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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 totally FREE accounts that allows you to access unlimited music LEGALLY! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free for us to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties (which true fans of music should seriously think about). The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available. However, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, simply 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 for free users). 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 or sponsors; but, I don't see that happening anytime soon 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: YouTube
I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions both as a fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become like a free video streaming service like Spotify. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use. However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions, both as a music fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become a free video streaming service in the same way Spotify is a free music service. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use (except for premium services, but even then @ $9.99 a month is a great deal considering how much we spent on music back in the day). However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, so I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

Stereo Gum: Music News
  1. Watch The Trailer For Guns N’ Roses’ Reunion Tour DVD - August 25, 2016
    Guns N’ Roses are releasing a DVD to accompany their ongoing Not In This Lifetime reunion tour. Although details have yet to be officially announced, according to BraveWords, it will include video of the band’s 6/23 tour opener in Detroit and a 15-25 minute documentary. Check out a brief trailer below.
  2. Leave Lorde Alone - August 24, 2016
    Lorde is still hard at work on the follow-up to her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. Recently, she’s been seen on Snapchat in the studio with Jack Antonoff, but some fans are getting a little impatient. As the BBC points out, one particularly aggressive fan accosted the pop star on Instagram, asking “Do you think we […]
  3. Lifetime Announces Britney Spears Biopic - August 24, 2016
    Mere days ahead of the release of Britney Spears’ new album Glory, Lifetime has announced a biopic about the iconic pop star. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-hour TV movie Britney will detail the “tumultuous true story” of her rise to fame, fall from grace, and triumphant comeback. Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar) is set […]
  4. Will Frank Ocean’s Blonde Switcheroo Get Him Sued By Universal? - August 24, 2016
    Frank Ocean released about as much music over the past week or so as he had in his entire career up to that point. In doing so, he may have pulled a fast one on Universal. The “visual album” Endless was released through Def Jam/Universal Music Group as an Apple exclusive, but Blond(e) was released […]
  5. Preview Cashmere Cat & The Weeknd’s “Wild Love” Out Friday - August 24, 2016
    Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat has been teasing a collab with the Weeknd for a few weeks now. Today, he announced that the first song and title track from his upcoming album Wild Love will be out on Friday, just as the Weeknd shared a snippet of some new music via an Instagram captioned with a […]
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 (although, they've been kind of slacking lately with putting out new original content, such as "Powers"). They also have losts of classic shows like "Who's The Boss," "Alf," and "What's Happening." They've improved the video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes the video 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 conventional memory/SD card to reduce the annoyance of buffering; and or you may have to direct connect to your network instead of wireless. 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!

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Recommendations: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku and other devices. 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 (usually those that are available for free).

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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 has 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 we'll eventually get. Their free service is available on both Roku, and on the web.

