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Bring out your inner “Rock Star” with Yamaha

 

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Do you play an instrument? Have you ever played an instrument?

When I was in elementary school we were given the opportunity to play an instrument. We have many options to choose from. For me there was only one choice – the drums! I wanted to learn how to play the drums. I begged my parents to let me take up drums. Sadly, they didn’t share my enthusiasm for the drums and instead signed me up to learn how to play the Viola. Sigh…

I took lessons for about a year then I told my parents it was not for me and I quit. Thankfully they didn’t purchase a viola for me so they were not out hundreds of dollars.

Fast forward to when my kids were offered the opportunity to play an instrument in school.

Our daughter chose to play the clarinet. In fact, she was so adamant that she was in it for the long haul that we did purchase a clarinet for her. Sadly, two years later she lost interest in it. We ended up donating her clarinet to the school for a child who wanted to play but couldn’t afford to rent one.

When it came time for our son to choose he wanted to play the drums. Yeah!!! I could live vicariously through him. I was just as excited for him to play the drums as he was.

Unbeknownst to us, before the school lets you lose on REAL drums, you have to learn how to play on a drum pad. I guess there is a process you have to go through.

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I was equally as disappointed as our son when we had to purchase a drum pad and some drum sticks for him. It’s not what we had in mind. We were thinking he would learn to play on real drums.

A drum pad doesn’t really make much noise. All you hear is tap-tap-tap when you hit it with a drum stick.

Our son was able to play a real drum during a school concert, but it was just a lone drum and all he did was hit it with a stick a few times during one song. He was so disappointed. So much so that he told us he no longer wanted to play the drums. I didn’t blame him one bit. It wasn’t what we had in mind. We both thought he’d learn how to rock out on a real drum set.

Years have gone by and our son has often talked about how he wished he kept up with the drums at school in hopes he would learn to play on a real drum set.

A couple of months ago I was sent information from Yamaha about their electronic drum kits. I told them how our son really wanted to play, and how I wanted to play the drums too (something I have held on to since I was a kid). The company was kind enough to send us their Yamaha DTX400K electronic drum kit to review.

I don’t know who was more excited – me or my son.

Here are some features that really stood out to me.

Keeps the noise down: Hook up your child’s DTX kit to a set of headphones so you and your neighbors will be undisturbed while he/she practices quietly.

We live in a condo complex. We have neighbors next to us, across from us and below us (we’re on the top floor – thankfully). I am pretty sure our neighbor would NOT be too happy listening to the banging of drums throughout the day. Our neighbors are not necessarily quiet people – so they deserve a “taste of their own medicine” – but we wouldn’t do that. Not only that, we didn’t want to hear it from the condo board.

This drum set is SUPER quiet. In fact, you barely hear a thing. You can hear the tap-tap-tap of the drum sticks hitting the pads, but that is about it. The person playing the drums hears a totally different thing. When you are wearing the headphone while playing this drum set it sounds like REAL LIVE DRUMS!!!! It’s amazing! More on that later.

If you have concerns about disturbing your neighbors, or you simply do not want to listen to the drums day and night, this is the PERFECT option for your wannabe rock star.

Expand the kit with your iPhone: Use the DTX400K Touch app (free at the App Store) for iPhone to create new kit configurations, select preset kits, access tempo and metronome settings, and much more.

There are free apps (there are more than one) you can download for your phone that can help you to change up the drum set to make totally new sounds. There is also an app that can teach you how to play the drums. It’s like having your own personal music instructor right at your finger tips.

I love how you can change up the sound, tempo and other details of the drum set so you are not stuck with just one way of playing it. You can jam like a rock star or kick it with some jazzy beats. It’s like having multiple drums all in one set.

The apps not only teach you how to play the drums, but it also gives you more ways of enjoying the drum set and there is less of a chance your child (or you!) will get bored with it.

There is a built in “dashboard” (for lack of a better description) that allows you to change the sounds of the drums, change the tempo and more. There are 169 sounds to choose from so you can truly customize this set.

