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MP3 Audio Books - Here Is What You Get

In today's world, it is not that difficult to convince someone about the merits of purchasing mp3 audio books.

When you buy mp3 audio books, you get a number of things that just aren't available with the purchase of conventional audio books. This is because mp3 format audio books have a lot going for them. Take a look at some of the benefits available when you buy books on mp3.

1. You get a usability factor that is unparalleled by any other audio books.

MP3 files, in general, are very easy to use and to transfer to friends and relatives for the simple reason that so little equipment is required. All you really need is a computer. You don't even technically need an mp3 player to play them.

This means that you can listen to the audio books yourself, and then allow your friends to listen to them as well. If you were using a CD or a tape, your friends would need equipment of some kind to listen, and while it might seem equipment like that is standard, you would be surprised at how few people still own tape decks or CD players and even more surprised at how few people have portable versions.

When you purchase mp3 books on line, they are far more usable than if you purchased them on tape or CD.

2. You get a reasonable price that is much better than formats not part of the mp3 books category.

Audio mp3 files cost a lot less to create than books, tapes or CDs, and this is because there is no packaging, no shipping, and virtually no overhead for the companies involved. You simply download the mp3 file directly from the website after you make your purchase.

Because the format is much cheaper to produce, you might even be able to get the best deal on mp3 books by purchasing two or three of them online at once. For the same price that it would cost you to buy one in the bookstore, expect to have several mp3 audio books at your disposal.

3. You get a convenience that is unmatched anywhere else in the audio book industry.

This is because when you buy mp3 audio books online, what you are doing is making the purchase directly from your computer in your home.

There is no need to drive to the store, deal with traffic, other customers, or a store's current inventory listing. With a few clicks of your mouse, the best deal on mp3 books can be yours.

4. You get a selection that is absolutely impossible to beat.

Whether you are looking for childrens' mp3 audio books or any other mp3 audio books on any subject, you are guaranteed to have a better selection when you purchase them online.

This is because downloading mp3 audio books means you are ultimately choosing from a digital library, and digital libraries are cheaper and easier to maintain than a store's inventory.

Even ordering physical products online from websites like Amazon will be a tedious process if you are looking for a hard-to-find title, and that is exactly why going with the digital mp3 purchases and downloads is the easiest way for you to proceed.

With better quality, a lower price, higher convenience and better choices, mp3 audio books are much better than the competition.

 


Finding a Great Convention Band

Are you seeking corporate event entertainment for an upcoming business convention? Whether you intend to reward employees or entertain important clients, there is certainly a primary objective for your evening social event. It's important to select a band that can match your objectives and help you create a successful corporate event.

So, what should you look for in a band? Here are 6 tips to get you started.

1. CHECKING THE SONGLIST

A good place to start is checking the band's song list. Most bands post a list of songs on their website, but the question to ask yourself first and foremost is "what kind of music do I want at my party?". Check out the organization of the song list. Does it make sense? Is it grouped by artist, by genre, by decades? Is it focused on the band's original music? For most corporate events, original music is probably not what you have in mind. You probably want a band that covers the popular genre(s) that appeal to your wide range of guests. You might be having a blue-collar good time country music party which can include old and new country songs along with cajun and zydeco music, or maybe you're imagining classy jazz for a sophisticated affair.

2. EVENT THEME

You might be thinking of taking your corporate event to the next level. One way to do so is to host an upper-end awards banquet that rewards top sales associates or divisions. In this case, you might want a Broadway style or Academy Award type theme music. Some companies will really go for the "theme night" (such as James Bond themed entertainment, Dixieland jazz band with classic second line parade, etc.), which can really be a fun way to make "just another business convention" turn into a pretty fun party! The point is matching the band to appropriate circumstances. You may want to consider a band that can provide a wide variety of entertainment. These types of groups are known to play just about anything, anytime and anywhere.

3. CHECK THE VIDEO

After you've seen the song list and decided on the genre of the party, but what does the band look like? Or, what do they sound like? Check their photos and video pages of their website. Do they wear various costumes? Costumes is a term borrowed from the theatrical world, but in band lingo means a wide variety of things. Do they show up in boots to a black tie affair? Do they wear suits and long dresses, or do are they bluejeans/flannel/t-shirts to a formal event? There's nothing that says you can't mix and match these concepts in contemporary entertainment, but don't forget that 1) it's your decision, and 2) you should be aware of these variables as you book the entertainment.

