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Songs about Flowers
I enjoy listening to music almost as much as I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, so Iâ€™m especially fond of songs about flowers and other elements of nature. Granted, some of the titles listed below are more about people than actual plants, but they still put me in the mood to work in my garden or head down to the florist and try to find flowers under $20.
Whether youâ€™re a fan of country music or hair metal from the 1980s, thereâ€™s a little something here for you. And if youâ€™d like to discover more songs about flowers, a simple Internet search will turn up all kinds of options.
- Mitch Miller – â€œYellow Rose of Texasâ€ (1955)
- Henry Mancini – â€œDays of Wine and Rosesâ€ (1963)
- Bobby Vinton – â€œRoses are Red My Loveâ€ (1967)
- Tiny Tim – â€œTip-Toe Through the Tulips With Meâ€ (1968)
- Lynn Anderson – â€œ(I Never Promised You A) Rose Gardenâ€ (1970)
- The Foundations – â€œBuild Me Up Buttercupâ€ (1969)
- Marie Osmond – â€œPaper Rosesâ€ (1973)
- Bette Midler – â€œThe Roseâ€ (1980)
- Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond – â€œYou Don’t Bring Me Flowersâ€ (1978)
- David Lee Roth – â€œYankee Roseâ€ (1986)
- Shenandoah – â€œTwo Dozen Rosesâ€ (1989)
- Kathy Mattea – â€œEighteen Wheels and a Dozen Rosesâ€ (1988)
- Poison – â€œEvery Rose Has Its Thornâ€ (1988)
- Seal – â€œKiss from a Roseâ€ (1995)
- Bon Jovi – â€œBed of Rosesâ€ (1993)
- The White Stripes – â€œBlue Orchidâ€ (2005)
I hope youâ€™ll enjoy these songs about flowers, as they stretch across all manner of musical genres. Thereâ€™s no rap included, unfortunately, because it all tends to be about people killing one another instead of beautiful items such as orchids and roses. And just in case youâ€™re wondering, my favorite song on this list would have to be Sealâ€™s timeless love song â€œKiss from a Rose,â€ as featured on the soundtrack to Batman Forever. No matter how many times I listen to it, that tune always manages to lift my spirits.
Rapping is lately gaining prominence as an eminent music form. Whoever thought that rap was only a bunch of rhyming words strung together, needs to know that it is much more than that. One of the famous rapping styles is freestyle rap. Its basically rap lyrics that are written spontaneously, without any previous preparation. Later on, music is added to complete the piece. There are many eminent rappers who have made a mark in the rap genre. For instance, names such as Hardy Michael Troy a.k.a Myka 9 and Antonio Monterio a.k.a. Big Daddy Kane were prominent rappers in their day. To guide youngsters in the art of rapping, there have been quite a few books written on the subject such as ‘A God on the Mic’ or ‘How to Rap’. However, books are generally not very helpful, when it comes to performing arts. The two things that a person needs to have an excellent vocabulary and a sense of rhythm. However there are a few steps one can follow to get a head start:
Easy start- It involves spontaneity. So when you are rapping just be random and refrain from following any deep thought process. Usually, free and simple lyrics can set the beat.
Go with the Flow- The best part about freestyle rap is there is plenty of scope for mistakes. You can pull off a mistake if it is rhymed for mistakes. You can pull off a mistake if it is rhymed perfectly.
Timing- In rapping, timing is crucial. One should be ahead in their mind while rapping. For instance, you should know the end of the next line as soon as the previous line ends.
Lyrics writing- Writing is always a good exercise, be it in any form of art. It gives you the scope to experiment with different words.
Rap about the world around you- It is easy to gain a fan following if one raps about things associated with their lives and the surrounding ones.
Freestyle Rap is different from Orthodox rap and takes rhyme into consideration. “Battles” usually focus on either written or freestyle. A freestyle rap competition involves rappers battling or throwing challenges against each other. There are some more methods which you can use to practice your art. They are listed as below:
Beats are important- Just by throwing in rhyming words, one cannot be a decent rapper. Know what beat to use to make your sounds interesting. Put the coposed sentences and words in a song and sing with beats. For the rhythm and pace, you can use a drum too.
