GODSMACK, THREE DAYS GRACE, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, WAGE WAR & LILITH CZAR Takeover Minnesota [Review & Photo Gallery]

After two cancellations due to Covid-19, the Twin City Takeover finally rolled into Minneapolis, Minnesota and filled the Target Center for a night of music. It was a five- band bill headlined by Godsmack and featured Three Days Grace along with Asking AlexandriaWage War and Lilith Czar

Lilith Czar hit the stage first with the rocking track “Feed My Chaos.” The track is taken from her newest record, ‘Created From Filth And Dust,’ which was a rebirth of sound and style for Juliet SimsLilith Czar is her alter ego which saw her blonde hair replaced with jet black hair and a shift to a heavier rock sound as opposed to pop. It is always a tough spot to be in when you’re the opening act and going on early. People are still filing into the venue but she made the moment hers and showcased her voice and style brilliantly. Draped in a red dress she stuck with material from the new album and hit “Lola,” “King,” the cover “Edge of Seventeen” from Stevie Nicks and “100 Little Deaths,” which goes back to her Juliet Sims era, but both the cover and that track are on the newest album. Her short set ended with “Anarchy” which left me wanting to see her again as this was my first time catching her and hopefully, she will make her way back here again soon.

When you looked at the line-up, there was no question what band was going to bring the most aggression to the Target Center and that is exactly what Wage War did. Opening with “Relapse” from the newest album, ‘Manic,’ they set out to destroy the place. It was forty minutes of an all-out sonic assault as they ripped through an eight-song set that included “High Horse,” “Teeth,” “Godspeed” and “Circle the Drain.” There wasn’t any doubt that they had a lot of fans anticipating their set as the energy amped up instantly as soon as they started. Wage War have been kicking around since forming in 2010 under the name Empires in Ocala, Florida. Every release has shown the bands growth, capped with that brilliant latest album, and they continue to build their fan base by utilizing every minute of stage time to get their music in the ears of anybody that will listen. 

Asking Alexandria opened with “Alone Again” which appears on the latest release ‘See What’s On The inside’ which came out in 2021. The British rock band from York, North Yorkshire have been mainstays in the metalcore genre and have built up an extensive catalog of material over seven albums. The band has continued to explore other avenues of sound as they have incorporated a more melodic approach with anthemic rock songs as opposed to sticking strictly to the metalcore playbook. Despite the change in aggressiveness, the live sound is still boisterous and rips as it comes off the stage. The set was ten songs and the bulk of the material was pulled from the ‘Like a House on Fire’ and ‘Asking Alexandria’ releases which included “Antisocialist,” “Down to Hell,” “The Violence,” “Into the Fire” and the closer “Alone in A Room.” I’ve seen these guys so many times over the years and they always pull of their stuff very well and give you a good show and this performance was no different.

“So Called Life” from the brand-new record ‘Explosions’ opened the set for Three Days Grace. It was the start of a ten-song set that saw the band focusing on the hits of the catalog, and a little bit to my surprise, they have quite a few. I lost track of this band after the first two albums and when vocalist Adam Gontier split from the outfit I completely lost touch with the band. This was my first time seeing the band live and I was pleasantly surprised just how great they sounded and the non-stop energy the newer front man, Matt Walst who took over vocals back in 2013, had throughout the set. The obvious cuts like “Animal I have Become,” “Never Too Late,” “Riot,” “Home” and “I Hate Everything About You” were certainly the backbone of the night and rightfully so as the crowd sang every word but I really liked “Mountain” and “Painkiller” as well. It was one of those shows where I fully realized how many hits this band has and why they continue to draw fans to their shows. The sound was so tight and each song sounded perfect as Brad Walst (Bass) and Neil Sanderson (Drums) handled the rhythm section while Barry Stock handled the guitar along with Matt Walst also doing some guitar. That live experience, as I have always said, is so important as it’s an hour commercial to showcase what you are and give people an opportunity to buy in and this show made me a believer in Three Days Grace.  

