Bands in grass

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 7pm ET

Welcome to another Tuesday and this evening it’s “May Hits of the 70s” on Sounds of the 70s.  


Speech on Michael Angelakos, 2014:

Watching in amazement, you shout the lyrics of your favorite song back at the performer. Singing, inspiring and performing are just three things Michael Angelakos does on a day to day basis. But who really is Michael Angelakos? Michael Angelakos was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on May 19th, 1987. It was here that Michael started his first  band, entitled “Dead Grass” at age seven. Michael even made his own tote bag as personal “Dead Grass” merchandise. After graduating from high school, Michael went on to greater things and attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and it was there that the ever popular indie rock band “Passion Pit” was born. Passion Pit blossomed out of an EP Michael created for one of his ex-girlfriends, and it was entitled “Chunk of Change”.

Currently, Michael is married to Kristina Mucci and continues to produce music for Passion Pit. He has recorded two new albums since “Chunk of Change” entitled “Manners” and “Gossamer”. During the creation of the album “Manners” Michael actually reached out to a local group of children to help sing in the background of his tracks. One thing a lot of people misunderstand is that Michael creates all of the tracks for Passion Pit solely. His “band” members are just for touring and have no actual part in creating or performing any tracks produced by Passion Pit. Now here’s part of one of his songs, entitled: “Take a Walk”.

Something you might have noticed were the drum beats at the beginning of the song. These “drum beats” weren’t actually from a drum, but from the very feet of Michael stomping in the studio. It took countless attempts to get the flawless beat you hear today. Eventually with “Take a Walk” being his most popular track, it skyrocketed and was featured in multiple films and commercials including “Carrie” and a Locos Tacos Commercial.


So, how is a band member inspiring? Aside from encouraging others to get involved with music throughout his career, Michael is inspirational in another way. Being born with a bipolar disorder and having been through many hard struggles to get through the daily pain, Michael uses his experiences to help and connect to others. Michael goes through extreme depression and has had multiple attempts at suicide from his bipolar disorder. Yet, Michael still gets up every morning to write and produce music to inspire others. His musical inspiration for songs comes directly from his own personal life experiences to help spread awareness and inspire others.

Personally, Michael’s music, stories, and personality have helped to get me through different rough times and hard patches in my life. He has even personally reached out to one of my friends struggling with a similar bipolar disorder as himself. And, he got her the help she needed.

Besides inspiring and empowering others, Michael has brought me closer with many people. I have created multiple strong lasting relationships with friends who also enjoy his music, who are pictured here. *slide here* In conclusion, Michael Angelakos is a very empowering and talented individual who has definitely affected my life positively.

On Saturday May 9th ( Mother’s day week-end ), I had the great pleasure to photograph the wedding celebration between Kimberly and Robert.

This was my last wedding in Florida until November….as I will be photographing weddings in New England during the Summer and Fall!!!!

Their wedding took place in the town of Williston, near Gainesville, Florida

Kimberly and Robert decided to have their wedding at the Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens.

You can view the park website HERE and well as their facebook page HERE

If you are looking for an unique place for a outdoor wedding, then this is the place!!!! A lot of scenery and “greenery”

After the wedding ceremony, the guests enjoy a nice dinner while listening to Live music played by an Acoustic music Trio band named “Dim Lights”

The band played Blue Grass and Americana music. They are located in the Gainesville area.

They don’t really have a website, but you can email them at spitzn@earthlink.net

Since photos are always better than words……Here are some photos from Kimberly and Robert’s wedding at the Cedar Lakes woods and gardens.

For the photographers : Gear used during the wedding were Fujifilm X-T1, X-e1, Xf 27, Xf 35, Xf 56 and Xf 55-200.

*********CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO SEE THEM LARGER*********

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer.

Fujifilm X-T1 wedding photography. Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding photography. Gainesville wedding photographer. Kimberly and Robert | Cedar Lakes woods and gardens wedding | Florida On Saturday May 9th ( Mother’s day week-end ), I had the great pleasure to photograph the wedding celebration between Kimberly and Robert.
Non-Surgical Voice Repair: Communication Difficulties.

about the difficulty of using their voice, as per normal. There are different factors taking place to prevent people from communicating efficiently and with no difficulty, using their speaking voice.

