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Big Band Sounds

What is a Big Band Sound? Merriam Webster defines a Big Band as a band that is larger than a combo and that usually features a mixture of ensemble playing and solo improvisation typical of jazz or swing (1). Jazz bands come in all sizes and usually don’t need a conductor.  Small jazz bands or… Read More ›

What is Audio Streaming

Audio Streaming Attempting to understand the technology involved with audio streaming can prove to be a challenge. A share of the problem lies in the use of acronyms to describe particular equipment and procedures. So, it seems the best way to attempt to grasp what is going on is to provide definitions for some of… Read More ›

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What is an Orchestra?

Oρχήστρα The word “orchestra” has its roots in the Greek word, ορχήστρα, which defined the section of the stage that was reserved for the Greek chorus (1). It’s history, however, dates back to Ancient Egypt. At that time orchestras consisted of a small groups of musicians gathered for festivals, holidays and funerals. Early images of… Read More ›

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New Age Meditation

Is New Age Meditation Really Meditation or is it Therapy?   For those who are interested in beginning to practice meditation but not ready to commit to the rigors of traditional systems, there is an alternative. It is called “New Age Meditation”.  New Age Meditation is an overall updated version that contains elements of Eastern… Read More ›

Meditation

Meditation Given today’s hectic pace many are looking to meditation for relief. What is meditation? In its current usage the word “Meditation” refers to a broad range of spiritual practices designed to promote relaxation through mental activity. Properly done, it produces a state of deep relaxation and a sense of balance or equanimity. According to… Read More ›

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