Godsmack have almost three decades under their belt. The band formed in 1995 in Lawrence, Massachusetts and have accumulated a tremendous amount of success over seven studio albums. The quartet of Sully Erna (Vocals, Guitar), Robbie Merrill (Bass), Tony Rombola (Guitar) and Shannon Larkin (Drums) took to the stage with “I Stand Alone” to a very excited crowd. The band has had three consecutive number-one albums on the Billboard 200 along with 25 top ten radio hits, including 18 songs in the top five so its quite apparent, everybody knows a Godsmack song or two, even if you were there to see some of the other bands and were not a die-hard fan. The hard-hitting set included “Keep Away,” “Speak,” “Straight Out of Line,” “Awake” and “Whatever.” The stage had a simple set-up of amps with flame throwers lined in front of the them which was first unleashed during the third song of the set called “1000hp.” Although time continues to march at a tremendous pace, the band sounds and feels just as did decades ago. Not much has changed as Erna still sounds as impressive as he ever has and the music still pummels in a glorious heaviness that first put the band on the map. The encore included Erna playing piano on “Under Your Scars” and then closing the show with The Beatlescover “Come Together.” This show was just another reminder of the legacy of Godsmack and how important they were in the musical landscape in the late 1990’s and 2000’s. It seems like just yesterday when the appeared at Ozzfest in 1999 along with the likes of System Of A DownDeftones and Slipknot. Bands that were just starting to navigate themselves in the music industry and now are some of the biggest bands we have today. These are the guys that are inspiring the bands we will hear in the future. Truly, another great show from Godsmack

DOROTHY, JOYOUS WOLF & CLASSLESS ACT Bring The Rock To Minnesota [Review & Photo Gallery]

The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota welcomed Dorothy as she brought her “Gifts From The Holy Ghost Tour” for a night of uncompromised rock-n-roll. It was night that would feature two other bands that soak themselves in the classic rock sound that seems to be on a bit of a revival in the current musical landscape. 

The first band to hit the stage was Classless Act. The band features Derek Day (Vocals), Dane Pieper (Guitar), Griffin Tucker (Guitar), Franco Gravante (Bass), and Chuck McKissock (Drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, California, they embodied a supercharged version of 70’s rock fused with a modern-day bombastic sound that comes off the stage fast and loud. The songs were laced with catchy hooks and melodies with a couple stand-outs being “This Is For You” and “Give It To Me.” Knowing that this was the first time for most of the audience seeing and hearing them, they threw in a great cover of the GNR classic cut “Civil War” towards the end of the set that people really got into. I was really impressed by these guys and loved how they attacked the night. They may have been the opener but they were there to be seen and heard and leave an impression on every person in that venue and I truly believe they did. Classless Act is something to start paying attention to. 

Another band straight from the Southern California sun, Joyous Wolf, opened the set with “Quiet Heart.” The band consists of Nick Reese (Vocals), Blake Allard (Guitar), Greg Braccio (Bass), and Robert Sodaro (Drums) and they have a sound built on the blues that hits your soul. Joyous Wolf dropped the EP ‘Place in Time’ back in 2019 which showcased their infectious grooves and melodies that are intertwined all over that release. We finally got a brand-new track called “Fearless” last year and it was a highlight of the show hearing it played live. The strong rhythm sections allow Allard to shine as he effortlessly delivers his guitar parts with a tasteful precision of notes that seem to dance around the other instruments. The lasting image of a Joyous Wolf show is definitely the antics of Reese. Along with being the mouthpiece of the band, he can also be labeled the acrobatic of the group as well. He is all over the stage and does jumps, spins and splits as he works though the set. He also cut the crowd in half and jumped from the stage, over the barrier, into the cleared runway to further ignite the crowd. He was non-stop energy from start to finish. The band ripped through a nine-song set list that closed with “Mother Rebel.” Joyous Wolf is certainly one of those young bands that continue to show they are a force and hopefully their next album can take them up to another level. 

The headliner, Dorothy, hit the stage with the tune “Down to the Bottom.” Vocalist Dorothy Martin instantly showed the power of her voice and the command of the stage. Her band in simplest terms, absolutely smoked. The skill of the musicianship was obvious as they provided the jet fuel for Dorothy to showcase her talent and take the songs to another level sonically. The first quarter of the set included “Gun In My Hand,” “Ain’t Our Time To Die” and “What’s Coming To Me.” I was a bit surprised that the material was from the past albums ‘ROCKISDEAD,’ ’28 Days In the Valley’ and older singles as opposed to hitting with newer cuts. She also slipped in a great cover of “Sweet Dreams” from the Eurythmicsbefore getting to some songs I was anxious to hear. Her third album, ‘Gifts from the Holy Ghost’ just recently dropped and we finally got a couple tracks from it. Both songs, “Rest In Peace” and “A Beautiful Life,” are stand-outs off the newest record that features a lot of driving guitar rockers. The set contained twelve songs that seemed to fly by. Some other songs that made the set were “Medicine Man,” “Raise Hell,” “Flawless,” and “Freedom.” Every song came across in pristine form and for me, the first time seeing them, solidified the strength of the material and talent of the performers. 

