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7 of the Best Musical Movies That Stand the Test of Time

Musical movies aren’t for everyone, but every once in a while a great one comes along to grab a large audience. While they have evolved over the years, many of the basic elements remain the same. It all boils down to musical numbers and an awesome soundtrack. And if you happen to love the characters and you’re engaged in the story, then it makes it even more powerful. Hollywood doesn’t produce musical movies at the rate it once did, but they will forever be an important part of our culture. Not all of them are remembered and universally loved, but there are a few that stand the test of time. Let’s take a look at some of the best that feature musical numbers you can probably sing right now.

Moulin Rouge – not everyone “got” this movie, but those who did absolutely fell in love with it. While it didn’t feature original songs, they were presented in a way that was truly unique. This movie revitalized old songs and made them new again. Throw in an attractive cast, beautiful choreography, and elaborate sets, and you have a formula for success. This is definitely one movie that you can plop into your DVD right now and enjoy all over again.

High School Musical – this might be the most controversial item on the list, and some might argue that the series popularity has long since faded. But you have to remember what an extreme phenomenon the High School Musical craze was. You can see its influence in musical artists, and especially in a show like Glee. It made singing and dancing cool again when things were starting to get cynical. And if you happen to watch the original right now, you’ll notice that everyone was at the top of their game. It’s definitely a flick that teenagers will grow up and remember in the future.

The Muppets – Jim Henson’s beloved creations have always had musical numbers in their movies. But who knew that Jason Segal would do such a stellar job with his rendition? He wrote the scripts, and had a hand in all of the songs. The overall package is a beautiful blend of traditional and new Muppet music. Let’s not forget all the laughs and smart writing contained in the movie. This is the Muppet comeback we’ve all been waiting for, and some might say it’s better than the original movies.

Beauty and the Beast – you can pick almost any movie of the Disney cartoon era, and it would stand the test of time. But this one in particular has some of the best songs of any generation. They are highly hummable and they make you feel just like you did when you were watching the movie. Speaking of the film itself, it reminds us of an age before CGI. It’s impressive to see what actual human beings can do with traditional animation and even more important, when combined with a beautiful soundtrack.

The Wizard of Oz – there is no doubt this classic will be remembered forever. You probably already seen it once, but it’s definitely worth revisiting. If you want to make it more interesting, take a look at some of the history behind the movie. Learning about how it was made reveals how impressive the challenges were. Without the benefit of special effects or high-tech makeup, the filmmakers were still able to create a classic with some of the most memorable songs around.

Grease – when it comes to fund and cheesy musicals, there really is nothing better. At the heart of the story is a tale of love, and that’s why this movie endures. No matter how silly you might think it is, everyone can relate thanks to a steller love story. And even a few decades later, it’s hard to deny the catchiness of the tunes. The cast has definitely gotten older in the real world, but they’ll forever remain young in this movie.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – the next time you’re looking for something fun to do on Halloween, make sure to revisit this movie. The new generation enjoys it with irony, while old fans love it for what it is. You can dress up and sing along, and any major urban area will undoubtedly have gatherings of fans. This is definitely a movie where you let go of your inhibitions to watch. And singing along makes it even more fun, especially when you’re surrounded by people who love this crazy film.

One of the best ways to experience these films is with karaoke in the privacy of your own home. You can pick out your favorite tracks and sing them with your friends. This article comes from the Karaoke Machine Guide where you can check out a list here of the best equipment that can turn your living room into a party palace where you can relive some of these classic movies.

Five Best Social Networks for Artists

Top Five Social Networks for Artists

Another installment of creative gems in blogging via MyBlogGuest.com

As an artist who wants to make a career out of your talent and passion, you know how important it is to connect with other like-minded individuals. Being an artist isn’t just about creating art; it’s also about being part of a creative community. And while art is a true form of self-expression, it serves a greater purpose when it’s shared with others rather than kept to the artist alone. The Internet is one of the greatest resources you have as an artist to build your contacts and get exposure. There are lots of vibrant artistic communities online waiting for you to discover. Here are some of the best social networks for artists.

DeviantART.com

DeviantART is one of the largest and most diverse communities of artists online. It has more than 12 million members to date, and they’re showcasing more than 100 million original works. On deviantART, you can create your own personal gallery and portfolio with an unlimited number of works. You can get feedback from other artists, and there are many groups you can join in order to connect with more specific communities. You can even sell prints of your work and buy work from others.

Artrise.com

For the more professionally-minded artist, Artrise is a great community for connecting with people who are active in the art industry. You can build and showcase your portfolio, network with other artists, and brose the awesome and diverse gallery. There are also event listing to help you connect with artists out in the real world, and art job listings that can help you find a position in the industry. There are also active groups like Opera and Classical Music where you can find others with similar interests.

