Lil’ Wayne On Safe Sex

Lil’ Wayne On Safe Sex
“Safe sex is great sex,
better wear a latex,
cause you don’t want that late text,
that ‘I think I’m late’ text.”

Artist: Lil Wayne feat. Kanye WestAlbum: Carter 3Song: Lollipop Remix

While graphic, Lil Wayne shows he’s a supporter of safe sex. Once again Wayne demonstrates that his lyrical skills are other worldly. The self proclaimed, “Martian” of hip-hop, knows just how to twist his words to make them have meaning on many while sounding wicked. Really. Take a second to re-read Weezy’s line above.

Teen pregnancy is something that has been at the forefront of a few of my conversations recently, so I figured I’d take some time to see what people thought about the topic. To be completely honest, I’m 25 and I could not even imagine life with a child right now. I’m happy to be doing a decent job taking care of myself (not to mention my girlfriend lives with I have to take care of her. Guys you know what I’m talking about…).

I’m just kidding ladies. Anyway, I think teen pregnancy is something the majority of society looks down on. For me, everyone is entitled to live their own lives. Personally, I don’t think that teens have been exposed to enough situations to be able handle the responsibilities of having a child. Now, that doesn’t mean they won’t be good parents. It simply means that at the point in their lives when they are pregnant, they may feel like they’re ready for it, but because they haven’t been exposed to some of the real responsibilities that accompany adulthood, they simply do not realize what’s in store for them. We spend so many years of our lives as adults with responsibilities. I wish that from a young age people would understand this, so that they can choose (or not) to live as many years as a kid as they possibly can.

In the article, Pregnant teens in America today, posted back in November when Sarah Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was pregnant, Marian Wright Edelman wrote about the opportunity to renew Americas interest in the topic. “This renewed focus on teen pregnancy is an opportunity for us all to commit to giving young people our support rather than stigmatizing and judging them. Bristol Palin?s pregnancy serves as a reminder that more babies are born to White, non-Hispanic teens than to Black, non-Hispanic teens. Perhaps this realization will spur more people to support policies that help teens stay in school and get the supports they need since there is often a double standard when pregnant teens are poor or minority. The fact is that no amount of finger pointing or name calling does teenage parents of any color – or their children – any good. What can help are solutions that steer all teenagers toward positive life choices so they avoid becoming pregnant in the first place.”

It just seems like getting pregnant is the cool thing to do these days. Whether it’s Jamie Lynn Spears getting pregnant at 16, Bristol Palin at 17, or the pregnancy pact of 17 high school girls in Gloucester, Massachusetts, teens today want to be pregnant.

What do you think is causing some of these girls to WANT to get pregnant?

Is it for the attention, is it because they think it’s cool because celebrities are doing it, or perhaps simply out of boredom (this last one is really scary)? Thoughts?

I’m hoping that some of these teens stop and think about some of the things they might miss out on before deciding to get pregnant. In order for this to happen, it’s going to take people like us to keep this topic in the forefront. It may also take some celebrities to come out and talk about the topic as well. They obviously have a much bigger voice than this blog does at this point. So, whether Weezy knows it or not, or even whether he cares or not (I hope he does), he has a few important attributes which allow his words to impact our youth. He has the reach needed to get a message to young people, he has their admiration, and most of all, he has he ability to deliver his message in a relevant way. By using his ‘other worldly’ lyrical prowess, he’s able to twist words like “latex” and “late text” to make people sit back and say “damn, did you hear that?”. At that point, people may stop for just a second to decipher what he’s really saying. Perhaps they will decide that if Weezy says I should wear protection, I’m gonna wear protection. Some may laugh when they read this because they don’t think kids really listen to anyone, let alone Lil Wayne. I challenge those folks to head down to New Orleans for a few days and ask some of the neighborhood kids if they know who Weezy F Baby is. I think you might be in for a surprise.

It’s important to keep the discussion going on this topic. Perhaps one person who reads this blog will think twice before getting pregnant. And if they do get pregnant, hopefully through reading this, they’ll at least take some time to really think about their decision and perhaps even do some research before deciding to jump feet first into adulthood.

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Learning The Acoustic Guitar – Clearing The Confusion


Learning the acoustic guitar is not difficult but what can be a little tedious is wading through the swamp of advice from friends, family and the internet. Come to think of it, a lot of advice is better than no advice so maybe it’s just a question of organizing what you want to do with your music. What’s your plan with learning the acoustic guitar?

If you don’t know the first thing abour the guitar, there are books available that will give you the basics. There’s a couple of books you should at least take a look at. Guitar For Dummies is a great tutor for the acoustic guitar student who doesn’t want to embarrass himself by asking silly questions. If you want all the knowledge of any kind of guitar playing before you even need it, take a look at the guitar books published by Mel Bay. Many guitar players swear by them.

If you see yourself as a casual acoustic guitar strummer who just wants to be able to play his favorite songs and impress girls at parties, then you will probably get all the info about technique and repertoire from the internet. If you feel you want to be seriously interested in playing the acoustic guitar, think about getting at least a few lessons from a guitar teacher.

