Friday Song 9-23-16

Hi everyone happy Friday! We finally made it! During my college years, many were dancing and bobbing their head to this one! Yours truly (who typically doesn’t dance until she has a few beers in her) was doing it too! Alright I’ll admit it, I’m still bumping this one in the car in 2016! Today I’m taking you back to 2003, a.k.a. my junior year of college. Guess who’s performing and partying at a couple of clubs in El Paso tonight? Yeah, you guessed right! The tickets are already sold out for 50 Cent’s performance and after party! He’s also hitting up a local liquor store called Spec’s to promote Effen Cucumber Vodka before his show and after party. I’m sure I could find some tickets if I looked really hard for them online. Unfortunately bills have to get paid:/  I hope I can stop at Spec’s. I’ll let you know if I see him. Have a great Friday and weekend, everyone! I’ll be back Saturday with music and other posts. 

Guest Post: Music Genres That Enhance Concentration While Studying

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing well! Today I’m including a guest post by blogger David Milsont. David introduces a few genres of music to help students and others study important terms and information.

No matter what’s being studying, one cannot gain 100 percent of knowledge until the info. is fully concentrated on. Paying complete attention is a big problem for students. People use various techniques to deal with this issue. Some research studies say listening to music helps people concentrate on tasks.

One can easily get frustrated when spending long hours studying a particular subject or topic. In this case, a lot of people find music very helpful. If one studies with some sort of background music in place, one can easily manage to keep away from different types of disturbing sounds. It’ll be easier to focus on a book for a longer period of time. Here’s some music genres studies recommend using while studying:

Instrumental Music

Instrumental music does not require a singer or lyricist. It’s entirely produced with the support of musical instruments. It provides tremendous relaxation and entertainment. This type of music is really peaceful and helps minimize frustration. It also allows a person to effectively focus on studies.

Classical Music

Classical music has tremendous power when it comes to making a person focus on work. Yes that’s correct, it’s one of the best study companions that helps sharpen the brain. One of the best things about classical music is that it never distracts someone from studying and performing tasks. It’s a great source of entertainment that keeps one happy and entertained.

Jazz

In order to concentrate, one needs to be calm and relaxed. A tense person with boiling frustration levels cannot effectively work. In order to keep one’s temper under control, listening to jazz music helps. If you want to refresh yourself, play Jazz music in the background. One should also play Jazz music before studying.

Experts say learning Jazz helps improve a wide range of tasks like cognitive skills. Jazz music can be learned from academics at the New York Jazz Academy. The academy teaches music lessons to people of all ages with varied interest levels.

Funk Music

Aside from jazz, instrumental and classical music, Funk is also a music genre that improves efficiency. Funk is a musical composition that uses lots of musical instruments. The sounds help a person’s mind relax which eventually helps increase his or her concentration.

Funk developed in the 1960’s. Since then, music lovers from around the world have enjoyed it. When playing this type of music, it makes some feel happy and energetic. Thus, it enhances enthusiasm towards work.

David is an avid blogger who loves to write about music, lifestyle and other topics. When he isn’t blogging, you can find him at Starbucks. David can be followed on Twitter. Just click on the Twitter link here to find/follow him.

#RomanticTuesday 9-20-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Tuesday went well! It’s been pretty hectic over here! From time to time I’ve wondered if breakup songs are considered romantic. I finally came to the conclusion some songs are romantic. Some reminisce the good times in a relationship while others don’t. I had a hard time picking a song for today but I finally decided on Gwen Stefani’s “4 a.m.” from 2007. I’ve always liked this song and album it was released on (“The Sweet Escape”). I enjoy the piano and Gwen’s voice. At one point this was a song I’d repeat over and over for hours! Do you think breakup songs are romantic? Why or why not? Have a great night/Wednesday morning, everyone! I’ll be back on Friday with more music.

