for us then and continue to as we watch them again.

The Donny and Marie Variety Show is now available on DVD and the Osmonds have been creating magic, entertainment, and a fascination with everything Osmond for fifty years. One secret to their longevity is the absolute humbleness they display even with the celebrity stature they have gained over the years. They have also always been very open in sharing not just their successes and triumphs but the hardships as well. For instance, Donny and Marie openly share sadness about two of the elder Osmond brothers being deaf, and how hard it must be for them to be a part of a singing family and not be able to hear the singing. Donny and Marie and the Osmond family showed strength and determination, even in crisis and hard times. There strength as a family became even clearer this past year when Donny, Marie and 125 other Osmonds appeared on the Oprah show just days after their father, George Osmond, died.

I don’t see the star over Donny and Marie Osmond ever fading. I hope your family buys or receives a Donny and Marie Show DVD this year. You will surely be inspired and entertained.

~ Ben Anton, 2008



Churches And Museums For Sightseeing In Malaga Spain

?Churches And Museums For Sightseeing In Malaga Spain

There are many opportunities for sightseeing in Malaga. The city was founded by the Phoenicians. At different times throughout its history, it was under the rule of Roman and Moorish influences. This can be seen in the ancient ruins and architecture of the area. Remnants of all these historical periods stand in various areas and structures in the city.

The city is home to several old churches and museums. A few are located in old palaces or fortresses. You can experience the history of the area in the ancient Roman and Moorish structures. Other attractions include festivals, beaches and night life.

Churches and Museums for Sightseeing in Malaga

The Cathedral in Malaga was originally the site of a Mosque. When the Catholic Kings took over, they began the construction of a cathedral on the site. This was not finished until the year 1728. A variety of architectural styles can be seen, most from the later period. The cathedral contains two chapels and beautiful choir stalls.

There are a few other well known churches that are tourist attractions in the city. La Inglesia del Sagrario is a gothic style church that was also built over an old Mosque. This church was constructed in 1448 and contains beautiful reliefs and sculptures.

Santuario de la Virgen is another beautiful old church. This church was built in the Andalusian Baroque style of architecture. This church contains the tombs of the counts of Buena Vista.

The city is also home to several museums that are worth seeing. Malaga is the birth place of Pablo Picasso. This building is located in the Plaza de Merced. There is a museum dedicated to the artist. In addition, several galleries throughout the city display his works.

There are several other museums throughout the city. The Diocesal Museum contains an amazing collection of religious art. The museums of Popular Art and Culture and Museum of Arts contain a variety of art works from Spanish artists. The Museum of Arts is located in an old palace.

Attractions for Sightseeing in Malaga

Alcazaba is the King’s Palace. This building was constructed in the eleventh century. The palace contains an archaeological museum with a wide variety of exhibits. The remains of an ancient Roman theatre are located on the site. Around the palace are gardens and fountains.

Near the palace is the Castillo de Gibralfaro. The original structure was constructed by the Phoenicians. The Moors built a fortress over the site in the fourteenth century. This fortress is still there and is open for tours.

Malaga is home to several festivals throughout the year. Many have a religious basis, mainly Catholic. January 6 is the procession of the three Magi. There are a variety of processions during Easter week that are quite impressive and attract Catholics and non Catholics to the city. The Feast of Corpus Christi in May is a festival that lasts for several days.

Music festivals can be seen in the summer months. The Feria de Verano takes place in the third week of August. This festival features Flamenco music. There is a celebration that includes authentic regional dress and parades of horses.

Flamenco music can be enjoyed in typical Malaga night life. The sea side promenade is home to several clubs and bars that play live music. You can sit on the terraces and enjoy the music and night life. The La Malaguenta section is a fashionable area for modern night life.

The cuisine in the city is a mix of typical Mediterranean style. The food is light, fresh and healthy. The menu in many restaurants contains a variety of shrimp and seafood dishes. An abundance of fresh vegetables are used in the recipes. Cold soups, known as Gaspatchos, are served in the area.



The Sweet Sounds Of Kid Songs – A Complete Review.

The Sweet Sounds Of Kid Songs – A Complete Review.

Every child enjoys listening to music and at present there are so many kid songs created by wonderful talented artists, it can be difficult to choose a favorite. Music is not only a great way to help children learn and interact with one another but also a wonderful way to have some good fun. Kid songs differ by style and artist so your little tot has a wide selection of options for his musical tastes.

Among all the hottest bands that make up the wide collection of kids songs is the Laurie Berkner Band; a hot favorite among little ones across the United States. Laurie Berkner works jointly with her husband and her trusted friend to write and produce a huge number of kid songs for your little one to enjoy. For sure, this band offers a varied portfolio of musical styles to meet any music lover’s tastes.

The kid songs are appealing to both kids and adults alike and the different kinds of musical styles the band makes use of are simply brilliant. This offers a unique opportunity for children to be introduced to a number of different types of music. Say for instance, the Laurie Berkner Band has created a few songs that appeal to the blues. Several of my daughter’s favorite kid songs are written in the classic blues style. Of which, the band produced a lovely tune called “I know a Chicken” that helps children learn more about animals and its sounds. Besides, it also introduces them to the rhythmic blues tempo found in music from that genre. In fact the song almost reminds me of a song performed by the Muddy Waters Blues Band.

In addition, the Laurie Berkner Band also offers kid songs that have an island appeal to kids. Another song with a cool reggae beat is the song “Under a Shady Tree” that is easily recognized by any Bob Marley fan. This helps children gain a feeling for various types of music and it helps them understand that a place can be captured by a tune.

Though none can match up with the Laurie Berkner Band, there are lots of other bands that offer great kid sings. The popular kid’s channel, Noggin features this band in a number of shows and specials. These specials and shows are on the top of our household’s family viewing listing.

As for my daughter, she simply looks forward to seeing what this exciting children’s band has to offer next. Yes, sometimes I have to admit I do, too. Who would ever think that kid sings could be so educational and entertaining.



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