This is a really great tour package. Every band offers a different twist of sound while all being based in the good old rock genre. The night was full soaring guitars and powerful vocals that kept the night rolling at a an extremely fast pace. If you’re a rocker, this tour is for you. 

SHINEDOWN, THE PRETTY RECKLESS & DIAMANTE Bring The Fire To South Dakota [Review & Photo Gallery]

Shinedown brought The Revolutions Live Tour to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota withThe Pretty Reckless and Diamante in support. The bar is always set high when it comes to Shinedown putting on spectacular shows and you could feel the anticipation as people filed into the venue. As the night played out, it was apparent that all three acts rose to the occasion and put on fantastic shows.

Diamante started the night with her hit “Ghost Myself.” She has the flair and style of a pop music star but also has a bite that lends itself to hard rock. She dropped her second record ‘American Dream’ in 2021 which showed the artists growth from her debut ‘Coming In Hot” which was released in 2018. She has continued to hone her craft by extensive touring and the opportunity to open this run of dates with Shinedown has allowed her to introduce herself to thousands of people every night. Her set consisted of “Haunted,” “American Dream,” “I Love Myself for Hating You” and a cover of the Goo Goo Dolls hit “Iris.” As with most opening acts, the set was short and came and went very quickly. What she lacked for in time, she made up for with quality. Her voice sounded fantastic and she seized every moment to give the crowd an entertaining set and lasting memories of her hook induced songs that stick with you long after she has left the stage. 

It has been a very long time since anybody has seen The Pretty Reckless on stage. In fact, the last tour was back in 2016-2017. For fans, it’s been a long wait, especially after dropping, what could be, their best album to date, ‘Death by Rock and Roll,’ back in early February of 2021. The band is led by vocalist Taylor Momsen and when she took the stage and kicked into the Soundgarden cover “Loud Love” the crowd let out a tremendous roar. Your immediately struck by the strength of her vocals as she invited you into her world. They pulled out the track “Since Your Gone” from the “Light Me Up” release second and then the title track from the newest record. The way Momsen delivers her vocals, changes up styles, from all out power to raspy seduced venom, gives The Pretty Reckless it’s uniqueness and sound. Call them hard rock, alternative, post-grunge or whatever you want, I simply think they douse themselves in good old-fashioned rock-n-roll and light the match. Although the vocalist steals most of the praise and attention, the band is top-notch and supply the foundation for which Momsen stands on. Guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins really brought the songs alive in their full sonic thunder. Other songs from the night included “Going To Hell,” “Heaven Knows,” “And So It Went” and “Take Me Down.” It was great to see The Pretty Reckless back on stage, they absolutely killed it and sounded like a band that is now on a mission to make up for lost time. 

What can be said about Shinedown that already hasn’t been said? They pride themselves on bringing a bombastic live show and energy that engulfs the venue from the very first moment they take the stage. Shinedown Nation is a loyal one and they love this band, so the pressure is always on to produce a bigger, better and more exciting show than the one before it. This tour is the introduction to the new album coming called ‘Planet Zero.’ The album was supposed to have dropped on April 22, but due to delays in physical product, the wait will be a little longer as it now will be released on July 1. The stage was unique, a narrower one that shot much further into the crowd which gave many fans a front row view of the stage. In front of the drums was giant screen. After a short clip about the band getting ready to tour again after covid, a giant door, that was the screen, opened up and band walked out to the middle of the stage. From that moment it was on, they unleashed the pyro, blasted into one of the new cuts called “The Saints of Violence and Innuendo” and the crowd went nuts. The brilliance and aggressiveness of the song cut though the venue, a song truly served best in a live setting. The energy coming off the stage was being quickly shot back at it from the people rocking with the cut. Then when the moment seemingly can’t get any better, it does, as blasts of fire shot through the floor of the stage adding another shot of adrenaline to the moment. The show didn’t slow with the next two songs played either as “Devil” and “Planet Zero” hit next. Shinedown members Brent Smith (Vocals), Zach Myers (Guitar), Eric Bass (Bass) and Barry Kerch (Drummer) understand a concert is more than just playing the songs, it also is delivering an experience, a moment where the only thing that matters is that music, in that venue, with Shinedown. They work hard to bring everybody into the show and it shows by the response they get every night. The set as usual, is packed with powerhouse songs and hits. “Cut the Cord,” “Enemies,” Bully,” “45” and the closer “Sound Of Madness” always go over big. They also take some time to slow it down and bring up a piano from underneath the stage and acoustic guitars and played “Simple Man,” “Call Me” and a cover of the Foo Fighters “Wheels” with Myers and Bass on vocals. It’s a pretty simple formula but so few bands pull off such an exciting show tour after tour like Shinedown does and ‘The Revolutions Live Tour” is just another great example of what they do and how they do it. 

