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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christian Songs to in Funerals

Death of a loved one is really unbearable but it’s inevitable. Everyone gets to die and in so many scenarios, death comes to take away so quickly in the blink of the eye. When our loved one dies, we should be reminded that we also are gonna die.

There’s no escaping from it. Perhaps, we can cheat the IRS with our taxes but cheating Death is something you can’t do. We will all die. This reminds us of our own humanity and frailty and that without Jesus, we’ll all be heading into the fires of Hell.

The good news is that for every people who have Jesus in their hearts would be with God forever. They’re better off that they’re with the Lord than be on this earth full of sorrow and sin.

In those times of great sorrow, there’d be friends and families that will comfort us. But nothing can compare to how God comforts His children. We are being comforted so that we can comfort those people who are grieving for the loss a loved one.

Christian funeral songs that are going to be great additions in your funeral playlist :

1) Homesick by Mercyme

We all know how it feels to be away from home. We will so out of place and lonely. This is also how it felt for people who longed for Heaven to be their eternal home. Mercyme did a good job in relating their experiences through their songs.

2) Remember Me by Mark Schultz

This song is certainly not made to be sung in funerals. In fact, if you read the lyrics closely, you’ll find out that it’s God saying to His children to remember him. But I think because of the word ‘remember’, many people find this song as somewhat inspiring especially to those who witnessed loss of lives.

3) Closer To You by Mark Schultz

Closer to You is a very touching song composed in the person of a dying Christian. Although his time on Earth is nearing to an end, he knows that the life after offers far greater and better life than what we do enjoy here in this world.

Acoustic Panels

Generally, an acoustic panel is a kind of fabric that is covered by a special material. This is commonly placed on the walls, as well as ceilings and the like in order to absorb sound. If you are into music making, then you probably need this. However, before you buy some acoustic panels for sale, there are few basic, yet very important things that you need to know. You need to do this so that you are assured that you are not wasting your money. These are specifically about the units you will need, as well as its positioning and even its uses.

How many panels would you need?

Firstly, you need to know how many pieces or units of these acoustic panels for sale you must buy in order for you to achieve the result that you want. Well, it will depend on the dimensions and kind of surfaces you have in the room where you want to install them. Of course, if it is quite big, then you might need more units of these. It is better to have your room assessed first by an expert. There are also some online tools that will let you find it out very conveniently. However, you still need to provide details on dimensions and surfaces.

What is the right position to install them?

Secondly, the positioning of these acoustic panels is also essential to take note of before buying the materials. In this light, it may depend on various factors too. In general terms, some say that this aspect is not critical. Nevertheless, there are still some tips that you can do in order to make them work better. For example, placing them in corners could lead to more absorption for every square foot. Aside from that, it is also better to put the panels at the position of the first reflection points. This is especially true if you have speakers in the room.

What do these panels do?

Thirdly, it has to be clear to you what these materials can do before you buy acoustic panels for sale. Well, if you are expecting it to block the sound from entering a particular room, then this is not want you need. Instead, you have to buy an acoustic isolation. They are not sound proof panels. Rather, among the things that these acoustic panels can do is to increase the intelligibility of the sound by reducing the reverberation. In simple words, what these do is to absorb sound rather than block them.

Violin Strings

Different kinds of strings can markedly adjust the sonic character of violins. Plain and wound gut, steel and synthetic strings offer timbres varying from mellow to bright with different degrees of stability and playing ease. Because of the varying character of aviolin string’s sound, violinists of different genres of music will have different preferences of materials of the violin strings they use.

The earliest string were made of catgut, another name for dried sheep or cattle intestines. “Plain gut” strings are still the preference in baroque-era music, offering bright timbres rich and lively in overtones. They are not easy to keep tuned, and are damaged sooner than their counterparts. Catgut is usually the most expensive type of string. A new wood block is placed, and care is taken to match it to the figure of the original wood.

