Month: October 2018

Free Music MP3 Download Unlimited

The world is witnessing an immense growth in mp3 downloads presently. Many experts feel that the reason for this is the increase in number of the music lover. People are gradually shifting away from the CD music because mp3 downloads give a much wider option. Without having to spend money on buying the entire album, music lovers are able to download the songs of their choice for a very nominal fee. More and more web sites are taking advantage of this change to increase their sales and traffic. They are making available individual songs from each album for downloading purposes for a fraction of the amount which one spends to buy the whole CD.

Mp3 downloading saves you a lot of time searching for a particular song which you might want to hear. The absence of CDs helps in removing unwanted clutter from your house. When the songs are downloaded, they are directly saved onto the computer making it easier for the person to search. There are numerous sites which allow digital downloads but at the same time, there are many sites which allow people to download music through peer-to-peer (p2p). This method allows people to download music from someone who might be having the collection that you are searching for. Such web sites are legalized now but they were not so in the recent past. Web sites such as Napster and Wippit are at the top of this list.

Most of the mp3 download sites have all the genres of music catering to a wide taste. Some web sites even have songs of different languages for people from all over the world. It is advisable to go for web sites that charge a fee instead of scouring for the free sites. More often than not, the free web sites offer very low quality music and also provide a gateway for malicious software. There are many websites which charge a one time fee which is very reasonable. After registering on their website, one can download any number of songs as he pleases. At the same time, some of the paid sites which have a legal existence even allow people to directly burn the tracks onto CDs which makes it very convenient for the user.

Some of the more popular web sites for downloading music are Napster, iTunes, Rhapsody and eMusic. Napster was the first to provide free mp3s in a quality manner. But once Metallica went to the officials about this, it was goodbye to the good things. Rhapsody is pretty much similar to Napster with the same amount of downloads available. These are the sites basically which offer legalized mp3 downloads.

Tamworth Country Music Festival

So unfolds another Tamworth Country Music Festival. A ten day period where people manage to keep on smiling, while ignoring the extreme summer heat. It is a marathon to survive so seasoned festival goers plan their days accordingly.

This is the thirty-eighth Tamworth festival and as a Tamworth girl myself, I have experienced more than thirty of them. Some of those years missing were given to living in other countries. But I have managed to travel back for most of the others if living interstate or elsewhere.

Memories of my first festival, then a three day event, are somehow some of the clearest of my childhood. As a young girl wearing a long floral dress, I sat in the front row at the 1973 Golden Guitar awards at the Tamworth Town Hall. I watched the stars collect their awards, while swinging my little legs, too short then to reach the ground. I knew everyone on the stage though and every word to their winning songs.

My father was very involved in the early days of the industry and these ‘stars’ were family friends, dropping in from time to time to play music with the folks. In those days, the life of a country artist was to tour for about nine months a year, towing their caravan around this great land. Then it would be a time to rest, regroup a little and head off for the next year.

Our farm was rarely without a caravan sitting in a paddock. Buddy Williams, Stan Coster, Rick and Thel Carey, Jimmy Little, and numerous others dropped in regularly, some staying on for a few months. One morning, Thel Carey came in from her van, talking about waking at two in the morning with a new song in her head. I stood there, listening to her, and thinking how great it would be to write a song. I was about six years old. Almost three decades passed before I finally wrote my first song.

Things have certainly changed in the thirty-eight years of Tamworth festival. No longer do I recognise every second person walking down the street for example. Mind you, with all of my years of roaming, I do run into someone I know at every venue I go to. This is a great joy of Tamworth for many people, running into old friends, catching up, hearing fabulous music and sharing in the good will of the festival.

There are so many festivals within the festival too. There is the mainstream one where, if you are a follower of commercial radio and country music video clips, your wishes will be satisfied with opportunities to see all of the stars, live in concert at various places. There is also the glamour of the Golden Guitar Awards attached to that scene, with the red carpet and all that stuff.

There are poet’s breakfasts every day in the clubs. These draw a huge crowd. So do gigs for the loyal fans of traditional Australian country music, in the bush ballad scene. Both of these experiences are an integral part of the festival.

Of course there is also the rapidly growing scene of modern music in Tamworth now too, which is horrifying and enraging many country music devotees. In order to attract a younger audience to town, many popular acts from mainstream music are being invited in. The amount of energy being put into this debate is pretty interesting at the moment and there are valid points from both sides.

Personally, even though my own tastes in music are very diverse and not at all limited to country, I do miss the old flavour of the festival, with old timers singing ballads in the main street, the chook man with his menagerie of friends, the one man bands who wandered around delighting everyone and the guarantee of hearing songs you would recognise from years gone by.

