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PHOTOS: Random Acts Of Kindness In The Aftermath Of Sandy

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No power or water, fuel shortages and limited transportation has made life pretty darn difficult for the East Coast. But it's usually in times of need that the best of mankind emerges.
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Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Awakenings: Wink on Wednesday

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"Today's History Lesson...nuggets of knowledge

History is filled with nuggets of knowledge left by individuals, teams, or groups of persons providing a peak into often humorous slices of time. These may occur at any time, on any day with or without warning. They just happen. Some have even resulted in permanent changes, thus impacting lives forever.

It happened one day some time in 1907...

One of the craziest schemes turned into one of the greatest ad campaigns of the century in 1907 in an effort to alter breakfast habits forever. Guess who was responsible? A Michiganian ... Mr. K-E-Double L-O-Double G himself Will Keith Kellogg. "

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You never know where a spark is lying dormant just waiting for the right moment to be kindled and start blazing. That is exactly what happened in this case. According to people who knew Will Kellogg, it was not very likely he would be a successful person at all, let alone a entrepreneurial genius...eventually one of the wealthiest men of the century!
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Awakenings: Fun! Fun! Fun! Triple play!

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"Do you enjoy the outdoors? Ready to hike along a wooded trail? What about a picnic? Like to grill or enjoy grilled food? Bring on the rest and relaxation away from the stress and busyness of the hectic workday. The coming celebrations are definitely reminders of having the cake and eating it too! What a grand way to end the month of August, not with just one named 'day' but three!

August 31 is...
Eat Outside Day, International Bacon Day and National Trail Mix Day!"

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Check out the recipes to be enjoyed at some time throughout the day... At Awakenings, click the image or the name of the recipe! Enjoy!
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Awakenings: Halloween in August???

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When you hear the name Frankenstein, the 'monster' image probably appears as a mask for Halloween or any of the many movies of which he was/is the star: the silent film era, 1910-1921; a film series by Universal Studios, 1931-1997 (plus TV); a film series by Hammer Film Productions, 1957-1974; other adaptations, 1973-2015; plus the loose adaptations (mostly spoofs), 1958-1985. He has indeed been (still is) one popular 'man-made man' so to speak. Of course, movies are not his origin. He was not cast from some screenwriters imagination. Rather, the horror novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was the inspiration behind the scenes. But why celebrate Frankenstein in August? 

August 30 is...
FRANKENSTEIN DAY 
OR
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARY SHELLEY! 

Sharla Shults's insight:
There are actually three known "days' of celebration for Frankenstein, and as a result, a little confusion. Days of horror honor for our monster icon include Frankenstein Day, Frankenstein Friday, and National Frankenstein Day.
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Awakenings: Shakin' up the Flavor!

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"Herbs and spices are the heart of a great meal. Cooking with either can be tricky but when used in the correct amounts matched with the proper food(s)...Oh, my! The results are yummy! Get ready to stimulate the senses: perk up the taste, enrich the smell and impress your family and friends who will admire the results. Furthermore, the outcome will be much healthier. Everyone knows a heavy dose of salt is not a good thing...a little goes a long way.


August 29 is... More Herbs, Less Salt Day"

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When it comes to preparing your favorite dish, there is always cause for seasoning, the first on the list being salt. Why? Because salt brings out the flavor in meats, vegetables, casseroles, etc., even desserts. BUT...caution is aired for the amount of salt that is added. Too little, the food is bland, tasteless. Too much, the food is not edible. There IS a way around the salt for shakin' up the flavor!
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Awakenings: ♫Quiet on the set...on the air!♫

Awakenings: ♫Quiet on the set...on the air!♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

In February, you were given the opportunity to Turn your radio on...Turn the volume up! in celebration of World Radio Day not only recognizing it for musical entertainment but its important role to broadcasting and advertising all over the globe. With advertising, comes the commercials. Radio commercials are often seen as an irritation to be endured while waiting patiently for the music. After all, music IS the reason for listening to the radio. However, commercials are an intricate part of advertising and have been part of the entertainment business for nearly a century.

