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Incredible violinist Lindsey Stirling

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.

Support the Horry County Children’s Musical Theatre

I recently learned through a friend that a women she knows, who I have since met and befriended online, is working hard on a major project. Her name is Lindsey Sarah Harward and the goal is to create what will be called the Horry County Children’s Musical Theatre in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Personally, I think it is a great idea and a good way to both educate children and foster their creative sides.

If you’d like to know more about this, you can check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/297615803754755/.

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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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More songs to make you feel good

A while back, I posted a list of five songs with videos that can have the effect of making people feel happy. Well, here are two more for you to enjoy.

American Authors – “Best Day Of My Life”

Imaging Dragons – “On Top Of The World”

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.

So, you’re not a rap fan?

“I don’t like rap.”

It’s a phrase I hear quite often, especially from members of an older generation. While I can understand ang appreciate that if, your reasoning is sound. For example, if you don’t like the stylistic elements and you’d rather tune in to some jazz, blues, rock or country. However, I can’t stand when anyone makes a blanket statement about ALL of one music genre or another.

That being the case, here are five rap/hip-hop songs I think might just surprise some of the naysayers.

Avril Lavigne’s new album show artistic growth while maintaining pop punk persona

Avril Lavigne is back with her latest album simply titled “Avril Lavigne.”

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Over the years, her fans have seen and heard Lavigne grow from a teen to a woman in both her life and her music. In her latest release, she seems to maintain a good balance between her signature pop punk sound and attitude  and a number of other qualities she seems to be experimenting with as well.

Several songs seem to continue her tradition of  punk rebellion and loud music. Others are more simplistic and emphasize the vocals and the an emotional connection with the lyrics. Some even come across with an extra edginess through more explicit wording and even some serious sex appeal.

I rank the songs as follows:

1. “Rock N Roll” – A+

This track has a cool beat with a rebellious tone. It’s loud, it’s fun and it’s classic Avril.

2. “Here’s To Never Growing Up” – A

The song is catchy and has a nice hook, one of the standard qualities of her songs.

3. “17” – B+

This one is a bit more poppy and comes across with a nostalgic feel.

4. “Bitchin’ Summer” – C

It seems to have a more stripped down quality and is pretty average overall.

5. “Let Me Go” – C+

This one is deeper and more emotional which may be due in part to the fact that she’s singing it with her husband of Nickleback fame.

6. “Give You What You Like” – B+

The track comes across with a bit of a slower, haunting feel.

7. “Bad Girl” – C+

It’s kind of a flashback to 80’s rock with a bit of a retro vibe.

8. “Hello Kitty” – C-

There’s too much emphasis on rap/hip-hop qualities. it’s highly unusual for her and very synthetic.

9. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” – C+

This song features a pop rock sound and isn’t bad overall.

10. “Sippin’ On Sunshine” – B+

It’s a simple, fun and catchy tune with a feel good quality about it.

11. “Hello Heartache” – C+

This song focuses on vocals more than anything and comes across with a very sincere vibe.

12. “Falling Fast” – B+

The light, serious simplicity and pure vocals makes for a good song.

13. “Hush Hush” – B+

She closes out the album with a track that is both soft and sweet.

All in all, I would recommend this album to long-time Lavigne fans as well as those who might be interested in seeing a different side of this pop punk princess.

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