There is even a spot on top to house your smart phone when using the apps that you use when playing with these drums.

Built to last:The Yamaha DTX400K line offers quality and durability at an affordable price; your child’s kit can take a lot of punishment and still maintain a solid performance level for years.

Yes! I have to agree with this. The set is made very well.

The frame is made from a strong, plastic pipe. Maybe a PVC type pipe? All I know is that we have banged on these drums a lot over the past couple of months and they are still in perfect condition.

I LOVE that this drum set is very light weight. You can easily pick it up and move it to another location.

Originally the drum set was supposed to go in the corner of our son’s room, near the window. The problem with that was the cats looked at it as a “jungle gym” and something fun to climb on to look out the window at the birds and anything else happening outside. That was not what we wanted for the drum set. So we ended up putting it in the corner of the living room. It’s still by a window, but the cats don’t bother with it much there.

Whenever we want to play with the drum set we simply lift it up and carry it into the living room. When we are done we put it back in the dining room. It sounds inconvenient, but honestly, it’s not that big of a deal.

We need to rearrange a few things in my son’s room so that we can put them in a place where the cats are NOT going to look at them as a “jungle gym” to climb on.

*The foot pedals were not attached/plugged in when I took this photo.

The drum set is electronic, so you need a play to plug it in if you want to play with it.

Overall I think this drum set is THE BEST SET you can purchase for your child (or yourself) if you have an interest in learning to play drums.

This is NOT some cheap set you can pick up at the local toy store. This is NOT a toy! This is a legitimate drum set, with the only difference being you don’t hear the music you are making without headphones and the drums are pads, not real drums.

This set gives you the real drum experience, from the realistic clashing sound of the cymbals, to the beats you get when you step on the foot pads.

Yamaha thought of everything when it came to this drum set. They even went so far as to include Velcro straps so that you can have the wires hug the drum set frame so that they are not dangling and in your way.

I should mention that set up is a breeze. My husband had the drum set put together and ready to rock out in about a half hour (give or take). Yamaha even took great care in the packaging of this drum set.

Each piece was carefully packed.

Set up was a breeze!

My husband couldn’t wait to start playing the drums once they were set up.

I cannot rave enough about this drum set. I love it. My husband – who didn’t really have an interest in drums – plays with it often and our son (before he got his first girlfriend) played with it almost daily.

I honestly feel like I’m playing real drums when I play with this set. I can live out my rock star fantasies I had when I was a child. It’s awesome!!!

If you, or your child, has interest in learning to play the drums, this is the way to go. Forget about those silly drum pads that don’t make real drum sounds. Skip those and go right to the real deal (well, almost real) with the Yamaha DTX400K electronic drum kits.

*There is another cymbal where the arrow is pointing. I didn’t realize it at the time that one of our cats was on the coffee table next to the drums and stepped on the cymbal, making it tip to the side.

If you are interested in learning more, visit THIS PAGE on the Yamaha website. There you’ll find a great video that explains the kit a bit more (including how it really sounds!) as well as a video about the apps.

You can also go to www.USA.Yamaha.com to learn more about other products the company offers. The brand is also on social media. You can find the links on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about this drum kit? Does it look like something you, your child/grandchild would enjoy? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Golden Age of Musicals

 

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Are you a fan of musicals? I’m referring to movies, not stage productions.

Ever since I was a young girl (back in the Stone Age – ha ha), I have enjoyed musicals. Sadly, they don’t make musicals like they used to. Today’s musical movies (Pitch Perfect, Strange Magic, Jem and the Holograms...) can’t compare to classics like Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Grease, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I do give credit to Into the Woods. That is a recent musical movie that was pretty good.

As a young girl I had so many favorites – Music Man, Dr. Doolittle, Hello Dolly, Singing in the Rain, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Gigi… the list goes on and on. I love the major productions they would put on in the films including entire streets filled with people singing and dancing. Even the songs were fun and catchy. I often find myself singing a song from a classic musical (I just don’t sing and dance – ha ha).

