Google Play Music May Finally Come To Ios This Month

Feasting on folk music

The show will be broadcast (on YouTube naturally) live from Pier 36 in New York with Jason Schwartzman as the host, with as yet unannounced performances from Seoul and Moscow as well, nicely illustrating the global nature of the service. Now I bet you just read that and thought, Oh no, not another awards show, and I wouldnt blame you a bit for feeling that way. I can sympathize, but hear me out. Television music award shows as we know them today are shams, with the judging based on loose criteria that seems to shift with the latest social media popularity trends. Lets take a look at what we currently have. MTV Video Music Awards? The channel doesnt even play music videos anymore, so how are they qualified to award anything? The Peoples Choice Awards? The final vote may be the peoples choice, but how about the nominations? Isnt it interesting that you can name the nominees before theyre even nominated? Then we have the Grammys. Having been a voting member (Im not any longer), I can tell you that some of the more popular categories have literally hundreds and hundreds of nominees. When youre voting your eyes start to glaze over just reading them all, let alone trying to listen to even a smattering. As a result, who do you think you end up selecting?

It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping. Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent. I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you. The music business doesnt give a sh about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, they will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone. None of the men oggling you give a sh about you either, do not be fooled. Manys the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesnt mean they give a f about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you dont give much of a f about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they dont give much of a f about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped.. and that includes you yourself. Yes, Im suggesting you dont care for yourself. That has to change.

Coming to iOS soon!

Word is that the Internet giant will be releasing a native iOS app for Google Play Music and All Access later this month. According to a report by Engadget , sources have let it slip that the company is already testing a native Google Music iOS application internally. Google has currently invited its employees to take part in the internal testing at the moment but there still seem to be some bugs that need squashing before the application is released to the general public. Coming to iOS soon! Previously Google had shut its doors on iOS users since it needed Flash to enforce DRM restrictions set in place by Music labels that Apple was unable to comply with. This had forced users of iOS to make do with unofficial iOS applications as well as the limited web application previously. Now it looks like Google is close to alleviating iOS users pain of wanting to use the official Google Play Music application. Google first introduced Google Play Musics All Access service back during its I/O conference earlier this year. The streaming service was to make its way to iOS in the coming weeks but failed to come to Apples operating system then. The time has finally here, it would seem. Currently, Google Play Music and All Access is available in 19 countries around the world and is available for about $10 a month, allowing users to listen to music on demand and upload tracks from their personal library as well as letting them build custom stations. The move to hurry with the iOS version of the app could have come even as Apple has released its iTunes Radio service with the iOS 7 OS. While its only available in the US currently, Google might want to scamper to find users in the iOS ecosystem before iTunes Radio turns into fierce competition.

The first concert was staged by the 46-year-old Jamaican Folk Singers and the second by the 40-year-old Cari-Folk Singers, both professional sounding, yet quasi-professional groups, which have won numerous national and international awards. After speculating on the power of folk music, I thought I’d ask an expert, Christine MacDonald-Nevers. A musician with many letters after her name to prove her classical training, possessing even more years in the business than letters and the daughter of a prominent singer, MacDonald-Nevers is also the musical director of the Jamaican Folk Singers. importance of folk music I emailed this question: “What’s the importance of folk music to you and the group?” Here’s her very thoughtful answer: “There are many life lessons present in Jamaica’s folk music. Lessons about love, sharing, commitment, the importance of community, about choices and consequences, and most important, about respect for self and respect for others.” “These lessons remain relevant to and applicable in all areas of our lives, and the importance of these lessons remain important to the Jamaican Folk Singers as we focus on ‘Education through Entertainment’.” “My love for, and appreciation of, the Jamaican Folk Singers continues to grow, and encouragement is found in the positive influence that Jamaican folk music has had on people in Jamaica and internationally – the evidence of the healing power of the music, and the gaps that the music has [bridged] and continues to bridge. Important, too, is the expressed pride of Jamaicans as, through the work of the Jamaican Folk Singers, they recognise and accept the beauty of what is Jamaica and Jamaican.” Next, I turned to the message by Patricia Newland, leader of the Cari-Folk Singers, published in the group’s concert programme. In it I found some other reasons why folk music is important. The message tells us that the group is internationally acclaimed, has a repertoire of more than 350 songs, has existed for so long because of “the love of … members for performing folk forms” and possesses a “dedication to rehearsals and honing of … musical instruments”. Newland continues: “For our 40th anniversary season of concerts, we have a tapestry of music that salutes the diversity of our heritage and the superb talent of those who have contributed to our music and choreography.” It’s not surprising that the tone of both statements is similar and that the themes of love, community, heritage, sharing and, implicitly, the beauty of music, are common. After all, the roots of both groups are planted in the same Jamaican soil. That’s probably why the tone of both concerts was also similar. This is despite the fact that the songs were different – that being a testimony to the abundance and diversity of Jamaican folk songs. According to Major (Retired) Johanna Lewin, daughter of Jamaican Folk Singers founder Dr Olive Lewin, the latter arranged more than 200 Jamaican folk songs that she unearthed during her decades of research.

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