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Your Photograph in a Jar

This handy and nifty infographic from JAF Gifts gives you a step by step guide on how to create an instant vintage-looking keepsake for your most treasured photographs! Forget about photo albums and frames…the Mason jar DIY project is bound to become a hit with family, friends, and guests once you place it in a prominent location in your home.

The Mason Photo Jar is a also great idea for rustic, country-style wedding centerpieces and other special occasions honoring a certain person or group of people. Simply pick out some favorite photographs (preferably in black and white or sepia) and a few mason jars (available at JAF Gifts). Make sure the pictures fit in the jars! When you’ve wrapped the picture (image side showing outside of the glass, of course) inside the jar, pour some vegetable oil (olive oil gives a nice, greenish tinge) until it covers the entire picture.This will ensure that the photograph is suspended in the oil without ruining it.

Place a dried flower stalk at the other side of the jar the picture does not cover. Cover the jar tightly with the lid, and place the jars strategically on shelves, book cases, bedside tables, and just about anywhere you want to look and smile at memories that have been given a creative, vintage-y boost!

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Lana Del Rey Sings a Little Ditty

Lana Del Rey Absolutely Fascinates

With Blue Jeans and Video Games

Video Games

Blue Jeans

Lana Del Rey caused quite the commotion early this year, with a shake up of a semi-suspicious ‘debut’ album, ‘Born to Die’.  On January 31, 2012, the 26 year old singer-songwriter released a largely debated in dub, ‘debut’ album with Stranger Records. Upon its’ release, ‘Born To Die’ topped the iTunes chart in 14 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Greece, Belgium, Portugal, Mexico, and Luxemburg.

Fans (and more plentiful, and ruthless, critics) were all a stir as news began to surface that this sultry pouted, blues lounge bombshell had released previous recordings under her birth name ‘Lizzy Grant‘, as well as ‘May Jailer‘ prior to signing with Stranger Records, and that much of her discography can be easily uncovered.  Prior to the 2012 release of ‘Born to Die’, the now ‘Lana Del Rey’ had previously released a three-track EP titled ‘Kill Kill’ in October 2008, and a full-length album in 2010, titled Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant with 5 Point Records. Critics haven’t taken it easy on the overnight sensation, who spent a great portion of her life working endlessly to get to the very bitter-sweet spotlight she currently stands in.

Unexpected and Sexy as Hell, Lana Del Rey seems to have been amped up by management to embody an unexpected, undiscovered model for Brigitte Bardot inspired ‘big and teased’ vintage hairstyles with an ever present element of hip-hop mod fashion, in a ‘Tokyo Rose of the Trailer Park’ appeal. Personally, I love the extra packaging done to help excel her into the mainstream acceptance she has so quickly found. Now, I can only hope they don’t eat her alive before a  few more epic albums are able to be enjoyed.

Lana Del Rey was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City on June 21, 1986, and grew up in Lake Placid. She was sent away to a boarding school in Connecticut at 14 for alcohol dependence, and began her music career while testing the waters of college in NYC. The Winner of 2011’s Q Awards ‘Next Big Thing’ title grabbed the attention of Stranger Records with the self-created, nostalgia soaked music video she had uploaded to her YouTube Channel as a single.

The outdoor captures and romantic scenes, full of vintage fashion and romantic imagery landed her a  joint deal with Interscope Records and Polydor, signed less than one month after the release of ‘Video Games’. Keep a look out for this one, she has that special something, and I highly advice watching the video for ‘Video Games’, as it is absolutely awesome in tragic Americana glory!

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Love Life

Sean Michael Daley of 'Atmosphere'

Atmosphere – ‘Love Life’

Now, how many times must you prove you’re an angel

How many more demons do you have to strangle

How much longer must you remain in this dream

Before I finally figure out if you’re insane or a genius

The signature sound of  Atmosphere is a momentarily paralyzing, in perfectly structured, ‘individually wrapped’ musical packages with potent lyrics expressed through a powerful mix of precise timing, commanding composition and discernible delivery.

