Following jam bands is a blast because of the music, places you notice and cool people you meet. Jam band journals are good ways to keep track of your shows.

Jam Band Journals

Undoubtedly, the Grateful Dead was the greatest jam band in history, but others such as String Cheese Incident have carried on the tradition. Whatever your most adored band is, think back to the last show you saw. What sticks out in your mind? Now think about the first time you ever saw the band. Do you remember the set, people you met and so on? Probably not. The experiences you’ve forgotten are lost to time. If you had kept a jam band journal, this would not be the case.

There are famous instances of people keeping journals throughout time. Of course, Anne Frank’s Diary is the ideal example. In her diary, Anne kept a running commentary of the two years her family spent hiding from the Nazis. While your show experiences better be more lighthearted, keeping a journal will let you remember them as the years pass.

A good jam band journal combines a number of characteristics. Firstly, it should be compact so you don’t have to take up unnecessary space for other things. Secondly, it should have a case to protect it from the elements. Third, the journal should contain blank areas to write email address, phone numbers and set lists. Fourth, the journal should contain cue spaces to remind you to keep notes on specific things. Cues should include:

1. Set list,

2. Location and directions,

3. Accommodations and camping information, if any,

4. People you met, email addresses and phone numbers,

5. Grub and grog,

6. High points of the show, and

7. Any unique things that occurred.

As the shows add up, you’ll be able to look back through your journal to past shows, find information to locate people and generally laugh yourself silly about things that happened. Don’t lose your experiences to time.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Gilroy Garlic festival. This was the 28th annual festival and ran the weekend of July

28. The location of the festival is Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy. I have heard about this festival for many years and decided to accept the invitation from a friend to attend. I was one of approximately 123,000 people who attended the festival, sampling creations such as Garlic Ice Cream (which I will admit I did not have the courage to even sample. I did try the garlic french fries and became an instant convert to this delicacy) There is literally hundreds of Garlic dishes and relishes to sample or purchase at this festival.

This festival has its own Queen of Garlic who is chosen by a panel of six judges based on her personal interview, talent, speech about garlic and evening gown. Her court is also chosen, for the purpose of representing Gilroy at various festivities. Other activities include the Great Garlic Cook-off, cooking demonstrations by noted celebrities from the culinary world, art and crafts displays with opportunities to purchase numerous hand crafted items by local crafter and artists. A special children’s areas is set up for the enjoyment of all little attendees.

This festival was founded in 1979 by Dr. Rudy Melone as a fundraiser and has been a very successful fundraiser for local charities, raising a total of nearly seven million dollars for assorted causes. Individual groups and charities also run booths at the festival, raising additional funds for their causes. The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association is a non-profit organization intended to support non-profit groups and projects in Gilroy.

Gilroy is located on the central coast of California in Santa Clara County, just few miles from San Francisco. Clara County is known for its high tech employment opportunities and is often call Silicon Valley.

Selling on the web has become one of the new frontiers of commerce. We find it hard to think of anything not being sold and bought every minute over the internet; just have a look on ebay.

Hip-Hop producers were quick to understand the powerful worldwide reach of the net and started selling instrumentals to artists through this channel.

A couple of websites therefore gathered enormous music inventories from professional record label producers, and started selling complete instrumental tracks just like Amazon sell CDs. Pay x amount online, and we’ll ship you a CD with the tracks you purchased. A new market full of opportunities was born.

About a year and a half ago we also understood the potential this new market had. Having promoted our own music on websites such as mp3. com and vitaminic. com, we realised that creating our own service would give us much greater flexibility and reach. We also had around 250-300 instrumentals sitting on our hard drives waiting for rappers and vocalists to rhyme/sing over them. There was no way we could’ve used all of these instrumentals ourselves, therefore why not offer artists worldwide the chance to easily obtain top quality instrumentals for their musical projects?

Hence the birth of La Cantina Productions. Our aim is to give artists who may not be able to afford to buy expensive instrumentals/beats a fair chance to get their music out there. Our typical artists are talented emcees or vocalists, desperately in need of beats, but with little cash.

So how does it all work? Artists just need to visit the website, listen to preview samples of the instrumentals and then purchase the ones they like directly online. We were one of the first websites to offer the possibility to download instrumentals immediately after payment; no more waiting for CDs to arrive through the post, high quality mp3’s can be downloaded immediately.

