Changes – No, I’m not talking about David Bowie. Changes coming to the site

Hi Everyone,
Eric here, senior editor, head waiter, chief bottle-washer, etc, here at It’s About The Music.
I want to thank all my readers and subscribers for all your support and visits and “likes” and everything for the last 3 years or so. I would have no purpose for doing this labor of love (I do not get paid or make money at this, I have a regular job) were it not for you all!
The time has come for a change, a shift in the cosmos, if you will.
This site has become more of a kitchen sink, so I am making and launching a new site with its primary focus on music and more esoteric matters and how they relate. It is called https://musicandmindfulness.wordpress.com/ Another catalyst pushing me is the hobby itself, it is like it is imploding. It becomes more and more uncivilized each week. You can’t bring civility to a culture or environment that doesn’t want it. So I have left that side of things to shift my focus more absolutely on music. Music is that vehicle which can bring that about social justice, kindness, real community, etc. as I have written briefly about before. It’s time to talk about why it is important and beneficial to re-engage and connect with music. It will be about the music and how it works in and with healing, environmental mood shift, emotions, etc. How music and the human spirit relate, the power of music on the human psyche and all related matters. Tossed in might be articles about psychology and such and related information all tied into music in some way. Yes, album reviews will still be a feature as well as they serve a large and good portion of it and I will also include some other mundane music matters. I plan on eventually even moving some of the advice and “how-to” articles to the new site, which will be in a different section. (There will be sections just like on this site for easy navigation, although the theme may look a bit different cosmetically). The whole core idea or mission will be to get folks to really listen and get what they are meant to get from the music they listen to.
Gone will be gear lists and info, writings about audio philosophy, discussions about MQA and other acronyms, etc. (I may stick reviews I did on my own gear someplace, but I am not sure). The gear and the related just don’t fit in the new mission or format. I had a good time in providing that info and service to everyone, but it is time to close that chapter.

The other nice thing about the new site and directional flavor is that I will not be under worrisome deadlines trying to keep up with whatever. In other words, it will be more like a regular blog than the semi-pro thing like before. At least, that should be how it feels to me anyway.

So with that said, I invite you to visit my new site and enjoy. That means all my wonderful readers from around the globe.
I look forward to seeing you all on the new site and interacting together. https://musicandmindfulness.wordpress.com/

PS: Yes, this site will remain up for a time, I predict through November at least, maybe longer, but it won’t be updated in favor of my other site.

New talent: Courtney Hadwin or perhaps proof of reincarnation?

Ok, you all need to see this:

How many of you remember or are familiar with Janis Joplin? Now how many of you believe in reincarnation? Why do I ask that?

Meet 13 year-old Courtney Hadwin or could it be Janis Joplin reincarnated?
This is Courtney Hadwin who just got the golden buzzer on AGT and you are about to see why.
Courtney is now 13 as I mentioned, she also has a severe social disorder. She can’t seem to express herself or comfortably talk with her schoolmates or anyone. She does just ok with her siblings according to her dad, but that is her best. However, when she sings she is a different person and character. She joined her school choir she says, so she could feel comfortable expressing herself so she would not have to talk. This all started when she was 9 or 10 and was in several contests including The Voice UK.

Watch her tear the place down in this video not only do you get the reactions of the judges and audience (you will feel a bit yourself too), but it is like watching a 13 year-old modern day Janis Joplin in every way (voice, mannerisms, etc.). It is not choreographed, this is the character Courtney invented to get her self through. However, it is uncanny with her facial expressions how much Janice Joplin is in it.

As if that was not convincing enough, she also does ballads in a Janice-like way:

 

Record Cleaning Fluids – What is right and what is not. Yes, it matters!


THESE ARE NOT RECORD CLEANING FLUIDS!
THESE ARE RECORD CLEANING FLUIDS!

I have tried many of the different cleaning fluids on the market except for a couple or so, but I am going to show the ones I use and or feel are the best performers.
As I talked about in my article on record cleaning, I have seen every manner of fluid or substance used to try to clean records by people whom just don’t want to do it correctly or maybe are genuinely misleading people as some kind of cruel joke or something. It seems to me like it is more of the former. These people just don’t want to spend the extra dollar or less to get an appropriate cleaning fluid specifically formulated to clean their records properly and would rather ruin their records in failed attempts while claiming they are masters of the subject. I don’t care how many forums or websites or YouTube channels, etc. those people are on, please folks, don’t go using wood glue, window cleaner, bathroom cleaner, high levels of alcohol, furniture polish, lighter fluid, etc. to clean your records.
As I stated, I have tried a number of appropriate record cleaning fluids on the market along with my own DIY fluid and found a number of them to be either in least case, completely ineffective or in worst case left a residue behind or to be destructive. However, there are a few record cleaning fluids I am confident about.

I use Audio Intelligent Vinyl Solutions (AIVS) and Mobil Fidelity (MoFi) fluids at this time. I have found the AIVS fluids to be most effective. Some folks complain about the cost of the AIVS fluids and I used to be one of them until I got a chance to try them, did the math and figured out that the cost is actually quite reasonable when you factor in the capacity of cleanings and performance. Here’s the math: a 16 oz size of AIVS 3-step cleaning kit is around $55, that is enough to do about 200 records! So $55 divided by 200 records is 28 cents per record. For lesser dirty records and maintenance, they have a One-step formula that comes in a 32 oz bottle for around $29. That size can clean about 400 records, so $29 divided by 400 is 7 cents per record. So as you can see, it pays to use the proper fluids. Sure, a bottle of window cleaner or can of bathroom cleaner will cost around $4 or $5, but not only does it do fewer records, the important thing is that the records are being destroyed and so you must go and buy another one. This is actually very expensive. Even if the record only cost you a dollar or two, you have to find another one and how many are you willing to buy as you keep ruining them using the wrong thing? Factor into that the risk of ruining your needle and cartridge and it gets unbelievably expensive.
Before and after I got my first bottles of AIVS fluids I spoke with the maker and learned too much about the fluids to go into here, but I can tell you that I was impressed with the research and development that went into making the fluids. The maker even enlisted the help of a few chemistry professors and mastery students and did everything down to the last molecule. Very basically, AIVS fluids are composed of lab grade pure water as the vehicle with various bio-enzymes as the effective cleaners designed to attack different contaminants effectively and of course a surfactant. In using the fluids over the past years I can tell you that they got it right. (Continued on page 2)