Oktoberfest

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Hi everyone! I hope your Monday was good! I had a long Monday here! As promised, I’m giving you a local Oktoberfest review. El Paso’s German Pub and County Coliseum hosted one of three Oktoberfests in town. I had a great time tasting and drinking German beer, wine and fig vodka for the first time ever! OK I take that back…I’ve drank German wine on several occasions. One of my all-time favorite wines is Reisling, a white wine. I especially like drinking it with Thanksgiving dinner. It goes down really well with turkey. The German Pub brought in Paulaner Beer from Munich. This beer is made for Munich’s Oktoberfest. Even though I drank the lighter Paulaner beer, it was extremely filling and strong. This beer isn’t for those who like sweeter ales and/or Bud Light. I also had a couple of snacks. Bratwurst on a bun and pretzels were a couple of snacks on the menu.

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Fig Vodka- Photo from Wikipedia.

The highlight of the night was listening to The Alex Meixner Band. The Florida-based polka band performed lots of classic rock cover tunes. Some of the musicians/bands  the band covered included Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne and German hard rock/heavy metal band, Rammstein.  You might not believe me but…they even performed a little bit of Bruno Mars! The band plays at several Oktoberfests worldwide. They’ve won a Grammy Award and appeared on “The Tonight Show.” It was also fun to watch the crowd dance to the music. I included a couple of performances I found on YouTube. I hope to attend Oktoberfest in Munich someday. What do you think of the Alex Meixner Band? I’ll be back with a Romantic Tuesday post. 

Sunday Song, etc. 9-18-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Sunday was great! I relaxed and watched the Dallas Cowboys win against the Washington Redskins this afternoon. Their backup rookie quarterback Dak Prescott looks great on the field! I hope he continues to thrive out there! I’m not looking forward to Monday but oh well. Have you heard Lady Gaga’s latest song called “Perfect Illusion?” It was released last week. If you’ve heard it what do you think? If you haven’t, I included it here. I’m in between liking and disliking it. It will probably grow on me within the next month or so. I had a great time at one of El Paso’s Oktoberfests on Saturday night. I didn’t take too many photos but I’ll include a review on Monday. I did quite a bit of drinking and eating though! Seriously, what else does anyone do at Oktoberfest besides those two things? How was your weekend? Did your NFL/college football team win this week? Have a great evening/morning, everyone. I’ll see you on Monday.

P.S. Thank you to those of you who follow me on Twitter. I’m currently at 1,400 followers. If you aren’t following me, my handle is @lma911. I also have a much smaller Facebook page. I hope you’ll find me on either social media site so we can connect some more! Feel free to share your social media info. in the comments section too. 

Featured Blogger: Life of an El Paso Woman

A thank you goes to my lovely friend/blogging buddy Rob from San Francisco for interviewing me in his blog. Check out/follow his awesome blog if you aren’t already.

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Photograph of Lisa Amaya LIsa Amaya, Life of an El Paso Woman

Our Featured Blogger for the last weeks of February is Lisa Amaya from Life of an El Paso
Woman. Thank you for agreeing to the interview.

Tell us a little about your history, where you were born, and your dreams as a child.

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. El Paso is a desert border town 45 minutes away from Ciudad Juarez, Mexicoand Las Cruces, New Mexico. It’s the sixth largest city in Texas. I’ve wanted to write since I was 6 years old. I won a school writing contest in first grade. This inspired me to keep writing throughout the years. Since then, I’ve written stories, poetry, newspaper and magazine stories. Right now, I’m a freelance writer and blogger who works in media sales. I thought I wanted to quit writing for good in 2010. It…

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Hello!

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Hi everyone and Happy Saturday! I hope this week went well for you. It’s been a long and hectic week for me but I’m surviving. Right now I’m going through some work-related changes/a possible career change. It’s still going to be a couple weeks before I can start blogging regularly. I’ll let you know more about this at a later time. I’m not even sure what’s going on myself. LOL. So…how can I really explain it to you? This doesn’t mean I won’t blog at all but for right now it won’t be as often. I’ve been checking out some blogs and leaving comments lately. I haven’t been able to read as many as I’d like though:/ Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and say hi to everyone. I miss all of you. I’ll be back to blogging regularly in the next couple of weeks. 

