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The Soap Art of Thomas Blanchard

If you don’t know Thomas Blancard yet, you’ll want to after seeing this incredible piece of video. He’s a talented film director that has even had his work featured in a commercial for the latest iPhone!

What happens when you mix paint, oil and liquid soap? This video shows the wonderfully stunning result.

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Lindsey Stirling’s “Warmer In The Winter” is an Excellent Release for the Holiday Season

I have done quite a few music reviews over the years but I can honestly say I’m not sure if I’ve ever given an album a 5-star rating, until now. The fact is, even the artists nobody would ever expect to come out with a Christmas album are lining the retails shelves with holiday sounds. And in some ways, the impact has been lousy. You are probably going to end up with either a bunch of originals that are of poor quality or boring versions of the classics.

On this recording, what Lindsey does so well, with the help of a few friends (Sabrina Carpenter, Becky G, Trombone Shorty and Alec Gaskarth of All Time Low) is blend her own style that has made her a star with classic tunes while adding in just enough in terms of original songs to make for a very pleasant listening session.

The best among the originals is “Christmas C’mon” and the most interesting rendition of a cover is “Let It Snow.”

Overall, I’d be hard-pressed to find someone I didn’t think would love it.

Al Gilliom – Profiling a Musical Mind

Q and A session with musical talent Al Gilliom

How long have you been into music?
I was born premature and spent the first 6 months of my life in an incubator. My parents wired my incubator with speakers so I could hear classical piano music. I believe that my love of music was born while I was in the incubator. I’ve been playing the piano since I was 5 years old.

What got you started in it?
My grandmother played the piano – as a child, I remember being mesmerized by her hands flying across the keys.

Who are some musicians that inspired you?
I have a long list of inspirations, including (but not limited to): David Lanz, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, The Eagles, Indigo Girls, John Denver, Sam Smith, and many more!

Your location and age?
I’m 30 years old and live in Washington State.

What is your favorite part of the art form?
My favorite part of the art form is having the opportunity to touch people with my music.

Where can we get your music?

Song are available at the Al Gilliom Soundcloud page.

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Album Review – Take A Chance by Abigail Jerri

If you have not yet heard about the music of one Abigail Jerri, it’s about time you do.

This young musician from suburban Pittsburgh, PA released her first album in 2016 and it is well worth checking out.

Entitled “Take A Chance,” the recording includes a total of seven songs. And while the official category according to CD Baby is Pop, it is anything but conventional. Jerri uses classical instrumentation and smooth, soft but strong vocal to create her own unique vibe. The artist meshes what I interpret as elements of jazz, country, rhythm and blues and even light rock to express herself though in a sweet vocal style. She brings out the emotion in the lyrics and I’d recommend you take some time to get to know her work. This young lady could really go places.

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Here’s her Youtube video channel.

 

The poetry of Johnny Cash

Anybody who has even a casual knowledge of music history knows about the one and only Johnny Cash. He was known for his deep words and often melancholic tone. But until recently, few realized that we also wrote poetic works.

In a book called “Johnny Cash: Forever Words,” his son collected 41 pieces that he had skillfully crafted and had them published for music and literary buffs. I got my copy a few weeks back but have not yet gotten much of a change to delve in.

If this is something you might like, check it out today.

It is available at retailers such as Amazon or can be ordered at your local bookseller.

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Lose your cell phone photos? No reason to panic.

If you don’t use a cloud backup or for some other reason lose or delete your photos by mistake, you might be tempted to panic a bit. After all, these are you art, your memory and whatever else.

Some of you might think you can not recover these while others will think that the only way to do so will either included extensive skills or pricey software.

The best things is, it won’t cost you a dime and you don’t have to be some sort of technical wizard.

Check out the DiskDigger tool for Android and iPhone.

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Lastest Musical Release By Anthony Rankin

Years ago, a talented musician named Anthony Rankin started out doing shows in his native Pittsburgh. After a number of albums, he took off to continue his career in the East Coast music capital of Nashville. This is the video from his latest release “Pony Tail.”

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