This Big Band Gets Its Kicks On Route 66

One of the toughest challenges for any band is playing in unison. If one band member gets out of sync, it will throw off the entire performance. It’s not that easy to accomplish this basic stagecraft, with all the distractions like crowd noise, clinking glasses, maybe a drummer with a hangover. If you go to a Route 66 Jazz Orchestra performance, you’re unlikely to hear … Continue reading This Big Band Gets Its Kicks On Route 66

Top Notch Violins provide instruments for any budget and skill level

Bowstring musical instruments are considered the most difficult to play. That hasn’t stopped many new students from taking up the violin. It remains the fifth most popular musical instrument that people play, behind the piano, guitar, drums and flute. In St. Louis County, the go-to shop for new and used violins, either for sale or rent, is Top Notch Violins at 3109 Sutton Blvd. in … Continue reading Top Notch Violins provide instruments for any budget and skill level

From Musician to Freelance Writer: Kevin Mitchell’s Incredible Journey

“If you buy into the rule of six degrees of separation, by knowing me you are immediately a mere three degrees from your favorite pop/rock star. I don’t get to hang out with Tom Petty, but I’m close friends with his tour manager of 40 years; I’ve never had a drink with Billy Joel, but I have his lighting guy’s cellphone number.” Most young musicians … Continue reading From Musician to Freelance Writer: Kevin Mitchell’s Incredible Journey

Creve Coeur Lake Park is an urban oasis with hiking, kayaking and more

You really want to get out in the fresh air, but the extreme July heat drove you indoors, right? Well, here’s a secret—there’s a spot in St. Louis County where you can sit high on a bluff, in the shade, and look out over a magnificent lake view. Just head over to the Greensfelder Shelter just north of Dorsett Road, on Marine Avenue at Creve … Continue reading Creve Coeur Lake Park is an urban oasis with hiking, kayaking and more

Vintage Model Trains Chug Around The Big Bend Railroad Club

Drive through the especially curvy, bendy section of Big Bend Blvd. in Webster Groves just west of Elm and you’ll pass an unassuming railroad terminal. The Webster Groves depot opened for business in 1910. Passenger service to the depot stopped in 1968, although passenger and freight trains still run along the tracks outside the station. What makes the building truly unique is what is inside … Continue reading Vintage Model Trains Chug Around The Big Bend Railroad Club

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Here’s a test: Go to your bathroom and look at the label of the soap you’re using. It may well have stearic acid, sodium stearate, maltol and tetrasodium etidronate. Now, investigate a little further into the properties of these common ingredients of a popular soap brand. The summary reads “This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.” Many soaps are … Continue reading Premium All-Natural Soap With A Noble Mission At sammysoap

Authentic Philly Pretzels Made By Hand By Pretzel Boys

When chefs wants to learn the classic method for cooking, they go to the source. A master pizzaiolo will travel to Naples to achieve dough-making skills. The top tapas cooks  go to San Sebastián, Spain. Tim Garvey wanted to make the perfect pretzel, so he went to Philadelphia. In the 1860s, the first American pretzel was thought to have been cooked in Pennsylvania. Immigrants from … Continue reading Authentic Philly Pretzels Made By Hand By Pretzel Boys