Yes, you can learn a lot from just reading tab and watching clips on YouTube but a teacher can show you scales, holding the plectrum properly, fingering positions and how to get a good sound. It is a much faster and more effective way to get your basic questions about the learning the acoustic guitar out of the way.

The fact is, many amateur guitar players have spent years teaching themselves and been amazed at how musch more they have learnt when they finally spent some money on lessons. While we are on the subject, there are two kinds of teachers, one kind gives you knowledge about the guitar, the other kind teaches in a way that prepares you to go back to your room and teach yourself. Try and find the second kind. If you are going to apend money on learning acoustic guitar, you may as well do some research.

The question of whether to learn to read music always comes up for people learning guitar but if you want to learn songs quickly without becoming a soloist, tab and chord charts are the way to go. Also once you have some familiarity with the guitar, you will be surprised to find that you will develop the knack of inserting solo breaks into your playing.

One thing that all people learning acoustic guitar encounter is discomfort. Your left hand finger tips need to develop callouses, you whole body needs to learn a new range of sitting, standing and arm moving positions to accommodate your guitar playing. Basic advice on this subject is most of the physucal obstacles you go up against will disappear within a short time, but if you are getting any kind of real regularly repetitive pain, stop playing for a day or two. If the pain starts up again, get some advice from a doctor. Playing through the pain is not a good idea.

The Verve Intellectual Property Case: A Bittersweet Example


Intellectual property’s tentacles are long and strong. Maybe the largest battlefield in IP is the music industry. Composer, producers, interpreters and license owners might get unexpectedly involved in legal battles regarding the misuse or abuse of a song of their property. Sometimes it is just something as little as a sample of the song but are legal frictions can deal with millions and millions of dollars.

Time is not an issue to underestimate when dealing with Intellectual Property. If by any chance, you use a song that was written forty years ago, and one of its owners is still alive, he/she can claim unfair use and suddenly, legal lawsuits can flood your desk. When working with someone else’s work, you should be extremely careful, no matter if you already got permission to use it.

In 1997, the British band The Verve sampled an orchestration in one of their songs, “Bittersweet Symphony”, from the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time”. Prior the release of the album, the group did the proper negotiations concerning the license agreement with the Rolling Stones to utilize the sample. When the album came out, the song was a complete hit and reached number 23 on the Billboard Charts. After the sudden success of the song, the Rolling Stones argued that The Verve violated their license agreement because they use too much of the sample in their song. The Rolling Stones ended up collecting 100% of the loyalties of the song. Members of The Verve argued that the Stones got greedy when they noticed the sudden success of “Bittersweet Symphony”.

As a result, the Rolling Stones sold the rights over the “Bittersweet Symphony” and it became part of many commercials and publicities. Allen Klein, Rolling Stones’ manager licensed the song to Nike and to Vauxhall automobiles. Both brands utilize the melody for multi-million dollar television campaigns. Even worse, when the song was nominated for a Grammy, The Verve was not named as a nominee, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were. This is just a little example of moral rights dealing with intellectual property. The song hit top of the charts and not one members of The Verve enjoyed a cent of its success.

If these types of situations happen with amazing groups, who supposedly are not interested in more money, anything can happen to regular people who may get exposed to these inconveniences. Get acquainted with the respective regulations and laws so that no economical issues may come up in case you are planning to use someone else’s inspiration!

Great Opportunity For Music


The most important thing to know when learning how to play guitar is practice! When learning new things by doing the work, simple. By saying that, it is by playing guitar, not pulling the strings with no reason at all. And when practicing, there is one thing one should never do and that is to never ever do it in a rush, but to take time and the results are guaranteed to come.The next important thing is to get organized while learning new stuff. To start at the beginning and start playing simple chords and stuff like that.

When playing guitar, it is recoemmended to remain as relaxed as possible, relieving the tension off. The tension in the body prevents from playing correctly and this is the wrong way.Practicing every single day, if that is possible, and never quit for a longer period of time is important too. This is not the way to learn how to play guitar, it does no good for playing. So, getting habitual at playing guitar is the way to go.The other important thing, when learning how to play guitar is to play the favorite music. When playing guitar, using a metronome is actually a must. It can and will improve timing and make playing sound better for sure. When finding a problem, it is recommended to overcome that problem first and only then going on to the next one. When becoming persistent and learning how to play guitar the right way, the results come quickly and playing gets better and better.Recent upheaval has affected the major record labels, powered by economic fluctuation, the MP3 revolution, online music piracy, home recording technologies and the amazing growth of the personalized listening experience (iPods, etc). Radio is losing its dominance as well… and is now just one of many forces that influence whose music one listens to. In fact, personal referrals from friends is just about the only force that remains unfazed by changes in technology… and, in fact, it’s probably more important than ever.This is great news for independent musicians (also known as “indies”). Anyone can make an album these days, and anyone can afford a web site… allowing them to take their music directly to their potential audience without interference from managers and labels. As a result, more and more talented and inspired artists are writing songs, recording albums and trotting their music out before live audiences.Most of these artists have also discovered that it helps to make some of their music available for free (and legal) MP3 download. By picking a good, strong song or two and putting it on their web site (or another site devoted exclusively to free music downloads), these songs become evangelistic forces for their music… working for them 24/7/365.