ArtSlant.com

Artslant is an artistic community focusing on contemporary and modern art. Here you’ll find information on all the latest developments, exhibits, news, and events in the contemporary art world. There are different Artslant sites for major cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. With an Artslant professional profile, you can exhibit up to 60 of your works and connect with many major players in the art world. Browse listings for shows, jobs, and get noticed.

Artbistro.com

ArtBistro is powered by Monster, so it’s an ideal place for artists looking to break into the world of paid and professional artistry. All types of artists can benefit from this community. Create your personal profile and portfolio, and get valuable career information and advice on becoming a professional artist. There are job listings, as well as information on art schools.

Artists2Artists.net

On Artists2Artists you can connect with artists of all different types, and along with your portfolio, you can keep a personal blog. There are groups and forums in which to discuss all sorts of artistic concerns and visions. You can view the events calendar to find happenings in the art world near you, and there is a hefty database of great articles and information that any artist will enjoy. You can also share your portfolio here with your Facebook friends and on your website.

   Jeffrey Bruma is an aspiring artist and entrepreneur who loves to blog when he has the time. He enjoys giving advice to other artists on how best to advance their reputation.   ♦

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The Planets Gratitude for Your Gadgets: How Your Smart Phone is Helping the Planet

Gadgets are quickly taking over our everyday lives. Laptops, iPods, kindles and handheld gaming devices are now a common site amongst the population and nearly everyone now carries a mobile phone or smartphone with them.

With so many gadgets floating about, not many of us will stop and think about their impact on the environment.

Whilst the increased use of gadgets can have a negative impact on the environment due to their overuse, constant charging and increase in electronical waste they can also have a positive impact.

For example, on a smartphone there are a number of apps that will help you monitor your carbon footprint, encourage living a healthier lifestyle and give you information on what you can recycle and where. In fact this article from the Guardian shows the top ten green apps for the iphone.

Developments in technology are now allowing us to charge our phones using wind and solar power and by recycling our smartphones, not only can you get paid to do so, you will also be doing your part in helping the environment.

How Your Gadgets are Helping the Planet
How Your Gadgets are Helping the Planet

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First Poetry Feature via My Blog Guest

It Dares You To Share

(A My Blog Guest Poetry Premier!)

Going up and going down in this crazy, calm world.
Floating over the attached world we live and die in.
With no and every cause to change and stay the same,
We stay and go while we sit and stare.

Waking and sleeping into a world of reality and dreams.
Hearing in silence while speaking wordlessly,
The days go by and stop in place.
Creativity is hard to see with easy eyes to miss it.
Around and through we jump and still.
Never be the days that are always around.

As we go over the hills and through the woods,
To our grandmother’s house we go.
It stings the toes and bites the nose.
As over the ground we go, to where the sidewalk ends.
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight.

The place where the sidewalk ends is where I met a Raven.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As if someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more.”

As they say to others, but don’t at all:
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

So Mary has a little lamb with its fleece as white as snow,
But everywhere we travel now, we’re not sure where to go.

With money and time never enough,
We fight with days and long nights.
Together we flock in our floating worlds.
Cemented in spaces that are firmly held.

Never time to run away with always a time to stay.
Live and love and learn to say,
With words as soft and warm as day.
To always run and fly away,
The grandma and raven to us we fray.
As the sidewalk ends and Mary way,
To a good night of gentle we shouldn’t sway.
Being of us and we of they,
Tonight and always we have to play.

So visit and live with room to think,
Strangely, sleep is often the final link.

This uniquely compiled piece is a poem featuring combinations of lines from multiple famous authors such as Shel Silvertein and Edgar Allen Poe.

The first two and last two stanzas are composed solely by Miscelleana Rhinehart.

(with words mixed in throughout to make the lines fit together.)

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Vanity Fair and Favorite Quotes: Vintage Inspiration with Marilyn Monroe

Sunday Sweetness with a Buxom Blonde Legend

Marilyn Monroe in Memories, Quotes and Cover Shoots

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This quote is among my personal top five belonging to the legendary icon, Marilyn Monroe. 50 years have passed since the tragic death of this timeless beauty, each year exposing new discoveries on the history and struggles endured by the tortured soul of this American icon.

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American fashion, beauty and feminine evolution based publications have been, and will continue to offer significant memorable mentions and vintage collections of Marilyn Monroe, captured in images that translate the life, love and legend that was left behind. Features of Marilyn Monroe have been sprouting up across the web, television and in plans for printing!

The June 2012 issue of Vanity Fair magazine will feature a flawless capture of Marilyn Monroe. This issue will be the fourth time since her passing that Vanity Fair pays publication homage to Marilyn with a commemorative cover in her honor.

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Vanity Fair June 2012 Marilyn Monroe

Liz Smith, ‘Marilyn Monroe–Vanity Fair’s Favorite Cover Girl!’