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‘Ant’ – Atmosphere
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‘Love Life’ had me in tears within 40 seconds the first time I heard it.  The awe-inspiring rapidly ruthlesss and radically empowering lyrics of Atmosphere ignited a completely unexpected cry of contentment.  
There were no emotional extremes playing a catalyst in the background, though I do have a readily available daily assortment of choices in cheerful, phobic, panicked or lonely.
It was the strength in severity and sincerity within the lyrics and delivery of this impactful Little Ditty just hit that magic musical place, that I suspect lies within the solar plexus.  
An overwhelming appreciation was felt for this string of immaculately formed citings, simultaneously sewing the threads of life’s unavoidable tragedies through its unexpected joys.

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Wondering what the solar plexus really refers to? 

The solar plexus chakra, the energetic vortex of dynamism and willpower (its animal association is the ram), is charged with assisting one in comprehending his or her emotional life, accepting one’s unique place in the life stream, clarifying the dynamics of ego, self-esteem and self-love.

On a psycho-spiritual level, this chakra is deeply involved in the mechanics of: self-sufficiency, self-image, personal power, issues of responsibility, sense of security and safety. Dysfunction of the third chakra manifests, in part, as an inability to fully acquire and adequately sustain personal power.Only when it is open and balanced can one have a deeply fulfilling emotional life wherein one can be expansive, outgoing, and sociable, have a sense of belonging and fitting in and be able to experience the sweetness of being alive.

The solar plexus chakra is also a seat of intuitive functioning – the nucleus of our sense of subtle knowing, intent of being and gut instincts. Of course, having confidence in one’s gut instincts is largely dependent upon a sufficient level of self-esteem. Self-confidence underlies effective decision-making and crisis management and the ability to take reasonable risks and so healthy operations within this chakra are crucial for the elaboration of leadership qualities and adventurousness.

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When Life Hands You Angels: A Dedication to My Foxy and Fabulous Aunt Lisa

For My Awe-Inspiring Aunt Lisa,

A Lovely Lassie with a Selfless Spirit and Majestic Charm 

The Lovely Lassie Herself, with Moi!

The Lovely Lassie Herself, with Moi!

*My incredible Aunt Lisa has an impressive fan club of hopeful suitors, and the reasons for which are clear to see within the very moment you meet her… If life should grant you such delight! 

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I Put a Spell on You

Songwriter: HAWKINS, JAY  (1956)

Performer: Nina Simone

Nearly as epic and admirable as the angel in which this particular Little Ditty has been inspired by and dedicated to, “I Put a Spell on You” is a classic American song that has continued to impact generations of musical enthusiasts from the time it was first written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956.

“I Put a Spell on You” was selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

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Nina Simone

Jay Hawkins’ original version was ranked at #313 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Nina Simone‘s version reached # 23 in the US Billboard R&B chart in 1965. Artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joss Stone and  Bryan Ferry have created cover versions of this American classic throughout the years, and it continues to pop up in creative distortions from various artists in different music genres.

Timeless and transfixing in nature, this historic piece of music seems the perfect fit for today’s Little Ditty Dedication Post.

For my Aunt Lisa, thank you for being one of my life’s most inspiring and lovely angels.

I am beyond grateful and so lucky to have you!

Angels have no philosophy but love.   ~Terri Guillemets

All God’s angels come to us disguised.   ~ James Russell Lowell, 19th Century American Poet

 It is in rugged crises, in unbearable endurance, and in aims which put sympathy out of the question, that the angel is shown. 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher and writer

 We are never so lost that our angels cannot find us. 

