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Shopping is not always easy, especially shopping for musical appliances

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Shopping is not always easy, especially shopping for musical appliances

Shopping is becoming tougher and tougher as days go by. When I was a young kid and I would be sent to the shop, I would have a very easy time. My mother would simply send me for bread, or for milk, for cheese or for lettuce. Today I cannot send my kids to go shopping themselves, they will be overwhelmed by the wide array of products.

In our stores or shopping malls, the buyer is today confronted by a plethora of items to choose from many of which are basically the same product but each product having unique differences. Today you cannot send your kid and simply tell them to get bread you have to tell them exactly what kind of bread you want. Today’s products are numerous due to numerous companies producing similar products that are differentiated in terms of flavor, size, texture, packaging, quality, warranty, and many other distinctions.

One of the toughest things that I have ever shopped for was musical appliances. Being the secretary of a local music group that we have in our neighborhood, I was tasked with shopping around for some of the items that we needed for the club.

Shopping for musical appliances was a tough job because it was something that I had never done before. I also did not have a clue about many of the things that I had been tasked with buying. The only names on the list that I was familiar with were guitar, mic, and keyboard. These names were however within compound names such as mic preamps. I knew what a mic was but had no clue what a pre amp was.

Since I did not want to let down the club I did not tell them about my ignorance. I quietly planned to go to the internet and simply do a search of the items and I would know what they were; and that is exactly what I did.

However, I was in for a rude shock. Whenever I searched for an item on the internet I was presented by multiple variations of the same thing. For example, when I checked for a mic preamp, I was presented with several mic pre amps all claiming to be different from the others. Luckily, the group had specifically listed down that the amplifier they wanted was a fender blues Jr.

The internet was however not wholesomely useless. At least, many of the different variations of the items I wanted had some detailed reviews that I could read and understand about what their functions were, where they could be used, their prices, their advantages and disadvantages, and some other useful tips. Although it was a tedious time consuming task, at least after reading the reviews I had much more knowledge of the appliances and I could easily select the appliances that would be best applicable for our club.

After two long tedious days of scouring over the internet, I was able to come up with a list of the items I needed.

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What is the best musical gift for a graduating music student?

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What is the best musical gift for a graduating music student?

Next week I will be going to visit my younger brother in Atlanta. It is about two years since we were last together. My brother moved to Atlanta to complete his music post graduate course and I have been busy working on some out-of-the-country projects for the company I work for.

Despite not meeting physically, my brother and I have been in constant communication. Thanks to the advanced modern technologies of this new age, we were able to chat and send messages through the internet. Many times we also talked through video calls; this is when the time in our different time zones allowed us to have some free time that we could use catch up. Due to this continuous communication, we have been able to keep abreast of all the developments in each of our activities.

My brother is my only sibling and so we are very close. We share in most of our issues. Therefore, I want to be there when my brother is finally graduating from his college. Our parents will also be going to Atlanta and so it would be very important that the whole family is there. Luckily, my company has allowed me a few days off and my wife has also been given some time off at her work place.

Since this will be a monumental occasion for my brother, we want to buy him a special graduation gift that he can appreciate and remember for a long time. I need to get a gift that he will love and one that can be used often.

My wife suggested that the best gift would be a musical instrument. I had at first thought of buying for my brother a special kind of clothing or footwear but I guess my wife’s idea, as usual, is better. Since my brother would be graduating with some honors in music, it was only fitting to get him a gift related to music.

Luckily I know that my brother’s musical instruments of choice are the guitar and the piano. I remember when we were kids how he had always fussed about having the digital piano in his room since he wanted to practice one tune or another. His passion or the instrument had continued into his adulthood.

His passion for the guitar had developed later. I noticed his interest in guitar when he was in high school. He had quickly become very good in guitar until he was performing musical pieces in competitions among the schools and within the township.

Since I am not aware of any other instrument that he loves playing, our choice for a gift has to be between these two.

Since I want to buy a quality gift, buying a grand piano would be too inconveniencing due to transportation and storage issues. A guitar is a better choice for a gift. It is easily portable and my brother can easily find storage for it. Due to its easy portability and storage, my brother can also use it often and it will be a good reminder of his graduation.

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Despite the glamour and appeal, becoming a rock star is tough stuff

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Despite the glamour and appeal, becoming a rock star is tough stuff

Becoming a rock star is the dream of many teenagers. For me, my desire to become a rock star was much more than the desire of any Tom, Dick and Harry. When I first saw a live rock performance by a rock band that had come touring in our town, I had decided that I had to be a rock star. Becoming a rock star was always going to be difficult for me due to my parents’ complete distaste for anything that was not centered on my education.

My parents were both raised in very poor families. Through hard work in their studies they had both been able to finally lead descent lives. Due to their upbringing, my parents therefore had a lot of faith in education and since they did not want me to suffer as they did, they desperately insisted that I also study hard to get a bright future.

Well, I understand them completely and I put a lot of effort in my studies. I actually manage very good grades and although I am never top of my class, I always mange to be among the top. However, I believe that my parents take things a bit too far by restricting me from doing other activities especially fun activities which they believe will derail me.

The rock band had however created a deep desire in me that could not be swept aside so easily. I remember that I could for a long time afterwards replay their performance in my mind. I could hear the highly amplified bass guitar sound booming through the numerous loud speakers that they had arranged in front of the stage where they were performing. I could also replay the energetic moves of the lead vocalist who was also playing a rhythm guitar.

The harsh booming and surprisingly rhythmic music of the three guitars that were being used were amplified by what I learnt later were some very expensive tube amplifiers. I was fascinated at how just three guitars could cause such a paradoxically rhythmic cacophony of sounds. The sound had such a great effect on the crowds that people were crazily chanting and swaying to the music. For that brief moment, the rock stars had been transformed into gods. I decided I also wanted to have that power.

Since I could not openly declare my ambitions to my parents, I would sneak out in the afternoons and visit a friend who lived a block away from our house who had an electric guitar. He was also learning to play and had not advanced very much in learning how to play.

When I had decided to become a rock star, I had not thought that learning to play the guitar would be so hard. Watching the rock stars on stage effortless strum their guitars had seemed to be an easy thing to do. I had imagined that I would quickly learn the guitar and go on to become a legend on the stage. A few visits to my friend with the electric guitar comprehensively convinced me otherwise.

I was just not cut to be a guitarist. That was the end of my dreams of becoming a rock star. I went back to my books!

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