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What has happened to Music


Many people will remember the ‘good old days’ of Jazz, Rock’n’Roll and Pop music of the late 20th century. The large majority of the younger generation listen to the music being created today, mainly electronic dance music (EDM), and of course, Pop music. After talking to a wide range of people from various demographics, I have gathered opinions to assess the direction that music has taken and the direction it is going. 

Pop music is simply popular music at the current time. It is constantly changing, always reflecting and depicting the times in which it is created. For example, during World War 2, all sides, the Allies and the Nazis used music as a propaganda tool. These songs spread all over the world and inspired troops worldwide. Nowadays, music reflects the electronic element that so many people seem to love. EDM is one of the most listened to genres at the moment, and that is why current artists that focus on Electronic music are also being labelled as Pop artists.

After an interview with Mark Scott, Head of Music at Newington College, I understand the effect that Pop music really has on society. Pop music, now more than ever, has been created to be easy to listen to. For non-musically minded people, most music is simply music, no matter whether the chord progression ends in a satisfying cadence or whether or the song has a pleasant counter-melody. Pop music at its core is music that is popular. So, for one to say that Pop music is bad, good or neither good nor bad is an entirely subjective perspective, but the general consensus is that Pop music is just music that people like to listen to. Once an artist releases a hit, the people listening to them become curious. They start to explore their music, and eventually all the music that artist makes are considered popular whether or not they are good songs. 

Chris Paton, Head of Contemporary Music at Newington College, discusses the nostalgic feeling that the older generations feel when they listen to older music. The feeling they experience often causes their opinion lean to the ‘anti-pop’ perspective. Mr. Paton states that ‘What I hate about the large majority of Pop music and EDM these days is that it lacks much of the spirit and sophistication of yesteryear.’ This is a very important point about Pop music. Due to the massive use of electronics to create music, the soul of music is gone, or at least withered so much from where it was in the 20th century that it is almost unrecognisable. 

Furthermore, Pop music is not by far the only music being created today. Besides EDM music, which often crosses over into the Pop category, there are music genres such as Alternative Rock and people are still writing and publishing Jazz songs, Classical pieces, Blues, Soul, Classic Rock etc.. From my point of view, a lot of this music is good music. There are some fantastic Alternative Rock bands, such as Queens of the Stone Age, Violent Soho, Arctic Monkeys, Sticky Fingers, the list goes on. In my opinion, these bands are so good because they are able to mix older Classic Rock with elements of modern electronic music when composing/making songs. 

There are a multitude of reasons that make up music. The raw elements of songs from all time periods are timbre, pitch and dynamics, or volume. These three elements change as the typical characteristics of the music change. For example, dynamics are a lot more straightforward than they were in the past. Nowadays, there isn’t as much of a range, and the range of the dynamics is typically louder. There are also straightforward ‘terraced dynamics’, which are just levels of volume, with no in between. On the contrary, the pitch of songs has increased. With the introduction of machines and software into the creation of music, we have been able to use pitches that weren’t available to artists previously. In regards to timbre, ‘Scientific American’ a renowned article website published a University’s work on timbre. The University collected a database of 50 million songs, and statistically proved that the overall variety in timbre was shrinking. This means a more and more homogenous sound over all songs. This is most likely due to the common structure of songs now and the software that people use. 

Money is another contributing factor to the worsening state of music. During the age of Rock, Jazz and Classical music, many artists were getting paid barely enough to live off. For example, when the classic Australian band AC/DC started they were just getting by with their income from their shows. Other bands often have to have other jobs to support them on their music careers. However, they persisted because they loved what they did, no matter the income they got. Today, on the other hand, many artists are in it for the money. They seem to not care about the art of music, but they just manufacture songs that will make them money, not convey their opinions and views or their feelings on a certain topic. This is a very big factor in the declining quality of music: passion. 

In conclusion, I believe that music has gotten worse with regards to today’s music. This is due to the more and more homogenous sound that has been described from the large database of songs collected by a university in the U.S. However, I think that music will loop back around or at least change in the future, and hopefully be something worth listening to.