Guide on how to write a discursive essay

A discursive essay will require you to take a biased position in support or against an issue. In some cases you might be asked to discuss both sides. Finalize your discussion by expressing a rational opinion based on the points presented.

Discourse essays are among the most difficult academic assignments. While it’s similar to an argumentative, you must use a different structure. The purpose of writing is also different. Hire someone who write essays for money to help you write a discursive essay. Here are some tips that will help you craft the best discursive paper on your behalf.

Find out what to expect

These instructions will help guide you to determine what your tutor is looking for in an essay. You need to be able to comprehend the prompt and also understand the type of discursive essay that you are required to write. Some tutors will give prompts while others will ask you to choose the most interesting topics for your discursive essay. These instructions will help you to create the essay you want.

Bad grades are earned when you fail to follow instructions. Also, your paper will be graded according to the instructions. If you are able to follow the instructions, you will receive an A+.

Be professional and personal

A discursive essay can best be described as academic writing. Any bias must be justified through the existence of more points supporting your position. Use formal, objective language that doesn’t leave the reader with the final decision.

You may be required to take a particular position in certain cases. You should not be seen as biased. You should present your strongest points. When you finish, your argument will be valid.

Be sure to organize your paragraphs.

Each paragraph typically represents a point. You should make sure that the paragraph conveys the idea clearly. Continue to build upon your idea, from the first sentence to the last. Each paragraph is then joined with the next to make a compelling narrative. It is the only method to convince the reader of your point.

Use linking words and phrases

The paper should have one idea running through it, from the introduction to body and conclusion. You can build this bridge by using linking words or phrases. To connect ideas, the linking words enable readers to create a powerful discussion.

A sample may help

Discourse essays have a unique presentation. Your conclusion should be clear and concise. Contrary to other essay types like analysis and argumentative, the reader will be more interested in your position based only on the data that you present. It is essential that you understand the proper format and language. Take samples on the essay writing services uk to get an idea of the structure and texture required for the paper.

The prompts or instructions that are provided define a discursive article. You can see the different parts of the essay, from the title to your introduction and body to your conclusion. It is a good idea to have samples of your essay if you find it difficult to write.

Sports betting: Is it relevant in 2021?

 

Introduction

Internet betting platforms, especially in the cricket sector, are prevalent. The pandemic has not affected the gambling industry that much. One of the sites where people can bet on the sports they like is Parimatch. People who place cricket online bets here enjoy other offers like registration incentives, weekly/monthly rewards, and more. The site is simple and employs SSL encryption to maintain safety. 

Online cricket betting

Many websites for cricket betting exist, and it can be hard to pick the best one. Punters need to consider credibility and reviews when choosing. Some of the best ones include:

  • Parimatch: The platform offers a signup incentive of 150% cashback of as high as twelve thousand rupees.
  • Pure Win: Individuals receive a signup incentive of as high as ten thousand rupees in free bets.
  • Betway: New users receive 100% cash back for up to two thousand five hundred rupees.
  • Bet365: The welcome offer is 15% cash of as high as four thousand rupees.
  • 10Cric: The signup bonus is 100% cashback of ten thousand rupees.

Cricket sport: Wagering strategy

Punters need to perform research before betting on cricket at any bookmaker. The sport is not only a skill or statistics game. It also depends on gaming conditions, strategy, and specific events.

People have to research and understand the playing rules. Knowing about previous matches is additionally vital. Punters have to know the records and stats. It is also essential to learn how to wager before considering actual money wagers.

Another important thing in cricket betting is the weather forecasts of the time the match will happen. Punters need to know the sunset time and how much daytime the nation hosting the game will have.

For example, if Sri Lanka is the host, a rainy day assures that the match won’t last long. Bettors should also not fail to bet because of rain. At times the presence of rain assists in seaming and swinging bowlers to the point of breaking the match.

Common cricket bets

The bets that punters can place include:

  1. Match betting

The bet is ideal for new bettors, and it has three options. They are:

  • People can select a home team to win.
  • Punters can bet for a home team that will lose.
  • They can also bet for a draw.
  1. Completed match

The wager applies to single-day matches. Punters have to bet on if the game will get completed on a particular day or note. There is a straightforward way to win if the weather is likely to be cloudy with thundershowers.

