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Recommendations: Spotify
I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties. The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available, however, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, because it's more stable. Mobile software has limited access; you can only play music in random mode (in other words there are no on-demand features). Limited radio skips per day. Limited playlists. Spotify does have an online community forum, but it appears to be more for reporting bugs than sharing music. The service itself allows you to follow Facebook friends, etc, but, that's about it. Spotify is not robust. It's an application that just exist, and don't expect too many software improvements in the future; unless of course they get more paid subscribers; but, I don't see that happening much either.

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  • Michael Kiwanuka’s Sublime Folk Soul - July 18, 2016
    When Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings unveiled 100 Days, 100 Nights in 2007, the album’s success, critically and commercially, ignited an explosion in retro... The post Michael Kiwanuka’s Sublime Folk Soul appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • The Best New Releases: July 15 - July 15, 2016
    PJ, Rare Much like contemporaries such as Kehlani and Jhene Aiko, Paris Jones writes about her life in realistic and plainspoken terms. As she... The post The Best New Releases: July 15 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • We Are Napster - July 14, 2016
    UPDATED: Rhapsody is now Napster. We’re the same great service you love – all of your playlists, favorites, albums and artists have not changed.... The post We Are Napster appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • The Best New Releases: July 8 - July 9, 2016
    Switchfoot, Where the Light Shines Through On their first full-length for Vanguard, San Diego’s Switchfoot dive deeper into the sun-kissed melodies and dreamy beach... The post The Best New Releases: July 8 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Dengue Dengue Dengue Invite You Into Their Alternative Universe - June 27, 2016
    Behind the Technicolor masks worn by Peruvian tropical bass duo Dengue Dengue Dengue are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Periera. The tropical sonic warriors bridge... The post Dengue Dengue Dengue Invite You Into Their Alternative Universe appeared first on Napster Music News.
Recommendations: Crackle
Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE!

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering; and or you may have to direct connect to your network. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE! It's legal! and the ads pays the actors!

Stereo Gum: Music News
  1. Watch Katy Perry & Carole King Sing At The DNC - July 29, 2016
    Last night, in a historic moment, Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever to accept a major party’s nomination for President of the United States. The Democratic National Convention had already featured live music from people like Paul Simon and Boyz II Men, and during last night’s festivities, it got some more. Katy Perry, a […]
  2. Watch The National Debut “Prom Song 13th Century” With St. Vincent In LA - July 29, 2016
    It’s now been more than three years since the National released Trouble Will Find Me, their last album. Members of the band have kept themselves plenty busy with various other projects, but it seems more and more like the band is warming up to drop something new on us. In their live shows, they’ve been […]
  3. Watch Lady Gaga Cover Neil Young & The Beatles At DNC Event - July 29, 2016
    Tonight is the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and a few hours ago, just across the river in Camden, NJ, vocal Hillary Clinton supporter Lady Gaga performed a concert for DNC delegates and guests at the BB&T Pavilion. Her set included covers of “This Land Is Your Land,” Neil Young’s “Old […]
  4. Stephen Colbert & John Oliver Spoof That Celebrity “Fight Song” Video For Hillary Clinton - July 29, 2016
    This week’s Democratic National Convention saw the debut of a music video featuring Rachel Platten and dozens of other celebrities singing “Fight Song” in support of Hillary Clinton. The “weirdly earnest a cappella song for Clinton,” as Last Week Tonight host John Oliver describes it, was ripe for parody, and now that comic potential has […]
  5. M.I.A. Accuses MTV VMAs Of Racism And Classism For Not Nominating Her - July 29, 2016
    The MTV Video Music Awards have been the source of a weirdly huge amount of controversy. All of the Kanye West/Taylor Swift drama that’s been in the news recently began at the 2009 VMAs, and last year, Nicki Minaj got into a spat with Swift after calling out MTV for snubbing her “Feeling Myself” video. […]
Recommendations: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku. A lot of the movies are not as good as what Crackle has, However, I think you'll definitely be able to find some movies you'd like to watch. Currently, they have movies like, "Elite Squad: the Enemy Within (2010)," "Hoodium (1997)," and "Sins Expiation (2012) (with Danny Glover)." The nice thing about Ovguide, is that a lot of their movies appear to be curated. Now, normally I don't like curated content, only because websites that are curated tend to be a bit chaotic, in terms of navigating their site. However, when it comes to their Roku setup, it's integrated quite nicely. A couple of those curated film comes from Hulu.