When the voice, sometimes due to a lot of very loud and excessive talking, drops down to its very low position, it begins to sound hoarse and raspy and very low in volume.

The person who experiences the above described symptoms is trying to push and pull that voice to the surface and, of course, the more they try, the less results they get.

Sometime ago, my voice repair client from Boston who used to play in the Blue Grass band, (before her vocal injury) told me:

“Diana, I pushed and pushed my voice, trying to bring it to a normal volume and get rid of the hoarseness, and last August, I knew that I have pushed it for the last time”.

By pushing and pulling her voice, not only did she lose her volume almost completely, she also acquired a nodule on one of her vocal cords.

Now we have had a double whammy.

We had to recover the voice from the “deep swamp” and we had to dissolve the nodule by releasing the vocal box from the pressure of the sound and nurturing her vocal anatomy with natural herbs and remedies.

When she finally arrived to my studio, her both (speaking and singing voice), were almost completely shattered.

By working on her speech, I was able to recover her voice from “the deep end”, so to speak, and once her speaking voice started to sound normal, as a side effect, I had finally taught her how tosing professionally and with no pain or strain on her vocal anatomy.

I have to say that it is still easier to work with the vocally injured singers than with the regular people with just speech problems.

Every singer intuitively knows and feels that their voice is a very sensitive commodity and could seize on them at any given time; where’s regular people with acquired speech problems are, quite often, taken by surprise.

They are talking a lot, they are talking loud, they are screaming at their children’s’ baseball games, the talk on the phone all day, either at work and/or with friends at home, and then “suddenly”, their voice however, gradually, begins to go. Since it has never happened to them before, they do not agree with it, as their whole being is protesting and still desires to be loud and flamboyant. So they force and force their voices out and the more they force, the worse it gets.


Now, finally, they were forced to stop, and that’s where their trauma begun.

So, psychologically speaking, it is much harder to deal with these people rather than with the amateur or professional singers. Not only speech troubled people, physically, have trouble to communicate, but emotionally, usually, they are also very distraught and quite disturbed.

Restoring the voice, in general, could be quite a long, intense and tedious procedure. Therefore, at my work, all of my degrees of education, my extensive experience in teaching and fixing voices, are utilized to the max.

First of all, I have to be a total communicator, as well as psychologist and sometimes even a psychiatrist, as without those skills, I cannot even begin the voice repair of any kind.

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Tracing the History of the Nuptial Orb

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From times immemorial, the nuptial orb or rather the wedding ring, has been the symbol of everlasting love. The shape of the ring-the circle- bears deep significance, acting as a symbol of the Sun, the Universe, the Earth, of Holiness and of Peace. Wedding rings have not always been made of precious metals like gold or silver. The caveman used grass bands or reeds to tie the knot. In ancient Europe, the lover’s hair was used as a knot to symbolize love, faith and friendship between the wedded couples.

The wedding ring did not form an integral part of Christian weddings until the 9th century. However, the use of rings was known to Hebrews much earlier than ancient Romans, as early as the 2nd century. Archaeologists can easily differentiate between wedding rings and other rings because of the inscriptions that show the Emperor’s image.

Wedding bands also formed an important symbol in Egyptian marriage culture. Crafted on heavy metals, these rings often carried precious and semi-precious stones.

Around 1100, Pope Innocent the Third decreed that all wedding ceremonies had to be held in a church and incorporating wedding rings in the wedding ritual would be compulsory. Usually, the woman was the only one to wear rings. However, in Persia, it became a tradition for the groom to give rings to everyone who attended the ceremony. Records suggest that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert gave out 72 rings at their wedding – each engraved with the profile of the queen.

Like the wedding ring, the engagement ring was believed to have been woven using reeds and rushes. However, it was not worn around the finger but was actually a cord that the caveman used to bind the hands and feet of the woman with. Eventually, it was tied around her hands and then to her finger, once he knew she was going to stay.

The modern engagement ring did not come into existence before the 15th century when the Archduke Maximillian of Hamburg presented his bride-to-be, Maria of Hungary, with a diamond engagement ring when she accepted his proposal.

It is assumed that this perhaps started the trend of giving and wearing engagement rings, especially amongst the wealthy class. Today, diamond, gold, platinum as well as handcrafted rings have become the norm. Whatever the metals be, these wedding rings will continue to stand for everlasting love and fidelity.


Source by Suzanne Macguire