  1. Tied match

Bettors bet on if the match will end in a tie or not. The option is also suitable for newcomers in the betting industry.

  1. Innings runs

The bet functions well if punters can wager on and win when predicting the runs scored by teams in specific innings.

  1. Top bowler 

The bet requires people to determine the bowler that will get a high number of wickets in a match, championship, or series.

  1. Top batsman 

The bet needs punters to determine the batsman that will get many runs in a championship, series, or match. The wager has several markets. They include:

  • Top series.
  • Top home.
  • To away.
  • Match top.
  1. Team of top batsman

People have to predict and wager on the team where the best batsman will emerge.

  1. Bowler match

The wager is between two bowlers in a match. They can be from one team. Punters only have to determine who will get the highest wickets in a game.

Conclusion 

Betting on cricket became more accessible with the advancement in technology. Punters can find tips online to enable them to make informed decisions. The gaming sites additionally have outstanding features. Anyone interested in cricket betting can take part in it using a phone or computer without any challenges. 

New York’s Traditional Irish Music Scene: Back With A Bang

Traditional Irish music in New York is exciting, and you should experience the excitement too. You step into the music scene, and it hits you: there is a fiddle, a guitar, a concertina, and a bodhran. You also find a flute, a tin whistle, and a banjo. Your body starts moving, you order a pint, and you are settling on for music assembling images of a damp.

Irish traditional music is typically played in sessions. These sessions are the lifeblood of this type of music. The sessional vary in quality, size, and instrumental combination; the format is fixed: A consistent musical grouping in a bar anchored by several musicians.

In Ireland, music scenes act as a social network and a training ground for practitioners of old musical tradition. Invited friends join in; also visiting artists from other towns might show up too. The popularly played instrument in these gatherings is the flute, from a reliable Irish Flute store.

McNeela’s Favorite Place

Dublin-based Irish flute maker Peraic McNeela lists the Irish pub scene as his favorite place outside Ireland for a music session. However, in this communal set up of public performance, with a familiar atmosphere with drinks and stories mixed, keeping this tradition booming and preserving its local styles, together with countless tunes.

The Irish music session nourishes the community, sustaining the art form by continuing a very extensive repertory. A top-rated flute player and singer and a professor from a top-rated university said in an interview.

Learning To Become Mastery

There are various techniques to technical mastery that include group classes, private lessons, and YouTube tutorials or videos. But at some point, the same singer said, it would help if you sit with a group and learn physically. There is no perfect way of becoming fluent in the wordless communication between flute players: the amiable loop of melodies played in unison, the spark igniting an incredible solo and the subtle cues of leader.

When it comes to the diaspora, music sessions are also a way to preserve Irish identity. Leah Ranking, a rare instrumentalist in the trad scene, said they were a perfect example of how some cultures maintain their identities within the traditional conflation and fusion of New York City. Making a space for these cultures to be practiced, she proclaimed, “implies offering a place for the preservation of identity, and sometimes for individuals to find their identity.”

A traditionally trained instrumentalist performs on a carbon-fiber instrument in puns since beer spills may pose a risk to her favorite wooden instrument. The instrumentalist became hooked on Irish flute music through the work of an Irish virtuoso marinade in the sweetly lithe tradition of Easy Clare Flute playing.

At a precursory glance, a session appears laid-back, casual, and open. Yet, there are pecking orders under spinning both the citywide scene and each persona session. Some are overcrowded with beginners, compromising the quality of music. But formulating your Irish Flute session is a process.

It is essential to a set of rules to play in an Irish group of musicians, for newcomers depending on etiquette and egos. This article will able you to learn that New York traditional Irish music is trending now, and you can purchase a quality instrument from the best Irish Flute store.

Online Casinos: How to Ensure Seriousness and Security Before Playing

Online casinos are becoming increasingly popular over the last years. Learn how to find a trusted online casino to play confidently and win real money.

Due to recent advancements in technology, players no longer have to visit a traditional brick-and-mortar casino to play Poker, Roulette, Slots or Blackjack. Nowadays, by joining an online casino, they can enjoy a wide selection of high-quality games from the comfort of their home.

If you have been looking for a safe online casino, here you will find some information about what to consider before signing up in any site, and also where it is most advised to play, to give yourself a better chance.

Trusted Payment Methods

One of the most important things regarding online security is to find safe gambling sites with a reliable payment system. In this context. The payment gateway landscape has actually been changing a lot in the industry: nowadays, there is a whole bunch of payment options to suit everyone’s personal want and needs.