And it doesn’t end here. Artists record their vocals over our instrumentals and we then take care of promoting their complete tracks in the right places. After years of promoting our own music on the web, we know exactly where the online promotional efforts should be concentrated. Promoting music online requires hard work, but when you know where to go, the job is a thousand times easier.

So in other words, we produce hip hop instrumentals and promote the artists who use them. We take great pride in what we do and hope to see some of our most talented artists make it big over our tracks. We’re not in this for financial gain, but simply for musical enjoyment.

We’re growing fast and are now one of the top online production websites in a market unfortunately already cluttered with “me too” faceless unprofessional services. We’re not trying to be a business, but simply a group of friends hoping to take hip hop to the next level through the reach of the world wide web.

Jerry Spina and Stone Tone
Founders of La Cantina Productions

Find us at :

La Cantina Productions

Or, email us for further info at info@lacantinaproductions. com

[‘Hip Hop Beats Online,’ article appeared on Fat Controller Issue #2 (the UK National Student Magazine) www. fat-controller. com]

Whether you are using a book, video, a real live human, or online lessons, keep these pointers in mind in order to get the most out our your studies.

1. Complete and master each section before moving on to the next: As you work through your studies make sure you have each new technique or idea conquered before moving on to the next. Lessons are planned to build upon each other and trying to rush through without fully understanding one will just lead to frustration and wasted efforts.

2. Study as if you were in school. Do any homework every night. If all you have is 15 minutes then use those 15 minutes. If you don’t have time to read/watch and apply then do the application of your last lesson or drills such as scales and chords. Reading/watching and not having the opportunity to apply immediately will usually mean you have to relearn your lesson. Take notes. Especially if you’re watching a video or working with a human. Also don’t be afraid to write all over your workbooks and sheet music.

3. Apply what you’ve learned: Play for others. Your church, your family, that spare piano sitting in your favorite department store (ask first). Nothing drives a music lesson home better than a recital. It will also magnify what you need to work on.

These tips work whether your a child or an adult. Learning to play an instrument is a wonderful activity.

The largest wine producing area of the world might be found at the border of the Mediterranean Sea, in between Spain and the Rhone delta. Out of a population of 2. 4 million, there are fifty thousand involved in growing vines. The area they consume spans twenty seven thousand and four hundred square kilometers (10500 miles). There are 400 cooperatives and about 2800 private wineries in the land with Banyuls to the southwest and Muscat to the east. Out of that comes two billion bottles of wine.

The area has hot summers and mild winters. The soil ranges from sandstone and limestone to granite pebbles. Cargnan, Merlot and Grenache other red wines are produced here and among the white wines there is Roussane, Chardonnay and Viognier.

It was the Greeks whoever started the cultivation of vineyards in this area as early as the 6th century BC when the Romans arrived in the region this cultivation was developed and it went on with the Visigoths in the 5th century. The monasteries in the 9th century developed the hillside regions for the vineyards and used the valleys for grains and in the 19th century the plains became vineyards as well. Currently it is the plains of Herault, Gard and Aude that make up a half of France’s overall grape yield.

For some years the quality of wines began to lag but in the past few decades with the emergence of Syrah there is been a return to quality. Syrah is opaque, purple in color, and has the scent of sweet black berry spiced with cassis and black pepper

The Vin de Pay D’Oc has been improving the region’s reputation in the past ten years with the Corbieres and the earthy Minervois.

Most winegrowing areas are dominated by a particular Chateau. In this area this isn’t so, most wines are produces by cooperatives whoever purchase grapes grown on local farms. The grapes are put through a process that includes adding grape spirit. This stops the fermentation, saves the sweetness and raises the alcohol level to fifteen or sixteen percent. Wines such as Vin Doux Naturel made from Grenache or Muscat and Muscat de Frontignan or Banyuls are made from this process. They are wonderful dessert wines and are similar to port when it comes to aging potential.

White wine grown here are also of high quality. The Chardonnay and Marsanne are grown in Argelier, an area west of Bezier. The dry, fresh taste and an aroma of apple and oak comes from the chalky soil and the early harvesting process which allows for only a few hours of skin contact before pressing.

There are other red wines of interest such as the full bodied, spicy Corbieres that are made from Carignan and Grenache grapes grown in marl, sandstone and limestone. There are more than seventy million bottles produced that can go through three to seven years of aging.