As far as the debate goes though, I do find it interesting that Nashville type music has been accepted completely into the Australian Country Music scene, yet so much hoo-ha is going on about other music coming in. While the Nashville sound is not particularly to my own personal taste, I am respectful of it as music and of those who are drawn to it. There is certainly an audience for the Nashville music at Tamworth Festival. Yet this style is also responsible for hugely changing the face of the festival and has been accepted without too much debate. It is not Australian Country Music, though many artists now feel a need to sound this way, perhaps to attract a more international audience. And that is their choice.

Australian Country Music was originally more about ballads, and stories of the land and its people. But all genres are merging more and more each year. And we cannot hold back change. Change is inevitable, a guaranteed part of life.

So it is not surprising that different styles of music have been creeping in over the years. Some of the talent on Peel St is phenomenal, coming from the more indie sounds. These days, there is an audience for all types of music in Tamworth, not just traditional country music. There is definitely an audience here for indie, folk, blues, pop, jazz, rock, anything. That is the beauty of the Tamworth crowd. It may be mostly country music fans, and that is the ideal for a country music festival, but it is not only country fans anymore. These additional people also bring goodwill and money into the town.

I guess it is about finding a balance for the continued success of the festival. I don’t know all of the answers, but I do know that Tamworth is one of the most friendly and joyous festivals. And if it can be managed well, with country music still being the main theme, then the fringe festivals that are growing within the festival can still work. This will satisfy the needs of all who come to town.

The alt. country scene, for example, has been steadily growing for years and is the one I spend the bulk of my time enjoying. It blends country with blues, folk, swing and soul. The talent in this genre is fantastic, with each act developing their own sound, rather than ending up sounding like everyone else. I am always open to seeing any new music at Tamworth, but especially in this category. Check out The Junes, Cyndi Boste, Karl Broadie, or Den Hanrahan if you would like to get a feel for this music. My own music also fits into this category a little, with a folk influence.

And of course in Tamworth, we cannot forget the camping world. Some of the best music I have heard here over the years has been from the campground. As I visit friends who camp in the same spot each year, swimming daily in the gorgeous river, music permeates from all directions. It truly is a wonderful, fun time.

My own main gig this year was beautiful. I am not interested in gigging every day of the festival. I enjoy being a part of it, definitely, but I also like to enjoy some freedom of time during the ten days, to discover unexpected hidden joys. So I did a few enjoyable spots, as part of other gigs, and I loved my main gig greatly. I rarely play at pubs these days, they are just not my thing. The venue I chose was perfect, a small theatre with beautiful acoustics and a welcoming vibe. It was an intimate gig, as intended, and I loved every minute of it and the bond shared with the audience. I am so glad to have chosen to do it this way.

I sit now in a great café that serves organic tea and coffee. It is somehow peaceful in here despite the waves of music floating in from Peel St, where buskers sing day and night. By day, it truly is a cacophony. A different sound emanates from every ten metres or so. Some musicians have power and amps, some brave souls try to be heard acoustically. The tree-lined streets are closed off and pedestrians wander block after block, listening to all that Peel St has to offer. It is a wonderfully crazy thing to experience.

My favourite time to experience Peel St, however, is late afternoon or early evening. The heat of the day has departed, as have many of the poor exhausted buskers. Then there is music only every fifty metres or so. Bands set up and play for hours in the cool of the summer nights. While many people are sitting in the air conditioned clubs at this time, eating their smorgasboard dinner, I prefer to grab some noodles, wander the street until I find the right music and a tree to sit against, and make myself at home. As I did this a couple of nights ago, I was delighted to come across The Slimy Brothers, some friends from a previous festival. They entertained with their great tunes and harmonies, as the summer night unfolded all around me. After that we wandered down the street hearing more sounds, particularly enjoying the Perch Creek Family Jugband. They have been enjoying fast growing popularity in recent years and anyone who has heard them will know why.

So if you have been tempted to get yourself to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, I do hope that you treat yourself to the experience in coming years. Every January this lovely Australian country town more than doubles in size, accommodating the warmth of its visitors. There is music for everyone, even those who don’t like country music. And let’s face it, in the cities and coastal areas there are plenty of people who don’t. But in the inland areas of Australia, there are very few who do not love the sound of country tunes.

Media in the Limelight

A newspaper to begin a day with, even two or more when one chooses to. The importance of media in our lives has tremendously grown as a means of giving news to an essential tool we have come to love over the years. And most people are finally realizing just how much influential newspapers have become. That is not just saying it but a real fact.

There was a time when people were okay without the thought of it. Today that is simply a sound of the past. Much more than electronic media can do the print version of media and entertainment have gained significant importance. Of course, television and radio have faithful audiences and listeners and I’m sure they are well loved. But at the rate newspapers are going, it looks like they are here to stay. From giving us sad and happy news to enlightening our minds with a series of entertainments, here is something that amazingly holds a range of interesting things.