Players can now deposit and request withdrawals using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, BitcoinCash, Ethereum, Litecoin and even the easily accessible dogecoin (https://kryptoszene.de/dogecoin-casinos/). E-wallets (PayPal), bank transfers, and electronic checks – among others are also available for use when cashing in or paying out. But by far the most popular payment method at online casinos from all over the world are still credit cards, such as VISA or MasterCard.

As internationally recognized brands, they provide a safe, easy, and quick way to pay online, and for these reasons, almost every secure online casino accepts credit cards as their primary banking option for their players.

Additionally, players can make deposits by simply using a safe mobile casino payment solution that allows them to play for real money games via a mobile device in no time. Mobile payments have become a quick and convenient option for mobile online gamblers, and for those using a computer as well.

Data Security

One of the primary concerns among players who are consistently on the lookout for new and exciting online casinos has become the security of their financial and personal details when making an online payment.

Consumers are more afraid than ever about being a victim of a fraudulent transaction. However, there is no reason to worry about. Most web-based casinos are regularly tested by testing agencies and specialists to ensure payment security when it comes to protection of player’s personal and banking details.

That said, online casinos are constantly trying to find a balance between improving security payment processes and making the online customer journey as quick and easy as possible. So, if you decide to try a new safe online casino, just do a little practical research to find out how all the offered payment methods work, their advantages and the associated costs you should be aware of.

Fraud Prevention: Be Safe, Not Sorry

It is a fact: with increased interest in online casino comes an increase in cybercrime, so finding a trustworthy site may seem like a complicated task, as all of them claim to be safe.

With this in mind, you should consider some few essential steps before signing up in any web-casino, that may seem a bit unnecessary on occasion but if it is not a known brand or operator it would be well advised to take into account.

The first step is to check the casino’s license and registration. If the operator is properly regulated, you can rest assure that your money is safe and be monitored. To do so, you need to scroll down to the bottom of the casino home page and look for the relevant logos. All reputable online casinos present their license on their website.

It Is also crucial to check whether the licensing authorities have in fact issued that casino a license. So, you may want to click on the corresponding link and take a look at the list of all approved casinos.

Online Casino’s Reputation

If you are not satisfied after checking the license of your chosen casino, you can look out for reviews and ratings. When a casino is trustworthy and reliable, it must have a large community of players.

Therefore, on some trusted platforms, you can find plenty of online casino reviews from experienced players and professional gamblers to help you find the most trusted one for your gaming needs.

As mentioned before, there are plenty of trusted online casinos where you can play your favorite games and win serious money prizes confidently. The probability is that you will not encounter any problems at all when playing online. Finally, among the safest online casinos to play online this 2021 in the USA are Las Atlantis Casino, BetUs and Wild Casino. All of them are recommended due to their legit certifications and high online reputation. Are you ready to play safe?

How Music Is Used To Create Different Emotions

Music is everywhere. It can act as the soundtrack to many aspects of your life whilst it can also be used in many different ways depending on the genre and style used. In any given situation, it can be used to reflect something different and can be used to influence how you react or feel about something.

Ambient music

The presence of ambient music in film and television has long been used as a way to influence how viewers will react to what they see in front of them. Different music and instruments can elicit emotions based on what is on the screen. As an example, think about the low bassline in Jaws. As the music speeds up and increases in volume, it accentuates the sense of tension, alerting the viewer to the real danger that the characters were before they were attacked. It is this effect that music can have as at that point you genuinely feel as if you are part of the film experience, rather than just an onlooker eating overpriced popcorn. Just being able to connect to the characters on an emotional level indicates the influence that music can have in boosting a scene. Looking at montages, you can really understand what the character is going through in the time lapses. Just look at the Rocky films. When Eye of the Tiger hits during the match against Apollo Creed, the fanfare in the background alerted you to the sense that something historical might be on the horizon, and as a result, it leaves you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what might happen next.

Where else?

It is not just in films where ambient music can have an impact as supermarkets and restaurants use similar ideas in order to help their customers to relax. As a result, the soft music in the background can help to provide a more laid-back vibe, which can lead to the customers spending more time and money or potentially coming back in the future. It is no different in the world of online and mobile casinos, where fast paced music and flashing lights can be used to excite and entice players, enhancing the experience and providing an adrenaline rush. Sites such as royalvegascasino.com utilize this as it can give customers a sense of being inside a real casino, even if they are really lying on a beach or sitting in their kitchen. It can make the experience more enjoyable and replicates a true casino atmosphere.