MP3 music is not hindered by geographical boundaries or time zones. In many cases (especially instrumentals), it’s unaffected by language differences as well. And it’s no longer even slightly unusual for an artist to record a song in their little bedroom studio and post it online… while someone downloads it and is listening to it in their car or bedroom on the other side of the world just a matter of hours later!Of course, there’s still a lot of mediocre (and even downright BAD) music out there. This is where the power of personal referral really kicks in. When someone discovers some music that really turns them on, and then shares it with their friends… the cream truly rises to the top. If they go a step further and purchase an album or pay to download more MP3 tracks, the artist is encouraged and can afford to put more time into honing their skills and creating new music. The good stuff thrives and the mediocre stuff dies off. independent music succeed. Support quality where you find it. Share it with your friends. Pick up a copy of their CD or pay to download more songs. Catch the artist in concert when you can. Send them an email telling them how much their music means to you. Everyone wins when we actively support great music!

Playback Singing With Roop Kumar Rathod


Indian cinema aka Bollywood has become a hot topic today. It is one of those things that has helped India become globally recognized. Bollywood is a huge industry with hundreds of components attached to it. It is a perfect example of absolute co-ordination between actors, directors, producers and infinitely more. Bringing a movie together isn’t as easy as watching and enjoying it is. There are a lot of elements involved. And when we talk about Bollywood, how can we forget the songs? In fact, the songs of a movie significantly help in increasing its popularity even before its release! In the olden days, the actors themselves sang the songs so if u intended to be an actor, an exceptionally good voice was a pre-requisite. It was not until the concept of play back singing was introduced, this concept was drawn out. Just to get it right across your head, a play back singer is someone whose songs are pre-recorded for use in movies. Indian film industry has produced some exceptionally good play back singers. Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Falguni Pathak are some female and Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Gurdas Mann and Roop Kumar Rathod are a few male play back singers the Indian film industry very proudly boasts of. All these singers have achieved great success in their established field. Continuing with the article, I have discussed the life and successes of roop kumar rathod. Son of the classical luminary, late Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod, Roop Kumar Rathod is one of the best playback singers and music director, the industry has ever seen.

Pandit Rathod was known for his exceptional mastery over one of the most rare and arguably the oldest form of singing, Dhrupad. Roop Kumar Rathod is known around Bollywood for his play back singing. He started his career in music as a tabla player, drawing inspiration from his father. He mastered the art of playing table very well and went on to become one of the most sought after tablists by almost all Ghazal singers. He is known to have performed with various known names in the industry, like Anuj Jalota, Lata Mangeshkar and many more.

His singing earned him a lot of respect in the Indian Music Industry. After many years of being involved with singing ghazals, he decided to change his career path and looked into new options, he entered the world of play back singing. He got his first break in the year 1989 with the song, ”main tera aashiq hoon”, composed by Laxminkanth pyarelal for the movie Gumraah. In his entire career so far, he has given many hit songs. “Sandese aate he” in the film Border was his major break-through. Maula mere maula, noor e nazar, shikayat he are some of the major songs he has sung through his singing career.

Lesson 08 Major Scales


To musicians that are heavy into learning theory scales are considered the most inmportant thing in music. You can break everything except rhythms down into scales. Melodies, chords and solos can all be broken down into scales. Scales are a series of notes that when played together give a certain feeling or style to a song. Some scales sound bluesy and some sound sad. If you were to step up to a piano and play C, D, E, F, G, A, B you would have played the Cmaj scale.

Chromatic Scale / Sharps and Flats

The first thing you should know is the notes of the guitar. There are only 12 possible notes in music. The reason there are so many keys on a keyboard and frets on a guitar is because you can play each of the 12 notes in different octaves. When you play a note an octave up it reduces the wavelength of the note by have making it higher pitched. Some notes have symbols next to them, a ‘b’ stands for flat and a ‘#’ stand for sharp. Another symbol is the natural sign which looks like a box with two appendages.

The natural notes are simply A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. But there are also sharps (#) and flats(b) for some of the notes. A sharp makes a note a half step or one fret higher in pitch, a flat does he opposite and makes a note a half step or one fret lower in pitch. With these sharps and flats included the 12 possible notes are A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G and G#. This would make the A chromatic scale. Notice there isn’t a Cb or Fb, make sure you can name these notes in order of the top of your head.

The top half of this chart is the chromatic scale. And the bottom half is the Cmaj scale. Notice that there is no sharp or flat between E and F and also no sharp or flat between B and C. Keep note of this. Also since each note in the chromatic scale is a half step away, if we make G flat then it will be the same tone as F#, the same goes for a Cb, which is the same tone as B.

Major Scale Pattern

Now to actually learn the major scale pattern. If we were to take the chromatic scale and take out a few of the notes we can easily construct a major scale. The major scale pattern is Step, Step, Half, Step, Step, Step, Half. Remember a Step is 2 frets and a half step is one fret. So if we were to take the chromatic scale starting on C and play only the notes in the major scale pattern we would have C, D, E, F, G, A, B, this is the C major scale.