4.17.2019

FULL PINK MOON COMPLETIONS RESOLUTIONS FREEDOM


The Pink Moon rises on Friday, April 19. The full moon of April, called the Pink Moon, will occur on the morning of April 19 at 7:12 a.m. EDT.

April 19 Libra Full Moon - Completions, Resolutions, Setting Yourself Free
The second Libra Full Moon of 2019 is a time to complete a part of your soul's journey that allows you to move forward with greater confidence and connection to who you are now. The moon at 29 degrees Libra is asking for objective understanding around relationship dynamics or patterns that you are meant to see in yourself.

Venus in Pisces is the ruler of this Full Moon and she is asking you to be kind to your heart and loving around the lessons that are ending. A strong completion energy is within this lunar cycle. Let go consciously or get dragged.

The Full Pink Moon’s name comes from the abundance of moss phlox, a common little pink flower that typically begins to spread across the ground in early spring.

For observers on the U.S. East Coast, the Pink Moon will rise at about 8 p.m. the evening of April 19 and set at around 7 a.m. the next morning, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. The moon will be in Libra. The sun will rise about an hour before moonset on April 20, so for about an hour, the nearly full moon and the sun will both appear in the sky.

Setting personal boundaries, as much as opening up, is a component of the principles of love or humanity. Hence, a protected space is being created in which we can develop freely. Not all influences we are surrounded by or encounter support our path. Sometimes we need encouragement to say “no”. This can help us to turn toward other influences and to dissolve our limitations. Behind this stands the “yes” toward life that we chose.

FullMoon.Info Calendar

In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 11:12:11 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 9:12:11 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 8:12:11 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 7:12:11 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 6:12:11 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 4:42:11 pm (IST)
DUBAI = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 3:12:11 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 2:12:11 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 1:12:11 pm (CEST)
LAGOS = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 12:12:11 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 12:12:11 pm (BST)
RIO = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 8:12:11 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 7:12:11 am (CLT)
NEW YORK = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 7:12:11 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 6:12:11 am (CDT)
CALGARY = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 5:12:11 am (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 4:12:11 am (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 3:12:11 am (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Friday * 19 April 2019 * 1:12:11 am (HAST)

4.16.2019

HOW TO GET YOUR MUSIC ON SPOTIFY PLAYLIST


You work hard on your music. You spend hours in the studio crafting each song and write lyrics that speak to your heart. It's only fair that all this effort goes somewhere. As one of the largest music streaming services in the world, Spotify is an excellent way to get recognized!

Spotify releases curated playlists that they then promote to its users. These cover every genre you can think of - and even more, you haven't! Learn how to beat the algorithms and get Spotify playlisting. It will give you leverage in the music industry whether you're a seasoned indie veteran or just starting out.

1. Sign Up for a "Spotify For Artists" Account

Make sure you already have some music on Spotify. With a "Spotify for Artists" account, you can claim those releases and then send them to Spotify for consideration. This type of account also gives you access to a lot of useful data. You can learn what songs are getting buzz, and which just get skipped over completely. Remember that Spotify uses that data, too. It helps them decide what songs are worthy of a feature.

2. Don't Get Overeager

Now that you have an account, it's time to get releasing, right? Not so fast! Spotify only allows you to send its editors one unreleased song at a time. That's why it's really important to decide what song you want to showcase.

3. Plan Carefully

You need to send Spotify your song at least a week in advance of its release. Start the promo now. If you have a social media presence (and by now you should), time posts daily to engage with your followers. This can include snippets of the song or other teasers. Followers often equal streams, which proves to Spotify that you have a big enough fanbase to land a spot on one of their playlists.

4. Make Playlists of Your Own

Don't wait for Spotify to take the bait. Build a playlist around your songs and promote those, too. Your listeners will get a feel for your sound and how it fits in with existing artists. This could lead to amazing collaboration opportunities as well! Don't be afraid to reach out if you like someone else's sound.