Increase your vocabulary- Exhaustive vocabulary is a must. Unlike other forms of music, this genre chiefly depends on words and music cannot be used as a filler. Memorize rhyming words to help you master this style of music.
Participation is more important than winning- To know the extent of your learning, the best way is to participate in rapping styles. These competitions usually include the opponents including each other with rhymed words set to music!
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The English Alphabet Song has a very melodious and illustrious past. It was based on a melody by Mozart. Charles Bradlee copyrighted in 1835 as “The A.B.C.” with flute accompanied by the piano forte. Needless to say, there are many versions and variation in other languages (which do not use the word “alphabet”. For instance, in Russian the word is pronounced as “azbuka”. The song is easy to learn and it is one of the first songs that one learns as a child. Some are taught in schools, others are taught in Sesame Street. Yet others learn it from their parents. While learning, children may have some difficulties learning the alphabets. There are some steps on how one can effectively learn the song. They are listed as follows:
1)Sing the words of the alphabet song repeatedly
2)The song needs to be sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
3)The secret to learning anything is reiteration and practice. So, to make sure the child learns the alphabet properly, repeat, “A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z. Now I know my ABC’s next time won’t you sing with me.”
4)Give the child the opportunity to hear the song from other people. At times, a particular style of singing, may help the child pick up faster.
5)To help the child pick up the alphabet song, faster, start the song on a slower tempo. This can help the child pick up the lyrics. Once the child gains confidence, gradually increase the tempo of the song.
6)Sing it again and again until the child is capable of singing the song on his/her own.
There are other ways through which one can teach the alphabet song to youngsters. The letters can be made available everywhere. It has been scientifically proved that if a child is capable of absorbing more, if the lessons are taught as a game. For instance, if the letters are displayed individually on a surface such as a refrigerator, it can help a child pick up the song faster. Or, if the letters are drawn with foam during a fun bathing session, that is an effective method too. There are some variations in the song such as the Zed for Zee.
In the US, Z is pronounced as zee, whereas in most other countries, it is pronounced as zed. This is also a point raised when singing the “A,B,C” song in French. In that case y is said as “i-grec” and z is said as “zed”. The US version is: “A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z. Now I know my ABC’s next time won’t you sing with me” whereas the UK version is “A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y, Zed. Now I know my ABC’s. Next time won’t you sing with me.” There is a third version that is followed in the rest of the English speaking world, which goes like “A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y, Z. Sugar on your bread, eat it all up, before you go to bed.”
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Music is said to be a path or a connection to numerous abstract concepts such as love, hate, God and so on. One of those concepts include patriotism. Patriotic music is one such concept. It has the potential to play a vital role in every citizen’s life. It is immaterial, which country a citizen may belong to. The music composed in this genre is is targeted specifically to arouse the nationalistic feelings of the native residents of a particular country. The music has a particular way of inducing certain feelings into soul which may enable a person to feel the spirit of triumph, or joy or hope or empowerment.
Patriotic music in America is no different. It has been a part of the history and cultural since the country originated in the 18th century. The music was put together as a way of endorsing sentiments of national pride and unity for the natives of America. The songs have been played in various forms such as military themes, hymns, national songs and so on. Most of the songs are inspired by the four major wars fought in the American history. They were the War of 1812, the American Civil War, the American Revolution and the Spanish American War. They are also played on major holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and the Veteran Day.
During the American Civil War, both the North and South came up with numerous composition to rouse the feelings of patriotism and battle. A couple of wars fought on the American soil inspired memorable songs. For instance, the American Revolution, has provided inspiration for three songs- “God Save the King”, “Yankee Doodle” and “British Grenadiers”. The present day national anthem of America, “Star Spangled Banner” was composed during the War of 1812 by Francis Scott Key.
Like every other song or music, patriotic music has its own colorful and fascinating history. Most of these songs of patriotism have some history behind their composition. Listed below are some patriotic songs and their history:
Star Spangled Banner- This song was composed by Francis Scott Key post the War of 1812. There are four stanzas in this song, usually the first stanza is performed. The melody of the song is inspired from an English song “To Anacreon in Heaven”.
