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Some of the top guitarists of all time

Music can be such a powerful force

and when we think about it, sometimes we like to make comparisons between styles and eras. I do anyway. I would venture to guess  you do the same from time to time.

With that in mind, I was watching a concert on television the other day and it got me thinking about some of the elite guitarists over the years. So, just for fin, I thought I’d put together this brief list of some of who I consider the all time greats. Keep in mind these are in no particular order.

B.B. King

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Eric Clapton

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Carlos Santana

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Richie Sambora

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Slash

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Jimmy Hendrix

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Ballad of Me

Guest post by Clara Littleton

 

I am a girl, pretty and fair.

I like to wear flowers in my hair.

I care and Share with all I meet.

I worry about all the people without enough to eat.

I am a woman and think with my heart,

by this is only a very ..very small part.

 

Some days…. many days….

When this is me….

I want to race cars, climb mountains and play baseball.

these are the days I dread….

when the words come that I don’t like,

I don’t like them at all.

 

Dyke, bitch, confused and not doing my part.

Now that I think back, not so much.

The names are here no matter the garb.

Tom boy, whore

Biker bitch, tease

My long dress, they think I cover for shame.

Too long or too short,

look at those clothes. She’s such as slut.

 

She must be selling something, I bet it’s free.

Tits too small, or too big. They bet they’re fake

They stop and stare.

Is it my clothes, maybe my hair?

I wonder why they are still standing there.

I turn away.

I want to fight back.

I want to scream,

but these same venomous words are all that is available to me.

To label me.

 

Not girl enough, too much a boy.

I dance with spiders and snakes.

Sometimes they assume it’s all a fake.

Is it because I am a girl?….

To the man crying out to be allowed to feel.

This all makes my head whorl.

From the men too, pride they steal.

 

Rare day they dare,

To ask me, to be fair?

What label may we address?

I’m always caught so unaware.

Bo, girl, femme, masculine,

modest, outrageous, too skinny, tooo fat,

I sometimes forget where I’m at.

 

Lost in what I might be called,

They ask again, wanting to know it all.

I sigh, the words don’t mean a damn.

Not to me, or these people who have set me free

from these labels, schemes and plots.

They ask again, what label do you want?

 

Finally, I look up, filled with dread.

I feel sad and mad and wish I’d fled.

I contemplate one moment,

the words still flying free.

If you want to label me…

I remind them of civility.

Label me please but with the label I want….

Stop playing this game,

for the label YOU want.

For everyone it’s simply the same.

I just want you to ask for my name.

About the poet:

Carla is an accomplished educator and art enthusiast who also owns and operates her own artistic services and jewelry business Archaeotype Designs.

Micro 4/3 Camera Magic

Only a few years ago, digital SLR cameras had one major drawback, especially for users making the transition from point and shoot models to these more professional-grade cameras. That major drawback – lack of a live-view LCD screen.

The Micro 4/3 system changed that forever and thus I am one a big advocate of this mirrorless sensor technology.

Best of all, not only does it offer the live-view capability but it has a doubling effect when it comes to your lenses. For example, if you lens has a range of 15-45 as some kit lenses do, the system actually converts that into the equivalent of a lens with a range of 30-90.

I urge you to find out more about this cool advancement in digital photography.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Photo courtesy of iFotoVideo.cz

 

A bizarre treat for the creative type

As a creative person with an interest in writing, music and video along with a sense of humor, I really got a kick out of something a family friend shared with me a little while back. It is a Youtube phenomenon known as “Epic Rap Battles in History” with a channel that has recorded more that one billion, yes that billion with a “b” views.

Here are two of my favorites both dealing with legendary writers.

Unrestricted (A Poem)

This new poem was written while on vacation in beautiful central North Carolina, I hope you enjoy it.

Unrestricted

Unrestricted by restrictive things

In nature’s realm from all things set free

Whether dawn or eve

What else can compare

To walking with feet upon the grass

And between trees reaching for the air

Nature shot by werner22brigitte

Nature shot by werner22brigitte

 

Talented Musicians on Rising Star

As a music fan, one of my favorite new television addictions of the summer is ABC’s innovative music competition Rising Star.

And of the several highly-talented artists that made it into the second round of competition, these two young ladies are among my favorites. Both have overcome some challenges and both have something amazing to offer.

Megan Tibbits

came out in the first round, and has since advanced to the third with the help of voters on the West Coast who got her through her initial audition, came out with a harp. Yes, I said a harp. And with it she sang and played a unique a beautiful rendition of what is most likely to be one of the year’s top wedding songs, John Legend’s “All of Me.”

