trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 628281

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Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><em><a href=\"https://www.patreon.com/theonlinephotographer\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Want to help?</a></em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the \"Comments\" link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Bryan William Jones</strong>: \"I don't want to make a case for any one manufacturer, but after having shot with 'pro level' cameras for 20 some odd years, I started looking around for something with more soul. It seemed as if everyone was chasing all the features that software allows and adding more bells and whistles. Certainly there is a market for that, but I found myself going with a very old brand that makes simple cameras with simple interfaces and manual focus lenses. 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I have much 'better' cameras, but I find that the larger files don't bring me much value, and the operation is so complex that I have a hard time finding the few features that I actually use. The few features I do use are scattered randomly among a gazillion of features that I don't need. I love it when settings change accidentally, and I find myself stuck in some sophisticated focus mode that makes no sense to me, and can't figure out the way back to normal. The sheer amount of features that I'm not interested in have diminished my user experience. It's frustrating—the camera sits unused for months until I feel guilty enough to lug it around again for a day or two.\"</p>\r\n<p><strong>Josh Hawkins</strong>: \"I usually figure out how to change around seven settings. (Seven is a totally arbitrary number. I’ve never actually counted. It’s not many.) Everything else I set once and I’m done. There are to many settings to learn them all.</p>\r\n<p>\"I say as someone who uses my cameras to feed my family. It’s not worth learning it all, even to me.\"</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 40px;\"><strong>Mike adds</strong>: <em>Also, you used to manage a camera store!</em></p>\r\n<p><strong>Geoff Wittig</strong>: \"I'm somewhat sympathetic for camera makers, as they're always looking for that extra feature or function that will magically capture buyers' interest, that will differentiate their very nice camera from all the others out there. Feature-creep is irresistible. But Mike is right; they're shooting themselves in the foot here. I have a four-year-old desktop computer I use for photo editing. It works fine, but its operating system is no longer supported by Adobe with the latest upgrade of Photoshop, so I can't access some of the newest functions. This will only get worse going forward. Sooner or later I'll need to get a new desktop computer. No doubt it'll be spiffier and faster; but the drudgery of setting it up, reinstalling all my apps, scores of printing profiles and printer software, and making sure it functions well with my large format printer is excruciating. Basically a lost weekend with a lot of frustrating 'gotcha's' that take time to iron out, now that live tech support is a thing of the past. New cameras present the same problem. Lots of cool new features, but accessing them requires a deep dive into the (generally badly written) manual and lots of finicky setting of preferences and custom menus. Canon has at least been pretty consistent with their menus and controls, so it's not too painful getting a new Canon DSLR. I will confess that the Fuji X-series cameras have so many options and obscure features that I basically use them as either a glorified point 'n' shoot, or keep them in straight manual mode. 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It slows me down in all the right ways and leads to a level of satisfaction that I never got with the 14-FPS, incredibly impressive, almost prescient autofocus super-cameras.\"</p>\r\n<p><strong>Ger Lawlor</strong>: \"Can we use the 'L' word? <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1439569-REG/leica_20014_m10_d_digital_rangefinder_camera.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener\" target=\"_blank\">M10D</a>...'nuff said.\"</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 40px;\"><strong>Mike replies</strong>: <em>Sure we can use the L-word. As I've written a number of times, Leica is the only company with the confidence to make its cameras relatively simple.&nbsp; </em></p>\r\n<p><strong>Dennis</strong>: \"It could be, but I'd need more evidence. People I know who have bought a high-end, enthusiast-level ILC have stuck with it. 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I have much 'better' cameras, but I find that the larger files don't bring me much value, and the operation is so complex that I have a hard time finding the few features that I actually use. The few features I do use are scattered randomly among a gazillion of features that I don't need. I love it when settings change accidentally, and I find myself stuck in some sophisticated focus mode that makes no sense to me, and can't figure out the way back to normal. The sheer amount of features that I'm not interested in have diminished my user experience. It's frustrating—the camera sits unused for months until I feel guilty enough to lug it around again for a day or two.