5. Network, Network, Network

Understand where the other big playlists are. A lot of music blogs run playlists of their own. What music sites do you like and read regularly? Chances are they've got a top-ten list or two just waiting to feature you. This is another great way to grow your audience and expand your platform.

6. Keep the Momentum Going

The work doesn't stop once you've landed on a Spotify playlist. Use that leverage to gain further traction within the industry. Spotify only pays its artists a fraction of a cent per play so you can't rely on that alone. Continue promotion after that playlist to encourage your fans to return and seek out your other songs.


Ultimately, though, it's about the music. Focus on creating something you're proud of and the likes, streams, and clicks will naturally follow. The bonus? Once you get noticed on Spotify, you could even get picked up by iTunes and additional music streaming platforms.

4.10.2019

THE TRI STATE F5 TORNADO: THE DEADLIEST STORM IN US HISTORY


At about 1:01 PM on March 18, 1925, trees began to snap north-northwest of Ellington, Missouri, and for the next three and a half hours more people would die, more schools would be destroyed, more students and farm owners would be killed, and more deaths would occur in a single city than from any other tornado in U.S. history.


It began when a small tornado touched down near Ellington, Missouri gained momentum over the course of the afternoon. In the three-and-a-half hours that followed, it ballooned to record widths and speed. At one point, observers calculated that it was a full mile wide, and it maintained an average speed of 62 miles per hour and a top speed of 73 miles per hour.


In 2013, a group of weather experts reevaluated the tornado in search of reasons why it was so huge and so destructive. Though they did find an unusual combination of a warm front, the tornado’s supercell and a favorable storm environment, they concluded that there wasn’t a single reason why the storm was so huge.


For people on the ground, the reasons didn’t matter. This tornado was the biggest one they’d ever seen, and people scrambled for shelter as it attacked town after town. From the start, the storm was a killer. Within minutes of materializing, it killed a farmer.

Then it headed to Annapolis, Missouri, a mining town. Tragically, the mountains in the town kept people from spotting it. Ninety percent of the town’s buildings were destroyed, four people were killed, and 1,000 people became homeless. Miraculously, a group of children who had huddled around their teacher’s desk after coming in from recess survived.



That was just the beginning. Soon the tornado had marched through Murphysboro, Illinois, where 243 people were killed, 623 injured and the city’s industries decimated. In nearby De Soto, 7-year-old Betty Moroni was in her classroom when the storm hit. Thirty-three students died at the school, including Moroni’s sister and 19 of the children in the classroom where she cowered during the storm. She lost three sisters and her father eventually died of head injuries he sustained during the tornado.

“After the tornado was over, nobody knew where anybody was,” she told The Southern Illinoisian in 2015. “You could be blown forever.” The tornado killed 33 schoolchildren, and 36 others, in De Soto. The death toll was even higher in West Frankfort, and only three buildings were left standing in nearby Parrish.



Then the tornado jumped state lines again. This time, its target was Indiana. Owensville was first. “The body of an unidentified infant was found in a creek, where it had been hurled by the fury,” wrote a local reporter. After laying waste to much of Princeton, the storm finally petered out.

Today, those spotters—and a weather prediction network that is unafraid of the word tornado—have contributed to a massive decline in tornado deaths. Massive tornadoes still strike the Midwest, but forecasters and residents hope they’ll never see the likes of the 1925 tornado again.

    

4.09.2019

THE IRISHMAN: DENIRO- PACINO - PESCI STIRRING UP HOFFA CONTROVERSY

Scorsese - DeNiro - Pesci - Pacino

The Irishman (Netflix) is an upcoming American biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.



The film stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family, and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa. Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, and Ray Romano also star.

It is the ninth feature collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese and their first since 1995's Casino, the fourth film to star both De Niro and Pacino (following The Godfather Part II, Heat and Righteous Kill) and the first time Pacino has been directed by Scorsese. Read More


The new Irishman film is stirring up the Hoffa disappearance controversy once more. The Mob Museum has a great post about this on their blog about it.



