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Where’s My Music?

Spotify Logo

Spotify Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always had a love/hate relationship with my CD/Radio.  There is a shelf for it in my bathroom.  Up until recently it has sat there, willing and able to play CD’s or a radio station of my choosing.  I like to have music going while I shower and get ready for my day.

 

The love part of the relationship is this:  I LOVE good music.

 

The hate part of the relationship is this:  I HATE commercials.

 

When listening to radio I have discovered there are TONS of commercials.  I really hate them.

 

When I listen to my own CD – because of the moisture in the bathroom – the CD sometimes skips or won’t play at all.

I have loved Spotify free service on my iMac so I decided to try Spotify premium service for a month so that I could listen to my playlist on my mobile devices and more particularly in the bathroom.  This meant getting rid of the clunky CD player and buying a speaker dock for my iPhone.

 

I actually tried one – returned it and tried another one.  Then because I didn’t want to pay for music from a monthly subscription like Spotify – I decided to explore internet radio.

 

I bought an app for .99 that allows me to access radio from around the world – COMMERCIAL FREE.  It is called SHOUTcast.

 

SHOUTcast

SHOUTcast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can play it from my iPhone or iPad in my bathroom – my favorites include easy listening stations and movie soundtracks.  They are my new favorites.  Can’t wait to try Christmas stations.

And now there is commercial free music coming from a radio station of music that I love – any time I am in the bathroom getting ready for the day – or winding down for the night.

If you are a music lover – you will love this option on your mobile devices!  And if you have not yet discovered having a speaker dock for your mobile devices – I highly recommend Sony – great speaker sound and has a digital radio with it – with the clock displayed on the front.  Great for at night when I get up to go to the bathroom 🙂  It even has a remote – just like this one in the picture.  I use the remote ALL THE TIME – especially for Spotify tunes or tunes from my own playlist in iTunes.  I know you will love it!

Sony Speaker Dock/Clock Radio for iPhone

Sony Speaker Dock/Clock Radio for iPhone (Photo credit: John Biehler)

 

Happy listening!

 

God Bless

 

When Things Work

Most things in our lives work.  It is when they don’t, that we notice.

Image representing Apple as depicted in CrunchBase

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I now am the proud owner of three devices – an iMac, iPhone and now an iPad 2 (thanks to a very generous gift from my son for Mother’s Day).  It can be triple trouble when things go wrong – not to mention having triple the junk mail to delete every day 🙂

Because I also run a business and manage personal appointments, my calendar is very important to me.  The nice man at the Apple store told me I needed iCloud to sync my devices together wirelessly – and he turned the feature on – on both my iPhone and iPad.  Unfortunately, he did not realize that at home I have an older Mac, which does not support iCloud – and by turning on this feature, I received duplicates on everything on my calendars.  So while coming home, I deleted all the duplicate entries on my iPhone.  But when I arrived home to check this with iCal on my iMac I found to my despair – EVERYTHING had been erased!  Just vanished into thin air!  I remember having this problem when I first got my iPhone and the only fix was to turn off iCloud – I just couldn’t remember why!  Now I know.

ICloud

ICloud (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While trying to rebuild the information from both my iPhone and iPad 2 – I found that many things were gone and there were significant holes in my schedule.  This was a disaster because I have 25 music lessons every week and some of those appointments had to reschedule or change and I now had to rely on my faulty memory – not good.  It was a panicky situation for me.

I read every forum I could get my hands on talking about syncing my calendars so I would never have this problem again – but came up empty every time.  There was a way around iCloud on iCal – but I could not understand it – even though it was supposed to be easy.  I called my techie son who works for Apple and it was discovered that I don’t have enough memory and would need to buy more memory and then do an upgrade to Lion before I could get iCloud on my Mac.  It was discouraging and expensive.  All I wanted was to sync my calendars and for it to work.

So I slept on it – and the next morning I tried again.  I came across another forum talking about the same problem as mine.  This time the “fix” was so easy I felt almost ridiculous trying it.  In the process I was on hold for an Apple techie to see if I had done everything I could.  By the time a young man came on the line I was well into solving the problem by syncing the three calendars on iTunes with a special iCloud code that was given in the forum I was reading.  The Apple tech – (bless his heart) said that it basically couldn’t be done and that I needed the upgrade.  Period.