\"</p>\r\n<p><strong>Josh Hawkins</strong>: \"I usually figure out how to change around seven settings. (Seven is a totally arbitrary number. I’ve never actually counted. It’s not many.) Everything else I set once and I’m done. 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I’m sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date. We dug incredibly deep, challenged ourselves and recorded a record I’m positive we could never again replicate. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know Sebastian, Nick and Gina as both my bandmates and my friends. They have pushed me to become a better songwriter, musician and vocalist. We’re all extremely excited for this release, which includes quite a few ‘firsts’ for the band, and we’re thrilled to be back on tour to play these psychotic songs for our fans. Expect some surprises.”\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThe group is currently on tour with  co-headliner <B>Deafheaven</b> (<B>Zeal & Ardor</b> to open on all dates):\r\n <BR><BR>\r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">   \r\n03/18  Portland, OR  Roseland Theater<BR>\r\n03/19  Seattle, WA  The Showbox<BR>\r\n03/20  Vancouver, BC  Vogue Theatre<BR>\r\n03/22  Edmonton, AB  Union Hall<BR>\r\n03/23  Calgary, AB  The Palace Theatre<BR>\r\n03/24  Spokane, WA  Knitting Factory<BR>\r\n03/26  Salt Lake City, UT  The Complex<BR>\r\n03/27  Denver, CO  The Ogden Theater<BR>\r\n03/29  Minneapolis, MN  Skyway Theatre<BR>\r\n03/30  Madison, WI  The Sylvee<BR>\r\n03/31  Chicago, IL  Riviera Theatre<BR>\r\n04/2  Toronto, ON  Danforth Music Hall<BR>\r\n04/3  Montreal, QC  Corona Theatre<BR>\r\n04/5  Sayreville, NJ  Starland Ballroom<BR>\r\n04/6  Worcester, MA  The Palladium<BR>\r\n04/7  Albany, NY  Upstate Concert Hall<BR>\r\n04/9  Cleveland, OH  Agora Theater<BR>\r\n04/10  Silver Spring, MD  The Fillmore<BR>\r\n04/12  New York, NY  Terminal 5<BR>\r\n04/13  Philadelphia, PA  Decibel Metal & Beer Fest<BR>\r\n</div>\r\n \r\n <br><br>\r\n</div>\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gold-light-snakemusk-debut-album-release\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a4954dbe200b-300wi\" style=\"border-left: 1px solid #000000;border-right: 1px solid #000000;border-top: 1px solid #000000;\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a> \r\n\r\n \r\n<iframe scrolling=\"no\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" src=\"https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/523432509&amp;color=949e32&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=false&amp;show_artwork =false&amp;show_user=false&amp;show_reposts=false\" width=\"300\" height=\"125\" frameborder=\"no\"></iframe>\r\n \r\n \r\n<br>\r\n\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n\r\n<b>GOLD LIGHT + SNAKEMUSK</b> \r\n<br><a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/pg/goldlightmusic/\">facebook.com/pg/goldlightmusic</a> \r\n  \r\n<br><br> \r\n\r\n\r\n<B>Gold Light</b> (stagename for Joe Chang) has teamed up with <B>Snakemusk</b> (stagename for Beau Campolong) to bring us  <I>Shadows In The Shallows</i>.   The record comes out on May 10, 2019, via  Bailey Park Records.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThe duo recently announced their first single, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”, which you can hear on <a href=\"https://soundcloud.com/goldlightmusic/01-the-heart-is-a-lonely-hunter-oct-25\">soundcloud.com</a>   \r\n  <BR><BR>\r\n<I>Shadows In The Shallows</i> Track listing:\r\n<br><br>\r\n \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">   \r\n \r\n<ol>\r\n<li>The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter</li>\r\n<li>The Last Picture Show</li>\r\n<li>Nobody's Baby</li>\r\n<li>Papa Knows Best</li>\r\n<li>Being Sweet</li>\r\n<li>One Thing After Another</li>\r\n<li>Heart Of Black</li>\r\n<li>Release</li>\r\n<li>Death</li>\r\n\r\n</ol>\r\n\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://amzn.to/2THMups\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a4955188200b-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a> \r\n \r\n<br>\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n\r\n<b>PHEEYOWNAH</b> \r\n<br><a href=\"https://pheeyownah.com\">pheeyownah.com</a> \r\n \r\n\r\n<br><br> \r\nSwedish/Ugandan singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & dancer <B>Pheeyownah</b> recently released “Gold”.  \r\n<BR><BR>\r\nPheeyownah described the track as “a declaration of love. With a sci-fi atmospheric mood, it paints a vivid picture of two people who are dangerously in love.”  She later adds, “It’s about the ups and downs of love, insecurities, self-doubt but also empowerment and finding the courage to be vulnerable without feeling less than or weak.”\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nLook for the track on her debut album <I>Silver</i>, available May 3rd on  Labrador Records.