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In “No Thoughts Just Happy,” one of the more progressively-structured tracks on the new record Made in Sunshine by Webster’s Wheel, lyrics are but one avenue this folk duo will utilize in expressing their emotions. Between the rhythm of the strings and the design of the verses, there’s a feeling of complete bucolic satisfaction on the other side of every word here, and although the same could likely be said for a number of other songs in the folk universe, you won’t find nearly as many to occupy the same tracklist in 2021 as you will in Made in Sunshine.

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Roland Rust and co-author Ming-Hui Huang are experienced education figures whose book The Feeling Economy: How Artificial Intelligence Is Creating the Era of Empathy predicts a brighter future for the growing AI revolution than the chorus of naysayers cautioning against its increasing influence. One can ascribe a progressive point of view to Rust’s and Huang’s ideas, but I can’t stress how important it is we divorce political persuasion from contemplating this issue. The writers believe AI has the wide-ranging potential to improve human interactions on a variety of fronts.

It is impressive how strong they argue this point in relatively few pages. Despite its diminutive duration, The Feeling Economy benefits from an abundance of references and research. It never obscures the fine writing present from beginning to end. The writers, despite their academic backgrounds, never “talk” above the heads of their readers and relate several involved concepts to the reader in clear unvarnished terms. This willingness to connect to readers on their level is a principal strength driving this book and will help it endure long past its publication date. …


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Pop Punk is one of the more divisive genres in Music. It’s a bit too whimsical for some, and too high strung for others. Though it has shown tremendous potential for crossover appeal, chances are if you ask five random people, you will get five different opinions on Pop Punk. The Pulls pontificate themselves to be a Pop Punk band, and though that is not an entirely inaccurate statement, it is somewhat overstated, by the band’s own admission. The Pulls formed in 1995, recorded The Damnedest Thing in 2000, and disbanded in 2007.

So naturally, the band decided to reform and commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the aforementioned, by offering a reboot. The Damnedest Thing is a seventeen track album, with an overall run time that is probably much shorter than one would presume. What unfolds is akin to a rollercoaster, not necessarily of emotions, but of thrills and peaks. The Pulls manage to be simultaneously idiosyncratic and familiar. …


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Leo Harmonay thinks the world love is overused. When describing his songwriting process, he says that there has to be a level of pain, sorrow, or darkness involved. I think that’s a pretty good preface before diving into his most recent album, Astoria. I’ve had to listen to and review a lot of music that was highly reactionary to 2020, and to mixed results. Sometimes you’ll get something inspired like rap group’s Run The Jewels recent album discussing the impact of police brutality and social upheaval and other times you’ll get something thats to the effect of “world bad, I’m sad.” …


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Battered but still unadorned with plasticity, the guitar strings dance with a reckless abandon in “Vietnam.” They quake and rustle against the rhythm of a pained melody in “Empty” and struggle to define the tone of the music in “Wildfires.” There is no overstating their importance to the record Amazon in general, but they’re hardly the only feature I would recommend taking a closer look at.

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To properly understand this work, we’ve got to look and listen even deeper which, as you’re likely aware, isn’t the most common of requests (but still something that will set the experience apart from others). Izzy Outerspace is not interested in creating the straightforward singer/songwriter story so many of her forerunners have been supported by; in her debut EP, she paints a picture very different from the one so many of her peers would be cresting if given the same set of opportunities this season. …


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Hi Joey! Thanks for being here today!

No problem, glad to be here!

What was the single best thing that happened this past year?

Can’t really give you a single thing, but I can tell you some things for which I am grateful!

At the beginning of the year, I had a blast being in LA for my packed show at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go and my showcase at the Hotel Roosevelt during GRAMMY week. I also had a ball at the 62ND GRAMMY awards and at many GRAMMY parties!

Then in March of this year, I had a great time in NYC visiting one of my favorite cities, eating out, going to see plays on Broadway, and visiting my friend GRAMMY-winning artist Ricky Kej at the debut of the film “Wild Karnataka” where Ricky had some of his music included as part of the film soundtrack. …


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Christmas songs are some of the most beloved in our culture, and in her new single “Christmas You and Me,” singer/songwriter Linda Imperial issues what I would deem a modern classic all her own. Delivering a soothing lead vocal alongside tempered instrumentation perfectly suited to the crisp winter mood of the holiday season, “Christmas You and Me” doesn’t fail to keep us stimulated with tonal and textural expressiveness the same. …


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The implacable march of progress pushing all of us forward in a brave new world has left no facet of our lives untouched. COVID-19 reshaped the modern workplace in earth-shaking fashion, but the pandemic hastened an ongoing transformative process underway for a number of years. The workplace, as it has been defined for multiple generations, is in the midst of a epochal sea change in the professional world. Certain jobs, such as those in the service industry, remain precluded from this metamorphosis, but they are exceptions to the rule. The first half of Kane’s book Where Is My Office?: …


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Lynn Guerin and Jason Lavin’s Coach ’Em Way Up: Five Lessons for Leading the John Wooden Way explores an evergreen topic, the wisdom of late iconic college basketball coach John Wooden, and how its lessons are applicable in a professional context. Guerin focuses on two elements above all others, the Individual Assessment part of the John Wooden Course and time-tested principles of leadership, but he likewise covers the underlying foundation of Wooden’s ideas about how developing our characters and connections with one another promote personal success, among other concepts. Guerin boasts unique qualifications for this role.

ABOUT LYNN GUERIN: https://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Guerin/e/B08N5K6Z9G%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

He works as President of the family-owned firm Guerin Marketing Services while also steering the ship for The John E. Wooden Course as the organization’s CEO. Wooden’s history can scarcely be covered in this review. The Indiana born college basketball coaching giant led the UCLA Bruins program for 27 years and, during one memorable stretch, seized ten NCAA championships within a twelve year span. Wooden, years after his death, remains a steady pick for greatest college basketball coach of all time and his former players speak of him in tones of hushed respect. …


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Are you hungry for meatier country rock tunes? On the lookout for something with more of a bite? Enter Evan Troop. His new five-song The Next Chapter, is a rolling mix of heavy guitars and evocative lyrics. Troop, a Dallas-based artist, flexes cracks in his hard outer shell with songs that paint the picture of a man wrestling with his own thoughts. Just the same, he invites the listener to be completely entertained with mini anthems. The Next Chapter starts and ends with fulfilling hits.

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The first few sings, “Gone” and “My Time Now” quickly establish Troop’s penchant for strong guitar hooks. The guitar riffs echo the sounds from dare I say it — hair metal — but catapult the guitar to the modern rock arrangements that feel new. And all my dreams they come crashing down at night, Troop sings in “Gone”. He creates bold imagery — a vivid picture of the moments before slumber, replaying the day’s events, where he thinks of what if’s, what could be and why’s. As he sings of the sweet lover he’s lost, the song drifts deeper into his yearning. …

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Colin Jordan

Graduate: McNeese State University, Avid Beekeeper, Deep Sea Diver & Fisherman, Horrible Golfer

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