– Stefanie Powers, actress

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

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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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Kids: An MGMT Little Ditty Double Dose

“A Baby is Born, Crying Out for Attention

MGMT‘s ‘Kids’ Sparks Inspiration for Last Minute USC Student Collaboration

Followed by The Kooks Acoustic Cover of ‘Kids’ Live on Triple J’s Like a Version

More on the Internet Sensation of a USC Student Collaboration here:

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Kids by MGMT

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And The Inspiration for Today’s Little Ditty Double Dose… MGMT

MGMT will be playing Osheaga 2012 in Montreal, Canada (8/3) as well as Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA (8/5).

Get the full info here.

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.

GJs Guitars sell a great range of guitars and equipment such as acoustic guitar pickups

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Heaven (The Psychedelic Furs song)

In a stroll down memory lane earlier this week, the Editor over at The Sentinel and I watched a 1995 classic that he somehow missed when it was released over a decade ago. Watching ‘Angus‘ all these years later was a ferocious reminder that over a decade has passed since I first related to the good at science, fair at football” leading role of Angus Bethune. Face to face with the significant amount of time that has passed since those early, angst-fueled years of High School, it seems as if that the big 3-O is just around the corner, peaking out at me and counting down.

There’s too much
That I keep to myself
And I turn my back on my faith
It’s like glass
When we break
I wish no one in my place

Love Spit Love was an alternative rock band, founded by singer Richard Fortus following the initial disbanding of the Psychedelic Furs in 1992. Fortus formed Love Spit Love with Richard and Tim Butler.  The band laid low throughout the late 90’s, following a small acoustic tour in ’06, and announcing their undefined hiatus in 2000.

When The Psychedelic Furs reformed in 2000, Fortus joined the group as second guitarist and can be heard on the live album ‘Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live‘.

Now a member of Guns N’ Roses, Fortus plays both rhythm and lead guitar, replacing Axl Rose‘s childhood friend Paul Tobias.

So, as far as Love Spit Love is concerned… ‘Goodbye, Lay the Blame on Luck.’  I’m really glad we met in ’95.

1971’Six Day War’ Remodel: Little Ditties with DJ Shadow

Little Ditties 1971 Remodel:  Remarkable Sample by DJ Shadow

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“‘Six Days” is a song by American hip-hop artist DJ Shadow, from his second album, The Private Press. The song was written by Brian Farrell and Dennis Olivieri, and was produced by DJ Shadow. It was released as the third official single from the album in 2002. The main vocals of the song are sampled from the 1971 song “Six Day War” by British band Colonel Bagshot, with some riffs taken from the 1970 song “

” by American singer Dennis Olivieri. Brian Farrell of Colonel Bagshot and Olivieri are both given songwriting credits on the track.”

Ta Da! DJ ShadowSix Days – originally released in 2002, this song and video are both addictively awesome. To think of it, it may also succeed in being just a bit outside the box, in comparison to the chronologically compiled history built thus far in the Gulkin Gazette discography of Little Ditties.

Always a good thing, stepping outside that box long enough to meet such unique musical creations and collaborations as enjoyable as these!

‘Six Days’ by DJ Shadow is the righteous Little Ditty I’d like to present you with today. Another dynamic music discovery, complements of the better half of The Dusk’ Till Dawn Diary Duo.

Six Days–DJ Shadow

Colonel Bagshot ‘Six Day Way’ 1971

You slap just like a wake-up call: Peter Bjorn and John ‘Up Against the Wall’

Peter Bjorn and John ‘Up Against the Wall’

A Lovely Little Ditty Video… on Vinyl!

“You slap just like a wake up call 
The bruises on my face don’t bother me at all”

Peter Bjorn and John

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Peter Bjorn and John united musical forces in Stockholm, Sweden circa 1999. Members include Peter Morén on vocals, guitar, and harmonica; Björn Yttling on vocals, bass, and keyboards; and John Eriksson on drums, percussion, and vocals.

The band has released six albums: “Peter Bjorn and John” (2002), “Falling Out” (2004), “Writer’s Block” (2006), “Seaside Rock” (2008), “Living Thing” (2009) and “Gimme Some” (2011). The band is influenced by the sounds of classic ’60s baroque pop, power pop, and new wave…

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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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