There are a plethora of musicals from years gone by that I have never even heard of before.

Available today on DVD is a collection of delightful musicals from the golden age of movie musicals. The collection is from Film Chest and it’s called The Golden Age of Musicals. The collection contains a whopping 17 classic musicals featuring famous actors like Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart and many, many more.

The collection comes on five discs so you can find the exact movie you want to watch quickly and easily.

Here is a breakdown of the titles with a brief synopsis for each.

Something to Sing About (1937), James Cagney stars as a New York City-based band leader who gets offered a Hollywood contract, but doesn’t find a place to his liking.   Evelyn Daw co-stars in this rare non-Warner Bros. film (one of two he did for the short-lived Grand National Pictures) where Cagney gets to sing and dance (a non-gangster role) … included are “Bridal Chorus” (a dance routine with Cagney and Daw), “Any Old Love” (song by Cagney) and Daw sings while Cagney dances in “Out of the Blue” and “Loving You.”

The Duke is Tops (1938) is a black musical starring Duke Davis and Lena Horne from Million Dollar Productions (specialized in casting black talent during the pre-war period) as sweethearts who go their separate ways (doom and gloom), but it all ends on a happy note.   Lena Horne is showcased in two numbers — “I Know You Remember” and “Don’t Let Our Love Song Turn Into a Blues” — plus there are performances by a half-dozen black groups rarely seen by white audiences during this period.

Second Chorus (1940) teams Fred Astaire with Paulette Goddard, with Astaire who has to make a tough decision – college or the girl of his dreams … it’s a tough decision! Over a dozen song and dance numbers are included here.

Pot O’Gold (1941) stars Jimmy Stewart and Paulette Goddard in a fun-filled Irish-themed musical-romantic-comedy (based on a popular radio show of the time) that features Stewart belting out “When Johnny Toots His Horn” and Goddard teaming with Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights for renditions of “Pete the Piper” and “Broadway Caballero.”

All American Co-ed (1941), starring singer Frances Langford as a college girl who gets caught up in a rival college prank delivered by Johnny Downs and still manages to get in — between the romance and comedy hijinks — such songs as “Out of the Silence,” and “Up at the Crack of Dawn” and teams with Downs for “I’m a Chap with a Chip on My Shoulder” and “The Poor Farmers Daughter.”

Private Buckaroo (1942), the Andrew Sisters and Harry James and His Orchestra shine with such delights as “Private Buckaroo,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and “Three Little Sisters,” plus Donald O’Connor and Peggy Ryan deliver dancing routines.   And be on the lookout for Three Stooge alumni Shemp Howard and East Side Kid star Huntz Hall in this all-star musical comedy.

Stage Door Canteen (1943), this all-star musical review from World War II has a loose plot about a soldier named Dakota (played by William Terry), who visits a “club” for service men — that is populated by celebrities (dozens of familiar faces do cameos) — and falls in love (Cheryl Walker).   There are something like 18 musical numbers performed during Dakota’s visit … included are “A Rookie and His Rhythm” (performed by the Kay Kyser Band), “She’s a Bombshell from Brooklyn” (performed by Lina Roman, with backing from The Xavier Cugat Orchestra) and Ethel Waters delivers “Quick Sands” (with backing by the Count Basie Orchestra).

This is the Army (1943) is a filmed version of Irving Berlin’s extremely successful Broadway Play — Berlin provides something like 19 tunes for this all star musical comedy starring George Murphy, Rosemary DeCamp, Ronald Reagan and Joan Leslie.   Included in the review are Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America,” George Murphy singing and dancing with “We’re on Our Way to France” and “My Sweetie,” Frances Langford chimes in with “What Does He Look Like” and even Irving Berlin gets in the act with “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” (he is joined by George Murphy, George Tobias and Charles Butterworth).

Career Girl (1944), songstress Frances Langford returns, this time as a young woman trying to break into show business … she sings four songs during the course of this swiftly-paced film: “A Dream Came True,” “Blue in Love Again,” “Some Day” and “That’s How the Rumba Began.”

