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Listen To 230-Ft Organ That Uses The Sea To Make Haunting Music In Croatia

In a mesmerizing collaboration between mankind and the elements, this 230-foot sea-organ in Croatia harnesses the energy of the winds and waters of the Adriatic sea to create random but soothing and harmonized notes.

The sea-organ, or “morske orgulje” as it’s know in Croatian, was designed by Croatian architect Nikola Basic and opened to the public in 2005. Water and wind enter through holes at the bottom of the steps, where they are channeled into resonating chambers. The sounds from these chambers exit through holes along the highest steps.

The site is a popular lunch-spot for tourists and locals alike, but it wasn’t always this way. After being completely devastated during WWII, the reconstruction of Zadar left it full of ugly concrete constructions, and among these was a long concrete shoreline. I think we can all agree that this organ was a huge improvement! Scroll down to hear how it sounds!

A link to hear the music at the bottom…

 

http://www.boredpanda.com/sea-organ-nikola-basic-zadar-croatia/

 

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Science determines catchiest hit song of all time

What makes that earworm an earworm? Musicologists at the University of Amsterdam recently set out to find out, collecting data from 12,000 participants who listened to a random selection from 1,000 hit singles in the UK dating back to the 1940s.

The results were unveiled at the Manchester Science Festival over the weekend. While it took most participants an average of 5 seconds to identify a song, the 17 most popular were all detectable in less than 3 seconds, with the top song—1996 hit “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls—averaging just 2.29 seconds, reports the Independent.

“Very strong melodic hooks seem to be the most memorable for people,” the lead researcher said. The interactive game Hooked on Music is online for now, reports the BBC, so see how you compare to the top 10:

  1. Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
  2. Lou Bega, “Mambo No 5”
  3. Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger”
  4. Lady Gaga, “Just Dance”
  5. ABBA, “SOS”
  6. Roy Orbison, “Pretty Woman”
  7. Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
  8. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
  9. The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me”
  10. Aerosmith, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

Click for the full list of 20—Gaga appears again.

This article originally appeared on Newser: Scientific Study Determines Catchiest Hit Song Ever

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My Friend Angela Ferrari Releases New Album

Angela Ferrari is a great friend of mine and an awesome singer.  Great looks, great voice and a very cool name – yes that is her real name.  She is also headlining with the Angela Ferrari Trio at the Sanctuary Jade bar TONIGHT from 7-10 pm in Arizona.

Please join me in enjoying her music and soulful tones.  Here is the link to get her album for just $5.

http://angelaferrari.bandcamp.com/album/mercy

 

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Jess Greenberg – Rising Music Star?

On August 19, 2013 I saw this announcement that Jess Greenberg had won the Totally Covered Summer on Ryan Seacrest’s site:

Congratulations to Totally Covered Summer Winner, Jess Greenberg! – See more at: http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/08/19/congratulations-to-our-totally-covered-contest-winner-jess-greenberg/#sthash.aXWj0CQZ.dpuf

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I am not a big music officianado but I clicked on the link and I like her bluesy, folk rock, british combo voice.  I think Jess Greenberg is definitely one to watch for a future music career.  She needs a good songwriter and hopefully she won’t sleeze out like so many music stars do nowadays.

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Great cover song here, age 15, blonde hair:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDTB67XzRFk

Here she is now, she is 17 or 18 now, living in the UK, auburn hair:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2RZXeQc5HU&feature=c4-overview&list=UU7gHHtlv-Oyll1jbsJh8qJA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9ZlFx5FZDM

Here she is much younger, playing solo acoustic Poker Face while people have a dinner party at a house.  Cracks me up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuXyUaNeLpo&list=UU7gHHtlv-Oyll1jbsJh8qJA

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Her Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/jessgreenberg1

YouTube Channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/JessGreenberg1

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/JessGreenberg9

 

 

 

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Another Historical Writing Source

From time to time I post some of the sources I use for my historical fiction.  I write a lot about the Victorian Era, roughly 1830 to 1900, and probably spend twice as much time researching a story as writing it.  To give the real feel of an environment, you have to put in pieces from all over to give a sense of reality.  One source that is very good is on popular songs of various time periods.  Link found here:

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2aOUaQ/:z!0VJYk!:XhM+EubB/www.contemplator.com/america/

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Almost any time is incomplete without the music of the era.  However, knowing what was popular in Cincinnati in 1854 is not something you know off the top of your head.  After using a nice reference site like this, you can look at songs, lyrics and other information.  Then you have to reconcile any use with other data.  For instance, if you want to use “I’ll take you home Kathleen,” you should find out when it was written, by whom, how was it performed?  Where was it distributed?  Was it orchestral, sheet music, able to be played on violin or harmonica? Was it high-brow, low-brow or pop?  After that research, often you have to turn to another song, and another, just to get the right time, place, setting and folks who are listening.

That one song may just represent a sentence in the set-up to a place where action occurs in the story.  It is the little details like that I am most proud of in my stories.  Many won’t know that I spent hours researching the song to get it right, but I do.  You can’t always get the answer you need, but when you can, I think you owe it to the reader to do so.

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Here is an example of the section I have used for 1880 America:

Early 1800s to the Civil War

 

Civil War

Post Civil War

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Michael J. Fox disses Taylor Swift

I like Michael J. Fox, but he is totally off base here.  Taylor Swift is beautiful, talented, smart and successful.  My son is in a great relationship right now and hopefully things will go well, but if he were unattached, I would let him date Taylor Swift in a heartbeat.  I wish rock girls would take a cue from country singer girls and stay relatively wholesome.  Miley Cyrus aside…  Taylor Swift gets all this heat for musical boyfriends…  Earth to Michael J. Fox – 22 year old girls date a lot of different guys.  They are fresh out of school, adults for the first time, in high demand, and don’t know what they want.  Give her a break.  Singers write about their relationships and break-ups?  Oh my God, she might be the first one to do that!  (heavy sarcasm added).  Lastly, you might not know who she is Michael J. Fox, but I bet in a poll of people, a lot more know her than know who you are…  She probably is getting close or passed you in earnings too at just age 22.  Perhaps jealousy is involved?

Michael J. Fox: Taylor Swift is never, ever, ever dating my son

Published January 18, 2013 TVGuide

 

The lovely and talented Taylor Swift.

It’s sometimes hard to believe that the country cutie is only 22.

Michael J. Fox does not want his son Sam to be Taylor Swift‘s next target.

On Sunday’s Golden Globes, co-host Tina Fey cautioned the serial dater to stay away from Sam, who was Mr. Golden Globe. “She needs some time to learn about herself,” Fey quipped.

Vulture later caught up with the “Family Ties” alum who admitted, “I don’t keep up with it all, but Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career.”

Fox added that if Sam brought her home, “I wouldn’t even know who she was.” That is, until he hears her next breakup tune: “‘Sam, You Piece of Sh–.’ Oh … that was the girl you brought home!”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/01/18/michael-j-fox-taylor-swift-is-never-ever-ever-dating-my-son/?intcmp=features#ixzz2IUHwBu4J

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