Tuesday, April 27, 2010


The following is guest post from our friend, Jeremy Wilson

While browsing on my Clear Internet connection, I discovered an exciting new website. Purevolume.com is a site that allows bands to upload songs, pictures, and biographies for display on their own unique page. Thousands of independent bands promote their music on this service. As a result, you can hear an enormous amount of free songs.

As a fan of rock music, I found plenty of songs to enjoy. Each artist page includes a player that streams audio files. Most bands uploaded several songs. As a result, I was able to listen to free music for hours. Each musician displays links to other sites where you can buy merchandise or watch videos. For fans of music, this site has a huge supply of content to experience.
For musicians, Purevolume.com is a wonderful resource. Bands can upload songs for the site's user base to share. Fans can show their support for favored artists by posting comments. If fans respond positively to a new upload, users might choose to share an artist's page on their social networks. Musicians will love this site.

Additionally, Purevolume.com suggests new artists on the front page. For those of us that love discovering new music while browsing the Internet, this is a welcome concept. I have discovered great new bands by clicking links suggested on the front page.

Some of my favorite songs have been provided for free by independent bands. In the past, I had to risk my own money just to try out new artists. Luckily, sites like Purevolume.com let me sample bands before spending cash.

If you are looking for a site to visit while browsing on the Internet, consider Purevolume.com. Thousands of great bands upload free songs on the site. Bands list tour dates and upload pictures. Along with wireless I also enjoy myDirect TV/Movies that I get because I purchased an Internet and television bundle, which has worked out well. If you are looking for a new music site with a lot of great independent bands, Purevolume.com delivers. Check out this site to find free songs from a variety of new bands.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Satellite Internet: A Way to Keep the Peace

A friend asked me about a song on the radio that I was unfamiliar with.

"You can't tell me you haven't heard this before?"

"What year was it out?"

"Maybe about seven years ago."

"Seven years ago, I lived in the sticks. Couldn't even get a radio station in except if I was content to listen to static 'in between stations' for a snippet or two of a song."

It's true, I lived in such a rural area for a brief stint that there was just no good radio reception unless you drove down the block and sat in your car. Internet service? Forget it. Cable internet did not come to our area. I was quoted $5,000 to start because they had to dig the cable line. Forget that. Say hello to dial-up. After another year, DSL was available.

I finally discovered wild blue satellite. If satellite was good enough for the television, then it was good enough for my computer. Even when the phone lines were down and the cell tower was on the fritz or I turned my head so was thus out of the coverage area, my computer was still chugging along, which was a relief. Family would be frantic, thinking I was eaten by a bear or sat on by a cow if I didn't answer their calls. At least then they knew if I returned an email, the phone lines were just merely down.

Live in the sticks? Satellite internet may be your best defense from a drop-in visit of well meaning relatives ready to check your pulse.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Online Sheet Music for the Aspiring Musician

My cousin went on a tri-county hunt to find sheet music for her aspiring pianist son. Shops that carry sheet music books are a dying breed. Books are sometimes easy to find but individual popular songs are scant. I tried to find some online sheet music for her, but I came up pretty empty to. There is some to be had, but the disadvantage is that there are few songs that can be downloaded for free and you can't really look at the hard copies of online sheet music to quickly determine if the difficulty level is correct, the arrangement is pleasing to you and above all, that the song is the one you think it is. With contemporary songs, sometimes more than one song bears the same name or names are so similar and its easy to choose the wrong one.

I was very pleased to have found Virtualsheetmusic.com, which is an online sheet music store. You can browse by composer or instrument, or choose something for an ensemble. Some Christmas music and other lesson standards are available for free download as well as sheet music for purchase and download. There are also audio files so you can hear a sample of the arrangement as well.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Wedding Photojournalism

hendrickskim1.jpgI have seen my share of wedding photography. In fact, I have reviewed the portfolios of many bay area wedding photographers in light of my friend's upcoming nuptials. I don't live in the area, but they want my opinion based on my personal photography experience. There was one among the bunch that particularly caught my eye. Hendricks Kim Photography is doing something very different and unique that really breaks from the ordinary "line up" photos that you might expect. The best way I can describe the style of the bay area wedding photographer is artistic photo journalism.

I have seen so many boring wedding photos that include the standard "line ups" and scenes. It is okay to have the obligatory photos posed with the parents, etc., but when the wedding is completely posed and filled with the standard, cookie cutter moments, you tend to forget whose wedding you are at in the photos. Of course, you know whose wedding it is, but there is no distinctiveness in the photo style.

The photographers at Hendricks Kim are based in Seattle, but their business is classified as providing bay area wedding photography as well, as they travel. Frequently, they shoot weddings in the San Francisco Bay area. The photographers at Hendricks Kim are based in Seattle, but their business is classified as providing bay area wedding photography as well, as they travel. Frequently, they shoot weddings in the San Francisco Bay area.