There was a time when commercials were actually entertaining! Do you remember when? Which 'sounds' do you recall for special effects?

August 28 is...

Radio Commercials Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
Radio Commercials Day commemorates the day when the very first paid radio commercial was broadcast by At&T on New York station WEAF. This took place on August 28, 1922 advertising an apartment complex for the Queensboro Reality Corporation. The set of five programs over five days starting 8/28/22 cost $50, plus the long distance access fee.
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Awakenings: Portable Pies

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"Something Creamy, Tangy & Sweet became the center of attention when celebrated in April on National Cherry Cheesecake Day. Then, Oh, my! Pie! Pie! Pie! to Cobbler! Cobbler! Cobbler! spotlighted the month of May with National Cherry Cobbler Day. Sweet or Sour...Tarts & Strudel were the highlight when Cherry Tart Day occurred in June on the same day as Apple Strudel Day. WOW! And the cherry goodness did not end there. It continued into August, twice already: Any way you slice it...YUM! featured National Spumoni Day, which combined three layers of flavor—chocolate, pistachio and cherry, and Cherry Reigns Supreme brought out the child in each of us on National Cherry Popsicle Day.


August 28 is... National Cherry Turnover Day"

Sharla Shults's insight:
Is that all? Is that enough of the cherry? Of course NOT! One cannot leave out the 'cherry on top'! That allows the inclusion of the month of July and adds yet another cherry to the month of August: Hot diggity! Hot Fudge! paired chocolate with the cherry on top during National Hot Fudge Sundae Day and Let's Split! made National Banana Split Day complete as the long-stemmed cherry rose to the highest peak.
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Awakenings: Flashback in Time...Memory Lane

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Each of us strolls down a unique memory lane...one of a personal nature. While there are many similarities within each decade, there exist a plethora of differences. This is true whether you're a teenager wanting to learn about the eras in which your parents grew up or the adult who wants to relive the memories. Either way the nostalgia is an alluring invitation for a visit. 
Sharla Shults's insight:
Looking back provides reflections into who we are, how we have evolved and in some instances, where we are going [again]. Making comparisons of how things were 'back in the day' to present day is often hilarious. The changes in fashion, cars, appliances, entertainment, even looking back/reflecting upon sayings about the future, which is now the present, can have one doubling over with laughter or simply smiling in amazement.
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Awakenings: Bite my...burger!

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There are times when celebrations become repeat performances different from birthdays in that they come again in the same year. Such is the upcoming celebration which is enjoyed mega-multi times over and over throughout the course of not a year, but monthly, maybe even weekly perhaps daily. Can you take a wild guess?

Here is a hint: Americans eat nearly 50 billion of these a year which translates to three a week for every individual person in the United States.

August 27 is...
Just Another Burger Day*!
*Burger day fell on August 27 in 2014 and 2015. So, logic would conclude this day of celebration as August 27. No rhyme or reason found as to why it is declared on some sites as August 25, 2016. Oh, well! The 25th is history and tomorrow isn't here yet so why not plan on celebrating anyway! Burgers are good any time!
Sharla Shults's insight:
Why so many burger celebrations? Burger days are nothing more than a never-ending quest to find the BEST of the BEST burger! Enjoy!
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Awakenings: Sizzlin' ♫Grease♫...NOT the oil!

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Today's History Lesson...music & the movies

Through the decade that changed the nation - the 60s, musical hits of Broadway were routinely successful as Hollywood big-budget screen versions. Such films as West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Funny Girl (1968) were among the biggest commercial hits of their era. In the early 70s, successful adaptations of Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Cabaret (1972) proved successful. Out of each of the films evolved some of the most phenomenal soundtracks. However, by the middle of the 70s, Hollywood had all but given up Broadway.