Metal windings were first used in the 16th-Century to avoid the flabby sound of looser, lower-pitched gut strings, their width making them harder to play or fit into the peg box. Copper or silver wire makes a thinner gut heavier and therefore lower in pitch. Different materials of windings influence strings’ sound. Wound gut strings are considered more difficult to keep in tune, due to the different reactions to heat and moisture between the windings and core. Invented in the 1970s and more common nowadays, wound strings with a synthetic coreallow thinner width while retaining the desired pitch, making the string easier to play. Perlon, a type of stranded nylon, retains the tonal qualities of gut while lasting longer, staying tuned and responding less dramatically to weather. Wound synthetic string often produce a similarly mellow sound as gut with metal windings.

Country fiddlers prefer the sound of a steel core, either solid metal or of braided or twisted filaments. Steel strings have a bright, clear sound, less tonally rich and considerably cheaper in price. Gold or aluminum plating delays corrosion of a raw steel E string. The first step in the process is to detach the fingerboard and unhinge the neck from the mortise in the body of the instrument.

All of the above rules and observations pertain equally to viola and cello strings.

Jazz Music for Wedding

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life, which means that it’s important to get every detail just right! In order to make sure things run smoothly it’s helpful to appoint someone to follow through on each and every aspect of your day so you can focus on the fun with family and friends. So after the ring, the shoes, the dress, the ceremony, the cake, the limo, and all those other details – the music is the key component that determines whether your reception is a dance party or a nice dinner party. Nothing beats a live band with a fabulous singer playing your favorite songs!

It’s the swing and sophistication of current popular jazz that has such a strong appeal now-a-days. So with that in mind, take a look at these ideas:

Music Playing As Your Guests Arrive – The Style of music will absolutely set the tone for the evening’s parties. Jazz from the 1920s and 40s are often cross-generational, popular hits. Music made famous by great musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, or Louis Armstrong and re-made popular today by Michael Buble, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick Jr. can make your party popular for the kids and grandma, and everyone in between. This genre, known as the “Great American Song Book,” will set the mood as your reception begins.

The Flow of the Party, or “How To Avoid the Low Points” – Best advice for avoiding low points of the party is to plan ahead. Important elements of the reception such as toasts, bouquet, garter toss, and the cake cutting should be programmed ahead of time so that the musicians’ breaks can coincide (or not) with these important moments. Of course it should be a given that the band can play background music from an iPod or mp3 player during their break, if desired.

Don’t hire the band for too long (or short) of time. Most wedding receptions tend to last between three and four hours. Most musicians who are hired for a 4-hour gig think of it as a “half-day” rate. So whether it’s a trio or a 10 piece band with horns, you can expect to pay a “labor cost” on a per musician basis. For a good, live band with horns will require 5 to 8 musicians. Depending on the number of guests, size of venue, and how much dancing you anticipate for the evening, this can vary and be customized to your particular affair.

Choose your Songs in Advance – Seasoned professional musicians can play hundreds of songs from memory but in a four hour event you can expect to hear around 50 songs. It’s a good idea to get the band a list of songs you’d like to hear (about 25 or so) and a list of songs you DON’T want played. Also be sure they have that about 4 to 6 weeks in advance encase they need to work up a special arrangement of a tune. While on this subject, think about your first dance, and any other special dances in the evening.

Encourage Dancing – It usually only takes one or two couples (don’t count on children) to get others to the dance floor. You may want to suggest to close family or friends to consider helping out here by getting on the floor first. You know better than anyone which of those people are not shy and even a little bold to show off their moves on the dace floor. Another way to encourage dancing is to consider the placement of the band in the room. It’s a good idea that food, beverage and the music is in the same room. (You’d be amazed how many times people think about putting the music in “the other room” for dancing. That almost never works!)

Finish Big – For your last dance of the evening you may prefer a slow song such as “What A Wonderful World” or perhaps a salsa swing version of “Save The Last Dance For Me”. Of course, in the south, second line parades and hiring a separate brass band to lead everyone out the doors has become very popular in the past few years.