What are the Best Vinyl Record Cleaning Options on a Budget?

April 29, 2015 | Posted in VINYL RECORDS | By

You don’t need a high-end cleaning machine If you are a thrift store scrounger like I am, no doubt you realized long ago a good record cleaner and brush is of the utmost importance. Honestly, every record needs to be

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Herculaneum in Italy: A Visitor’s Guide

April 29, 2015 | Posted in ARCHEOLOGY, HISTORIC PLACES | By

A street you can walk along when you visit the ruins of Herculaneum.

Most of us are familiar with the story of Pompeii, the ancient Roman city which was destroyed in the 79 AD volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. However, Pompeii was not the only city lost to Vesuvius in that volcanic blast; the town of Herculaneum was also buried under ash and forgotten until excavations began in the 18th century…

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Dare To Drum: Film Premiere and Review from the Dallas International Film Festival

April 22, 2015 | Posted in DOCUMENTARY, LIVE MUSIC, ORCHESTRAL MUSIC | By

Dare to Drum film poster

When Stewart Copeland first formed the Police, “Stewart decided to form a new band fashioned on the vibe and energy of punk music,” according to a blurb from the bio on his official website. Stewart has approached virtually every project since with that same sensibility…

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John Coltrane’s Alabama Elegy

April 22, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Saxophone sermon from on high John Coltrane (1926-1967) was the greatest saxophonist who ever lived, only Charlie Parker comes close. To say Coltrane is God’s saxophonist would not be hyperbole at all in my mind. Something about his tenor sax

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Everybody’s Favorite Afrobeat Funk and Soul Outfit, The Budos Band

April 20, 2015 | Posted in ROCK | By

A groovin’ band if I ever heard one It is not too often, that I get excited about a new musical artist. Stuck in the past like I am, spinning vinyl and pretty much listening to mainly pre-1990’s music. The

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Fantastic Box Sets for the Miles Davis Jazz Fanatic

April 20, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Genius of Miles Davis Trumpet Case When the pictured Miles Davis Trumpet Case was delivered by UPS, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I had coveted this box for 2 years waiting for the price to drop to

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Beautiful, Historic Amalfi Town

April 17, 2015 | Posted in HISTORIC PLACES | By

The beautiful Duomo di Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast of Italy is blessed with incredible natural beauty and charming, historic towns — perhaps none so historically important as the town of Amalfi itself. While today it is largely a tourist destination filled with cafes, shops and hotels, it was once an important maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi…

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Visiting Pompeii: Practical Information for Visitors

April 17, 2015 | Posted in ARCHEOLOGY, HISTORIC PLACES | By

A street in Pompeii, January 2014.

If you are fascinated by Roman history, this ancient city–destroyed and buried for centuries after the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius–is definitely a must-see destination. Pompeii is just a short trip from Naples, Italy and also easily reachable from Rome or further south along the Amalfi Coast.

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How Not to Be Annoying at Rock Concerts

April 15, 2015 | Posted in LIVE MUSIC, ROCK | By

Have fun at the show - but don't ruin it for others.

No doubt it’s happened to almost all of us at one time or another. You save up and splurge on tickets to a rock concert or show you’ve been looking forward to for ages. The anticipation and excitement leading up to the show is tremendous…

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Combine Travel and Learning with an Art Workshop Vacation

April 14, 2015 | Posted in ART, TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

Artist Frank Covino working with a student during a workshop in his Vermont studio.

Whether you are a novice painter or an aspiring professional artist, an art workshop can be a great way to expand and hone your skills while enjoying a unique vacation. One can travel to a new destination domestically or even internationally while creating great works of art – and enjoying the company of fellow art enthusiasts.

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