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Recommendations: Popcorn
Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to site, but they do have a good mixture of both low budget and classic block buster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The  Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." All FREE to watch, and their service is also available on Roku.

Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to website, however, they do have an even mixture of both low budget and classic blockbuster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." Actors ranging from Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Hart, and Sylvester Stallone. All absolutely FREE to watch! The more people that watch movies using services like Popcorn Flix, the better movie selections will get. Their free service is also available on Roku.

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Recommendations: Tubi TV
It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)." My only gripe with Tubi TV, is that it's easier to search for movies on their website, and unfortunately, I haven't found a way to save movies on my online account, to then retrieve using Roku. But, it makes no sense to complain about something that is offered Free and legal right? -VintageNewscast.com

Digital Music News Blog
  • Microsoft Groove Is Paying Artists $4.67 *Per Stream* Right Now… - July 29, 2016
    You might want to start working on your Microsoft Groove account (hint: NOW…) For the past year or so, Digital Music News has been publishing streaming royalty statements shared by artists and labels.  Since the project began, we’ve published payout details from Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Deezer, Google Play Music, Napster (formerly Rhapsody), and even defunct services like […] The post Microsoft Groove Is Paying Artists $4.67 *Per Stream* Right Now… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Music Dealers Suddenly Closes Doors, Leaving Many Artists Without Pay - July 29, 2016
    Sync music licensing company Music Dealers has apparently and very suddenly decided to close their doors. The news hasn’t been very well-received by artists who depended on the company as a source of income, with the decision reportedly leaving many independent artists without pay. A spokeswoman for the company released a statement, saying: “It is […] The post Music Dealers Suddenly Closes Doors, Leaving Many Artists Without Pay appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Why Festivals Are More Popular Than Ever - July 28, 2016
    Why have festivals taken over the live concert experience? The following sponsored post comes from ibus media. Despite it being easier than ever before for music fans to aggregate, communicate, buy, sell, and promote online, music festivals around the world continue to grow with each passing year.  But just what has motivated this growth despite so many of […] The post Why Festivals Are More Popular Than Ever appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Streaming Piracy Is Killing Download Piracy, Study Finds… - July 28, 2016
    Torrenting isn’t the biggest threat anymore, a new study finds. Once upon a time, torrent downloading was considered enemy number one by the film, TV, music, and gaming industries.  And before that, it was P2P and web-based downloading.  But torrenting and other forms of downloading are all quickly being replaced by unauthorized streaming sites, according to […] The post Streaming Piracy Is Killing Download Piracy, Study Finds… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Warner Music Group Announces Content Deal with Vadio - July 28, 2016
    On the heels of the rumored deal between Warner Music Group and top premium music video streamer Vevo reported on DigitalMusicNews.com, video distribution platform Vadio, together with Warner Music Group, announced a brand new agreement which will allow Vadio’s partners access to thousands of music videos from WMG artists, like David Guetta, Madonna, Coldplay, Prince, […] The post Warner Music Group Announces Content Deal with Vadio appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Michael Jackson’s Nephews Just Filed a $100 Million Lawsuit Against RadarOnline - July 28, 2016
    Michael Jackson’s nephews, sons of brother Tito Jackson and members of the band 3T, have reportedly filed a $100 million libel lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against RadarOnline.  The popular celebrity gossip news site reported that their famous uncle sexually abused them when they were younger and then bribed them with brand new cars […] The post Michael Jackson’s Nephews Just Filed a $100 Million Lawsuit Against RadarOnline appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Apple Announces 1,000,000,000 iPhones Sold - July 28, 2016
    But why is the iPhone so successful? Proudly holding up the one billionth iPhone in his hand, an iPhone 6s Plus Rose Gold version, CEO Tim Cook announced before a crowd of Apple employees during a meeting that Apple had just reached the 1 billion mark in iPhones sold.  It’s a great feat for any […] The post Apple Announces 1,000,000,000 iPhones Sold appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany Bans All Backpacks - July 28, 2016
    Music festivals, especially those in Europe, face a security crisis. In the wake of deadly terrorist attacks that have left Europeans in a state of distress and governments struggling to reinforce security measures for the protection of their citizens, organizers of the popular Wacken Open Air rock festival, the largest heavy metal festival in the […] The post Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany Bans All Backpacks appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Two Months Until the iPhone 3.5mm Headphone Jack Disappears… - July 28, 2016
    Will you survive the iPhone headphone apocalypse? Just weeks away from the official presentation, and according to reports from trusted social media leakers, Apple is planning on doing away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack that’s been standard on pretty much any mobile device.  The iPhone 7, sans 3.5mm jack, is expected to be unveiled in […] The post Two Months Until the iPhone 3.5mm Headphone Jack Disappears… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Musicians, Celebrities Having an ‘Oh Sh*t, Donald Trump Might Actually Win This Election’ Moment - July 27, 2016
    It’s called the ‘Fight Song,’ and it’s dedicated to electing Hillary Clinton keeping Donald Trump out of the White House. Desperation is said to be stinky cologne, but what does it sound like?  Enter the just-released the ‘Fight Song,’ which features a deep cast of celebrities and musicians all enthusiastically backing Hillary’s bid for president.  Driven by actress […] The post Musicians, Celebrities Having an ‘Oh Sh*t, Donald Trump Might Actually Win This Election’ Moment appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • SoundCloud Reportedly for Sale for $1 Billion… - July 27, 2016
    SoundCloud for Sale? Bloomberg.com is reporting that privately-owned SoundCloud’s founders and investors are seriously considering a sale.  That includes investment firm Doughty Hanson & Co., just one of several stakeholders considering an offer that would value the Berlin-based company at $1 billion. Sources close to the company are now telling Bloomberg that the owners have been […] The post SoundCloud Reportedly for Sale for $1 Billion… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Thom Yorke Is the Human Embodiment of Satan and All Evil… - July 27, 2016
    Of all the people… why Thom Yorke? Somehow, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has become the human embodiment of Satan and all of his vices, according to a declaration by Christian fundamentalist group Generation for God.  The strange tweet from the group, which also declares activities like homosexuality, marijuana smoking, and atheism as sins, pegs Yorke as […] The post Thom Yorke Is the Human Embodiment of Satan and All Evil… appeared first on Digital Music News.
Recommendations: Google
GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app; the one thing where the app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never tell someone never to try something. Go ahead and check them out.