Late in life, Mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, left, claimed to have killed labor leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. His version of the story is the basis for the book I Heard You Paint Houses, on which The Irishman is based. Hoffa photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau. Full Story

 

4.08.2019

TRAMPS: NEW BOOK BY ELLIOTT MURPHY


Elliott Murphy’s latest novel TRAMPS takes place in the legendary 1980’s era New York City blues bar of the same name, where ex-punk musician Hoover has found his muse in the basement standing among the rat poison snorting cocaine with his best friend, bartender and drug dealer Jacky, while trying to make sense of a post-Elvis world, burying himself in the black shawl of the blues and looking for redemption in the rarified uptown elegance of the Frick Collection.


Home is a call girl with a heart of gold as the Mafia and nihilism close in from all sides. TRAMPS is the second in Elliott’s trilogy of rock novels, and his 3rd published novel.

Available on Amazon.com and www.elliottmurphy.com.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 APRIL14: THE BEGINNING OF THE END


The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones, produced by HBO, is scheduled to premiere on April 14, 2019.

Unlike the first six seasons that each had ten episodes and the seventh that had seven episodes, the eighth season only has six episodes. Like the previous season, it largely consists of original content not found in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series and adapts material Martin revealed to the showrunners about the upcoming novels in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The season was adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.




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6 LIFE LESSONS YOU LEARN IN COLLEGE


6 Life Lessons You Learn in College

If you’ve just crossed the college threshold, or you’re about to graduate, there is so much academic years teach you about yourself, the others, and the world you live in. Let’s check some of the marvelous things that university or college has taught you and shaped your personality.

Grown-ups Don’t Know What They’re Doing Either

That’s what you’ve hoped for, right? You know you’re just wandering around in life hoping for the moment when you’re an adult finally and can easily figure things out. When a teenager, you feel jealous of those grown-ups who seem to understand the meaning of life. Well, the sad reality is that they have not the slightest idea of what you are doing in life either! Even those people who look like they’re cool with life and stuff really don’t. They just pretend, no more and no less.

Mental Health Is Just Above Everything!

We cannot stress this part enough! If you do not live in harmony with yourself, you’re not going to be happy with what surrounds you. Students try to cover up any uncertainty and unhappiness with partying hard, drinking, oversleeping, or just trying to lose themselves in something, but that is not all right.

As you’re getting through your own struggle with depression during your first college year, make sure to force yourself to start focusing on yourself, doing things for yourself, and realizing that you can’t live a happy life by limiting what you do based on what others have to say.

If you’re feeling confused or lost with your current freshman stage, ensure to have the so-called self-care day. Just set aside a Saturday night, put on that ridiculously overpriced facemask, enjoy your favorite film, and sip juice or wine if you’re not underage in your cute pajamas. This special ritual will help you to dream away from reality and feel content.

Everybody Needs Somebody…Sometime

Difficult situations suck. No matter how hard you try, you can’t be equally good at Math, Arts, Literature and Sociology class! That’s life, and you’re just a busy human. Don’t try to be a hero since sooner or later you’re going to fail trying to do it all at once. Admit that you need help and do not be shy or selfish to approach someone for it.

The best thing is that nowadays the internet provides a lot of options for any sort of academic assignment from a quick essay on ‘Hamlet’ to a detailed lab report on Chemistry.

Just text ‘Please, write my essay for me’ or ‘Help me finish my lab report till Monday’ and have someone by your side ready to assist 24/7.

Friends Come and Go

Chances are you believe that everyone you meet during college years is going to be your best friends till the end of your days. From your suitemates to your roommates. WRONG. Without a doubt, the first several weeks of college, every person you encounter is so friendly with you because you’re in the same boat now – homesick, challenged, confused and lonely. As the days are passing by, students’ true nature will start being visible, and you’ll begin to realize that.

