CD Shopping-5 CD’s You Should Own

To be honest, I had no idea what to write about. I kept going round and round in my head listing off all of the subjects I would like to blog about, but nothing really stuck. I Googled, and read other peoples ideas on what to write, but it wasn’t until I read one idea that made me think-why not write about one of my favorite subjects? Music.

So you’re browsing Ebay or Amazon, trying to find new music to buy, and putting a list together in your head of all the cd’s you’d like to own. You should check out these 5 cd’s I’ve selected from off of my shelf:

1. Under the Afterglow by: Forever the Day 

My favorite song(s) off the cd: Forever and a Day, and Underneath the Twilight

Why you should own it: Do you remember the Disney Channel movie Now You See It, from back in 2005? Or perhaps you saw him in the Discovery Kids show Flight 29 DownThat’s actually how I found out about Forever the Day back in 2010. I was looking at Johnny Pacar’s wikipedia page, when I found out he was in a rock band. I looked them up, listened to a few songs, and found that I loved their music. Don’t let the fact that the cd only has 5 songs intimidate you from buying it. Believe me, it is worth the money.

2. Rooney by: Rooney 

My favorite song(s) off the cd: Stay Away, and If it Were Up To Me
Why you should own it: “Their music is reminiscent of British Invasion rock and 1980s pop, and has been compared to The Beatles, The Cars…”, “They have toured the nation with acts such as the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Weezer, The All American Rejects, and The Academy Is…”

3. Stunt by: BNL 

My favorite song(s) off the cd: One Week, It’s All Been Done, Never Is Enough, Who Needs Sleep?, and When You Dream

Why you should own it: Because this cd features fun songs with catchy tunes and interesting lyrics. I own several BNL cds, but this is definately my favorite by them so far.

4. Taking It Back to the Old School by: Sochi

My favorite song(s) off the cd: When I Hold You, Another Saturday Night, and Teenage Sonota

Why you should own it: If your a fan of the 1990’s tv show Sliders, like I am, then you will love Sochi. His sound can be compared to that of Remy “The Crying Man” Brown’s-his style is similar, and he even says “Oh, I’m gonna cry” in his song Teenage Sonota. And even if you’re not a Sliders fan, his cd is unique, and fun to listen to. One that many will find enjoyable to hear.

5. The Talon Mix -Smallville Soundtrack 

 My favorite song(s) off the cd: Save Me by: Remy Zero

Why you should own it: Because Smallville is an awesome tv show, but even non-Smallville fans will enjoy this cd. It features artists such as Sixpence None The Richer; Weezer; The Flaming Lips; Five For Fighting; and Lifehouse. It’s a unique track of various music compiled to make one awesome soundtrack.


Smoothies-Best Breakfast Ever

In my opinion, smoothies really are the best way to start the morning. They’re both cool and refreshing, and it gives you the nutritious energy you need to go about your day. Not only are they crammed with vitamins and nutrients that will keep your body and skin healthy, but they’re also super quick and simple to make-and they’re perfect to make for an on-the-go morning. So instead of eating sweet cereal; bacon and eggs; or waffles (as yummy as they may sound), why not try something new?

1 Small Yogurt (I usually use Vanilla, but any flavor will work)
1 Banana
A small amount of Water or Juice
5 Strawberries
5-10 Frozen Blueberries
5 Frozen Cherries
3 Frozen Peaches

I also have fun playing around with it-try adding cold coffee instead of juice, or try adding a tablespoon of peanut butter-the possibility of flavors and combinations is almost endless, and it’s refreshing to know it’s keeping me healthy throughout my day.

History of Playing Cards

Did you know?

 The deck of playing cards was invented in Ancient China, approximately in the 9th century by the Tang Dynasty. The first recording of them was in a book titled Collection of Miscellanea at Duyang, and was written by author Su E. The book described Princess Tongchang, the daughter of Emperor Yizong of Tang, as playing the “Leaf Game”.

 Playing cards first entered Europe in the late 14th century, with suits of swords, staves, cups, and coins, similar to tarot cards.

 Since their creation in the 9th century, the deck of playing cards has spread all across the world. There’s documented evidence of their use when they were banned in 1367 in Bern, Switzerland. In 1929 Leo Mayer discovered a complete pack of Mameluke playing cards, in Istanbul’s Tapkapi palace. Playing cards really didn’t gain popularity though, until the 14th century when they spread like wildfire across Europe.

 Original playing cards were made by hand, and were sometimes engraved. It wasn’t until the 15th century when printed woodcut decks appeared.

 Different suits of playing cards have varied from country to country over the years. In the 15th century Europe’s suits were different depending on the individual places, though there usually only contained 4 or 5 suits. Italian and Spanish decks consisted of swords, batons (or wands), cups, and coins (or rings), and German suits for a deck of cards consisted of hearts, bells, leaves, and acorns. Those standard suits are still used today in East and Southeastern Germany.

 The suits that we see in our American decks (spades, hearts, etc.) originated in France in approximately 1480. It has also been said that in German suits, the idea of a trefle (club) probably derived from an acorn, and a pique (spade) from a leaf.

 Traditionally the king has always been placed as the highest card, but in German decks the Queen replaces the king as the highest card in 2 suits. It wasn’t until the 14th century that the Ace began it’s use, in some games, as the highest card, with the 2 taking it’s place as lowest.

Some speculate that the concept may have come the 18th century French Revolution, where games began playing “Ace High” as a symbol of lower class rising in power above royalty.

 The history of the Joker dates all the way back to the 1860’s, although because Poker and the German game Euchre both became popular in the United States at the same time, no one is sure which game the Joker derives from.

Scholars argue Euchre, because the term Joker and the Euchre game’s Juker are similar. Others say Poker, because of the 1875 book American Hoyle mentions the Joker.

 Over the centuries the Joker has taken many different names, and designs. It has been called things like Jolly Joker, and Best Bower, and has taken both the appearance of a court jester, and a clown.

 There are two different Jokers per pack of cards. The Black Joker corresponding to the Fool Card in a deck of Tarot cards, and the Red Joker corresponding to the Magician, otherwise known as the Juggler.

 Almost 2/3 of all cards made in Europe were made by Charles Goodall and Sons, one of the most well known card manufacturing companies in Europe. Some other well known European companies were Waddington’s; Thomas De La Rue; and “British Playing Cards” by Alf Cooke.

 There are many different kinds of cards, not just the playing cards we see in our everyday lives. There are Translucent cards, which are look completely normal until held up to a light, revealing a hidden image. There are the Simultane cards, which were first published in 1960, and are a “treat for the eyes with vivid colors and lyricism of design.” There is also the Silver Cards, which are hand painted on tortoise shells, seashells, palm leaves, etc. Silver cards can be found in museums in Madrid and Italy. It’s also possible though to get custom made Silver cards as a novelty gift for someone.

 Throughout the many centuries decks of cards have found themselves all over the world, playing all sorts of different games. From being dealt at a casino in Las Vegas, to playing a simple game of May I in our homes, even to goofing around and finding yourself having broken a record as Bryan Berg did by building the tallest skyscraper made of cards.

From China, to Japan, to Europe to America: I think it’s safe to say that the deck of cards has made its impact on the world.

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