April Lockhart

got through the first round easily and compelets in the second tomorrow night. She too offered a unique spin on a song by the Spice Girls (anybody remember them?) called “Say You’ll Be There.” And while Megan’s challenge may have been the use of an unusual instrument, April’s was the fact that she learned to play the guitar and excel at it with just one hand.

Great sources for free media content

A little while back I wrote about the ethical use of content from the web. Keeping with that theme, I figured I would share a few great sources of quality content with the reads of the blog.

Most people have probably heard of the classifications “royalty free” and “public domain.” But, there’s a newer licencing category out there that often ends up offering newer content and with few or no restrictions at all. It’s called “Creative Commons.” And if you’ve never heard of it, you should really check into this.

So, without any further ado, here are the sources I mentioned above:

Search Creative Commons

Search CC

Let’s CC

Let's CC

 

Skeletons (A Poem)

Here’s my newest poem. It’s a little dark but I hope you like it.

Skeletons

We all have our skeletons

Held back by closet doors

But there’s no need to fear

As they are bones

And nothing more

The Rope Magic: a Visual Art

Guest post by Janet Adams

Rope magic is a genre of magic which uses ropes to perform all manner of tricks and illusions that are sure to wow and bamboozle an adoring audience of fans and skeptics alike. The earliest recorded incidence of rope magic occurred way back in the 14th century China but the genre gained widespread renown in the 19th century when British soldiers witnessed it being performed by Indian magicians and they brought back news of its wonder back home. Back then it was quite an elaborate trick which involved a magician throwing a rope into the air where it remained erect with no external support. He then sent his assistant up the rope to get something; the assistant climbed up and disappeared in the heights. The assistant takes too long to come back and the magician grows increasingly angry then finally, armed with a sword he follows his assistant up the rope. Sounds of a violent confrontation are heard above by the crowd and soon the dismembered body of the assistant falls to the ground. The magician descends soon after, collects the scattered limbs and puts them in a box. He then proceeds to restore his assistant who appears whole before the dumbfounded audience. Rope magic nowadays is not always as elaborate. It has evolved in so many ways and a large proportion of rope magic presently consists of rope tricks that are quite simple although they are equally entertaining and engaging. They include tricks such as a rope seemingly defying gravity and standing upright on end, tying several knots incredibly fast and then moving them along the length of a rope and even making them disappear and reappear interchangeably on the rope.

Rope magic has evolved greatly over its long history. However, its core appeal has remained unaltered through the years. Whether a man is climbing up a rope that is standing on end with no external support or whether an amateur magician is performing rope knot tricks at an office party, rope magic remains a highly appealing visual art that is both enjoyable to watch and still leaves the audience bewildered as to how what they are seeing can be true. To mystify, engage and entertain are at the core of the purposes of magic and art, and rope magic does them all with seamless ease.

Author Bio:

Janet Adams is a skilled writer who is specialist in dissertation writing for the graduate/PhD students. Janet, by her brilliant writings, is looking as one of the best writers and she has been got good criticisms for her exceptional works. Janet has been set up a Master Degree in educational science from a reputed university.

Ethical and legit practices for using content you find online

Since the very beginning of writing and art, there has been a concern over the ownership, intellectual property rights and usage of work that has been put out there for public consumption. And since the digital age of the Internet, things have gotten much more complicated.

In college, I studied journalism and part of my schooling dealt with media law and ethics. Oddly enough, the answer to many of the questions and issues that we discussed was simply “it depends.”

So, just for kicks, here is my personal perspective on this matter.

If the content is from social media…

One of the primary purposes of social media is for the content to be shared. Whether is be on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest or something else, it seems to me that the content owner who posts his or her work is essentially granting permission for others to share it. If they do not want this to be the case, they can make adjustments to indicate that the content is private or not meant to be shared.

If the content is from a random blog, site or search…

I suppose the usage of these items does depend on many factors. I suggest you use you intuition.

If the content is specifically marked…

If the content states that it should not be reproduced or reposed, if a Youtube video is disabled from embedding or if right clicking on an image is disabled, clearly the post author does not want this to be spread around.

Best ways to go…

For photos or video:

Start out with your own images or videos, if you don’t have what is necessary, look into public domain, royalty free and stock content. The next best thing to do is seek out content that is clearly intended to be shared via social platforms.

For writing: 

Create your own or seek out people who will create content for you. Another option is to use content from article marketing sites like Ezine Articles.

When it comes to giving credit:

Crediting is often not necessary for public domain, royalty free or stock content. If it is a condition of usage, give proper credit. Same goes for stuff from article marketing sites. If it seems like sharing is acceptable, crediting the source in some way is always a good idea. While Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest pretty much automatically do this for you, not all platforms have such a feature. In that case, you can do something like tag the author or literally create a byline.

 

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