Rally Round the Flag- This song was composed by George F. Root in 1862. The song as composed for the Union Army and was widely sung in the North.
Battle Hymn of the Republic- This song was composed by Julia H. Howe 1861. The song was set to a camp meeting tune. The song was played at the funerals of Robert Kennedy, Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan.
America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)- This song was composed by Samuel F Smith in 1832. It gained popularity in Britain as “God Save the Queen” but later became bi-continental. A R&B rendition was performed by Ray Charles which made the song popular amongst the audience of this century.
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Playing and learning to play a guitar both necessitate a certain level of commitment and inherent talent, the same is true of building a usable yet attractive guitar.To build a guitar, you will thus need to be fairly adept working with wood and also have a great ear for pinpointingvarious pitches and sounds. However, once you have completed your project to utmost satisfaction, you will unquestionably derive a strong sense of fulfilment. The proceeding instructions should aid you in carrying out this undertaking, do not expect to automatically complete your guitar the first day you choose to start building, it will demand a great deal of patience and hence should not be hastened.
How To Build A Guitar
Drill and attachment
Bandsaw or jigsaw
Three sheets of wood
Pre-made neck and bridge set
Lacquer or wood stain
No less than a dozen wood braces
Two small blocks of hard wood
Two light weight pieces of a durable kind of wood measuring 3 by 2 feet. These should be of Â¼ inch thickness.
1)The first thing that you will be required to do is make the front and back of the acoustic guitar. This will be carried out by utilizing tracing paper to create the shape of the guitar. Use this tracing paper to create an outline of the shape on each guitar section that will be utilized on either side. After the shape has been constructed cut the pieces of wood, for greater symmetry of both front and back you may clamp both sections together and cut using the jigsaw or band saw.
2)Next you will need to create a sound hole for your guitar. This will be placed on the front piece. The smaller the hole the more pronounced the bass or low pitched sounds while the larger the hole the greater the treble or higher pitched sounds. The decision will comedown to on personal taste. To do this use a large round drill attachment for more accuracy.
3)Construct the sides of your guitar. This will require two pieces of wood that are sufficiently long enough to go around the outer areas of the larger pieces with an allowance of 5 inches. You can then mould the wood by hand by putting the sections in very hot boiling water for a couple seconds. You may need to re-dip the pieces of wood to obtain the desired shape. This part of the process will require that you be patient, though quick with your fingers while the wood is still malleable.
4)Join the two sides with blocks of very strong wood glue. When gluing the sections together you must be sure to let the blocks of glue stay on the inner areas of the guitar where they will be virtually unseen. Ensure that they are glued securely and use your clamps to hold the sections in position while they dry.
5)You will then need to glue the body pieces to the guitar utilizing the wood glue. Like the creation of the base sections, you will have to allow them time to dry thoroughly before making any more adjustments.
6)When the glue has dried you can then sand the guitar body, but lightly.
7)Put a lacquer or stain over the guitar body to infuse it with a nice finish. The stain or lacquer should have its own set directions for application.
8)You can now put on your neck and bridge these are best bought pre-made for better accuracy. You will need to cut small grooves in your guitar to get these to fit perfectly, use a routing tool here. Use measurements while carrying this out for once again, precision. Once you are finished cutting you may then attach the neck and bridge utilizing the wood glue and allow to dry.
9)Install your bridge using small screws and some glue, this should be attached just below the sound hole.
10)Install your strings as you would when changing strings on any guitar.
11)Test your guitar to ensure that it plays the notes as you would expect and be alert to pinpointing any potential flaws in the overall sound.
Tips and Warnings
The total time to complete this project may take a few weeks to guarantee that the glue is set.
You can use templates to enhance the correctness of the guitar’s shape.
Look on a professionally created guitar to get some basic ideas and vital understanding of what your guitar should look like.
The fumes from the glue may be toxic, therefore it is best that you work outdoors or in a properly ventilated area.