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Not Your Ordinary Musical Experience: The Fusion of Classical Music and Jazz

>> Apr 30, 2015



You’ve probably heard of the adage, “Oil and water don’t mix.” It’s simply saying that some things are not meant to go together, because of their marked differences. But jazz pianist Richard Kimball proves this idea wrong—in music, at least. Who could’ve imagined that classical music and jazz would form such a great combination?
 
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Kimball’s distinct kind of music
Richard Kimball is one of those few musicians who succeed in making two entirely different music genres blend exquisitely. His innovative style in combining these two genres has resulted in a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

It can be argued, though, that Kimball’s ability to unify varying types of music rooted from the expertise in his preferred genre—jazz. His profound knowledge about it, as well as that of the complex world of composition, enables him to effortlessly collaborate with other musicians. It is not altogether surprising. After all, Kimball earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition at Juilliard School of Music in New York City. In his official website, he recalled an account when he successfully played with fellow artists he met for the first time:

“Let’s suppose Richard – that’s me - the bass player (I got into jazz first as a bass player before I transferred over to jazz on the piano), Al - the singing piano player, Sonny - the singing drummer, are all thrown together by our cheap and tacky quasi-gangster agent on a gig at a country club… Of course Al and Sonny knew each other – minimally, but I’d never met them, and we’d never played together. No sweat. How’d we do? Not bad. How come? The jazz format.”

The jazz format
Tune, key, feel and technical know-how—these aspects are what Kimball refers to as the must-haves so as not to get lost in a band-you-just-met.

“First, you’ve all got to be playing the same tune; Then you’ve got to be playing in the same key. What’s that? Well, it basically means, since you can start any tune on any note, we’d all better start it on the same one; everything else falls into place based on that. Now we’ve got the tune and the key. How about the “feel”? Feel means just about anything… In addition to the melody, what holds us all together most is the underlying sequence of chords, the chord changes, or simply the changes … the harmonic infrastructure… And of course, by then, lucky for us, the band is synchronized…”

Kimball’s strength and skill as a composer-artist is founded on being a truly devoted student of Western classical musical tradition. He can easily integrate its styles, vocabulary and techniques with the language of jazz harmony and improvisation. On top of it all, Kimball’s music is highly personal and evokes a mixture of emotions—an experience that most music lovers yearn for. As what Stacey Laurer Rosen describes in her review: “He is the consummate romantic - the music expressing a kaleidoscope of emotion, tension and release…”

Are you now raring to listen to his music? Click here.

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San Diego is One of America's Great Destinations

>> Apr 28, 2015



If you are having a hard time deciding where you should take your vacation in the United States, you should give some serious consideration to San Diego, California. This is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the entire country. It is loaded with attractions that are suitable for families and couples with no kids. If you want to travel to a sunny and scenic destination, San Diego is as good a place to go as any. While you are searching for hotels in sandiego, make sure you take the time to shop around online. Here are just some of the reasons why San Diego is one of America's great destinations.
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1. Balboa Park 

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Balboa Park is the entertainment equivalent of one-stop shopping. There are a wide variety of things to do here, all within walking distance of one another. It features a few theaters, for people interested in the arts. There are also some museums for people who want to get a little education during their trip. There are numerous paths that are suitable for biking and rollerblading. Large areas of vegetation can be found throughout the park. These areas contain great landscaping and are perfect for photos. Finally, you can visit the San Diego Zoo, one of the most famous zoos in the world.

2. Petco Park


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Home to the San Diego Padres, this is one of the newer stadiums in Major League Baseball. It has the reputation of being one of the best parks to watch a game. If you are in San Diego while the Padres are in town, you would be wise to grab yourself a ticket and take in nine innings. Aside from giving fans a great view of all the action on the field, Petco Park is also known for its great concessions. Many people believe it has some of the most delicious food in the big leagues.

3. Torrey Pines Golf Course

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This is generally considered to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in the United States. It boasts a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean that needs to be seen to be believed. It is also the location of Tiger Woods' legendary playoff win over Rocco Mediate in the 2008 U.S. Open. This tournament is also notable because it was the last PGA major tournament won by Tiger Woods. This course is every golfer's dream come true.

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Want to Motivate Your Teenager? Here’s How!

>> Apr 27, 2015



Being a teenager is really difficult. This is the very specific moment of your child’s growing up when his/her hormones are raging and they find it difficult to adjust to their environment. For each parent it is a true challenge to nurture their parent-child relationship at this stage, so it’s important you have just the right approach to do it.

If you want to avoid striking your teenager as too controlling yet give them the best support you can, here’s a few tips just how you can motivate your teenager.


Give your teenager a compliment
Everyone responds well to compliments, especially when they are well deserved. Encouragement is the best motivation you can give to your teenager, especially if you are dealing with an insecure or afraid child. These emotions are completely normal for that age, so need not worry.

Compliments are a fantastic way to give your teenager a little ego boost and show you care. Let them know their work doesn’t go unnoticed and make them feel special. Even though they may not acknowledge it, but they’ll be eternally grateful for having you as their support and knowing somebody is on their side.

Ask your child what it is that they would like others to see in them or think of them, so you have a better insight into their feelings. Once you learn what they are after, make sure you insert it into a conversation. Regardless of them having previously told you what they wanted to hear, they will like hearing it again for sure, especially since it’s coming from you.

Make deals and stick to them
Unlike adults, children and (most) teenagers aren’t fans of lies and shady deals. So, to motivate your teenager, you need to be straight with them and keep your word. Not always will things work their way, but that’s ok. They need to know life isn’t all about “Yes’s” and they also need to understand they need to stay focused and work hard for what they’ll get.


So, try something like:
·          “I’ll make you a deal. If you feed the cat on workdays, you can get the car on weekends” (if she/he is old enough to drive)
·          “I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take you and your friends to the cinema if you find another parent to pick you up.”
·         “I’ll make you a deal. I’ll let you go on summer holiday without us and with your friends, if you get your grades up, B+ minimum” (name the subjects you want your teen to work on)
·         “I’ll make you a deal. I’ll match whatever you save for that new laptop (shoes, sweater, etc.)"

Collateral has proven to work really well with teens. This doesn’t work only with deals but with borrowing stuff too. For instance, if they want to borrow something of yours, they need to give you collateral you’ll return when they give back what they’d borrowed. Good collateral needs to be an item that has value to your teen.

Make it achievable
Parents tend to think that their children refuse to do things out of spite, rebellion or simple because they can when in fact it’s because they feel the task is too hard.

If you see your teen refusing to do something or putting it off, the best approach is to talk to them in order to see how they are feeling about getting it done.

Do they understand the task? Do they know where to start? Do they feel scared about failing? Are they afraid of failing you?

After understanding the problem, offer your teen all the help they may need.
Teenagers often struggle with long term planning, so breaking the task up into a series of smaller tasks with shorter deadlines is just the thing they’ll need. That way their complete task will be achievable, not abstract.

A praise here and there
Just as with compliments, occasional praises may go a long way with a rebellious teenager. However, you need to be careful here because you don’t want them maturing into a needy, spoilt child. All in moderation!  Acknowledge your teenager’s efforts by buying them a present, something you know they would love or appreciate. Or, for instance, motivate them by promising (and keeping that promise!) to teach them how to drive or send them to a driving school Parramatta. It sure will make a difference!

We hope our advice helped! Just remember – keep it real with your teen and don’t underestimate their age – they are wiser than you may think!

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