Summary

11It cannot be underestimated how important music can be in setting a scene and getting an audience emotionally involved. Without it, many films would go by as a non-event, and they wouldn’t have the same impact. Music is vital to many aspects of life as it can provide an outlet in times of hardship and concern, as well as in situations where everyone is just having a good time. Knowing how to use it to your advantage is where the true skill lies, though. So next time you sit watching your favorite film, just take a moment to appreciate the soundtrack, as without it, it wouldn’t be the same film at all.

Tips for writing a personal statement

A personal statement is a style of essay. It’s usually written when applying to a school. In an application essay, you argue why you’d be a good fit. The paper is a standard procedure for college admission. Also called a statement of purpose.

The student must convince the admissions tutors in less than a thousand words. The personal statement is an essential deciding factor in high-demand programs. Getting an interview is the main aim of a statement. Students often use a paper writing service when applying to prestigious institutions. Certain applications may require you to write more than one essay. However, the initial paper is the most important. Writing one is no different from a normal essay. The only different thing is that you’re talking about yourself. You’re arguing through logic about how you’d be a great addition to the school.

Similarly to a regular essay, you’ll use logic and data to prove your points. The final result must be error and plagiarism-free. Also, you should format your paper according to the school’s guidelines.

Let’s look at the four main points your essay should carry before getting into the actual writing tips:

  1. Commitment and devotion
  2. Leadership and teamwork
  3. Research and writing skills
  4. Other real-life experiences 

Admissions tutors are looking for enthusiasm and dedication. It’s vital to convey that you’re eager to learn and bring value to the class. Write a clear and concise report of your skills and experiences. Explain how they’re going to benefit the course. Finally, proofread your work and send it.     

General tips for writing a personal statement

Have patience

A personal statement requires at least a few hours to complete. In most cases, it takes days or even weeks. You’ll need sufficient time for research, writing, and proofreading. It’s best to have a break once in a while and come back with fresh eyes. At a minimum, you should dedicate two days — the first one for the draft and the second one for adjustments. You won’t believe how many new ideas come to mind after a good night’s sleep.   

Structure it

It’s advised you imagine a basic structure before starting. Bundle up related ideas and organize them in separate sections. You can write a few keywords on the side of the paper. Whether you structure your text before or after writing, it’s vital to arrange the report logically. Otherwise, you’ll lose your readers from the get-go. 

The most important thing, however, is to have an intro, body, and end:

  • The introduction is the initial part of the text that explains your motives. Introduce yourself, your ambitions, and start the discussion.  
  • The body should mostly cover your school achievements. Leave some space for any extracurricular activities that might put you in a good light.   
  • The conclusion is where you express your final ideas. 

Draft and edit 

Start writing without minding the word counter. Let your ideas flow and create a few generous paragraphs. You’ll most likely write more than the word count, but you’ll trim it down by revising a few times. Cut down the bulk of the text by eliminating redundant info. Generally, it’s easier to write more and edit after than continuing word-per-word as you progress.   

Argue your case 

Try to convince your readers that you’re worth it. Explain your experience and skills and how you could bring value to the class. Think from their perspective: would you like to have a student such as yourself? What would intrigue and impress teachers about your talents? Keep this in mind about your audience when writing. 

Furthermore, always demand respect when defining your skills. Describe your experiences and abilities. Explain how your knowledge can benefit your academic journey. Say you’re an avid tech consumer. Instead of simply stating the obvious, try to expand on the benefits. For instance, you could write, “I’ve gained problem-solving skills by troubleshooting software and hardware issues.”   

Lastly, most admission boards will read your document onscreen. Use white spaces to keep a clean and scrollable text. 

Make it original 

Using other pieces of work to inspire yourself is good. However, it’s called a personal statement for a reason. Try to reflect your personality through your writing. “Acquaint” yourself with the admission teachers through your writing – be original.  

Be honest

Don’t try to appear someone you’re not. It’s acceptable to sell yourself a little bit but don’t exaggerate. For example, don’t say you’re fluent in a foreign language if you’re not. Similar lies might impress tutors when reading, but there will be a time when you’ll have to demonstrate your fluency.  

Proofread it out loud

You should proofread your final draft a couple of times. Additionally, read it out loud to see if it sounds right. Also, get a friend or two to read it for you. The more input, the better.   

Abstract

A personal statement is an essay where the author candidates for a specific post. The writing is argumentative and tries to convince the reader that his skills and experience are suitable for the desired position. Application essays are written for schools, companies, and non-profit organizations. They’re important criteria for admission tutors when conducting the selection process.