I need to take a break from everything so…I’m going to one of the Oktoberfests here. Can you believe El Paso has THREE different Oktoberfests this month and next? I hope to go to Germany for the real thing one of these days. Take care everyone! I’ll be back Sunday or Monday to give you an Oktoberfest update/photos along with some music. Wizzle might be around at times. I know I missed local music this morning but I will be back with some soon.

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Meow Wolf Investigation!

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Hi everyone,

Wizzle Oates here and maybe you have seen the above advertisement for “Meow Wolf” on your Facebook feed? Well, I got to do some quick investigative research before leaving Santa Fe and I am here to report on my findings. I will admit I am still a little mystified and in the dark about what all this is about. TibetanNewAge.jpg

I really liked the art work inside and I loved the concepts! I think the art collective should also moonlight as interior decorators. I would love for some of the rooms in my house to have a “Fraggle Rock Tree” in the middle of it with a glowing, synthesizer, mushroom keyboard in my living room with a new age, tibetan, chandelier hanging up above; I mean “Why Not?”(Creating jobs creatively, my ideas will get this economy back on track, you don’t need a corrupt politician for that). When you first walk in you are greeted by this video. Which I think explains the rules for the place but my logic at the time was, “Aint Nobody Got Time For That!” so this video was cut short:

After the above video you enter a room which looks like an old Victorian house that was stolen off a creepy movie set:OldVictorian.jpg

The fun begins when you enter the old Victorian house. People are coming and going through a door in the fireplace. After a few minutes of watching people enter and exit through various entry ways I decided I would go through the refrigerator located in the kitchen. After passing through the refrigerator I entered a room that seems to be a spaceship holodeck.

 

Then after the Space Ship I entered a room that looked like a glowing trailer park. Passing through a trailer I ended up in a room with a tree. The tree had huge glowing mushrooms sticking out the side of it that could be played like a musical instrument:

This was great, but this is where my one complaint comes in! They seriously need someone cleaning the installation. Guess what, when you have a thousand snotty-nosed, little kids running in and out of the place; germs start collecting and the place turns into a fucking psychedelic cess pool! My hand was sticking to the mushrooms! But other than that it was really cool to witness. I am not sure, because I only went through it briefly, but there does seem to be a sort of mystery that needs to be solved. If one has the patience to view all the monitors in the place, you might figure out the mystery. I think I might return someday and partake in it with a little more detective work.Screen Shot 2016-09-14 at 5.09.42 PM.png

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Overall, It made for an interesting 45 minutes. I mean where else are you going to see phallic looking, see-though, pipe cleaner, monsters in an afternoon:Screen Shot 2016-09-14 at 5.09.04 PM.png

What a great place to see a live band! Just please do me this one solid and give someone a job sanitizing the psychedelic tree synthesizer! You don’t want your patrons getting sick:

-Oates

 

The Humble Reef!

Hello Everyone!

I would like to share with you two of my passions! I make little movies and I love saltwater aquaria! I am also dabbling with computer animation! I hope to combine all these pretty soon, stay tuned! Recently, I have been learning YouTube’s video editor. It’s amazing that so much is available to you, to create small films! I am still learning the editor and the legality of using various music in your films! There is a huge library of music available to use for film projects. I am just shell shocked how all this is out there on the inter webs for you to use at your disposal! I am proud to present to you a quick dabble with free film editing software (please excuse the poor camera work, I am working on getting a better camera). Anyways, without further ado, I present to you “The Humble Reef”;

I’m Taking a Break 


Hi everyone! I hope your weekend and Monday went well! I’ve been feeling under the weather lately so I’m taking a few days off. Wizzle might be around some days. Once I feel better, I’ll be back. I’ll most likely be back this weekend or next Monday. Feel free to share anything you’re working on in the comments section. 

P.S. Thank you for following my blog! We’re currently at 912 WP followers, along with a couple thousand social media and email followers.