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Taylor Swift has always been a mature young woman. But, with the release of her latest album “1989” it is clear that the young lady is growing up into a full fledged woman. This is reflected in her artistic interest in venturing into other music genres, namely pop.

While most of her albums have had some crossover appeal, she acknowledged that she was intentionally trying to branch out with this one. Mission accomplished.

It is likely that some of her fans may have some trouble digesting this experimental sound. But at the same time, it is likely that she will gain some new fans as well.

Personally, my favorite songs on the album are probably “I Wish You Would,” “Blank Space,” “Wildest Dreams” and “This Love.”

The least impressive tracks are probably the first single “Shake It Off” and “Welcome to New York” and “I Know Places.”

The remaining songs are in the average to slightly above category.

The best comes out when Taylor seems to show her more natural side with poignant lyrics, a little bit of fun and an emphasis on the vocals rather than anything else. The less flattering parts occur when it seems like she’s trying a bit too hard for the current and somewhat unoriginal pop vibe.

All in all, it’s a pretty good effort to venture into the pop scene and I suspect she’ll have her share of success with it.

If you are a true Taylor fan, I’d certainly recommend this album.

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While is may be up for debate as to whether or not clothing and jewelry design can or should be considered an art, there is no doubt that a man who goes by the title Metal-Weaver is both artistic and talented.

Check out some of his work below as well as on his official Metal-Weaver Facebook page.

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The Beauty of the Monolight

In the art of photography, we are generally told that the more light, the better.

So, often in a a studio setup or indoor shoot, photographers tend to use a lot of lighting equipment and try to balance things out from different angles. That being the case, one of the most overlooked and under appreciated lighting setups in the use of a single light source.

In a recent shoot with a beautiful young model by the name of Brittany Jordan, I did some experimentation with a monolight and really liked how things turned out. To see more of my work, check out my artistic photography website.

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Brittany in spot color

 

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The recently crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, has taken a bit of heat lately but no matter what you might think of her, one thing you can’t say is that she doesn’t have talent. This cool video shows off her vocal skills and the rather unconventional way she used them to help win the title.

Every once in a while a talented musician that is somewhat out of the mainstream breaks through the murky waters of the industry to capture the hearts and minds of fans everywhere. Lindsey Stirling is one such artist.

If you haven’t heard her yet, check out the video below for a beautiful performance the other day on The Meredith Vieira Show.

Wordles

For years, graphic designers have be providing interesting and creative graphic services that literally make words into a form of visual art. You need not look further than a few different print ad campaigns or text-based company logos to realize that this is the case.

However, in a recent random trip through cyberspace, I came across a very cool site that instantly creates a visual piece of art from any phrase or content or the text on just about any website.

The official name of these digital creations are wordles and you can create your own, in seconds and for free at http://www.wordle.net.

Check out this colorful example direct from the website.

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A few great tools for writers

Listen up fellow writers.

When it comes to academic writing specifically, we’ve all had that experience of putting together a good old bibliography. Honestly, this was always one of the biggest pain in the a#@ parts of the entire process. In fact, it wouldn’t really be a stretch to say that on some occasions, putting together the bibliography took darn near as long as writing the paper or essay itself.

What if there was a way to nearly bypass this tedious task or at least make it a lot faster? Well, there is, enter the site Easybib.

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So, maybe you don’t work with academic writing.  Maybe you’re more into writing poetry books or novels. No matter what you write, grammar is always important. This brings me to the second tool I’d like to share – Grammarly.

The name is pretty straight forward in regard to its function. The site checks your gammar on a much more intense level than any basic word processor and can even aid in working with the book publishing process.

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Give these a try today.

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