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2015 Concerts and Tours Heating Up

rock concert (free clip art)

rock concert (free clip art)

The way your favorite artists sound on your computer or music player is nothing compared to the way those artists sound in person. While some blanch at spending money on expensive concert tickets, going to those shows is a simple way to support your favorite artists. Some of the top artists of today will join together for some of the hottest shows of the upcoming year. Whether you’re a traditionalist who loves classic rock, or you prefer the more popular music of today, now is a good time to learn more about the hottest tours and concerts of 2015.

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac gained a new legion of fans after an episode of the television series “Glee” centered on the band’s music. Singer Stevie Nicks later brought more attention to the band after appearing and singing on “American Horror Story: Coven” before coming back to the band. Fleetwood Mac now features the same original lineup that recorded a series of hit songs years ago. Though the band went on tour in 2014, their fans clamored for more. After selling out venues across the country, Fleetwood Mac announced plans to go back on tour.

Billy Idol

Jordan Kurland and others who appreciate the sounds of the late 1980s and early 1990s can look forward to seeing Billy Idol back on tour. Best known for songs like “White Wedding” and his white blonde hair, the singer will hit the stage in 2015 for a concert that many believe might sell out. Though Idol performed throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, he also took some time to focus on his family and his personal life, but the singer is now back with a vengeance. Opening up for Idol are the bands Tropical Depression and Little Man.

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is the top selling country music artist of all time. He recorded a series of hit songs and set records that artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift have yet to break. After trying to cross over into the pop music world, he returned to country and spent several years recording before retiring to spend time with his wife, fellow artist Tricia Yearwood, and his family. Jordan and anyone else who has a fondness for country music will see Brooks tour the country in 2015. Garth Brooks, Billy Idol and Fleetwood Mac represent some of the top concerts and tours for the upcoming year.

Comforts of home

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fireplace (free clip art)

There just seems to be something so warm and even romantic about a fire in the fireplace. If there is one thing I could think of I like about the cold weather it is the chance to light a fire in the fireplace. We usually put some pillows on the floor and watch a good movie on the television with popcorn at hand.

The comfort of a warm fire helps keep our family together and feeling that our house is a home. I am always glad when we all agree on a good thing.

Did you remember to set your clocks back?

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Fall back (free clip art)

The best thing about having to change our clocks back one hour in the fall is that on Sunday morning, when you wake up, you don’t feel so rushed to get dressed and go somewhere. I often wonder how many people forget to change their clocks and end up going to church an hour early that day! Or how many people still don’t remember over the weekend and end up getting to work on Monday an hour early! That’s one mistake I haven’t made – yet!

I understand the whole reasoning behind changing the clocks in the fall, and one of the most important one is so that the kids waiting by the road in the morning for the school bus are not waiting in the dark, but I wish that we would just keep the clocks at Daylight Savings Time and be done with it. Life would be much easier for so many people! As far as I’m concerned, schools should start much later in the morning than they do anyway! That would solve that problem!

Music is a personal thing

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Musical notes (free clip art)

One thing that my husband and I do not agree on is music. He likes the “moldy oldies” from the 1940’s and 1950’s while I much prefer to listen to what I call “classic” rock and roll like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,  and The Who.  Since my hubby is home all of the time, and in pain from all of his injuries, I humor him and let him listen to his music when we are together. But when I am alone, if music is playing it is “my” music as quick as I can change the station!

Another thing we disagree on when it comes to listening to music is that he likes to listen to music at the highest volume possible! That loudness really hurts my ears! So there are a lot of times when I get into my car and start the engine and am blasted with very loud music! I need to learn to turn the volume down on the radio before I even turn the key!

Tips for Your Online Dating Profile

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online dating girl (free clip art)

Dating today is nowhere near the same as it was decades ago. Today, instead of likely meeting someone while at school, work, or through friends, many people are taking their dating lives to the Internet. The popularity of online dating websites like Match.com and eHarmony.com, as well as the popularity of dating apps like Tinder, has grown tremendously over the years. In fact, more than 41,000,000 people have tried online dating.

When you use online dating, you’re asked to create an online dating profile. This profile is what other users will look at to determine if they want to meet you. Usually, communication is started between you and a prospect to determine if you have anything in common that warrants a real date, and real dates are set forth from there if desired.

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online dating boy (free clip art)

Since your Internet dating success rate is based mostly on your profile, you’ll want to ensure you create one that makes you attractive to potential suitors. Here are some tips to help you create the best online dating profile.

Talk about yourself.

Although this may seem obvious, many people use their online dating profile to discuss the person they want to meet instead of themselves, and this is a big no-no. If you want someone to be interested in you, it’s important to talk about you. It is okay to mention what you’re looking for, but be sure the majority of your profile discusses you instead of what you want.

Be positive.

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music (free clip art)

Most online profiles will ask you to list likes and dislikes, and if your dislikes far outnumber your likes, you may turn off potential suitors. Being too negative can have a negative impact on your love life. After all, if your entire profile is one big complaint, nobody will want to meet you in real life and listen to Negative Nancy all night long.

Instead, be positive. Talk about what you love to do and what you like to do. If there is something you don’t like, try turning into a positive. For example, if you hate a certain genre of music, talk about the type of music that you do like instead. This will be much more attractive.

Look your best, but in a real way.

Because most people make snap judgments based on the picture they see, it’s important that you put a decent profile picture on your profile to make you attractive to suitors. However, it’s also important that you don’t lie. For example, if you’re 40, putting a picture of yourself from when you were 21 is not a good idea. The individual who wants to meet you for a date will be very disappointed when you don’t look like your picture.

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selfie (free clip art)

Take a real picture of yourself and put it on your profile. Do your best to make yourself attractive, such as by doing your hair, wearing makeup, and smiling. (Hint: This would be a good time to visit the dentist to give you the best smile, such as through teeth whitening or dental implants.) By using an attractive yet realistic picture of yourself, you’ll be more likely to impress the individual you date in person.