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app (or web app for that matter); the one thing where its android app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. However, then again, most mobile streaming services are meant to be used as stand alone, such as Rhapsody (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs. GooglePlay also offers FREE radio! You do not need a subscription service to use it; all you need is a Google account to start. So far, I think I like their music better than Pandora. Go ahead and check them out.

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Recommendations: Rhap.
My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features like, unlimited songs in playlists, unlimited radio skips, control variety of music in your radio stations, works with Shazam, ability to compare musical tastes with other users by percentage to help discover more music you like. They offer "Cloud Sync," an application that scans all your local music, and match them with the music in their database. Albums found will be placed in your Rhapsody library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. Music quality up to 320kbps AAC, CD sound. Control radio stream quality separately, for those bad signal days while listening to the radio. Tools to easily share on social media. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

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  • Documentary: Marvin Gaye - July 29, 2016
    It's summer, it's Friday, it's time for Marvin. Here's a BBC documentary on the great Motown soul singer Marvin Gaye...             
  • Documentary: Fats Waller - July 28, 2016
    Jazz's folk humor on recordings began with Louis Armstrong and other blues singers in the mid-1920s but was raised to a new level of urbane sophistication by Fats Waller in the 1930s. Here's a documentary on the pianist and composer......             
  • Toshiko Akiyoshi: United Notions - July 27, 2016
    Cultural globalization once was a guiding principal for the United States. With the proliferation of Communism in the 1950s, America moved quickly to make friends with as many countries around the world as it could. The United Nations was a...            Related Stories Harry Arnold: Guest Book, 1960  
Recommendations: Netflix
I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month.