How To Best Manage My Finances As A Single Parent

Dealing With Finances As A Single Parent

When it comes to being a single parent, one of the bigger issues that you will face would be that of your finances. Without a second source of income and two mouths to feed, you may sometimes find yourself in a situation where you have to decide between paying money to buy gas or buying groceries for the family. You might also reach a point where you end up looking at your retirement fund thinking if it would be enough.

What’s more, some single parents are even juggling more than one to two jobs in order to ensure that there is enough money to provide for their family. However, if you are eligible for child support, new york child support lawyer paul matthews can help.

Being a single parent is tough and having to be the one to provide for everything within the household can be quite straining and tiresome. By being a single parent, you might not be able to have the same amount of money that a double-income family does. This then leads to there being a greater limitation in contrast to these double-income families. Not forgetting the household chores are now only dealt with by one person as well as the job of raising a child.

However, this does not mean that all hope is lost. In fact, many single parents have become masters in properly managing their finances while raising their children to a full and happy life. So what can you do to best manage your finances as a single parent?

Be confident and decisive

Well, being a single parent does lead up to quite a bit of self-doubt. However, one thing that you should be is confident and aware of yourself. Being afraid that your decision is not the right one will lead to a delay. When this happens, it takes a much longer time to achieve the things you want. Especially those with regard to financial planning. As such, it is very important to sit down and set a plan for yourself and set some achievable and realistic goals to help you best reach it.

Seek help if you need it

If you feel that you are unable to do this alone, reach out to someone for help and get them to do it together with you. You cannot be doing everything alone and it is especially important to have someone to confide in and seek knowledge from especially about your financial issues. Having people who can keep you accountable close by is very beneficial too. Doing things independently could also mean that you are more vulnerable to the things that happen in life. As such, the availability of a support group helps you to first think about the decision you are making and when you talk about it, you can hear better reasoning as to why you should or should not continue with that idea.

Budget and Investment

Being in control of your budget is also very important. You should be fully aware of your monthly expenditure. Know what you are spending your money on and do not avoid it. As a single parent, there is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders, be it in terms of taking care of your children or financially. Having a proper budget and sticking to it will help you to reduce any unnecessary spending and allow you to focus on what is more important or what should be the priority.

Another important aspect is an investment. It is always better to take charge of your financial security. Because investment can grow your present wealth if traded strategically. You could always turn online for help as there are countless social trading networks and applications available.

Take care of your debts

Another very important thing to do is to clear your debts as quickly as possible. Being able to pay off your debts quickly leaves you being more financially free to finally use your money to spend on your family. To do so, it is good to take on a debt elimination strategy. Firstly list out all your debts from the smallest to the largest. Then start paying off the minimum you can for your debts except the smallest, try to pay off as much as possible for the smallest debt to clear it quickly. Of course, this is easier said than done, and many people could be forced to take out a personal loan to help decrease the amount of debt they have. You can even use something like this personal loan calculator, from somewhere like SoFi (https://www.sofi.com/personal-loan-calculator/) in order to compare the debt that you have to see how you can lower the interest rate and monthly payments going forward. In turn, this could help to clear your debt a lot quicker than if you were to go it alone.

Increase your employability

Have a plan to increase your earning potential. It is good to have a plan for the future, regardless of the little time you have to do so. When you have a plan, you set goals for yourself to achieve. As such, it is good to upskill yourself constantly. This would ensure that you will always be in a hireable position. This upskill could also help you to earn more in the future.

Talk to your kids about finances

It is also good to let your children be aware of your financial status. Do not be afraid to talk to them about things such as budgets and at the same time, this would help them to better understand the value of money and perhaps establish proper expectations. Allow your children to understand why they are unable to constantly have the things they want and to be able to make adjustments. What is more important is to show your children love. Be there for them in other ways. This way they will learn to appreciate you and your sacrifices.

Set aside funds for retirement

Never give up your retirement. As much as you would like to give your child the best, you should never short-change yourself. Yes, college and school fees are very important, but you also have to take yourself into account. Having a retirement fund not only allows you to live a comfortable life but also takes the burden off your children as well. Remember that it is alright to care about yourself first, when it comes to paying tuition fees, you could always look out for the available financial aid schemes within the different schools.

Conclusion

All in all, being a single parent does have its disadvantages and stresses. While it is important to ensure that everyone in the household is well taken care of and that the needs of your children are met, be sure not to neglect yourself in the process. Be sure to surround yourself with individuals who are genuinely there to listen to you vent about your frustrations and give you the proper aid and help you need.