So I have finally, finally booked a hotel room for 4 days and 4 nights. It’s not one of three places that I was hoping for but the more I thought about, this one is pretty good. I was hoping that the rates for a couple of other places would go down as it had seemed that some others went down a week before the actual dates of booking but they didn’t.
I had almost settled on a cheaper place, with some good rooms and great ratings online, in Angamaly but finally decided against going there. I guess I will pick them next time. Another place I really wanted was over my budget – well I could have taken it but I wasn’t willing to pay that much. Again, perhaps another time I will pick them as I really do want to stay in that hotel.
So I picked a reliable and decently rated hotel room. I do not get free breakfast as when I checked it would be almost Rs.500 more just for free breakfast! I don’t think my breakfast & coffee per day would be more than that daily. Oh I must say that I did get Rs.1800 off from my bill for paying with my HDFC credit card. That’s good. They do have free Wifi and a bar.
Neil Ellwood Peart, OC, Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush fter a three-year illness, died of glioblastoma on January 7, 2020, at age 67. The illness had been a closely-guarded secret in Peart’s inner circle until his death. His family made the announcement on January 10. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making him the youngest person ever so honoured. His drumming was renowned for its technical proficiency, and his live performances for their exacting nature and stamina. Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined Rush, a Toronto band, in mid-1974.
Early in his career, Peart’s performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, Peart became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating jazz and swing components. In addition to serving as Rush’s primary lyricist, Peart also published several memoirs about his travels. His lyrics for Rush addressed universal themes and diverse subjects including science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy, as well as secular, humanitarian, and libertarian themes. Peart wrote a total of seven nonfiction books focused on his travels and personal stories. In January 2018, bandmate Alex Lifeson confirmed that Rush was retiring due to Peart’s health issues.
During his last years, Peart lived in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall, and daughter Olivia. On August 10, 1997, soon after the conclusion of Rush’s Test for Echo Tour, Peart’s first daughter (and, at the time, his only child) Selena Taylor, 19, was killed in a single-car accident on Highway 401 near the town of Brighton, Ontario. His common-law wife of 23 years, Jacqueline Taylor, succumbed to cancer only 10 months later on June 20, 1998. Peart attributes her death to the result of a “broken heart” and called it “a slow suicide by apathy. In his book Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, Peart writes that he told his bandmates at Selena’s funeral, “consider me retired”. Peart took a long sabbatical to mourn and reflect, and travelled extensively throughout North and Central America on his motorcycle, covering 88,000 km (55,000 mi). After his journey, Peart decided to return to the band. Peart wrote the book as a chronicle of his geographical and emotional journey.
Peart was introduced to photographer Carrie Nuttall in Los Angeles by long-time Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan. They married on September 9, 2000. In early 2001, Peart announced to his bandmates that he was ready to return to recording and performing. After the release of Vapor Trails and his reunion with bandmates, Peart returned to work as a full-time musician. In the June 2009 edition of Peart’s website’s News, Weather, and Sports, titled “Under the Marine Layer”, he announced that he and Nuttall were expecting their first child. Olivia Louise Peart was born later that year.
Every year on January 1st, I post about the first 11 songs that I listen to on my Mp3 player on my system. I pick them at random or like today when I specifically selected a couple of songs because I was thinking about them. This year, like last, I listened to them on Youtube instead of from my mp3 collection.
Marie Fredriksson, Swedish pop singer, songwriter, pianist and painter, known for forming pop rock duo Roxette in 1986 alongside Per Gessle died yesterday after a 17 year old battle with cancer at the age of 61 from complications during treatment of an aggressive brain tumor. The duo achieved international success in the late-1980s and early-1990s with their albums Look Sharp! (1988 ) and Joyride (1991), and had six top two hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “The Look”, “Listen to Your Heart”, “Dangerous”, “It Must Have Been Love”, “Joyride” and “Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)”.
She was the youngest of five children born of Charles Gösta Fredriksson (1914–1981) and Inez Dagmar Fredriksson. Her interest in music continued to grow throughout her teens, as she discovered artists such as The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple. She enrolled in a music school in the Svalöv Municipality at the age of seventeen. Fredriksson had a successful career in her native country prior to forming Roxette. She was a member of punk group Strul, a band which created their own music festival in 1979. Strul’s dissolution led to the creation of her next project, the short-lived MaMas Barn, after which she began releasing solo work. Her first album, Het vind, was issued in 1984, followed by Den sjunde vågen in 1986 and … Efter stormen in 1987. Roxette’s international breakthrough coincided with a period of inactivity for Fredriksson as a solo artist, punctuated only by the release of the non-album single “Sparvöga” in 1989. Subsequent solo albums included Den ständiga resan (1992) and I en tid som vår (1996).
Fredriksson met her husband, keyboardist Mikael “Micke” Bolyos, during the Australian leg of “Join the Joyride!” in December 1991. The couple married in a private ceremony in May 1994, which was attended only by immediate family members. Fredriksson and Bolyos had two children: a daughter named Inez Josefin and a son named Oscar.
Yesterday is a 2019 romantic comedy film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, based on a story by Jack Barth and Curtis. It stars Himesh Patel as struggling musician Jack Malik, who, after an accident, finds himself the only person who remembers the Beatles and becomes famous after taking credit for their songs. The film also stars Lily James as the protagonist’s childhood friend and love interest, Kate McKinnon as his manager, and Ed Sheeran as a fictionalised version of himself.