\r\n  \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">   \r\n\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://amzn.to/2CqYAbR\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a4954f96200b-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a> \r\n \r\n<br><br>\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n\r\n<b>CAIRO GOLD</b> \r\n<br><a href=\"https://www.cairogold.com/\">cairogold.com</a> \r\n  \r\n<br><br> \r\nLos Angeles native <B>Cairo Gold</b> is described as having a “sexy swagger and a sultry voice”.  The urban pop singer came on the scene with her <I>Cairo Gold</i> debut EP in <a href=\"https://amzn.to/2Y0Vaps\">May 2018</a>.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\n\r\nCairo Gold’s latest release is a single called “Pleasure”, available now on Red Music.  The single will be part of a forthcoming EP, look for it this Spring 2019.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThe singer described the track as “a different meaning and level of importance to all of us but it's safe to say we're all seeking it.”  She adds, “I had fun writing this song because I was able to admit my weaknesses without taking them too seriously. I am somewhat notorious for being addicted to all things love-sex-art so when I find a man/woman who gives me those things passionately I become addicted to the pleasure. Is that a healthy way of living? Who knows, but if that's the only question that comes to mind then you're missing the point!”\r\n   \r\n<BR><BR> \r\n \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">    \r\n </div>\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://amzn.to/2T9Zz5S\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a495502f200b-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a> \r\n \r\n<br><br>\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n\r\n<b>TOMMY ASHBY</b> \r\n<br><a href=\"http://tommyashby.com\">tommyashby.com</a> \r\n  \r\n<br><br> \r\n\r\nScottish singer-songwriter <B>Tommy Ashby</b> recently released his new single “Cocoon”, taken from his forthcoming <I>Golden Arrow</i> EP (set for release April 2019 via Wow and Flutter Records).\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThe track is described as stripped down with a hypnotic vocals over piano chords.   Look for the song to appear on \r\n <I>Grey's Anatomy</i>, Netflix's <I>The Innocents</i> and NBC's <I>Midnight Texas</i>.\r\n\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nAshby tells us the origin of the song, “I wrote Cocoon in a beautiful little studio just outside Paris having been on the road for two months straight. I was there to record guitar for another artist, but snuck upstairs to one of the bedrooms and started tinkering on the grand piano in the corner. This was apparently the room where Nick Cave stays and I like to think some of his inspiration rubbed off, because the song just fell out in one go. Most of the single was recorded using my laptop microphone, super lo-fi! We tried to re-record the vocals and piano but the atmosphere just wasn't there, so the background sounds of the birds and water splashes stayed. I think this song captures a wee moment in time, which feels pretty cool.”  \r\n<BR><BR>\r\nIf you are in the London area, Ashby will appear at the The Slaughtered Lamb on April 10th.\r\n \r\n<BR><BR> \r\n \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">    \r\n </div>\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://slushies.bandcamp.com\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a470b2b2200d-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\"  alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a> \r\n <br><br>\r\n\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n\r\n<b>SLUSH </b> \r\n<br><a href=\"https://slushies.bandcamp.com/\">slushies.bandcamp.com</a> \r\n  \r\n<br><br> \r\nBrooklyn’s <B>Slush</b> (singer and guitarist Alex Boehm, bassist Joe Dahlstrom, and drummer Tom Barnes)  recently announced their single “Golden Seam”, taken from their forthcoming album <I>Lizard Skin</i> (available March 29, 2019).  The record was mastered by Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering, and will be pressed as a double LP on natural white vinyl.\r\n\r\n<br><br> \r\nThe NY trio shared a confusing name with Wisconsin’s Slush, South Carolina’s Slush, Melbourne’s Slush, Canada’s Slush, and Chicago’s Slushy.  \r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThis Brooklyn-based trio formed/played together since 2012 (touring in and around the New York City area), and described as protopunk.  