Month: April 2016

“Citizens of the Universe” Album Review

All across the country there are a multitude of new young artists springing up in venues to make their debut, and showcase their original music to audiences who can either be extremely skeptical, at times a bit unforgiving, but also enthusiastically eager to support something new. Although some artists have not yet found their voice or their sound, there are plenty of artists who are ready to show the world what they are made of, and one of those artists is Guns of the Seneca.  There is something extremely relaxing and pure when it comes to instrumental music. Lyrics have become something that we identify with amazing music, after all, where would be without Freddie Mercury singing “Mama, just killed a man.” But there is something quite unique and expressive in instrumental music in which lyrical poetry in songs does not have. It allows listeners to enjoy the music without having to be distracted by words. The members of Guns of the Seneca have pulled off something that is sometimes quite difficult to do. In a sense, …

The Decline of Literature

As World Book Day approaches this Saturday on April 23rd, it is only fitting to turn off the television and engulf myself in my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice. But not many people in the United States will be celebrating the same way. In fact, many won’t be celebrating at all. Illiteracy should not be something that American’s should have to go through in this day and age. But as a cold hard truth reality hits, many children across the country are unable to read, and 17% of high school teens graduate with a reading level of below basic. With public schools available to every child across the country, illiteracy and below basic reading level should not be occurring in 2016. But in a recent study conducted in Education Week, many school districts do not have the necessary means to pay for books and materials for children. The sad reality truth of the matter is that low income areas are not fully funded and do not provide the necessary means for children to thrive. It is no …

The Titanic’s Final Voyage

Today marks the 104th year anniversary of the day the Titanic was struck by an iceberg while on its maiden voyage to New York with over 2,208 passengers on board, all of whom were mostly from the poorest of people that were getting ready for a fresh start in a brand new country. But those dreams of a new life were cut short on this very day on the cold Atlantic water, and only less than half were saved from the proclaimed “unsinkable ship”. Being struck by the iceberg was indeed the main cause for the damage, but other key elements played a part in dooming the ship for disaster. Before the Titanic had even set sail many things had gone awry for the crew. For one, the original crew that was intended to be on the ship were switched and replaced by other crew members. This caused some confusion since the new crew members were not informed, like the others, on how the ship worked and where things were. And due to all of …

Top 5 Best Movie Soundtracks

When it comes to watching movies many of us watch for the action, romance, thrill and suspense, but the best part about a movie is the soundtrack. If there was no music added to the scenes, hearing Humphrey Bogart tell Ingrid Bergman to “Go ahead and shoot, you’d be doing me a favor” would not be the same. Without further ado, here are the top 5 best movie soundtracks to have ever been a part of the big screen. Back to the Future  Not only do we time travel back in time to 1955 with Marty McFly in a classic DeLorean, but we are taken there with an amazing soundtrack. With a classic mix of the 1980’s and the 1950’s, with the “Power of love” by Heuy Lewis & The News and “Earth Angel” by The Penguins, we get an instant feel for both era’s that Marty McFly is in. Music plays a vital role in this movie since Marty McFly wants to be a musician and all throughout the movie we see music records being …

Players and Celebrities Unite for Soccer Aid

Even though I know as much soccer as the next American, I cannot help but watch Soccer Aid when it comes on every two years. As the biggest charity event in England, many celebrities come together to take part in the game to help children all around the world. Since its conception in 2006 by UNICEF UK ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, Soccer Aid is played by two teams: England vs. The Rest of the World. Made up with professional soccer players such as Roy Keane, along with notable celebrities like Michael Sheen, both teams play head to head for the winning trophy. But the real win for these players are the donations that are received during the match. In 2014, Soccer Aid raised 4.2 million British pounds, and the hope is to raise an even larger amount in 2016. As a part of UNICEF, which is a non-profit organization that helps children who suffer from starvation, homelessness, war and conflict, disease, and abuse, the donations received during the soccer aid match helps feed …

Top 5 Facts About Queen

As the IHeartRadio awards made its way towards our television screens this past Friday, many of the performances that took place included artists such as Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, The Weeknd, and many others. But as entertaining as these performances may have been, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would have been like if classic rock n’ roll artists like Queen would have performed in this day and age. Sure it would take an extreme amount of time travel, but it would be the performance of a lifetime. Here are the top five fun facts about the legendary band. During many of their early performances in the 1970’s, Freddie Mercury would throw roses to the crowds at the end of every show to thank his fans. But after a while, he was told that if he was going to throw roses, he would better pick off the thorns first. Apparently, the crowd did not like getting scratched and thorned when receiving their flowers. The talented lead guitarist Brian May that provided the band with unique …

A Soufflé to Die For

There is nothing so beautiful as egg yolks, flour, butter, and chocolate mixed together. Separate ingredients coming together creates some of the most mouth watering desserts imaginable. Although most complain that it takes less than two minutes to eat a piece of dessert and more than twenty minutes to make, it is not about how long it takes to make, but the entire process as a whole is what truly makes baking worth doing, and a soufflé is exactly just that. When we think of a soufflé we automatically think of the word ‘difficult’. Even by just looking at it with its puffed up top towering high over the rim of its ramekin, a difficult process begins to unfold within our minds wondering how on earth can anyone make something as beautiful as that? As most of us are what Julia Child called “the servantless Americans”, cooking French food sounds absolutely remarkable and not as challenging as we always thought.  To make the soufflé, or chocolate soufflé in this case, all that it requires is some …