You may believe you’re BFF because you talk every day, you have the same classes, share your meals, and get along really great. But then comes the summer break and you return to college complete strangers. Some friends just aren’t forever. That’s life.

A+ Isn’t the Dream

This is something the vast majority of students tend to struggle with when they start adjusting to the part-time jobs, to living a social life, and the desire to work out regularly. Over time, you’ll learn that being happy, satisfied with life is more important than getting an A+ for homework.

Try Everything

These two words carefully sum up everything mentioned above. Being a student means exploring life and trying new things. It’s about figuring out who you are and making mistakes on the way. Go to that pantomime class. Get the role in that play. Explore the city with a new friend even though she seems to be a weirdo. Meet new people. Make your college years the ones that you’ll always remember like ‘Wow, that time rocked my life!’

4.07.2019

STRENGTH: BUILDING WISDOM AND SUCCESS


When you pick this card, you are using resources well. You are carving out realities that benefit you as much in the carving as in the final outcomes. You are continuously utilizing all life brings to your benefit, thus to the benefit of others. This makes you vibrant and well inside your heart.

With Strength, you can take all of life's events non-personally. Preferred events encourage you to stay true to your deepest soul purpose. Non-preferred events are received as recyclable energy. You turn seemingly negative experiences into something good.

When you apply Strength to one area of your life, you gain more confidence in other areas. While you may excel in some aspects of living and feel less developed in others, your capacity to use Strength continuously builds more wisdom and success. Lotus Free Tarot

THE COMMODORES: MOTOWN LEGENDS GET 2 NEW HONORS!


Los Angeles - One of the greatest Motown and R&B / funk artists of all time, The Commodores' Walter “Clyde” Orange, James Dean “JD” Nicholas and William “WAK” King have influenced both artists young and old and in all genres with their classic songs. The Commodores brand is bigger than ever as they continue to blaze trails all over the world.

Two Alabama cities recently honored the music legacy of the Commodores! Tuskegee declared Friday March 29, 2019 to be Commodores Day, and Montgomery declared the band members to be honorary residents, receiving keys to the city!

A celebration was held at the Commodore Museum, the site of the Commodores' former rehearsal and recording studio in Tuskegee. The Commodores was originally formed by a group of college students at Tuskegee Institute just over 50 years ago.

photo by Shannon Heupel

“It is really great to see the place where the group was born! It still feels like home 50 years later, to the point where we didn't want to leave!” - The Commodores

In 1968 the group was formed while all the members were in college at Tuskeegee Institute. After being discovered by Berry Gordy, the Commodores went on to sell over 60 million records for Motown. With hits like “Machine Gun” and “Sail On,” the Commodores became proven artists. For five decades, the Commodores have remained a force in the music industry. The Commodores aren't just any group. They have staying power. Just like their hit song “Brick House,” the Commodores have created a foundation that just won't budge.

Don't miss your chance to feature one of the most successful vocal groups of all time in 2018 and beyond as The Commodores continue to thrill audiences with their Greatest Hits Tour – Live!

Upcoming Events

MAY 24 - Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, NV
JUN 01 - Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA
JUN 14 - San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo, CA
JUL 12 - IP Casino Resort Spa, Biloxi, MS
JUL 16 - Village Green, Elk Grove Village, IL
AUG 10 - Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, West Allis, WI
AUG 18 - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
AUG 25 - Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego, CA
AUG 30 - Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center, Salem, OR
FEB 10 - Ultimate Disco Cruise, Miami, FL

ACCOLADES & ACHIEVEMENTS

75 Million Albums Sold Worldwide

7 - #1 singles
5 - #1 Albums
20 - Top 10 Singles
15 - Top 10 Albums
1985 Grammy Award - “Nightshift”
1987 Antwerp Diamond Microphone Award
Vocal Group Hall of Fame Inductees
The 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl Outstanding Achievement Award (2016)
2018 Casino Entertainment Awards “Musical Artist of the Year”

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