People are Funny (1946) features Jack Haley and Ozzie Nelson as radio rivals (the film’s title is based on the Art Linkletter radio show of the same name), Helen Walker is Nelson’s love interest and Rudy Vallee is the clueless sponsor that Haley and Nelson are after.   Blended in with the hyper comedy elements are “time outs” for musical numbers, including Frances Langford’s singing “I’m in the Mood for Love” and The Vagabonds teaming for a trio of numbers.

Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) is the big all-star musical of the Christmas-season of 1946 which was laced together as a biopic for the career of Jerome Kern, but was really a showcase for the talents of June Allyson (“Till the Clouds Roll By” and “Leave it to Jane” with Ray McDonald), Judy Garland (“Look for the Silver Lining,” “Who?” and “Sunny”), Dinah Shore (“The Last Time I Saw Paris”), Lena Horne (“Why was I Born?”), Frank Sinatra (“Ol’ Man River”) and more.

The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) stars Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey as themselves in this United Artists theatrical biopic directed by Alfred E. Green (who did The Jolson Story the year before).   This is a delightful trip down “memory lane,” which is more or less an excuse to showcase over a dozen musical numbers, including two sung by Janet Blair — “To Me” and “The Object of My Affection.”

Inspector General (1949), Danny Kaye is a traveling performer in a “medicine show” who sings a half-dozen songs, romances Barbara Bates and is mistaken for the Inspector General by corrupt town officials in this Golden Globe-winner for Best Musical Score.   Co-stars include Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart, Alan Hale and Elsa Lanchester.

At War with the Army (1950), a post-war comedy vehicle for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis … between comedy bits involving life in boot camp Dean Martin gets to croon with Polly Bergen with “You and Your Beautiful Eyes” and goes solo with “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral.”

Royal Wedding (1951), directed by Stanley Donen and starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell … who could ask for more!   Included in the dance routines is Astaire’s classic dancing on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room (done with a rotating gimbal) in “You’re All the World to Me” and “Open Your Eyes,” which features Astaire and Powell in a dance routine on board ship during heavy waves (it’s a hoot).

Road to Bali (1952) finds Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamore in their sixth “Road” movie (which never left California if the truth be known) … a half dozen musical number spark this fun comedy, with Crosby going solo on “To See You” and duets with his sidekick Bob Hope for “Chicago Style,” “Hoot Mon” and “The Whiffenpoof Song.”

The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957) is a made-for-television musical special that aired during Thanksgiving on NBC.  Van Johnson stars as the title character, Lori Nelson is the romantic lead and Claude Rains is the Mayor of Hamelin, with Doodles Weaver and Kay Starr joining in.  There are a dozen musical numbers included in the festivities — “How Can I Tell You?,” “Feats of the Piper,” “Fool’s Gold” and “My Heart Will Fly To Heaven” are counted among these.

I was sent this collection to review. I’ve only heard of a few titles before (but never saw them) – The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Road to Bali and The Fabulous Dorseys. 

I’ve started this collection and I’m half way through the second disc. Since I have never seen any of these movies before I figured I would start from disc one – movie #1.

So far I am really enjoying these films. My husband is not a fan of musicals, so I have been popping in the DVDs in the afternoon.

These are fun to watch. As I mentioned earlier, they really want all out to put on these musicals back in the day.

Some movie are silly and a bit over the top, but that is what makes them fun and entertaining to watch.

I’ve even heard some songs that I recognize, but never knew where they came from.

If you are interested in learning more visit the FilmChestMediaGroup.com website. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Hulu (links are found at the bottom of their website. I do believe this DVD will be available on Amazon, as well as other places where DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of musical films? Which is your favorite?

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Now available on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD – Sing Street (giveaway ends 8/12/16)

 

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The weather outside is “frightful,” and I don’t mean cold. It’s way too hot to be outside. Here in NY we’ve been having a heat wave. The heat and humidity is horrific, which no relief in sight. I cannot wait for the fall weather to arrive. Summer is my least favorite season.

