Happy birthday David Gilmour!

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David Gilmour (March 6, 1946) is an English musician and the lead singer and guitarist for Pink Floyd. Gilmour wrote "Comfortably Numb" and produced the band's thirteenth studio album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The album was recorded mostly on Gilmour's houseboat, and went on to achieve quadruple platinum status in the US. Gilmour has released four solo albums and acted as producer for many other musicians. He is 67 today.

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"I don't use folklore, I am the folklore"

Happy Birthday, Heitor Villa-Lobos!

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Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer and arguably the most significant Latin American musician to date. Villa-Lobos drew from the style of classical European composers but also focused on developing a new, Brazilian musical culture. Villa-Lobos was a pioneer in Brazilian music and a patriot of his country. He wrote many orchestral, chamber and vocal pieces as well as composing for instruments including the piano, cello, classical guitar, harp and harmonica.

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If you need big sound without big equipment, this sleek ceramic subwoofer from Joey Roth will make your ears and your design sensibilities tingle. Watch the video below for details.

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Happy (Leap Year) Birthday, Reri Grist!

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Reri Grist (born February 29, 1932) is an American coloratura soprano from New York. She was one of the pioneer African American Opera singers who went on to enjoy a long and successful career as well as international fame across the Opera world. Grist starred as Consuelo, one of the female "Sharks", in the original 1957 performance of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story on Broadway. The now classic song "Somewhere" was first sung by Grist and introduced into popular culture. Grist enjoyed a life of traveling around the globe and performing in many well renowned Opera venues in Europe. Since retiring from her career she has taught Voice and currently lives with her husband Dr. Ulf Thomson in Hamburg, Germany.

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"I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don't know. It's life."

Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash!

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Johnny Cash (26th February, 1932 - 12th September, 2003) was an American singer and songwriter. Cash was one of the most influential musicians of his time, playing music in the genres of rockabilly, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel and especially country. Cash felt much sympathy for prisoners and played free concerts in many prisons, some of which were recorded as live albums. Cash was a devout Christian and explored his faith through several forms. Cash also experienced some brief run-ins with the law and struggled with drug addiction for much of his life. Cash was the youngest living inductee into the historical Country Music Hall of Fame and earned many awards for his music, including over fifteen Grammys. Cash died in 2003 after a long life of achievements and serves as a strong influential force in American music to this day.

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Do you know someone who perpetually has a song stuck in their head, or perhaps their limbs? If you or someone you know has air-drum fever, there's a cure. The Y-Drum, from 24 year-old designer Kevin Depape, is a portable drum kit that syncs via Bluetooth to your laptop, phone, or tablet, which means you can drum wherever your Bluetooth password lets you. The kit is easy enough for beginners to understand, and can be customized to your specific preferences so you can build the kit of your wireless dreams.

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Happy Birthday Frédéric Chopin!

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Frédéric François Chopin (22 February 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. Chopin grew up in Warsaw, where he was considered a child prodigy from a young age. He would leave Poland in 1830 to settle in Paris as part of Poland's Great Emigration. Though Chopin did not like to play concerts to large audiences, his work was prized and he is considered to be one of the world's greatest Romantic composers. Chopin suffered from terrible health for all of his life and died from tuberculosis at the age of 39. Chopin wrote most of his work for solo piano, but also wrote two concertos. He made vast innovations to the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, étude, impromptu, scherzo and prélude styles. Chopin's sound is best remembered for its light, tender and improvised qualities.

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Designed by Ramon Esteve for Vondom, this sleek and geometrically pleasing daybed is part lounger, part individual bandshell, for an updated version of the The Birth of Venus. The partially enclosed structure not only protects the sunbather from harsh, direct sunlight, but comes with a sound system, so that a luxurious afternoon nap in the sun can include an outdoor concert.

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Saturday, 16 February 2013 21:01

Come and Play with Us... Forever

Identical twin sisters Susan and Sarah Wang (Susan is older by three minutes) have been playing piano together since the age of seven.

They recently completed their Konzert Exam studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany, and have subsequently been playing, and winning awards, all over the world.

Though originally from New Jersey, they currently live in Berlin and Schwerin.

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Happy Birthday, Patty Andrews!

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Patricia Marie Andrews (February 16th, 1918 - January 30, 2013) was an American singer in band The Andrews Sisters, alongside her two elder siblings LaVerne and Maxene Andrews. The three sisters sang as a trio for the majority of their lives, sticking together through a long career full of stardom and adventure. When the band officially formed, Patty was only seven years old. The Andrews Sisters would go on to be famous all over the world, and release countless pop hits. Some of these include: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Beer Barrel Polka, Nice Work If You Can Get It, (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time, Sonny Boy, Jingle Bells, Rum and Coca Cola, Winter Wonderland and I Can Dream, Can't I? as well as many, many more. The Andrews Sisters were the first all-girl trio to reach mainstream popularity and influenced the likes of Bette Midler, The Puppini Sisters, Barry Manilow, The Manhattan Dolls and even Elvis Presley. Patty Andrews died earlier this year after a distinguished career as a talented singer and the sweetheart of the Andrews Clan.

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