Over the past four years, Marilyn Monroe–who is dead, you must understand–has been on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine three times! The latest cover shows a radiantly fresh-faced Marilyn, still a model, photographed by Andre de Dienes. It’s amazing, the hold that this woman–gone almost 50 years–still has on the world.

The VF story inside deals with MM’s famous nude pool scene, from her last, uncompleted movie, “Something’s Got To Give,” photographed by Lawrence Schiller.

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‘Marilyn Monroe–Vanity Fair’s Favorite Cover Girl!’

Vanity Fair on the Marilyn Monroe commemorative June 2012 issue…

“just before Marilyn Monroe’s shocking death, in 1962, photographer Lawrence Schiller hit the jackpot, capturing the world’s most famous blonde at her most seductive.”

To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation.- Marilyn Monroe

Alex

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Writing Your Own Music: Sound and Lyrics

Writing Your Own Music: A My Blog Guest Post on Composition in Sound, Lyric and Musical Endeavors

An Intriguing and Impressive Guest Post from rising star in creative writingNicola Winters 

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Writing Your Own Music by Nicola Winters

(on behalf of Phoenix Software, a student store that provides software for students)

What happens to your musical skills when you leave school for university?  You may have spent years practising your scales on whichever instrument you chose to play when you first started secondary school.  Your parents probably forked out a small fortune in lessons and there have probably been hours spent arguing and nagging about not practising enough to warrant the expense and threats of sanctions unless more practise is done.

You’re probably glad to get away from it all, but, once you’ve got yourself established at university you may surprise yourself by missing the playing of an instrument.  It’s at times like these that you may find the urge to write some music of your own and this, in turn, leads to finding like-minded people, forming a band and dreaming of making it rich without the necessity to study and hand in that next assignment!

Whilst some people are quite self-contained, apparently needing no other collaboration and relying simply on their own creativity to write music; others benefit greatly from other people’s input and welcome constructive criticism from family and friends.

People often find it relaxing to write music simply because there’s no right or wrong way to do it.  Unless you’re a student studying music composition and are following a specific curriculum; you can never really make a mistake – a refreshing change!  Collaborating with others brings so much more to the completed product in terms of originality – no other band would have that same mix of minds so you could end up with a completely unique sound.

Involving a mix of people who have skills with different instruments can also help you create your own individual sound, and if you feel you’re not making progress or you’ve hit a rough spot, perhaps consider introducing a new instrument into the mix which will change the dynamics and may help you out of the rut.

If writing music is something you’d like to do but struggle to actually put into practice, then perhaps choosing specific music composition software would be the right option for you.  An example would be Sibelius 7 Academic Student Edition which is sophisticated enough for top composers but simple enough for beginners and students.  This software is described as being ‘the easiest way to write music’ – and if you’re unsure that you’ll be able to operate it you have the peace of mind knowing it comes with 90 days of complimentary assisted support.

Writing lyrics is a totally different skill – some artists prefer to start with the lyrics and compose the music around them while others work in reverse.  You may find that, whilst you have the talent to write a great melody, you lack the ability to actually put words to your music.  Working in collaboration with a wordsmith is a pretty good idea – famous collaborations like Elton John and Bernie Taupin who worked separately with little interaction still managed to write masterpieces which remain popular today.

Whatever you choose – remember to have fun – you’re doing this because you want to – not because you have to!

This is a guest post by Nicola Winters on behalf of Phoenix Software, a student store that provides software for students.

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Guitars and the Science of Making Music

Behind The Music: A Gulkin Gazette My Blog Guest Exclusive

Profound Insights on the Science of Sound from Stephanie at My Blog Guest

From the delicate jangle of indie pop to the screaming sound of a heavy metal solo, what is it that turns the simple striking of strings into an amplifies sound like no other? While there are a lot of different things that make up the sound of a guitar, it is the instrument’s pickups that make that all important link between the strings and the electronics.

So how do guitar pickups work?

The basic principle behind electric and acoustic guitar pickups is the science of magnetism. Pickups are magnets that ‘pick up’ the vibration of the guitar strings and convert them into an electical signal that is fed through the guitar’s tone and volume controls. This signal is directed through to the audio output to a processor, effects pedals or directly to an amplifier.

A pickup is built around an actual magnet, which are now mostly made from ceramic or alnico. Each of these magnets have their own benefits; ceramic can give a greater punch to a guitar’s sound, which is ideal for hard rock and metal music. Alnico seems to offer a more delicate tone, making it ideal for jazz guitars and as acoustic guitar pickups. Alnico isn’t actually an element in its own right and the name is an acronym of aluminium, nickel and cobalt.

The Physics of Sound

The magnetic core is then wrapped in very thin copper wire. The wire is enamelled, giving it the magnetic properties it needs. The wire is wound around the magnet thousands of times. This means that when the guitar is played, the vibration affects the coil’s magnetic flux, and the coil of wire creates an alternating current. From here, the signal travel’s to the guitar’s output.

