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Listen to This: Bettie Serveert, “Palomine” (1992)

A series in which I recommend music that might have flown under your radar. Bettie Seveert – Palomine Listen if you like: Matthew Sweet, early Lissie, Sebadoh, awesome songs “Bettie Serveert” sounds like a person’s name, but it’s actually a Dutch indie rock band that has been going since 1991 or so. And yeah, they are STILL going strong nearly 30 years later! As I write this, they are 10 albums deep into their career. Deservedly so, too. This recommendation is of their debut, Palomine, and it’s a winner. I remember jamming with this when it came out in 1992, but at the time it wasn’t “heavy” enough to make waves in the alternative scene. Too bad. The record was fantastic then and is still great…
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Where You Can Really Flex Those Creative Muscles

Contributed Post There is no time like the present to be a creative is there? In this day and age there are so many opportunities that you can flex those creative muscles. You can have a career based solely on your creativity, in many different formats. You can enjoy hobbies and indulge your spare time in doing the things that you feel passionate about. However, like with so many things in this modern world, there is choice and a lot more than there used to be. This can give you some form of creative block as you wonder where best to enjoy your passion for creating. I wanted to share with you some of the basic principles of creativity and some of the avenues you…
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Musical Instruments For Kids

Image Credit: Pixabay Playing a musical instrument is known to be linked to improved learning abilities, development of the brain and enhanced social skills. For kids in particular, playing musical instruments has been shown to be essential to their all-round growth and development. There are numerous musical instruments ranging from percussion instruments (e.g. drums), wind instruments (e.g. flute/recorder), string instruments (e.g. guitar) to electronic instruments. Whether the desire of the parent is for the child to become a music genius or to just have music as a pastime, here are some great musical instruments for children; Keyboard/Piano The keyboard or piano is the most popular musical instrument for kids. Learning to play the piano usually forms the basis of the child’s ability to understand music….
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How to Add Depth and Character to Your Music

Contributed by Ryan Harrell I remember the first time I heard Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. I couldn’t have been older than 9 (way too early for Floyd) but the strangeness of the soundscapes stayed with me. That you could use the crinkle of a cash machine as a percussion tool – as in “Money” – was a revelation, and it shaped much of my future music tastes. When I stared making music, I sought out new sounds and rhythms. For a while, I was obsessed with Indian classical music and its (to Western ears) strange rhythms. This was followed by a foray into South African music (mostly after a revisit to Paul Simon’s Graceland). During this journey into uncharted musical terrain, I’ve…
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Yes, Music Really is Good for Your Health

Image source Bob Marley once said that one of the good things about music was that when it hit you, you feel no pain and he was right. He might not have known it to be true in the scientific sense, but he felt that music had the power to heal, and you know what? It can do much more than simply soothe your pain! If you love music, you’ll be happy to know that scientists have found numerous health benefits associated with both listening to and playing it… Music is a Form of Pain Relief As Bob Marley realized, music can relieve pain, and not just in the emotional sense. Studies have shown that playing music that you enjoy for at least 10-minutes can…
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