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Amma Johnson: Live Performance at The Shine Event [VIDEO]

Amma JO updated the Beat-Play team this morning with this awesome video of her performing at the SHINE Event in Las Vegas which took place November 2-4. Enjoy this amazing show by Amma JO (w/ choir) as she sings, “No Stopping Me Now”.

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Handmade Music – Tips & Inspiration – Awesome Handmade CD Artwork

You hear the repeated chorus: music in the digital age has become meaningless and valueless, like turning on water from a tap in the middle of Rome. But, quietly, a movement is stirring that is reclaiming the value of music. Armed with nothing more sophisticated than markers, paper, collage materials, and imagination, they send mixes of music like grade school Valentines. Heck, they even use the mail. It makes the album more personal than it was even in its golden, mass-produced age.

Many of the practitioners in this case are returning to the cassette and mix tape. But I was also interested in handcrafting cases for demos, for your own music, and for mixes of Creative Commons-licensed and netlabel materials. Instead of just swapping behind our avatars and usernames on SoundCloud, it returns us to the glee of playing with markers and exchanging face-to-face.

If you’re in New York, we’ll be making our own musical packaging and then swapping records, starting with a 4:00 pm workshop on this Sunday 10/10/10 at the Lower East Side’s cozy (and tapas- and drink-stocked) Culturefix NY:

RSVPlocationFacebook; stay for the party, live music, and swap at 7p

But wherever you are, perhaps this Sunday you can make some handmade music.

Full Article, Slide show, & Tips Here

This is a really sweet article from the CreateDigitalMusic blog. Proof that value lies in the people. I think it’d be awesome if you could make a digital version of this, where artists can make their own collages and artwork on a touch screen, similar to an iPad, with a special pen or something. It would leave the custom feel but it would also be mass-producable and scalable. It also wouldn’t be hard for the artist to circulate a bunch of custom designs throughout their fan bases. It’s definitely something worth watching for.

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Quote of the Week: Marianne Williamson

Here is a very inspirational quote that I had caught a glimpse of during the movie “Coach Carter” This quote is by Marianne Williamson who is the founder of The Peace Alliance in efforts to push to create a United States Department of Peace

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

100 Inspiring Quotes

  1. If you want to be happy, be.   – Leo Tolstoy
  2. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.   – Mark Twain
  3. Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place.  But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.   – E.L. Konigsburg
  4. Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.   – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  5. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.   – Margaret Young
  6. This is my “depressed stance”.  When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand.  The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better.  If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve go to stand like this.   – Charlie Brown
  7. Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.   – Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. Jumping for joy is good exercise.
  9. One joy scatters a hundred griefs.   – Chinese proverb
  10. My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.   – Thornton Wilder Continue reading

Inspiration – A pretty sweet website

“Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. If you look at it to admire it, you are lost”

Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.

— Shaker design philosophy

Googol

Words of wisdom are spoken by children at least as often as by scientists.

The name ‘googol’ was invented by a child who was asked to think up a name for a very big number, namely, 1 with a hundred zeros after it.

There’s a bunch more here for your inspiration.