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One liners funny like never before
Does Humor Play any Role in Real Life?

When was the last time you had a hearty laugh? If you don’t quite remember, don’t worry because you will be spending the next fifteen minutes of your life laughing like never before. Given below are the compilations of some of the one liner funny that will surely bring a smile on your face. You must have come across these one liners funny before also, but no matter how many times you read them you will surely laugh upon them. We try to make you laugh with these one liners funny so that you forget all your worries and just enjoy with these funny liners, this will rejuvenate you to some extent that you will feel fresh.
Some of the compilations of one liner funny are given below:
•Some cause happiness wherever they go and some whenever they go.
•Light travel faster than sound, may be that’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
•How’s it possible that it takes only one matchstick to initiate a forest fire, but when you want to start a campfire, you go through an entire box.
You must have come cross the above one liners funny earlier also, but as many times you come across these liners they will make you laugh like never before.
If you have a love life or you don’t have one, you can make use of these love quotes to. If your girlfriend or boyfriend is upset with you on something, or you guys had a fight on some issue, than you can make use of these love quotes to solve the problems or issue between you or to express your love to the special one. Of course, romance is not a seasonal thing. The arrows of love can strike any time, anywhere to anyone and you of course cannot wait for a holiday to express your feelings. So, it’s better to go online and find some love quotes for the same.
Some of the love quotes that can be used are:
•I would fly up to the moon and back, if you’ll be… You’ ll be mine baby.
•I love you; those three words have my life in them.

Sometimes after splitting up with your loved ones, one needs to express the feeling to them, but is unable to do that, than he/she can get the break up quotes to express those feelings.
Some of the breakup quotes are:
•Love is never lost. If not reciprocated. It will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
•Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is worth letting go.

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10 Things That Could Damage Your Carpet
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A carpet is great addition to any home. It could be a simple centerpiece rug that adds that warm cozy touch to your living room. Or maybe it is a full wall to wall unit you have to help keep your home warm. Whatever the case, it is hard to go wrong with a good carpet. However, as the home owner it is your responsibility to ensure that you protect the carpet from any kind of damage. This ensures that you get to enjoy both the aesthetic and functional benefits for a very long time. The best way to do this is by understanding what causes damage to home carpets. This allows you to identify the best ways to address these risks for the sake of your carpet. Without further ado, below are 10 things that could damage your carpet.

1. Use of harsh cleaning chemicals

One of the fastest ways to ruin a good carpet is by using harsh detergents while cleaning. These wreak all sorts of havoc on the carpet fiber. One common effect is discoloration with some spots having the dye bleached clean off the fabric. Other common effects include weakened fibers and chemical burns on the carpet. Fortunately, this is a rookie mistake that is easily avoided by working with experienced professional carpet cleaning crews.

2. Use of rough cleaning equipment

When it comes to carpet cleaning, there are many different types of cleaning equipment. Those with brushes as part of cleaning accessories are particularly popular when it comes to deep cleaning a carpet. Despite being so effective in scrubbing off stains and brushing dirt away from the carpet, some of these can do more harm than good. This usually happens when carpet cleaners with rough bristles are used to clean carpets with delicate fabric. It may result in unraveling of the fabric which basically ruins your carpet.

3. Using the wrong cleaning technique on the wrong fabric

Cleaning could also cause damage to a carpet if the wrong cleaning technique is used. When it comes to professional carpet cleaning, there are many different cleaning methods available. These range from good old fashion soap and water extraction methods to modern dry cleaning methods. It is important to work with experienced professionals who understand the specific needs of different types of carpet fabrics. This is because if the wrong technique is used it could lead to damage. A great example is that of shrinkage of carpets when water-based methods are used.

