Feel Good Friday – 10/6/17

I’m around performing arts kiddos for most of my work life, mostly at the local Senior High but also for a short time each year at the local Community College.  Choral department accompanist, marching band staff, theatrical director for the Senior High Spring Musical, pit pianist and rehearsal accompanist for the college musical . . . I’m around the performing arts vibe quite a bit and I love it!

When it is time to sign up for auditions – whether it is for jazz band, fall play, musical, a small vocal ensemble, etc. – I frequently have kids ask me “Should I audition?”  and my answer is always the same – “Yes!  Of course you should.”

I’m quick to tell them that there are no guarantees EVER in life.  You’re going to audition for roles you don’t get, someone else may get first chair in the band, you may not get that job you REALLY wanted, or your dream house may be COMPLETELY out of your price range.  But every single time you put yourself out the – applying for a job, auditioning for a play, trying to start a business – you learn.  You realize that you can have butterflies in your stomach and survive your audition fairly intact.  You get better at coping with disappointment and looking for other opportunities that may be available to you.  Most of all, you learn how to take chances and push yourself beyond your comfort zone which is all a part of growing up.

When asked how he felt about trying so often and failing to find something that would work as a filament in the light bulb, Thomas Edison answered, “I have not failed.  I have just found 10,000 things that don’t work.”  There are any number of quotes from that prolific inventor that talk about the need to try “just one more time”.  Imagine if he had stopped one try short of actually finding the solution.


Amazon Music

I have found a new favorite music app!!  Okay, it’s tied for my favorite.  But I love it!

Amazon Music Unlimited

With apps for Android, Mac, and PC Amazon Music Unlimited has made sure it has value for a wide range of customers.

If you already use Amazon Prime, you can add Music Unlimited to your resources for just $7.99 a month.  You download a free app for your device from Amazon and start the installation process which is fast! Once it’s installed, you can search playlists by genre and add them to your app.

Then it’s time to add the music that’s already on your computer!  Whether it’s from a CD that you ripped or your iTunes, it’s as simple as clicking on Upload – Select Music and then choosing to upload select songs or your entire iTunes folder. From there, the app allows you to organize music by Playlists or albums.  All of you music, all in one place.

 How Much Does It Cost?

If you are already an Amazon Prime customer, Amazon Music Unlimited will cost you just $7.99 a month.  Without an Amazon Prime subscription, Amazon Music Unlimited costs $9.99 a month.  You have access to everything on Amazon and the ability to coordinate Amazon music, iTunes, and ripped CD’s into one app.  I’ve only begun to use Music Unlimited but I’m already seeing the ease of use!  Especially since I can access it on multiple devices and, since I sign into the app with my Amazon login and username, it’s relatively easy to get the service to sync across devices.

Interested?  Just click below to get started with the free app today!