In the sunniest region of France the Pyrenees in Roussillon produces another variety of reds. The area is closer to Spain and the Carignan is the main grape variety grown in the region. The wine produced is of medium body, spicy and has hints of licorice.

If you had your choice, would you spend a day soaring, speeding, spinning and splashing, or would you rather find yourself on the set of a large screen film? The good news is, you don’t have to decide. You can have it all with a Universal Studios Tour.

Universal Studios began offering tours in 1964. Now, more than four decades later, Universal Studios still makes movies and still offers tours, but now they’re putting you right in the center of it all.

Now considered one of the worlds’ largest amusement parks, Universal Studios has combined movie-making magic with a theme park loaded with thrilling rides, to become one of the most desirable tourist attractions.

Your Universal Studios tour will take about one hour. Join a guide for a tram ride around the studio’s 420 acres, where you’ll notice stars’ dressing rooms, production offices and even Hollywood stars. Where else can you notice a New York City street and a rootin’ tootin’ western town, all in the same hour? The Universal Studios tour will include stops at famous sets from “Back to the Future”, “Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb”, “Jurassic Park III”, and “The Grinch”. Forget any other boring tours you may have taken with monotonous tour guides. You’ll notice action, drama, wonders of nature and absolute disasters!

Once you’ve completed your Universal Studios tour, it’s time to move on to the theme park. All of the rides have movie-oriented themes, like Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Revenge of the Mummy, Terminator 2 and Shrek. Of course, Universal Studios is all about entertainment. You’ll notice Waterworld, a theater presentation that features many special effects and stunts. Backdraft, Spider Man Rocks and Animal Planet Live are other shows with terrific stage effects.

Need more excitement? Visit the Universal Studios TV Audience Ticket Booth. Here you’ll have access to free tickets that’ll allow you to be part of the audience for television shows being taped during your visit. It’s similar to being on TV! There is so much to notice and do at Universal Studios, you’d need several day to pack in all of the fun.

Just outside of Universal Studios, you’ll find the Universal City Walk. This is Universal Studios very own downtown core. Three blocks of stores, restaurants and clubs are available for you to explore and enjoy. No automobiles or motorized traffic are allowed in this area, as there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of pedestrians taking in all of the sights and sounds.

A Universal Studio tour just might be the great vacation to please everyone in your family. Plan a tour on its own, or add it to your Disneyland vacation plans. It is a day (or two) that you’ll never forget.

MP3 audio is the latest preference of music lovers because of the fact that large volume of data could be compressed in the form of mp3 files. In this process, however, the quality of music and sound is least affected. Now onwards, you can easily download free mp3 music song from the net to your computer or an iPod, mp3 player and listen it anywhere at your home, journey or elsewhere. This is because most of the songs are now available in mp3 formats.

Mp3 has become the most popular form of music download because it always costs less to get a collection of mp3 songs combined in a single CD rather than purchasing the original CD that has just one or two songs liked by the mass. Many sites offer free services or ask for minimal charges to download mp3 format audio songs. You need to check whether these sites and programs are legal or not because any sites offend the copyright laws of the sound album company, artist or label.

With this new Mp3 culture, a rise in the use of mp3 players also took place. These players are portable and could be easily handled while one is at home or is traveling and of the most supports mp3 song files to be played. There are many types of mp3 players along with the common iPod. These iPod’s have become the fashion trend as these are small and still hold large number of songs. There are many features using which you can easily customize your mp3 player or iPod’s settings as per your convenience.

As each thing has its own advantages and disadvantages, same is the case with mp3 download songs. It is true that Mp3 has revolutionized the entire music business but at the same time there has grown the threats of illegal music piracy whereby mp3 file formats are easily distributed over the net thereby causing cost reduction in the revenue of the original music album. Free MP3 download songs are now easily into copyright infringement laws.

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I’m sure that it’s not news to you that MP3 players can be used to play many different forms of music. Your MP3 players can be used as an educational tool as well, a virtual mobile university if you will.

When I bought my first MP3 player I did what people typically do with MP3 players. You take music from your computer and you load it into your MP3 player. I had a great time with it listening to my favorite tunes. What I did not know at the time was that I had a ton of knowledge at my fingertips that I was not even using. I decided to download any motivational MP3s to my MP3 player.