Recommendation: HULU
I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion though, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies. The the bulk of their movies are the same kind of movies you'd find in the $5 cage in the "close out" section of your favorite DVD store. That's not to say you can't find good movies every once in a while, but the reality is they are better known for their TV shows, and some documentaries. They have some good "Original Content" too. Because licensing is expensive, they usually don't have all seasons for a particular show. If you need to see earlier seasons of a show, you're going to wind up signing up for Netflix.

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Recommendations: Amazon
Although I don't use AmazonPrime, I do think not only it is a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already a member of Amazon's Prime, You automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. I know that's one of the major complaints with the movies, not sure if that's the same with the music feature.

Recently tried AmazonPrime video package, and let me tell you the video and sound is phenomenal! They don't have as many movies as Netflix, however, many of them are quality movies. It's not only a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already an Amazon Prime full member, you automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album/film may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. This may annoying for some, but at least in terms of movies, it helps to bring in fresh content to watch.

Recommendations: iTunes
I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple music; and on of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)). However, iTunes is still so very popular that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add Apple music to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, iTunes really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their iTunes radio delivers an excellent selection of music. iTunes is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, iTunes is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my Purchased CD/MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple's music; and one of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)) (my previous issue appears to have been fixed, at least when it comes to sharing from the iTunes store). However, Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music) that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add "Apple Music" to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, Apple Music really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their radio delivers an excellent selection of music (subscription only). Please don't mistaken Apple's radio playlists, for their curated bulls*** radio. You don't need Apple to gain access to those, you can easily find those around the net if you look hard enough (which are also legal by the way, and artists get credit for each IP address connected). Apple Music is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, Apple Music is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

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Starting January 2016, I will be creating web streaming tutorials for my YouTube channel. I had taken a very long vacation away from YouTube; but I will be back soon with a new idea and focus.  Many of you may not realize it, but sometimes it takes awhile trying out numerous things before some YouTubers “find our focus/purpose.” One thing’s for sure, I didn’t want to just jump on the bandwagon, and do all the same type of videos everybody else is doing. There is enough YouTubers doing game reviews, or acting crazy and doing insane things hurting themselves (or others) in order to make viewers laugh; or perhaps incite anger, or spew propaganda. Sometimes it’s kind of discouraging, when we consider the fact that this is what most YouTube users want to see (or look for). Although not impossible, this fact does make it harder to promote classic music and history, when the majority’s attention is somewhere else.

However, I can’t deny the power, influence, and importance YouTube has for bloggers. So I’m coming back to YouTube with a new idea and focus for my YouTube Channel. We don’t talk about it much, but one of YouTube’s biggest asset is it’s educational content. Therefore I will be creating very short tutorials on various subjects that deal with music streaming, and perhaps movie streaming too. Since the only way to obtain our classics now-a-days without spending a crap load of money for “original collector’s items,” is to stream them or buy them digitally; it’s about time we start talking more about it now. I may also talk about album recommendations rather than reviews. Hopefully by doing this, I can indirectly get more people interested in the classics again; or at least inspire parents to start sharing with their children. I will be starting up my iTunes channel again as well, so you can subscribe and download, or share my videos if you wish.

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Sharing a clip I took of Teena Marie in concert @ B. B. Kings in 2008.

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Have you noticed that despite access to literally millions of songs being made available through internet streaming services, you still don’t have all your classics? Why are they so hard to find? Just airing out some thoughts to you guys.

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I actually had to split this video because I felt it was too long. I may post the other portion as an article later on. Since technically, people are still shopping for the holidays until about Jan 1st. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to give my personal tips on shopping online safely.

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Initially, I wasn’t going to do a video on streaming services, ’cause I’ve already touched a little bit on them in my earlier blog posts. However, the way technology is going, I feel that the “vintage” community needs to talk about this more. Yes, I understand the whole nostalgic feeling of buying an actual album in the stores, etc., etc., but these experiences are slowly fading away. They’re not gone, just moving in to the digital world (we’re the belong, archived and preserved). As physical resources for vintage nostalgia seems to dwindle before our eyes at a rapid pace, they’ve thankfully found a new home in the cyber-sphere. Where do you buy your classic music? Are you utilizing all of the various digital services that now have a growing library of vintage films and movies? Which one of these services are the best? I go over just a couple of today’s popular music services, and discuss why I have chosen Rhapsody to be my primary music service.