Today in Music History: August 26, 1978

In 1978, Paramount Pictures placed a big bet on a small musical called...
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With its upbeat, catchy tunes, whirlin' 50s dance routines and sizzlin' Summer lovin', Grease's feelgood atmosphere just didn't come any better. Grease premiered in New York on June 13, 1978. The soundtrack album featuring photos from the movie became a best seller with the movie itself becoming one of the most successful musicals ever made.
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Awakenings: Pause in Remembrance of a True American Space Legend

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July 20th marked celebration of Moon Day - remembering the day 47 years ago when upon landing on the moon, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported "The Eagle Has Landed." A few hours later, Armstrong stepped off of the Eagle's ladder, placed one foot upon the moon's surface and proclaimed:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
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Neil Armstrong was a quiet, self-described "nerdy" engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved U.S. pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with the first step on the moon.
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Awakenings: The screaming hasn't stopped!

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"Do you ever get tired of ice cream days? Not me, especially during the summer! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! What is so 'cool' is not only the vast number of ice cream celebrations but also those that claim more that just one day to celebrate. On August 10, Let's Split provided a whole day to enjoy the scrumptious banana split! Did you indulge or miss it? Either way you get a second chance for the screaming hasn't stopped!

August 25 is ...

National Banana Split Day again!"
#NationalBananaSplitDay

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First thought of a banana split brings on visions of the classic chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream floating in the banana boat. The term 'banana split' can take on many different variations of the iconic flavors. While you certainly may take advantage of the classic, think outside the box and try something new.
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Awakenings: Peach Rivalry

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"There is rivalry when it comes to sports - football vs. baseball & basketball, beverages - Coke vs. Pepsi, pets - dogs vs. cats, sibling rivalry - brothers vs. sisters, rivalry from state to state - North vs. South, East vs. West and so on. Then, there is peach rivalry - California vs. Georgia vs. South Carolina for starters!

The United States is the world's largest producer of peaches, accounting for about 20% of the total supply with peaches being grown in 28 of the 50 states. The top four peach-producing states are California, South Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey. California produces both fresh and processed peaches, whereas South Carolina and Georgia produce mainly fresh peaches.

With that many peaches being produced, there is no reason at all for anyone missing out on the next celebrated peach day."

Sharla Shults's insight:
A favorite dessert of the South, second only perhaps to peach cobbler, is fresh peach pie. This succulent pie was invented around the 14th century in Europe. Though it is unknown who actually created the first peach pie, it did appear in print in 1381 by Geoffrey Chaucer in England. The ingredients in this recipe included peaches, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn, a casing of pastry.
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Awakenings: ♫Music Musings♫

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Thoughts and reflections mirror personal impressions about musicians, their unique rhythms and styles of music. No two are exactly alike, even when covering another artist's song. Perhaps one genre in particular is special with maybe something random now and again thrown into the mix to be different. The mood of the moment sets the tone of the music: fast, anxious, noisy versus slow, relaxing, soft. What music speaks for you?

Today in Music History: August 31
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Check out the Music Trivia: 2002 NASA announced the singer who was to become the first celebrity astronaut. 2004 UK medical magazine Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the car can give you a collapsed lung. 2006 The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. See if one of your favs is on the list.
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Awakenings: Smiles within Smiles...Remembered

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August 31, 1997


Tragedy struck at the heartstrings of young and old as news of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales spread around the world. Media attention and public mourning were extensive following her death in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997. What a tragic end to such a gracious lady who will always be remembered for her charitable spirit.
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In 1999, TIME named Diana one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. In 2002, Diana was ranked 3rd on the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, outranking The Queen and other British monarchs.
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Awakenings: ♫Melodies & Rhythms♫

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"The melodies and rhythms of music touch the heart and soul of each listener. The same song may mean something entirely different from one person to another. For one, it may bring on smiles of happiness and memories of joy. For another, those memories may be filled with heartache. For others, it is expressing through music what one cannot put into words alone. Music is pleasure that allows each to cope when all else seems to fail. Music abates loneliness.