I then decided that I’d love to listen to any motivational MP3s while I was in my car. At that time, my car just had a radio and cassette player, but soon I was able to find an adapter that can go right into the cassette slot and the other end plugged directly into the headphone jack of my MP3 player. Before you know it I was listening to tons of motivational and self-improvement MP3s and really, really enjoying it.

I know a lot of people listen to music while they are in the car and as alternative the radio I could always bring any of my favorite music cassettes. But even my favorite music did not put me in the right mood and frame of mind for the workday. My MP3 player soon solved that problem.

I was able to listen to the unique perspectives on life from a number of different speakers. While I was on my way to work in the mornings I found this particularly refreshing and it set a positive tone for the remainder of my day. I did this each and every morning. Okay. Basically I was addicted at this point. Now there is absolutely no turning back.

I’m certain that you really enjoy listening to music on your MP3 player, but you might just need to give listening to any self-improvement, educational or motivational content a try. You might find it will fill your day with a new and positive outlook.

Styles and choices in wedding bands have changed drastically over the past few years. Because everyone seems to be looking for something that is unique and different, jewelers are offering more choices than ever before. This leads to a small dilemma, however. With so many different styles now being offered, how do you know whether the band you choose is truly unique? People don’t want something that is just a non-traditional style anymore. People want something that no one else has anywhere. This can be a tall order to fill. Still, even if you cannot manage something completely unique, at least you can find a wedding band that is different enough it will get attention and possibly turn a few heads.

Custom Ordering

This is perhaps the best way to find a truly unique wedding band. It is also one of the most expensive. Although the Internet makes custom ordering much more accessible than it ever was before, you can still expect to pay more for your custom ordered band than you would for any other type of wedding ring. If you are completely set on having a truly unique wedding band, however, this is the way to go.

Tension Set bands:

A very interesting style of wedding band that has started becoming popular is the tension set wedding band. These rings are not a traditional solid circle but instead have a split in the design. In this split a stone is set so that it is held in place by the tension of the opposing ends of the ring. There are positive and negative aspects to choosing a ring with a tension setting, but it is a design that gets noticed. Tension set wedding bands can be custom ordered as well, so the opportunity is still there for something truly unique.

Celtic Wedding Bands:

Wedding bands with attractive Celtic design patterns have been rising in popularity, but are still far from the norm. With so many different Celtic braid and weave designs available, it is easy to have a ring that at least appears to be unique. There are a lot of companies that can do Celtic designs according to custom specifications as well and, because these companies specialize in this type of work, a custom ordered Celtic wedding band is often less costly than other types of custom bands. When looking for a unique wedding band, a Celtic design may be the way to go.

It is often said that there is nothing new under the sun. This old adage may be true, but there are at least options in every situation. The search for a unique wedding band need not be fruitless. Even if you cannot find or afford a true one-of-a-kind ring, the options and differences in kinds available will at least help you find something that is unique to you. And is not that really all you could ask for? If your wedding band is consistently admired and you hear the question “Where’d you get that” quite often, you can feel satisfied that you’ve found a unique wedding band.

Bandanas are not just used as handkerchief’s anymore. They’re the perfect vehicle for promotional and advertisement purposes. A custom printed bandana can promote your business, event, club, organization or product! A custom printed bandana can display your logo, slogan and even your product picture. They are the perfect size to use as handouts and, because there is minimal cost for each one, you can afford to hand them out to hundreds of people.

One excellent place to get custom printed bandanas is www. screengemsonline. com . There you can provide your own logo or have them design one for you. They’ve been in business for nearly twenty years screen printing t-shirts and bandanas. With orders from 50 to 10,000 pieces you will receive the best price possible.

Bandanas are a cool accessory for a wide range of styles and age groups. A video game promotions company may use them to promote a new game that is coming out and every kid who is a fan of that game will wear the bandana which will further benefit the company as a form of free advertising. A school who would simply like to promote school spirit would order their custom bandana with school colors and school logo printed on it. This affordable accessory is sure to fit their budget. A motorcycle / biker club would order fifty of them just for members so that they can have their organization logo on it as they wear it proudly on their jackets or on their heads. A band manager would order hundreds of them to sell at a concert that they are having. . . at ten times to cost to make them. or, you may be someone who is, simply, having a large family party and you’d like to give out an item to everyone.

Bandanas just may be the most versatile handout, gift item or retail item out there. Its a growing trend that you may need to think about the next time you need to get your message out to hundreds of people at minimal cost.