4. Wearing outdoor shoes indoors

This is the case especially with heeled shoes. These tend to be especially rough on the carpet fabric. Wearing such shoes on the carpet could cause different problems including unraveling of the carpet’s woven matrix as well as loosening of fibers. Outdoor shoes also damage the carpet by introducing contaminants from outside. The most common in this case is mud. It soils the carpet and could lead to permanent staining if the mess is not cleared up right away.

5. Spills and messes left unattended

Something else that could really cost your carpet is leaving messes unattended. It could be that you spilt your morning coffee and simply didn’t feel like cleaning it up immediately after because you were tired. Or maybe your baby decided to use their lunch as paint and the carpet as canvas for their artwork and you were too frustrated to clean up. Ignoring messes like these is the easiest way to ensure that you damage your carpet. It will lead to unsightly stains which tend to become more difficult to remove the longer they are left on the carpet.

6. Pets

Pets can damage your carpet in two ways. The first is by actually tearing away at the fibers either using their claws or their teeth. This is common with cats and young untrained puppies. Pets could also damage your carpet by peeing or pooping on it. In this case, they leave stains that are very difficult to get rid of. In both cases, the best way to protect your carpet is by simply training the pet.

7. Water

Water is good for carpet cleaning but can be the enemy in some situations. In most cases, this happens when the carpet is left wet or at least dump after cleaning or after a spill. In this case, there is a huge risk of the carpet suffering water damage. One of the most common manifestations of this is growth of mold and mildew.

8. Carpet pests

A dirty carpet can host very many different pests. A few of these are attracted to the fibers themselves and will damage the carpet if left uncontrolled. The most common in this case are the carpet moths and carpet beetles. They feed on the fabric and could lead to loosening of fibers and in some instances complete destruction with unsightly holes in the carpet.

9. Heavy foot traffic

This is more common in the commercial setting. In this case, constant pressure on the carpet will lead to damage. This is as a result of friction and is pretty much inevitable. The best that you can do here is to ensure that the carpet is cleaned and conditioned regularly. This increases the strength and integrity of the fibers making them better suited to handle the constant pressure.

10. Dragging furniture

Finally, if you are constantly drugging heavy furniture across the floor over the carpet then you are likely to damage it. In this case, fibers tend to get caught in the furniture legs with the pulling causing them to loosen and unravel. The best solution in this case is to invest in furniture coasters.

Bottom line

With all this information in mind, you should be in a great position to protect your carpet. Just make sure to avoid what you can and take extra care when it comes to things that you cannot change. In addition to this, it is important to ensure that you keep your carpet clean. A clean carpet is a strong carpet and is less likely to succumb to damage by these and other factors. So make sure to set apart some time for carpet cleaning whether it is routine vacuuming or professional carpet cleaning. That way, you will have your carpet looking and feeling great for a very long time.

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Intractable depression that doesn’t go away
April 30, 2018

Intractable depression (it can be found in Google and can happen to the best of us) is a real medical condition, most common causes being disability, chronic physical illness, health conditions, grief, loss and any event or condition that cannot be changed, relieved or leaves an imprint on one’s life. It might not can be cured or fixed but it can be treated by managing with the event or condition that can’t be changed and overcoming the negative imprint that has been left. It will always be a struggle for sufferers but can be treated and managed so that they can overcome in life. Unfortunately it can end in death but that is far less likely with proper treatment, if it comes soon enough.
The most devastating effect is it can impair the sufferers ability to care for their family or their ability to work or have a career, even with the best of care. The best solution is when the sufferer can accept their limitations and so get the help, support and resources they need to take the most positive direction they can in life.

However, even with help in time and the best of care, intractable depression can still kill because of the physical damage the chronic stress can leave and a lot of times medications used to treat it help with damage can cause more problems, even if they worked so well.
Sufferers who accept the condition and settle into a reliable routine of managing rather that constantly trying to fight or overcome it have better success with a fuller life.
Being a sufferer myself, I’ve moved past the sadness but the lack of interest, motivation and lack of energy still persist. I’e learned to adjust to it rather than setting goals I might not reach. I take one day at a time.
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