Some guitar pickups have their own preamplifiers. Preamplifiers, or preamps, provides sound processing, acting as a middleman for the raw signal of an instrument. In guitars, especially in acoustic guitar preamps, a preamp will require a battery to help process the sound. These are particularly handy to manage the frequencies and tones of the guitar, reducing interference from external signals and other noise.

There are different styles of pick up too, the basic of which are single coil pick ups and humbuckers. You’ll find variations on these styles, such as lipstick pickups and soap bars pickups, but these are the two main versions found in the majority of guitars. These different pickups were developed as the older single coils could also pick up lots of electromagnetic interference.

This was combated by adding a second single coil and putting the two together. Modern single coil pickups don’t suffer the same problems with interference. There’s a notable difference in tone between humbuckers and single coils, the former able to offer a ‘beefier’ sound.

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The White Stripes Double Little Ditties

The White Stripes – Friends and Forever for Her

A Double Little Ditty from The Gulkin Gazette

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Forever For Her (Is Over for Me)

“I blew it..

And if I knew what to do, then I’d do it
But the point that I have, I’ll get to it

And forever for her is over for me

Forever, just the word that she said that means never
To be with another together
And with the weight of a feather it tore into me

Then I knew it
All the work that it took to get through it
On the wings of a feather that flew it
Fell onto my shoe it cut up into me”

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I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends


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Military: Their Commitment and Ours

Military: Their Commitment and Ours.

A Feature Re-Post by the Collective Inktelligence Blog at Inktel!

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DailyHoroscope.com: Cancer ‘The Crab’ Horoscope for February 1, 2012

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Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012Cancer

Although it feels as if someone is pressuring you to accept more responsibilities now, you’re willing to say yes if you think your involvement will help.

However, don’t overlook your own needs just so you can take care of others.

Consider what makes the most sense for you, too. You won’t have anything left over to give if you exhaust yourself emotionally, so establish healthy boundaries before contributing to the group process.

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‘What else could I do, I’m so inspired by you’

My Life (Billy Joel song)
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Billy Joel

The Longest Time

A Little Ditty Circa 1984

To be forever chronicled in The Dusk ‘Till Dawn Diary Division

“If you said goodbye to me tonight
There would still be music left to write
What else could I do
I’m so inspired by you
That hasn’t happened for the longest time

Once I thought my innocence was gone
Now I know that happiness goes on
That’s where you found me
When you put your arms around me
I haven’t been there for the longest time”

(C) 1984 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Robert Altman’s 60s: Rock, Roll and Revolution – Courtesy of ArtVision Exhibitions

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Copyright: Robert Altman, courtesy ArtVision Exhibitions, LLC
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Fueled by talented musicians, innovative artists and incredible writers, the tumultuous tides of the 60s in America challenged young souls to face the harsh reality of war, civil rights and extreme political change.

This extraordinary challenge inspired what could arguably be considered the most culturally significant and creatively unprecedented eras in history. Famous photographer Robert Altman was at the center of it all, determined to chronicle the life and times the Sixties inspired.

Robert Altman’s Rock, Roll & Remember Exhibition successfully captures the simultaneous cultural, social and sexual revolutions that embodied the Sixties in America. A generation built on the spirited, soulful sound of ’60s rock music, politically driven passions, the birth of active feminism and Abbie Hoffman‘s ‘yippies’.

Including iconic 1960s figures such as: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tina Turner, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Morrison, Pete Townsend and Dennis Hopper, these rare, large format photographs, some measuring 8 feet high by 8 feet wide, were previously on view in Manhattan filling all 39 windows at Macy’s in Herald Square and on the grounds of the 1969 Woodstock Festival at The Museum at Bethel Woods.

Rock, Roll & Remember:
ArtVision Exhibitions Announces Rare Sale of Photographs by
Rolling Stone photographer Robert Altman

ArtVision Exhibitions in Boca Raton, FL., invites you to experience ‘A Revolution That Shaped a Generation’, with photographs and commentary by Robert Altman. The Rock, Roll & Remember Exhibit will continue through Wed., November 9, 2011.

The first 50 people to view the collection will receive a complimentary special exhibit poster, courtesy of ArtVision Exhibitions. Those who purchase one of Robert Altman’s photographs also receive a VIP invitation to an intimate cocktail reception with Robert Altman on November 10. Photographs may be purchased from 10 am to 4 pm, Mon – Fri; and 10 am to 7 pm Sat – Sun.

“My favorite image has to be Tina Turner’s legs taken in October 1969 at the Gold Rush Festival in Stockton, California” – Victoria Ann Rehberg, President of ArtVision Exhibitions, LLC in Boca Raton, FL

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Tel: (561) 883-2145

Alexandra E. Gulkin