I believe they were formerly known as <B>Slushies</b> and their debut record <I>\r\nAmerican Demons</i> (under Slush) came out in 2016. \r\n\r\n<BR><BR> \r\n \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">    \r\n </div>\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n\r\n\r\n<br>  \r\n \r\n\r\n<div style=\"width: 100%; background:  url(https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0134874081ec970c-pi) repeat-x scroll left top;\">     \r\n \r\n<a style=\"text-decoration: none; font-style: normal; color: #333333; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;\" href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/vu/\">vu</a>   <span style=\"font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; color: #888888; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;\">(vu@weheartmusic.com)</span> <span style=\"font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; color: #ff9999; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;\">♥</span> <a style=\"text-decoration: none; font-style: normal; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;\" href=\"https://www.weheartmusic.com\">weheartmusic.com</a>  <span style=\"font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; color: #ff9999; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;\">♥</span> <a style=\"text-decoration: none; font-style: normal; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;\" href=\"https://twitter.com/weheartmusic\">twitter.com/weheartmusic</a>   \r\n  \r\n\r\n</div>\r\n",
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         "renderedContent": "\r\n\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n \r\nRead more <a href=\"http://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/going-for-gold/\">Going for Gold</a>.\r\n<br> \r\n  \r\n  \r\n</div>\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://amzn.to/2ueqLq8\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a4955314200b-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a>      \r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align:right; FONT-FAMILY: verdana; color: rgb(175,175,175); font-size:9px; \"><i>\r\n\r\n\r\nDavid Gray: Gold in a Brass Age\r\n\r\n\r\n</i> </div>   <br>\r\n  \r\n   \r\n<span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\"><strong>Read More</strong></span><br>    \r\n    \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\"><a href=\"https://amzn.to/2Y57qW7\"><img alt=\"\" src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a495530f200b-75wi\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"75\" height=\"75\"></a>\r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n</td><td style=\"padding-left:6px;\" valign=\"top\">  \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/BLOG/david-gray/\"><strong>David Gray</strong></a><br>\r\n<div style=\"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: left; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-decoration: none; \">\r\nEnglish singer/songwriter David Gray is currently on an intimate \"Evening With\"-type tour in support of his latest Mutineers (Good Soldier Songs).\r\n\r\n\r\n …</div>\r\n  \r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>    \r\n \r\n     \r\n\r\n <br> \r\n    \r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>  \r\n\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n<b>DAVID GRAY</b> \r\n<br><a href=\"http://davidgray.com\">davidgray.com</a> \r\n  \r\n<br><br>  \r\nEnglish singer <B>\r\nDavid Gray</b> just dropped his eleventh album <I>Gold In A Brass Age</i> via IHT Records / AWAL Recordings on March 8. In addition to the new album, Gray will be emarking on a world tour.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nCheck with Gray’s website for the complete tour schedule, we are only showcasing his US dates below:\r\n  <BR><BR>\r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">   \r\n05/24             Houston, TX                              Revention Center\r\n<BR>05/25             Austin, TX                                 ACL Live Moody Theatre\r\n<BR>05/26             Grand Prairie, TX                       Verizon Theatre\r\n<BR>05/28             Atlanta, GA                               The Roxy Theatre\r\n<BR>05/30             Washington, DC                        The Anthem\r\n<BR>05/31             Philadelphia, PA                        Metropolitan Opera House\r\n<BR>06/1              Boston, MA                               The Wang Theatre\r\n<BR>06/4              New York, NY                            Beacon Theatre\r\n<BR>06/5              Red Bank, NJ                             Count Basie Theatre\r\n<BR>06/7              Toronto, ON                             Sony Centre \r\n<BR>06/8              Akron, OH                                 Akron Civic Theatre\r\n<BR>06/9              Louisville, KY                             Palace Theatre\r\n<BR>06/11             Indianapolis, IN                         Murat Theatre \r\n<BR>06/13             Chicago, IL                                Chicago Theatre\r\n<BR>06/14             Milwaukee, WI                          Riverside Theater\r\n<BR>06/15             Minneapolis, MN                      State Theatre\r\n<BR>06/17             Denver, CO                               Ellie Caukins Opera House\r\n<BR>06/18             Salt Lake City, UT                      Delta Hall at Eccles Theater\r\n<BR>06/20             Portland, OR                             Keller Auditorium\r\n<BR>06/21             Vancouver, BC                          The Centre \r\n<BR>06/22             Seattle, WA                              Marion Oliver McCaw Hall\r\n<BR>06/24             