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter from Lowestoft. His manager and childhood friend Ellie Appleton encourages him not to give up on his dreams. After a very disappointing turnout for his performance at a music festival (where its only his 3-4 friends and some kids not paying attention) he decides to give up as it has been 10 years. After Jack is hit by a bus during a global blackout, he sings “Yesterday” for his friends, and discovers they have never heard of the Beatles. After realising the world no longer remembers the band, Jack begins performing their songs, passing them off as his own.
Jack realizes that several other pieces of pop culture have vanished along with the Beatles: Coca-Cola, the Harry Potter series, the band Oasis, and cigarettes. He starts playing them at small bars and gets a record deal with a small time producer in town. After a lot of positive responses & a performance on a local live tv show, Ed Sheeran comes to visit him. play as his opening act in Moscow. Ellie declines to join him, saying she must work at her day job as a schoolteacher, so Jack’s roadie friend Rocky travels with him instead. After the gig, Sheeran challenges Jack to a songwriting duel; he loses to Jack’s “The Long and Winding Road”. In Los Angeles, Sheeran’s ruthless agent Debra Hammer signs him to her label and engineers his rise to global fame. At Jack’s going-away party, Ellie confesses that she has always been in love with him. Jack goes back to Los Angeles and starts recording the album at EastWest Studios, but fails to come up with lyrics for the songs.
Hoping to trigger memories through association, Jack goes to the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool, visiting landmarks such as Strawberry Field, Penny Lane, and “Eleanor Rigby’s grave”. Ellie joins him in Liverpool, and they spend a drunken evening together and kiss, but Ellie tells him she is not interested in a one-night stand. The next morning, Jack and Rocky pursue Ellie to the train station, where she congratulates Jack but tells him she cannot be a part of his celebrity life. Jack returns to Los Angeles, heartbroken. The large team behind Jack’s debut release rejects his ideas for an album title, taken from Beatles records, and name the album One unsecured payday loan
Man Only, pushing his talent.
Jack persuades them to launch the album with a rooftop concert in Gorleston-on-Sea. Backstage, two fans approach him and tell him they know he plagiarised the songs, but thank him, fearing the music was gone forever. They give him the address of John Lennon, who has survived into old age, out of the public spotlight. Jack asks Lennon if he has led a successful life; Lennon replies that he has lived happily with his wife. He advises Jack to pursue the one he loves and to always tell the truth. Sheeran arranges for Jack to perform at Wembley Stadium. Jack confesses to the crowd that he plagiarised the music and that he loves Ellie, and has Rocky upload the songs free to the internet, sabotaging the record release. Jack and Ellie marry and have a family together, and Jack becomes a music teacher.
Funny, sweet and who doesn’t love the Beatles! Patel does a great job singing the songs and he also plays guitar and piano. The lead actress Lily James also comes off as being very sweet and likeable. I dug the movie though I fell asleep as I started watching it late last night and only finished the second half of it this afternoon. I give it an 8 outta 10!
The times, they are a-changin’, especially when it comes to being a musician. In fact, no longer is it about gigging until you get discovered, and then hoping with all your might that you will be signed by a big label. Instead, musicians are now ‘doing it for themselves’ in that they are writing, producing, and marketing their own work online. A topic you can find out all about in the post below.
Do use download and streaming sites.
The first thing you need to get familiar with is using musical download and streaming sites like Spotify, Itunes, and SoundCloud. In fact, instead of fans buying CDs, they are much more likely to stream or download your tracks instead.
Although this method of music consumption has some benefits and some installment loans poor credit
disadvantages for self-promoting musicians. The first being that there are a lot fewer costs involved than creating a CD or pressing vinyl album.
However, the profit per unit is also pretty small as well, something that means many musicians really on repeat plays, and volume of downloads to make a decent living. This being something that can be more tricky to achieve than you would first think.
Don’t forget to ensure your digital tracks are excellent quality.
Happily, there are some things you can do to boost the likelihood of your tracks being streamed and downloaded. The first of these is to ensure that your tracks are of excellent quality. Both relating to the musically and songwriting as well as the production and mixing as well.
Of course, that means most musicians looking to sell their work online will need to their tracks mastered by a professional. Although you will be pleased to note that you can get a free mastering sample from the best professionals online. Even before you have your entire album or even whole track done. Something that can help you to be sure that you are selecting the right person to get you the best result.
Do create a social media presence.
Next, it is essential to remember that successfully selling your music online isn’t only about the quality of your tracks. In fact, a great deal of importance is also placed on marketing and social media presence as well. After all, you won’t have a record company and their significant might behind you for advertising.
To that end, selecting the right social media platforms to promote your music, as well as creating new and engaging content regularly is very important.
Finally, most musicians selling their work online can only dream of the day when their work gets picked up to be used in TV, film, or other media. However, if you do find yourself in this advantageous position, be careful not to undersell your work.
In fact, the royalties from such use could make up a large part of your total income for years to come. Therefore, it is crucial that you effectively negotiate a reasonable price. Something that means you don’t just bite off the hand of anyone wanting to buy, at their first offer.