4. ENERGY AND MOOD OF THE EVENING

Remember, the band is a major driver in the night's atmosphere. The band is often on stage all night, and will at some point have the focus of every event attendee (including co-workers and your boss) at some point throughout the evening. The band you choose will also invariably drive the energy of the evening, which is something else you can check out secretly in the videos. You'll want to watch for the general "feel" of the band, but also check out how the crowd is reacting to the band. Is this the one time each year when your company gets to let loose (Sue from accounting can dance all night, Joe from sales will of course get pulled up on stage, Chris will be orchestrating group line dances) or the only chance to have meaningful conversations outside the office (where Bob from the mail center can finally have that one-on-one conversation with the CEO)? It's your choice, but remember that the band makes all the difference!

5. CHECK REVIEWS AND PRESS CLIPPINGS

You're right, no body uses press clippings any more. What an archaic term that has become. But most bands also have their online equivalent called "comments" or "reviews." This is that peer review process that has come to work so well. Are they drawing good reviews on their website? How many followers do they have on Facebook? Are they on other social media sites? Do they have comments or subscribers on YouTube? This is not a tell all or end all decision maker for the band but it will offer you some guidance.

6. LOGISTICS

Be sure to ask the band if they are flexible in terms of set up, break time, green room accommodations, and, most importantly, volume levels. There is nothing worse than a band that won't turn down the volume while people are trying to chit chat and have meaningful conversations over dinner. On the other hand, your party can be a dud if the band can't take the evening to the next level once the crowd has finished dinner and is ready to finally hit the dance floor!

In conclusion, here is a checklist when picking corporate entertainment. Does the band have a profile that includes: photos, video, audio, and song list? Do they have recommendations or reviews from recent customers? Do they seem able to provide exactly the kind of evening you were imagining in terms of dress, dancing, and logistical flexibility? If you take care of all of these variables in advance, you're all set to have a great party that will keep business flowing all year long. Good luck!

 


Relax With Some Soothing Music

All of us like listening to music and each one of us has an individualistic preferences. We have at times listened to the Go-Gos in a car or sang the Melody; ourselves at our graduation. We may have listened to Ode to Joy at a wedding and heard Bruce Springsteen or Madonna while in college. Even though tastes differ, each one of us listens to music and has a favorite type of music and a favorite singer or band.

Music is not only fun but also gratifying. It has a soothing effect on the listener and calms the nerves. Music touches our lives in various ways that are sometimes conspicuous and sometimes subtle. And that is the reason why it is uncommon to find someone who does not listen to any kind of music.

Dentists play music in their waiting rooms and clinics. Many operation theatres have channel music running. Drivers prefer to drive through a maze of unending traffic while listening to music and even baseball players have been known to hum along during warm-up. These days most corporate houses have unobtrusive instrumental music playing in their offices all the time. This reduces job stress.

It seems that the reason why music has a comforting effect on us is because it reminds us of the first time we heard it in our mothers womb. Thus it provides us with a sense of security and well being. Many researches have been done on the physiological aspect of music and it has been discovered that Celtic or Native American music wherein the flute dominates is most relaxing. The serotonin in the body increases with the effect of music and this provides us with a feeling of elevation. Music also is known to reduce the heart rate and increase body temperature. In fact it has also been found out that any kind of music performed in person helps to put the left and the right brain in sync. Those performing also go through a cathartic effect and get a sense of accomplishment.

There are ways in which one can enhance this effect of music. The best way to de-stress yourself is to lie back with a pair of headphones and become a part of the music. Select music that has a pace slower than 72 minutes per minute. This will ease your heartbeat and relax you. Combine music with your morning walk and you will feel doubly rejuvenated by combining the goodness of exercise and music.

Sounds of nature are music to the ears and they can have a similar effect. Sit back on the garden bench and hear the music of the birds, the cricket, the wind and the rustling leaves. You can also find the sounds of the woods or the ocean captured in a CD these days.

Choose any kind of music that you like for relaxation. It is important that you enjoy the general hum and beat of the chosen music to be able to extract the maximum benefit. In our normal lives, we tend to get too busy in our past paced lives to take enough advantage of this cathartic effect of euphony.

 




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