So when this simple “fix” WORKED – I was AMAZED and ELATED!!

We often take things for granted when they work.

Do you have a problem you’re trying to solve?  Don’t give up.  There is always an answer.  It may not be the answer you’re wanting or thinking needs to happen – but there is always an answer. 

Look for another way – think outside the box and find out what works.

God Bless

Doing Simple Maintenance

Image representing Apple as depicted in CrunchBase

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I’ve had a fruitful – and frustrating morning.  My blogging friend, Keri Welch of Pop Parables wrote a very good article yesterday, Facebook for Bloggers: A Short Guide.  I read it and dismissed it, thinking – do I really need another page on facebook to keep track of?   I already have a personal page and a page for my music students and parents.  But as I read the many benefits – I was slowly won over.

So I started to build my page – only to discover that my banner did not fit as a normal picture on my facebook fan page.  I tried everything – no luck.  I finally gave up and put a picture of myself instead.    I started adding other pictures and then my iMac started acting sluggish.  It was very frustrating as I was right in the middle of building my new page.  I cleaned my trash – did a software update – NOTHING.  So I finally called Apple and a very nice guy walked me through a simple maintenance for my iMac.  Things that no one EVER tells you when you get your computer.  Well maybe they do – but no one told me – even when I installed the new software and had Apple Care.  He was very nice and I took notes 🙂

Long story short:  I have a new “fan page” for my blog.  If you are a loyal reader and would like to have more interaction and dialog about blogging 0r anything in general – please add my page to your “fan pages” by visiting here: Cindy Holman’s Blog and clicking “Like”. I would really appreciate it.

Hugs to all of you – and thanks so much Keri – for making me see the light 🙂

God Bless

Little Green Apples

A picture taken, of Green Apples in a jar.

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I found a wonderful rendition of the song, “Little Green Apples” written by Bobby Russell.  It has been sung by many artists over the years.   I was a little girl in 1968 when I first heard it – and I haven’t heard it in maybe 40 years.  I  was reminded of it again in a movie I was watching last night – where a woman in a long-term marriage turns to her husband and asks him if they have had a good marriage – in much the same way that Tevye asks Goldi in “Fiddler on the Roof” – ‘do you love me’?  His response to her was that no matter what – he has always come home to her.  He says, ‘It’s kinda like that song, “Little Green Apples”‘.  It made me want to look it up again and see just what he meant.
Well now I know – and if  you have never heard this song before – so shall you.

Here is Glen Campbell singing with his daughter in a rare stage appearance – I thought it was awesome.

Enjoy – and today I wish for you a love like the lyrics of this song.

God Bless

Well I wake up in the morning
With my hair down in my eyes
And she says “hi”

And I hurry to the breakfast table
While the kids are goin’ off to school, goodbye.

And she reaches out and takes my hand
And squeezes it, and says how you feeling hon?

And I look across at smiling lips
That warm my heart, and I see my morning sun.

And if that’s not lovin’ me,
Then all I’ve got to say,

God didn’t make the little green apples,
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summer time.
There’s no such thing as Dr. Seuss
Disneyland and Mother Goose,
No nursery rhymes.

God didn’t make the little green apples,
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summer time.
And when myself is feeling low,
I think about your face aglow and ease my mind.

Sometimes I call him up, knowing he’s busy.
To ask if he could get away, meet me
Maybe grab a bite to eat.

And he drops what he’s doing
Hurries down to meet me, and I’m always late.

But he sits waiting patiently,
And smiles when he first sees me,
Cause he’s made that way.

And if that’s not loving me,
Then all I got to say,

God didn’t make the little green apples,
And it don’t snow in Minneapolis when the winter comes.
There’s no such thing as make-believe,
Puppy dogs or autumn leaves, no bb guns.

God didn’t make the little green apples,
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summer time.
And when myself is feeling low,
I think about your face aglow and ease my mind…

Finding The On/Off Switch!

A picture of a Toggle light switch.

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I’m looking for a little switch that I’ve misplaced.  It should be a simple thing to find – but I can’t locate it.

My computer has such a switch – so does my desk lamp – my candle warmers and the lights all around my house.  If I don’t want anything on anymore – I just flip the switch – to OFF!