It is no wonder then, that the morning tea is not complete without the newspapers to accompany you. It gives you a great package and has everything that your mind is in search of. Sometimes, it’s more like reading a great book. The only difference is, it’s got more colours, having a little bit of everything put together to fit into everybody’s taste. Politics, national and international happenings, sports, cartoons, crimes of sorts, human interests, life’s valuable lessons, reviews and sorts of entertainment. Yes, you name it! Imagine, it must be some real hard work to bring up something like it everyday.

What more can you ask for? You get to voice your opinions too. And the best part is, it works for the truth-a report of facts, whether it’s music to the ears or some ugly truths. Though it is hard to realise the importance newspapers play in our lives, it goes without saying that we are passing everyday, dwelling in its glory. No matter which corner of the world you are in, you don’t have to worry about losing track of the things happening beyond your reach. There is this faithful media to give you glimpses of everything even when you are not there to witness the show.

The interesting thing is that the media is like a power tool. Everything it does is for the good of the public. It is a voice of the society that rings out their views and opinions. Apart from being a faithful news provider, it goes on to lift up those who seem to have no stand in the society in the public eye. It encourages people to do well by featuring those who have achieved well in life, not be dishonest and unfair means but by hard work, crossing obstacles and struggles. Newspapers carry the voice of the youth and those who have a heart to make our land a better place to live in.

Today, more than ever, we rely on this news-giving instrument that does more than its part. It is widely reaching out to bring more light to our society. How would we know of any wrong or unfair practises that raised an undeserving person to a higher platform if there were no media to tell us so? Lesser care for the dying human beings, those without a home would have remained in the shadow if issues like this one have never been highlighted. Or any good undertaken by the government will also be an untold story in the absence of media.

Most of us would be living in our own closed worlds without an idea of what’s going on beyond our borders. Maybe it’s time we acknowledge how well they have played their game. The nicer thing being, they will continue to shower us with more than we can ask for.

Bridging the gaps of a thousand miles, even expanding the joys of small events taking place in our own towns, the role of the media is beyond description. The hard work they stitch together to produce a daily newspaper will always be our morning anticipation that lights our paths.

How to Create Stability in Our Lives

How do we create the environment of stability? Especially if our lives have been wracked by upheaval and chaos? Everyone has their challenges, the waves of the sea are always churning and some storms are more destructive than others. Some waves are just hitting the shores with negligible damage and are enjoyable to watch and listen to on the beach, while others can be an outright disaster when they build up to the level of a tsunami and obliterate everything you have worked for in the blink of an eye.

Clearly, the objects, people, that are most firmly anchored, have the best chance of surviving and thriving despite the crashing sea.

We have to learn how to drop anchor. We have to create stability by being stable, by repeating certain habits till they become part of our daily routine and anchor us in a meaningful (for us) and positive way.

Most people would agree that smoking is definitely a habit, but not much of a positive one, nor an effective anchor because it continues to damage the ship (your body) while a true anchor protects the ship from being destroyed by the wild nature of the ocean.

And no offense to those who are already ensconced in this habit, because I still have plenty of my own damaging routines which have been built up over the years, but I am adamant to do my best to replace them with good anchors that preserve the ship for the journey.

Find an anchor, find one activity which is healthy for your body, mind and spirit and keep at it. Try to keep at it even when you are faced with challenges, perhaps you will not be as tranquil in your mind, but this activity will help to anchor you and get you through the waves when they rise up to the level of a storm as we know will happen one time or another in life.

Without firm boundaries and anchors, nothing really has any form. Without walls, there can be no home and without walls, there can be no pool, so building boundaries, is a good thing, whether it be for a vineyard or for a house, that is the way to establish your place and your domain in your world.

So, perhaps you already have all of your anchors lined up. And that is great. This idea though has been somewhat new to me, maybe not in terms of understanding it conceptually, but from experiencing it in practice.

Over the last year now, I have been building anchors so to speak, despite my inbred nature of depression, whether it be genetic or learned, it has been my nature for many years but I have been pushing against that wave through volunteering, going to school, studying for a new career and now swimming. Those are all good anchors that have been good for the ship to stay a course of helping others and myself.

I do not think it matters whichever one a person might choose, whatever type of anchor it is, as long as it is one that you enjoy and that you do your best to commit to. Maybe it is music, maybe art, maybe a specific field (there is that field again, remember the vineyard) that you work in, maybe it is volunteering, mentoring, working out, you pick it, but at least get one that can serve as a strong anchor.

We do see this concept in nature, our solar system revolving around the pull of the sun, our own bodies, held close to the earth by gravity, our personal lives, which have probably revolved around the relationships with less than ten people, whether they have been great relationships and whether they have been stormy, the point is to start today to enhance the good anchors in our lives. And if we do not have any, pick at least one to start with and build from there.

I see an incremental improvement in most areas of my life because I have dropped some powerful anchors to protect the ship. There is no perfection, just trying to keep making progress and having these anchors is definitely contributing to staying a productive course.