The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted retired school teacher and costume designer Debbie Parker. Not only did both she and her husband lose their jobs, both of her parents also passed away earlier this year. However, when Kathy Caton, a former chorus teacher and choral director at The First Congregational Church in Dalton, Massachusetts, showedContinue reading “Keep the Music Playing: One Retired Teacher Serves Her Community, One Mask at a Time”
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Spotify Wrapped: How Does It Work?
As this crazy year comes to a close, there are a lot of things people can look forward to, such as celebrating the holiday season, finishing a semester of online classes and waking an endless amount of Instagram stories depicting each person’s favorite artists on Spotify and how much time they spent using Spotify duringContinue reading “Spotify Wrapped: How Does It Work?”
Fake News: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and What Journalists Can Do to Fight Its Spread
On Dec. 4, President Donald Trump published a series of tweets that expressed his concerns with the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Some of these tweets showed Trump declaring that Election Day was “rigged” and accusing the “fake news suppressed media” for hiding stories of election fraud. Unfortunately for Trump, these claims ofContinue reading “Fake News: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and What Journalists Can Do to Fight Its Spread”
Here We Go Again: How One Restaurant in Long Island is Working Through New COVID-19 Restrictions
Due to rising positive cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York State and throughout the United States, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press briefing Nov. 11 that there will be new restrictions put in place for bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers. Starting Friday, Nov. 13, these places are requiredContinue reading “Here We Go Again: How One Restaurant in Long Island is Working Through New COVID-19 Restrictions”
Tightening the Community: How One Texting App is Bringing Musicians and Fans Closer Together
Last Friday, rapper Lil Nas X, who most people know as the mastermind behind the 2019 smash hit “Old Town Road,” released his latest single, “Holiday” – his first release since his debut EP, “7,” in 2019. I’ll be honest, I was expecting more of a Christmas theme from this song – he dressed upContinue reading “Tightening the Community: How One Texting App is Bringing Musicians and Fans Closer Together”
Three Musicians that Put Pen to Paper – Literally.
On Nov. 10, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Halsey released a collection of original poetry called “I Would Leave Me If I Could.” This book, which is her first published work, goes into detail about her struggle with bipolar disorder, as well as other topics like sexuality, abusive relationships and family struggles. I have not had the opportunityContinue reading “Three Musicians that Put Pen to Paper – Literally.”
The Show Must Go On: Long Island Music Teachers Adjust to Hybrid Learning
While Bruce Engel directed a group of viola students how to play a section of the classic Christmas song “Sleigh Ride,” music filled the air, until an abrupt sound came from Engel’s computer. Students watching his class at home through Google Classroom could not hear any of the music or what Engel was saying. Engel,Continue reading “The Show Must Go On: Long Island Music Teachers Adjust to Hybrid Learning”
What Can We Do to Save Our Stages?
This weekend, the National Independent Venue Association hosted “Save Our Stages Fest,” a virtual music festival where artists like G-Eazy, Foo Fighters and The Lumineers perform live at small, independent venues across the country. Because many venues have been closed and concerts have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this festival can be refreshingContinue reading “What Can We Do to Save Our Stages?”
Three Musicians with Amazing Skincare Routines
Throughout quarantine, one hobby that I’ve picked up as a way to pass the time is learning about skincare – what ingredients are in skincare products, how they work and which ingredients work better for different skin types. My interest in skincare began by watching Vogue’s “Beauty Secrets” and Harper BAZAAR’s “Go to Bed withContinue reading “Three Musicians with Amazing Skincare Routines”
Local Community Farm Combats Effects of COVID-19 with Fundraising Event
On a field in the middle of a suburban intersection, a man with a cowboy hat can be heard directing how to do line dance moves, such as the “toe step” and the “mambo,” to a socially distanced crowd. As the participants dance to songs from country artists like Kellie Pickler and Blake Shelton, anotherContinue reading “Local Community Farm Combats Effects of COVID-19 with Fundraising Event”