If you are like me, you are probably looking for ways to entertain yourself indoors where the air conditioner can keep you cool and comfortable. One of my favorite indoor activities is watching movies, both at the theater and at home.

There is a new film available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (Video on Demand) you might be interested in. It’s called Sing Street.

Sing Street is a feel-good, coming of age story written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) featuring the ultimate soundtrack of the 80’s.

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Sing Street takes us back to 1980’s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher.

He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band… yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos

Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s (Once, Begin Again) life and love for music, Sing Street shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.

The film is rated PG-13.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

I am a child of the 80’s. I graduated high school in 1986. I remember all too well the music, the hair, the fashion. Seeing the film’s trailer brought me back to a more simpler time. The 80’s were pretty wild with the big hair, neon clothing and weird music – but it was also a fun time. If anything stands out the most about that decade it’s the music.

Check out the songs featured in the movie’s soundtrack.

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I’ve had the song “Pop Muzik” stuck in my mind ever since I read that title on the soundtrack list.

Radio, video
Boogie with a suitcase
Your livin’ in a disco
Forget about the rat race
Let’s do the milkshake, sellin’ like a hotcake
Try some buy some fee-fi-fo-fum

This looks like a fun, coming of age film. I’m looking forward to seeing myself.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram.

You can find out where you can purchase your copy of Sing Street on Go Watch It!

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I have a copy of the film I can give to a lucky winner, as well as a $25 iTunes gift card that the winner could use to purchase the official Sing Street movie sound track. The prizing courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 12, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package – or – what was your favorite song/band of the 80’s?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize package from Anchor Bay Entertainment for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out Justin Timberlake’s new song/video for the upcoming Trolls movie (it’s fun!)

 

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Coming to theaters on November 4, 2016 is the animated film Trolls, based on those funky looking trolls with the big head of hair that were popular back in the day.

The film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani.

From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny and irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls.  This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach.

DreamWorks’ Trolls is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures.  This autumn, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.

The film features original music by Justin Timberlake. In fact, a brand new video has been released for the film’s song Can’t Stop the Feeling. I have posted the video below. You can also find the song on iTunes and Spotify.

I should forewarn you – the song is catchy and it will probably get stuck in your head for the rest of the day. LOL!

For more information about the film you can visit it’s official website, DreamWorks.com/Trolls. You can also find the film on social medial – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. The official hashtag is #DreamWorksTrolls.

 

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

 

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PEANUTS Greatest Hits special edition, collectible picture disc! (Giveaway ends 4/16/16)

 

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My family and I are huge fans of the PEANUTS gang – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Woodstock, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Sally, Pig Pen… we love them all.

Have you seen the PEANUTS movie that was in theaters not too long ago (and is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD)? If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. It’s adorable! You can read my review here – The PEANUTS movie is coming to Blu-ray and DVD. Please note the giveaway in that post is over.

We never miss any of the holiday PEANUTS specials either. If we don’t catch them on TV we make it a point to watch the copies that we have. Just recently we enjoyed It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown on a DVD that we own.

We enjoy their specials so much that we own their greatest hits on CD. We especially love “Christmas Time is Here,” “Linus and Lucy,” and “Little Birdie.”

Now PEANUTS Greatest Hits is available on a special edition, collectible picture disc. It’s an actual LP (long playing) record – the kind we used to enjoy back in the 70’s.

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I can’t believe that LP records are coming back. I spend many hours with my record player enjoying LP’s and 45’s when I was a young girl. My brother even still owns the record player my parents had which is a huge piece of furniture. The record player is on one side and the albums are stored on the other side.

My teenage daughter said she wants to get a record player some day and start collecting albums. It’s funny that something so old is new again.

I never thought we’d never see LP’s again now that you can download your music digitally. And to think I threw most of mine out, except some Disney 45’s that are buried somewhere in the basement.