Digital Music News Blog
  • Why Songwriters Are Getting Left In the Cold by ASCAP and BMI… - August 24, 2016
    Streaming royalty rates are easily the biggest issue facing songwriters right now.  So why aren’t ASCAP, BMI, or the NMPA fighting the labels over this? The following guest post comes from Jody Dunitz, a former EVP at Sony/ATV Publishing, a current member to angel investing network Tech Coast Angels, and an advocate for songwriters. Spotify is renegotiating […] The post Why Songwriters Are Getting Left In the Cold by ASCAP and BMI… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Airport Security: Coming to a Concert Near You! - August 24, 2016
    ‘Airport Style Security’: Long lines, heavy security, and severe restrictions on baggage at a Coldplay concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday night. Across the US, music venues are implementing airport style security in the hopes of preventing a serious terrorist attack.  Many, like the Hollywood Bowl, remain largely unprepared. US-based music venues […] The post Airport Security: Coming to a Concert Near You! appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Vangelis Won’t be Composing the Blade Runner Sequel… - August 24, 2016
    The decision not to include Vangelis was made ‘a long time ago…’ The much-expected follow-up sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic Blade Runner will feature an ensemble cast with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright, among others, set to star.  However, it was revealed today that Blade Runner 2 will not only go on […] The post Vangelis Won’t be Composing the Blade Runner Sequel… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Breaking: New Insurance Program Helps Artists Traumatized by Terror Attacks - August 24, 2016
    Any show, any artist can be hit with a terror attack.  Now, there’s insurance to help with the difficult aftermath. Terrorism in this day and age is real. We have almost daily reminders of the horrors real people have to suffer, thanks to countless terror attacks, including mass suicide bombings and more.  Healing after a […] The post Breaking: New Insurance Program Helps Artists Traumatized by Terror Attacks appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Spotify IPO ‘On Hold’ as Major Labels Refuse Long-Term Contracts - August 24, 2016
    Spotify keeps waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting… Interminable negotiations with major recording labels are creating a disastrous waiting game for Spotify, one that could cause Wall Street to simply move on.  According to multiple sources and reports, plans for a Spotify IPO are simply ‘on hold’ for the time being. The problem has been, and […] The post Spotify IPO ‘On Hold’ as Major Labels Refuse Long-Term Contracts appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Today’s Music Lawsuit: Demi Lovato Sued for Plagiarism by Sleigh Bells - August 24, 2016
    According to documents obtained by Digital Music News, Derek E. Miller and Sydney Alexis Krauss, better known by their indie rock band name, “Sleigh Bells,” have filed a lawsuit in a California U.S. District Court against Demetria Lovato, known by her stage name Demi Lovato, and Universal Music Group. The lawsuit states that Lovato’s song […] The post Today’s Music Lawsuit: Demi Lovato Sued for Plagiarism by Sleigh Bells appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Entire Download of Frank Ocean’s ‘Endless’ Has Been Sitting on Dropbox for 5 Days… - August 24, 2016
    Frank Ocean’s latest albums, supposedly Apple Music exclusives, are somehow available for free on Google Drive, SoundCloud, and now, Dropbox. Frank Ocean’s just-released album Endless is available in its entirely — for free — on Dropbox, part of a massive leak that keeps getting worse.  Even more surprising is that the album has been sitting on the file […] The post Entire Download of Frank Ocean’s ‘Endless’ Has Been Sitting on Dropbox for 5 Days… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Coldplay Gouging Their Own Fans With $14 Beers, $6 Waters - August 24, 2016
    One of many beer stands throughout the Rose Bowl, where Coldplay played back-to-back concerts last weekend. What’s the most you’d pay for a beer at a concert? During back-to-back, sold out performances by Coldplay at the Rose Bowl last week, beers were priced at an astounding $14, with a $1 discount for domestic brews.  A […] The post Coldplay Gouging Their Own Fans With $14 Beers, $6 Waters appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • MUSEXPO Europe Unveils Full Agenda of Industry Leaders; Event Returns to London - August 23, 2016
    A special announcement from our partner, A&R Worldwide, the company powering MUSEXPO Europe. Darcus Beese to be Honored as ‘European Executive of the Year’ at Musexpo Europe’s Closing Ceremony. In preparation for its kick-off in London next month, MUSEXPO Europe has confirmed some of the music and media industry’s most inspiring, innovative and successful executives to […] The post MUSEXPO Europe Unveils Full Agenda of Industry Leaders; Event Returns to London appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Mixcloud Boasts Impressive One Million Curators - August 23, 2016
    On their Twitter account today, British music streaming service Mixcloud announced that they have finally reached the very impressive feat of 1 million uploaders, and invited users to tweet their favorite Mixcloud mixes. This news also comes at a time when its reported competitor SoundCloud is boasting over 135 million tracks available on demand and […] The post Mixcloud Boasts Impressive One Million Curators appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • You’re Gonna Pay for All Those Overdoses, Live Nation… - August 23, 2016
    Live Nation is battling yet another lawsuit tied to a drug overdose.  Should they really be held liable? As of late, Live Nation hasn’t had a good reputation. From harassing us for publishing an article about their TSA PreCheck integration (that I personally investigated and wrote) to a facing a lawsuit from the family of a […] The post You’re Gonna Pay for All Those Overdoses, Live Nation… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Is Frank Ocean Screwing Apple Music (Just Like Chipotle)? - August 23, 2016
    Pictured: Google Drive containing Frank Ocean’s latest album, Blond.  As of Tuesday, the folder remains live, despite being reported on Sunday by Digital Music News. Apple Music pays millions for exclusive releases.  Did Frank Ocean and Universal Music take the money and run? Last week, Frank Ocean released two major albums, both secured by Apple […] The post Is Frank Ocean Screwing Apple Music (Just Like Chipotle)? appeared first on Digital Music News.
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 streaming service. 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, 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

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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 designed to be used as stand alone, such as Napster (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Napster is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs than mine. GooglePlay also offers totally 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 (only because they don't repeat music as much). Go ahead and check them out.

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  • Larry Adler's Harmonica - August 24, 2016
    The late Toots Thielemans, who died earlier this week, was one of the first chromatic harmonica players to play swing and bop on the instrument. And no one could touch Toots or even sound like him when it came to...             
  • Toots Thielemans (1922-2016) - August 23, 2016
    Toots Thielemans, a highly gifted swing-jazz guitarist, accordionist, harmonicist and whistler who began recording in his native Belgium just after World War II before relocating to the States in 1952 and whose catchy waltz, Bluesette, became a jazz standard, died...            Related Stories Harry Arnold: Guest Book, 1960  
  • Joe Bushkin: At the Embers, '52 - August 22, 2016
    Back in 1952, 161 E. 54th St. was home to the Embers, a Midtown Manhattan restaurant and nightclub that routinely featured jazz. Artists tended to play swing standards during their runs there so older patrons would feel at home. Among...            Related Stories Billy Byers: Byers' Guide Al + Zoot: Happy Over Hoagy Hal McKusick: You're Everywhere  
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. Rhapsody is now Napster! This service has came a long way; now it is international, and has integrated all of the 33 countries it services under one platform. One of the many reasons I recommend Napster, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, untold international music, they promote lesser known artist as well as well known artists. 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 Napster 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, and discover users who like the same kinds of songs you like too! Napster even evaluates user playlists, and gives you a percentage number, as to how close your tastes are. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Napster.

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.

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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.

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 Napster, 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.

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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. Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music on it's service) 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 (for now 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.

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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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