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Hey guys, been a long time since I’ve made a video. This weekend, I am paying tribute to Booker T. Washington.[correction: I was tired when I made the video; it’s Hampton Institute, not Hamston..LOL

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Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines December 31, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of music. Summer was trained as a gospel singer prior to her introduction to the music industry and has always been known for her “Powerhouse” Vocal delivery. Though she is most notable for her disco hits, Summer’s repertoire has expanded to include contemporary R&B, Rock, Mainstream pop, and Gospel. Summer is one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and 1980s and was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums hit #1 on the Billboard charts. She also became the first female artist to have four number-one singles in a thirteen-month period. Billboard magazine has noted that Summer’s extensive career has landed her as the “Eighth” most succesful career by a female. Summer’s website reports an estimate that she has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.

Born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, she was one of seven children raised by devout Christian parents. She sang in church, and in her teens joined a funk group called The Crow, so named because Donna was the only black member of the group. At eighteen, Gaines left home and school to audition for a role in the cast of the Broadway musical, Hair. Unsuccessful in getting the part in the Broadway show (Melba Moore got the role), she was offered the European Tour when the show moved to Germany, where Summer also performed in the German versions of several musicals including Godspell and Show Boat. She settled in Munich and also performed with the Viennese Folk Opera and the pop band Munich Machine.

In 1971, Gaines released a single in Europe entitled “Sally Go ‘Round The Roses”, her first solo recording. The single was unsuccessful, however, and she had to wait until 1974 to launch a solo career. Gaines married Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer (“Summer” is an Anglicization of his last name) in 1972 and gave birth to daughter Mimi the following year. Summer did various musical jobs in studios and theaters for several years, including the pop group FamilyTree from 1974-75.

After her divorce from Sommer, she married her second husband, American musician Bruce Sudano, in 1980. They have two daughters named Brooklyn and Amanda. Sudano was a member of the ’70s groups Alive N Kickin’ and The Brooklyn Dreams. You can read the rest on Wikipedia.  Click Download to listen to short podcast.

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Interview with Alice Gaston, Gee’s Bend, Alabama, 1941

Alice Gaston: We was talking about in the old war time, the old slavery time. I can remember when, uh, I can remember when the Yankees come through and, uh, they carried my father away and carried away, my si, two sisters and one brother. And, uh, they left me. And I can remember when my missus used to run in the garden, from the Yankees and tell us if they come, don’t tell them where they at. Told, don’t tell nobody where they at when they come and they all come and they told me, don’t get scared now and tell them, where they is, where they is. I told them no, we told them no. And uh, when they come and ask for them I told them I didn’t know there they was, and they was in the woods. And this was at the house. And my father, when my father left, he carried with the, he went away with the Yankees, and carried two, carried two, two girls and one son, the oldest one. Carried them with him. And he with the Yankees. And I can remember that. And uh, my old missus was named Mrs. M., and the master was name Mr. F. I. [pause]? Mr. F. I

Robert Sonkin: They treat you pretty good?

Alice Gaston: Yes sir, they treat me nice. They treat me nice as they could treat me. And then after they left, after they died, then I heard, still here and am here until yet. And the white folks all been treating me mighty nice ever since they? knowed me. They treating me all now, that knows me, they treating me nice. I’s came up here over here from Mr. Y., from over to [unintelligible] and come to Mr. Y.’s place up here. And he kept me there until he, he died, him and his wife. And then I come on then from that, on down here, and I’m here yet. An’ they all treating me mighty nice, all the white folks that know me, they treats me nice. And if I want anything, I’ll ask for it. I was taught in that a way by my old master. Don’t steal, don’t lie, and if you want anything, ask for it. Be honest in what you get. That was what I was raised up with. And I’m that a way today.

Robert Sonkin: What’s the government been doing for you here?

Alice Gaston: They been treating me fine. Ever since I been, ever since I been here with the government they treat me nice. I was in a old house down there, took me out the old house and put me up there in a good house where they could take care of me. And I’m in there yet. I don’t find no fault. Give me enough food to eat, give me clothes to wear. They been treating me just as nice as they can. I can’t find no fault.

Robert Sonkin: Pretty, pretty happy then.

Alice Gaston: Yes sir, yeh.

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