5 Ways to Expand Your Musical Horizons

If your music collection is beginning to sound stale and repetitive and the latest hits don’t strike a chord with you, it is probably time to expand your horizons. Whether you are a music devotee or an avid rock n’ roll fan looking to branch out into another genre, exploring different genres and musical perspectives can give you an opportunity to add new music to your collection and gain knowledge about the music that you already enjoy. Here are some ways to change-up your daily tunes.

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Father’s Day Playlist: the perfect way to celebrate Dad!

Although you may not think that you and your dad have the same taste in music, you could be surprised at the similarities once you start digging. There is much sentiment in creating something original and heartfelt for Father’s day, which is why making a playlist filled with dad’s favorite tunes (and a couple of yours) is an awesome gift idea!  If you don’t already know a couple of your dad’s favorite songs, ask your mom, aunt, grandparents and family friends what their top tracks were back in the day. Once you have a couple of songs you know he’ll like, you can use a song-finding website like Tastekid.com to help you elaborate.

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Above: A father and son are enjoying a concert together.

By creating this playlist, you may find that you really enjoy your old man’s music choices and find a connection that you did not once have. My dad introduced me to good music at a young age, which we have bonded over since my 9th birthday, when he took me to my first Rolling Stones concert. This year for Father’s Day, my family decided to surprise him by getting tickets to go to the Rolling Stones, once more all together! It is now one of my favorite memories that I was so fortunate share with my parents, brother and sister. My dad and I don’t enjoy many of the same recreational activities; on Saturdays he enjoys reading the paper and doing Sudoku, while I enjoy going to the pool or watching The Bachelorette – but we have always been able to bond through the love of the same music choice.

There is no gift like a gift from the heart that takes time, effort, and consideration and goes above and beyond what a store-bought gift would give. If you are planning on getting your dad a MP3 player or iPod, you could download the playlist before giving it to him as a special surprise! If you do decide to make a Father’s Day Playlist, your dad will be able to listen to it at any given time and reminisce about the wonderful gift he received from you. Material things come and go, but any father would treasure the memories created forever.

Justin Bieber Admits That All The Negative Comments Do Hurt Him

Justin Bieber has been in the news a lot in past for his wild antics. In the day of the internet, people are constantly commenting on his actions. He came out on the Ellen Show recently to tell the public, it does bother him.

Justin Bieber posted this photo to his Fahlo account once he bleached his hair.

Justin Bieber posted this photo to his Fahlo account once he bleached his hair.

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CMA Awards 2014 Winners and Recap

Last night, the 48th annual Country Music Awards aired at 8/7pm on ABC network.The show was hosted again this year by Carrie Underwood, whose baby bump stole the show, and Brad Paisley. Both country performers gave great shows singing their newly released singles “Something In The Water” and “A Perfect Storm”.

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Carrie Underwood shows off her new baby bump while still looking flawless on the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet

Luke Bryan was the star of the night winning Entertainer of the Year!

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Luke Bryan on the Red Carpet at the 2014 CMA Awards

Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the year, and Single of the Year went to Miranda Lambert. It was also an impressive night for Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, who won Male Vocalist of the Year!

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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet

Other winners included:

New Artist of the Year: Brett Eldridge

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year: Dierks Bentley “Drunk On A Plane”

Song of the Year: Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow”

Katy Perry Chosen as This Years Super Bowl Halftime Performance

The National Football League has chosen pop icon, Katy Perry, to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show this February. Perry was picked over other stars, Rihanna and Coldplay, for the job! We think she is going to KILL it, how about you?!

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Famous songwriter helps education startup get off the ground

Mark-Radice-PerformsThree-time Emmy nominee and Sesame Street songwriter Mark Radice performs at the SoKnox Studios Grand Opening on April 8, 2014. Photo courtesy Cathy Vangieri.

Children’s Media Studio has debuted the release of their new Christmas album, Sing And Spell Christmas Sing-Along, presenting nine classic Christmas favorites and two new original songs, with featured arrangements by Mark Radice, the three-time Emmy-nominated composer who has written songs for Sesame Street, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, The Jim Henson Hour and The Muppets at Walt Disney World. Children’s Media Studios released all of the music videos for viewing on their YouTube channel, with complimentary holiday coloring pages also offered on their website.

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Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin fill in for Bono at World AIDs Day concert

Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin perform with U2 band at World AIDs Day concert in Times Square.

Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin perform with U2 band at World AIDs Day concert in Times Square.

Monday night, Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin performed in place of Bono with the U2 band at a surprise concert for World AIDs Day in Times Square. Bono, lead singer of U2, was injured last month in a biking accident that has made him unable to do any performances at the moment. Luckily, U2 was able to appear at the concert with more than suitable men for the job! Watch the video of Springsteen/ Martin/ U2 rock duo rock out!