Music Flashback: John Barry – James Bond Theme

Bond.......James Bond.......on the job!

Bond…….James Bond…….on the job! (Photo credit: ClaraDon)

Love this classic theme from the greatest spy movie of all times!

The “James Bond Theme” is the main theme of all the James Bond films and has featured in every one since ‘Dr. No’ in 1962. There have been ongoing court battles between John Barry and Monty Norman as both claim to have written the music – either way, it’s burned into our memories and is instantly recognized when played.

Interesting facts:

1. Vic Flic (the bassist for this session) actually couldn’t re-create this sound.His amplifier cracked and we’re “stuck” with these recordings.

2. Maurice Binder (the title maker) couldn’t re-create the “gun barrel effect”.
He was able to do it only once…but once was enough!

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Application of the day: SoundCloud

SoundCloud

SoundCloud (Photo credit: ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓)

SoundCloud recently became one of my favorite iPhone apps. I’ve been registered on SoundCloud.com for a while now, but I used it mainly to upload my mixes and didn’t come around to try the app.

Now, SoundCloud serves as a great online music player, when I get tired of my music on the phone and want to explore something new.

SoundCloud has tons of music, especially electronic and you can follow your favorite artists and djs to stay up to date with their latest songs and mixes.

Also, one of the features I especially enjoy, is that the search is not limited to tracks only, you can find playlists and mixes. For example, if you want to find artists that have similar music taste with you, you can enter the track name that you enjoy in the search field, and you will not get only the track itself, but also all mixes where this track has been used. I found a lot of great djs that might be not so popular and mainstream, but still pretty awesome and the names I didn’t hear about before.

One thing I especially love about SoundCloud, that it doesn’t eat that much traffic as YouTube does and you can switch to another app or lock the screen and the music will still play in the background.

This is how the lock screen looks, it has main play / rewind/ fast-forward and volume buttons and album artwork.

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This is my dashboard or Stream, featuring all likes and uploads from the Labels / Artists I follow.

SoundCloud app 1

This is Now Playing screen -> You can Like, Replay, Add to Playlist, Share and view Info from here. Sometimes Downloads are also available.

SoundCloud app 2

This is the same screen in horizontal position – I love how the sound wave looks.

SoundCloud app 3

This is my profile. Here’s the link, so you can follow me, if you wish.

SoundCloud app 4

This is how the Search Tab looks.

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And this is my Activity feed with notifications.

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Let me know how you like the SoundCloud app and have an awesome day!

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Happy Birthday to One Happy Blog!

I’m really glad and thankful for the opportunity to share the things that amaze me, interest me and touch my heart with the world through this blog!

And if, by doing this, my posts inspire other people, that’s just amazing!

Wishing One Happy Blog long life, community of amazing followers and other great bloggers, interesting posts, prosperity and much fun along its journey!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Music find of the day: Akabu feat Alex Mills “Everybody Wants Something” Joey Negro Strip Mix

I don’t have to say much about this track – just enjoy smooth vocals, really nice old-school beats and synths!

This new track from Akabu features the soaring neo soul croons of Alex Mills (who you might recognize from Miguel Campbell’s ‘Something Special’).

The Joey Negro Strip Mix is unashamedly feel-good with its bouncing, skewed and spraying synths and driving bassline, with pristine production putting many imitators to shame.

Released: 1st April 2013

Text from SoundCloud

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Drawing of the day: Lady in the hat

Drawing of the day: Lady in the hat
Drawing of the day: Lady in the hat

What I love about drawing with pastels is the softness of the material and easiness of mixing and shading. What I dislike about pastel drawings is that you have to be very careful with them and store it securely behind the glass because unlike oil paintings pastel drawing are very prone to damage.

Now here is the story of what happened to my drawing of a lovely lady in the hat. Some time ago I spilled some water on it by accident and I almost cried when I saw how much effort has been wasted.

But then I gathered myself together and decided to correct and cover all the spots that were left by the spilled water.

Moral #1: Always frame and store properly all the drawings and paintings right after I finish them.

Moral #2: Everything happens for a reason. While covering and reworking on damaged spots, I noticed few other things that could be corrected / done better, so there’s always a room for improvement! And if I see every situation as a challenge, not a problem, I can always find a blessing and get an awesome outcome!

Now, I like the corrected version of the drawing even better than the original. And what do you think? I’m posting before and after pictures for comparison. Please let me know your opinion in the comments below!

Have a happy day!

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Lady in the hat by Natella Mammadova

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Product Review: Eye make-up remover by Сто рецептов красоты

Product Review - Eye make-up remover by Sto Receptov Krasoti

I have tried so many eye make-up removers that it’s difficult to count them all. Maybe I expect too much from the make-up remover, but basically:

a) I want something that is not greasy or irritate my eyes

b) I want all my eye lashes to stay at their place and not fall out

I don’t think that my expectations are unrealistic, yet I wasn’t lucky to encounter a product that would pass both conditions even though I have tried so many brands from drug stores to high-end.

However, eye make-up remover from Сто рецептов красоты seems to do ok. It certainly passed the first condition, it doesn’t contain oil, is very gentle and if, by accident, few drops end up in my eyes, it doesn’t have itchy effect. Feels like water. It’s active ingredients include green tea, aloe and cucumber extracts. I certainly have less fallen eye lashes compared to a lot of other products I used, but still result is not perfect. This is going to do for now, but I’m going to continue my quest for the perfect eye make-up remover.

I have to say Russian cosmetic brands surprised me with the quality of their products, some of them are so much better than their pricey western alternatives.

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*Tip: It’s always useful to read the instructions on the bottle. You might think why would I need instructions to remove make-up, it’s so simple, you just wipe it off with the cotton pad. However, instructions suggest to hold the wet pad on the eye lid for 20 seconds and then to wipe it off. I noticed that it’s easier to remove the thick layers of mascara that way.

If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.

Have a great day!

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Я ощущаю свою жизненную силу. Я чувствую, как она странствует через Вселенную, и понимаю, что она не зависит от физической оболочки. На самом деле материальный мир образует моя энергия, которую я проецирую вовне. Таким образом, чтобы изменить свой мир, я должна изменить себя. Я должна изменить то, что проецирую.

На основе “Материалов Сета” Джейн Роберте