My mind used to have one of these – long ago when I was much younger and slept deeper.  These days I cannot find the switch that shuts off the endless conversations with unseen people and circumstances – they follow me into my dreams.

Last night Greg was out working very late and I tried to settle in, relax and go to sleep.  Again – I could not find the switch and everything in my mind was turned to ON!  And sadly, ‘ON’ means – nothing is quiet.  Everything is up for grabs – including different case scenarios for past events – and conversations with certain individuals I know I’ll NEVER have.  Somehow my mind tries to make up for the lack.  It gladly fill in the blanks on events that have no answers.  This can be good – and it can be VERY BAD.  Sometimes the imagination of the mind – leaves me feeling sad – because none of it is true.

I’d still like to find my ‘switch’ – and never lose it again.  I would turn it ‘Off’ when getting ready to turn in for the night – and then turn it to ‘ON’ when ready to get up – giving my exhausted brain a chance to recover.  *Sigh*

Do you have a ‘switch’?  Or have you misplaced it somewhere along the way, like I have?

In a perfect world – we would never lose that switch – and in a perfect world things would be solved, conflicts brought to right and everyone come to an understanding – and there would be no need for such a switch.

 

God Bless

Patience Is A Virtue. Yeah Right.

An iMac G5 17" (Rev. A or B) with an Appl...

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Yesterday my husband bought me my very first iMac as an early Christmas present.  Everyone said I needed it – especially because I am a music teacher and have a lot of video and music on my computer – and because my PC is very tired and old.  And since music is so much a part of my life it is the natural choice – especially because  a Mac is said to be far superior to a PC for editing music and video.

So our friend John found us a great deal on a used iMac – about 2 years young and hardly used except for playing music in a home office.  It’s in incredible shape and for all practical purposes it is JUST LIKE BRAND NEW to me.

But I am not a patient person by nature.  Oh I can eventually figure things out – and I have figured many things out with software programs and issues in regards to my PC – that go YEARS back.  But initially I am a total wreck.  And although the previous owner wiped the computer clean of his ownership – it still has some stubborn default items that will not allow me to install new software without a stupid administrative password – which he doesn’t even KNOW anymore.  And I know that because he tried right in front of us and it would take NOTHING.  So he rebooted and it disappeared – so we thought we were in the clear – Until…yeah – well you get the picture.  It’s been a frustrating couple of days.  I do not have Apple support for this computer and I can’t talk to anyone for free – and I REFUSE to pay $49 to talk about a ‘one-time’ issue  – so…I’m trying my best to figure it out.

About a half hour ago – I finally just had to WALK AWAY.  Greg is not here – but even if he was – he’s no help in this department (bless his sweet little heart) – so I’m on my own.  (Oh he knows some things – but unlike me – he has NO INTEREST in computers AT ALL.  Except for returning emails and seeing what everyone is up to on facebook – and looking at the weather and news online – he’s really not that active online.  And that leaves him to prepare for weddings and funerals – using his laptop as a word-processor and type away – he does!)

At the suggestion of our friend, John – I also purchased an external drive and it should be here today – to store all 14 years of recitals – and even tons of pictures too.  I’ve never had anything like this either – so it is another thing I must learn.

And I don’t have ANY idea how to transfer my music from iTunes onto my Mac either.  I tried doing the old ‘reversal’ from my iPhone to my new Mac – but don’t know how to do that without TOTALLY erasing everything.  Oh I’ve googled it – and even gone to iTunes and iMac support – but I just got a headache and nothing more.  Things like this put me in a VERY BAD MOOD – and my husband does not like me very much when I can’t SOLVE SOMETHING.

Ahhh – such is life.  Computers and technology.  They are like people.  And Life.  And I don’t like it.

But I SHALL SURVIVE and even be a better, more knowledgeable and wiser person for it!

This morning I was greeted  with a sweet and loving message in my inbox from someone who has never met me in person – but who has gained encouragement and strength from this blog.  It was lovely to hear those words of  support – and just when I needed them too.  She said I look at problems as opportunities – and it was so nice to hear her say that.  Especially today.

May every problem you encounter – either with people in your world – or computers and technology – bring you one step closer patience, grace and resignation. And may you FIGURE everything out!!  I’m still looking for a bit of patience.  Maybe that can be another early Christmas present 🙂

 

God Bless

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