Today in Music History: August 30"

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There are songs that are immediate No. 1s while others take time to climb the ladder to the top of the charts. Then, there is that one which comes along totally unexpected...see Music Trivia at the end.
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Awakenings: ♫Oh, Pretty Woman!♫

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"It is not unusual for a novel to become a movie. Many classics have resounded their presence decade after decade upon the silver screen. Among the greats are Gone With the Wind, The Great Gatsby, The Last Picture Show, To Kill a Mockingbird, just to name a few. There are also movie series, such as Harry Potter and Twilight. Less known are the songs that have been made into movies. A few that immediately come to mind are Stand By Me, La Bamba, Walk the Line, Cold Miner's Daughter and The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. The song in the spotlight today is still going strong over 50 years after its release with the movie being an all-time favorite.

Today in Music History: August 29, 1964

Welcome into the Spotlight...Roy Orbison

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Roy Orbison was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads with a typical theme of heartache. Music scholars have suggested that Orbison had a three- or four-octave range and his powerful, impassioned voice earned him the sobriquet "the Caruso of Rock." In fact it is claimed that The Big O and Enrico Caruso were the only 20th century tenors capable of hitting E over high C.
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Awakenings: ♫Infinite Emotions♫

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History and music go hand-in-hand. Songs rise to the No.1 spot on the charts where they stay for a recorded number of weeks, then, rest among the pages of history for all time. Some musical renditions become part of the soundtrack for a classic movie, while others are performed live in front of audiences numbering in the thousands...even hundreds of thousands. There are also special events to which famed performers are invited as entertainment to bring 'life to the party' so to speak. Upon occasion, some lead to unexpected outcomes. Regardless of the time or place, each song presents itself in music filled with infinite emotions.

Today in Music History: August 28
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You don't want to miss the music trivia that goes along with today's music history! Listen to the songs, laugh at the trivia!
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Awakenings: ♫Queen of Gospel♫ Impacts MLK

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"Today's History Lesson...a speech & a song

More than one person made history on this day but none any more famous than the speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr. While you may be familiar with the speech that became a turning point for our nation, you may not be as familiar with the direct role one person played in turning that speech into one of the most memorable and meaningful in American history. There are moments in history, as well as everyday life, when someone was at the right place at the right time.
 
This Day in History: August 28, 1963 and

Today in Music History: August 28, 1963"

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It wasn't just the music that had an indelible impact on the event. It was the word's of Mahalia Jackson after her performance that came from behind the podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King was speaking.
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Awakenings: ♫Unique Attraction to Boyz♫

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Today in Music History: August 27, 1994

Welcome into the Spotlight...Boyz II Men

According to no less an authority than the RIAA, Boyz II Men are the most commercially successful R&B group of all time. Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet featuring bass singer Michael McCary, baritone Nathan Morris and tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. McCary left the group in 2003 due to health issues but the group continued as a trio. They are recognized as an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success. 

Sharla Shults's insight:
Often narratives are set to poetic verse each telling its own emotional story. Blending a ballad with a cappella harmonies brings the lyrical poetry to life. In the later 19th century, the term (ballad) took on the meaning of a slow form of popular love song and is now often used for any love song, particularly the pop or rock power ballad.
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Awakenings: ♫Caesar and Cleo♫

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There are music duos, actors, singers and entertainers made up of husband and wife teams. Some stay together through thick and thin, while others separate moving on to individual careers or dropping out of the music business altogether. For most duos, even in spite of separation, the names are tied together for eternity. Often, the names change as the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times.

Today in Music History: August 26, 1965

Such is the case of the duo in today's spotlight, Caesar and Cleo, better known as...

Sonny & Cher
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Sonny Bono got a major break in 1957 when he was a delivery boy. He had just arrived at Specialty Records when owner Art Rupe fired Sam Cooke and his producer Bumps Blackwell. Bono was asked if he would like to produce records and the inexperienced Bono accepted the offer. At age 16, Cher dropped out of school, left her mother's house, and moved with a friend to Los Angeles, where she took acting classes and worked to support herself.
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Awakenings: Lights, Camera & the Action - Baseball!

