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Selecting the Right Type of Media Storage Units for your Home or Business

Media storage units are the perfect solution for storing and protecting all of your DVDs, CDs, video games, and computer software in your home or place of business and are available in many different designs, styles, and sizes to match any decor or fit any available large or small space. Media storage cabinets or shelves are both time and money savers as you will no longer have to waste time searching for your audio, video, or software discs and they will be protected from becoming damaged. If you are in need of a storage unit for your collection of various media, the following information will help you in selecting the one most suitable for your needs.

Media Storage Shelves and Cabinets

Media storage shelves tend to have somewhat of a more industrial appearance and are typically preferred more in business type settings for their functionality rather than in the home as most individuals prefer to have a more solid piece of furniture or one that matches more closely with other pieces in the home. However, media shelves are more than suitable to meet the storage needs of many individuals as they come in various dimensions and sizes including wide or tall depending on the available space and with adjustable shelves that have the capability of storing a few media items to several hundred.

Media storage cabinets are perfect for the home as well as suitable for many offices as they come in many different styles to blend in with various types of furniture. These media storage units are available with solid or see through doors or with an open front design that is very similar to a bookshelf. There are many different sizes available to choose from based upon your needs. If you have a small media collection that you expect to grow larger, you can select from single units that are stackable or will allow you to add more sections later on as you expand your collection. Media storage cabinets are also available with locking devices for those concerned with keeping their collection secured.

Rack and Towers

Racks and towers have also become a popular way for many individuals with limited space to store their media collection. These media storage units are typically tall and come in many different styles including traditional wood finishes and more modern and sleek designs to match contemporary furniture. Storage towers are also very versatile as they can be placed in the corner of a room, come with or without doors, and have adjustable shelving to hold various types of media such as video games, CDs, or DVDs. Spinning media towers are also available which are great space savers as they are capable of rotating three hundred and sixty degrees allowing you to view your entire collection without the need for nearly as much space as a stationary storage unit. Purchasing a high quality media unit is well worth the cost as it can protect the amount of investment you already have in your collection from loss or damage. By browsing the huge selection available in media storage units today, you will have no difficulty in finding one that suits your needs perfectly.


Welsh Music Styles Of Past And Present

Wales has a long history of music and has been known as the 'land of song' since at least the Nineteenth Century. This reference to Wales as the land of song, probably comes from the passionate singing in Welsh churches and at Welsh sports meetings, particularly at rugby matches. However, Wales' links with music go much further back than that.

Wales has a tradition of folk music which is closely linked with Scottish and Irish folk music. There are several forms of musical gathering that are comparable to those in other Celtic countries in the United Kingdom. For instance there is the twmpath (folk dance session), g?yl werin (folk festival) and noson lawen (a traditional party comparable to the Gaelic "C?ilidh").

Modern Welsh folk musicians have often resurrected traditions which had been suppressed or forgotten, and have competed with imported and indigenous rock and pop trends. This has been especially true since the 1990's.

Despite modern Welsh trends in music, Wales will always be connected with Male Voice Choirs such as the Morriston Orpheus Choir and Treorchy Male Voice Choir which enjoy world wide fame.

These choirs were often made up of workers from one village or one coal mine and so it was fairly natural for men to sing when one village played against another, especially if that game was Wales' national sport of rugby. The first time the Welsh National Anthem, 'Yr Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' ('The Old Country of my Fathers', normally translated as 'Land of My Fathers'), was sung at an International sporting event was in 1905

Along side the choirs, brass bands developed in villages, working men's clubs, churches and at work particularly in South Wales where brass bands are still very popular. In fact, the Cory Band is one of the most best brass bands in the world.

There were more than a few world famous Welsh singers in the Twentieth Century and some of them are still singing to jam-packed audiences worldwide. Ivor Novello was one of the first who became well-known during the First World War as a singer songwriter. Then there was Geraint Evans and Delme Bryn-Jones during the Second World War.

After that, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey started their singing careers in the 1950's and are still singing fifty years later. There were also popular bands in the Seventies and Eighties such as Man and Budgie and solo singers such as Shakin' Stevens, nnie Tyler and John Cale (Velvet Underground).

In more recent times, we have seen the Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci; the latter two bands being famous for lots of their songs' lyrics being in Welsh.

There have always been operatic singers as well such as Rebecca Evans, Aled Jones, Bryn Tervel and Charlotte Church. Cardiff holds the 'Singer of the World' competition and the Wales also has its very own Eisteddfod, where Pavarotti performed for years. It was because of Wales tradition as a nation of singers that Paul Robeson visited Wales in the Fifties


Music For Christmas

Christmas is a very extraordinary time of year for Christians and especially for Christians living in Christian countries. A substantial part of the ambiance at Christmas is created by Christmas music. Christmas music needs traditionally consisted chiefly of carols and hymns, but some pop songs have become definite favourites in the repertoire of music for Christmas.

This special blend of traditional Christmas carols and pop music made especially for Christmas makes the month of December immediately identifiable.

Obviously, the kind of Christmas music that you will hear the most often depends on where you go and what stations you listen to. If you listen to stations that specialize in well-liked music for the young, you will hear very little Christmas music.

If your taste is for so-called 'easy listening', you will get to hear 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby a number of times a day, because it is said to be the most well-liked Christmas music of all time. You will also hear many songs by Cliff Richard, who has been releasing Christmas 'specials' for decades.

Christmas specials are records released with a Christmas message of peace and goodwill. Artists who bring out these specials are trying to be the number one best selling artist over the lucrative Christmas period.

The number one record over the Christmas period will be played millions of times over the airwaves and in clubs making bags of money for the singer and the song writer in royalties.

Classical radio stations will play traditional Christmas music such as Handel's 'Messiah' and choral renditions of popular carols and nativity songs like 'Away in a Manger', 'Silent Night' and 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'. This sort of song is also sung in schools, churches and Christmas parties all over the country - every western Christian country.

Well-liked time-honoured children's' Christmas songs are ones like 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer', 'On the First Day of Christmas' and 'Good King Wenseslas'. Then there are songs from the Fifties and Sixties which were sung in renowned Christmas films. Songs like 'Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire' and 'I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus'.

There is, in fact, a colossal assortment of Christmas music available, but many songs are repeated over and over again ad nauseam. On the one hand, most people find it just nice to hear a couple of Christmas songs every day, but on the other hand, most people are glad when the Christmas music ceases on Boxing Day.

This is because the modern trend has been to start playing Christmas music on December the first or even late November. A month of this music repeated endlessly becomes mind-numbing. Everybody loves the Christmas holiday season and the parties, celebrations and joviality that goes with the season, but the Christmas music goes on for too long for the majority of people.

Everybody ought to have a selection of Christmas music to play over the festive season, but remember, when you have friends visiting, not to over play these records as everybody will have heard them dozens of times already that day.


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