The special edition PEANUTS LP features Charlie Brown’s face on Side A, and Lucy’s face on Side B.

Check it out in action in this brief video (I want that record player! LOL!).

 

This new compilation (also available digitally and on CD) features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated PEANUTS television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

PEANUTS Greatest Hits includes such favorites as the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” the “Charlie Brown Theme” from A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the festive “Christmas Is Coming” from A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as the humorous “Little Birdie,”  which features vocals by Vince Guaraldi himself!

I was sent one to review. I don’t have a record player (yet?) to actually play it, but I am going to display it as a collectible. It’s just to cute to hide away.

If you are interested in ordering your own copy you can purchase it here – http://smarturl.it/PGHFaceLP. The link takes you to Amazon (it’s not an affiliate link). The LP sells for $23.99. The audio CD and digital download are also available. If you are a Prime member the LP ships for free.

I also have a copy of the PEANUTS Greatest Hits special edition, collectible picture disc LP to giveaway to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 16, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

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This is ONE album – the images appear on either side.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me who is your favorite PEANUTS character, favorite special OR favorite PEANUTS song?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Jam Jars – a unique way to enjoy your “tunes”

 

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Mason Jars… they have so many uses. Not only do people use them to can foods, but they are also used as drinking glasses, vases, as storage and in amazing craft projects.

I have a few Mason Jars left over from when I tried making my own jams and jellies. I use them for a variety of things, but mostly for storage.

I love visiting Pinterest (Pinterest is my “happy place,” LOL). If you do a search for “Mason Jars” on you’ll be amazed at how many things come up. It never fails, after I look up a few ideas for Mason Jars I am always inspired to want to do something creative with the ones that I have.

A new use for Mason Jars, one I would have never thought of, is to listen to your favorite music.

How can you listen to music from a Mason Jar?

Matt Gira, a college student, found a unique purpose for Mason Jars – speakers!

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Using a bit of technology, Matt has been able to turn a regular Mason Jar into a speaker. The Mason Jar serves as a vessel to amplify the music. I have heard of people doing something similar with cardboard boxes. A Mason Jar is much more decorative, and when not in use you would never know it’s a speaker.

I was sent a Jam Jar to review. I received one that was colored a bright and cheery yellow color. The Jam Jar also came with the power source and plugs needed to turn it from a decoration to a speaker.

To use the jar as a speaker you simply connect them to your iPod, iPhone or other device through a 3 foot auxiliary cord, the same way you would connect your music device to headphones. You also have to make sure that the Jam Jar is connected to a standard electrical outlet to boost their sound. A power cord is included.

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You don’t need to be a “rocket scientist” to set this up. I was “jamming” to my favorite tunes in little over a minute. I just needed to plug the Jam Jar into my iPhone (via the earphone plug outlet on the phone) and plug the jar into the outlet.

Initially there was a little crackling sound, but after a few moments it disappeared.

The Jam Jar amplifies music nicely. You can make it very loud (I don’t out of consideration for my neighbors). It works just as well as any other external speaker I have used.

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As far as a speaker is concerned – Jam Jar delivers. It’s a very nice speaker. I use it when I am cooking and/or cleaning. I find that listening to music helps make them seem like like a “chore.”

I also like that the Jam Jar serves as a decoration too, when not in use. When it’s unplugged from the outlet and your device it’s just a regular, colorful, Mason Jar.

It’s a fun conversation piece too.

Jam Jar would make a fun gift, especially for someone who loves crafty things, decorating with Mason Jars or anyone who could use an external speaker to listen to their favorite tunes. It’s a fun way to listen to your favorite holiday music.

Honestly, the only “downside” I can come up with is that the electrical outlet plug is very big and heavy. And that is not really a big deal if you ask me.

If you would like to learn more about Jam Jar visit their Etsy shop – Etsy.com/Shop/LioProducts.

I also like that Jam Jar was created by a college student. I am all for supporting small businesses, especially a college student.

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Kimberly

*I recieved a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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