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"Today's History Lesson...Sports

Do you remember life without television? It did exist, you know. For some, it has always been a part of everyday existence so even considering a day without TV is totally unrealistic. Back in the day to watch any type of sports competition required tickets with butts in stadium seats rather than on couches or recliners.

This Day in History: August 26, 1939


It has been 77 years since the first baseball game was watched not only from the bleachers but via television. While some 33,000 fans filled the seats or stood on the sidelines at Ebbets field, some 3,000 more were cheering their favorite team from the comfort of their own home. Television was still in its infancy with its first real attempts to bring the national pastime to the small screen having only arrived earlier that year. This occurred when the 1939 New York World's Fair opened with television as one of its major exhibits."

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On this day, August 26, 1939, a doubleheader was pitched between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. The location: Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Lights, Cameras...Baseball! That's right, the action was baseball and the game, filmed with two cameras, was the first Major League Baseball game ever aired on television.
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Awakenings: Cherry Reigns Supreme

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Summer is rapidly coming to a close but temperatures are still sizzlin' HOT! That being the case begs treats and snacks that are a bit on the cool side...icees, ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, cones, sodas, floats, banana splits and sundaes, frozen yogurt, creamsicles, etc. Of course, that is just the beginning of a really long list. Let's just stop there and move on to the celebration of the day.

August 26 is...

National Cherry Popsicle® Day
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Kids love ice pops! So do adults because eating them brings out the child in each one. Two billion Popsicle® ice pops are consumed every year. From amusement parks and zoos to the family freezer, cherry reigns supreme as kids' favorite flavor so it is no wonder today's celebration is National Cherry Popsicle® Day. While the creator of this special day is unknown, there is recorded history surrounding the inventor of the first popsicle who just happened to be an 11-year-old boy.
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Awakenings: ♫Burning Bones to Broken Hearts♫

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The scope of music is deep and wide penetrating the innermost depths of both heart and soul. Rhythmic beats burn straight through every bone in the body either with flaming desire or overarching heartbreak dependent upon the memory triggers. Music is a potent imagery stimulator with the power to stir a romantic emotion or heal an emotional sting. Thus, the connection of music and imagery becomes very intimate with different styles of music evoking different threads of imagery...relaxation, stimulation, healing, inspiration. Whether a dreamy waltz, rock 'n' roll, country, blues or jazz, the applause is loud and clear, the imagery surrounds you in song.

Today in Music History: August 25
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And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...
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Awakenings: ♫Teen Idol♫

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The teen idols dominated the scene for the decades 40s, 50s, 60s. Many of today's performers boast of the experience passing through the teen idol phase of success. These are the heartthrobs that mesmerize swooning crowds of young people. To this day, "They are dream mates who fuel romantic daydreams, and provide a safe release for hormonally-charged emotions. (Source: Teen Idols)." In the 60s, during a time when 'screen images' were just as important as musical talent, marketing focused generally on the image. The teen idol was structured to appeal to the pre-teen and young teen female pop audience member and children in general. Their sheer magnetism was a box office draw.

Today in Music History: August 24, 1967
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Today's spotlight is on one of the biggest classic pop performers, Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. Paul Anka recorded his first song at the age of 14. At the young age of 16, Anka had the #1 hit in the world, 'Diana' (No.1 hit on August 25, 1957), which went on to sell 20 million copies. Before his 20th birthday, he was already a world traveler attracting swooning crowds with every performance, that is except one: his own hometown, Ottawa, Canada
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Awakenings: ♫Music in Full Swing♫

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As we look at yet another day in music history, we should not be surprised to begin our trip down memory lane with The Beatles. After all Beatlemania swept the country! The British Invasion was in full swing - a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-60s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States.

Today in Music History: August 23
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Today's music trip visits the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Enjoy the memories!
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