Sacramento, CA                        Crest Theatre\r\n<BR>06/25             Oakland, CA                              Fox Theater\r\n<BR>06/26             Monterey, CA                           Golden State Theatre \r\n<BR>06/28             Los Angeles, CA                         Orpheum Theatre\r\n<BR>06/29             Mesa, AZ                                  Ikeda Theater at Mesa Performing Arts Center \r\n<BR>06/30             San Diego, CA                           Copley Symphony Hall<BR>\r\n</div><BR><BR>\r\n </div>\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://amzn.to/2ObTswM\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a470b010200d-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a>      \r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align:right; FONT-FAMILY: verdana; color: rgb(175,175,175); font-size:9px; \"><i>\r\n\r\nBaroness: Gold & Grey \r\n\r\n</i> </div>   <br>\r\n  \r\n   \r\n<span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\"><strong>Read More</strong></span><br>    \r\n    \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\"><a href=\"http://amzn.to/2b4hJVq\"><img alt=\"\" src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b8d212c8b6970c-75wi\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"75\" height=\"75\"></a>\r\n</td><td style=\"padding-left:6px;\" valign=\"top\">  \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/baroness/\"><strong>Baroness</strong></a><br>\r\n<div style=\"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: left; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-decoration: none; \">\r\n\r\nBaroness captivated the audience through their fourteen song set and then finished with a much deserved two song encore. They played through songs that spanned their nearly ten-year career \r\n\r\n\r\n …</div>\r\n  \r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>    \r\n \r\n     \r\n\r\n <br><br><br><br>\r\n    \r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>  \r\n\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n<b>BARONESS</b> \r\n<br><a href=\"http://yourbaroness.com\">yourbaroness.com</a> \r\n  \r\n<br><br>  \r\n \r\nGrammy-nominated <B>Baroness</b> (vocals/guitarist John Baizley, guitarist Gina Gleason, bassist Nick Jost, and drummer Sebastian Thomson) will be releasing <I>Gold & Grey</i>  on  June 14 via Abraxan Hymns.\r\n  \r\n <BR><BR>\r\n\r\nBaroness found, guitar player and singer John Baizley said, “Our goal is, was, and will always be to write increasingly superior, more honest and compelling songs, and to develop a more unique and challenging sound. I’m sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date. We dug incredibly deep, challenged ourselves and recorded a record I’m positive we could never again replicate. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know Sebastian, Nick and Gina as both my bandmates and my friends. They have pushed me to become a better songwriter, musician and vocalist. We’re all extremely excited for this release, which includes quite a few ‘firsts’ for the band, and we’re thrilled to be back on tour to play these psychotic songs for our fans. Expect some surprises.”\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThe group is currently on tour with  co-headliner <B>Deafheaven</b> (<B>Zeal & Ardor</b> to open on all dates):\r\n <BR><BR>\r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">   \r\n03/18  Portland, OR  Roseland Theater<BR>\r\n03/19  Seattle, WA  The Showbox<BR>\r\n03/20  Vancouver, BC  Vogue Theatre<BR>\r\n03/22  Edmonton, AB  Union Hall<BR>\r\n03/23  Calgary, AB  The Palace Theatre<BR>\r\n03/24  Spokane, WA  Knitting Factory<BR>\r\n03/26  Salt Lake City, UT  The Complex<BR>\r\n03/27  Denver, CO  The Ogden Theater<BR>\r\n03/29  Minneapolis, MN  Skyway Theatre<BR>\r\n03/30  Madison, WI  The Sylvee<BR>\r\n03/31  Chicago, IL  Riviera Theatre<BR>\r\n04/2  Toronto, ON  Danforth Music Hall<BR>\r\n04/3  Montreal, QC  Corona Theatre<BR>\r\n04/5  Sayreville, NJ  Starland Ballroom<BR>\r\n04/6  Worcester, MA  The Palladium<BR>\r\n04/7  Albany, NY  Upstate Concert Hall<BR>\r\n04/9  Cleveland, OH  Agora Theater<BR>\r\n04/10  Silver Spring, MD  The Fillmore<BR>\r\n04/12  New York, NY  Terminal 5<BR>\r\n04/13  Philadelphia, PA  Decibel Metal & Beer Fest<BR>\r\n</div>\r\n \r\n <br><br>\r\n</div>\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gold-light-snakemusk-debut-album-release\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a4954dbe200b-300wi\" style=\"border-left: 1px solid #000000;border-right: 1px solid #000000;border-top: 1px solid #000000;\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a> \r\n\r\n \r\n<iframe scrolling=\"no\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" src=\"https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/523432509&amp;color=949e32&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=false&amp;show_artwork =false&amp;show_user=false&amp;show_reposts=false\" width=\"300\" height=\"125\" frameborder=\"no\"></iframe>\r\n \r\n \r\n<br>\r\n\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n\r\n<b>GOLD LIGHT + SNAKEMUSK</b> \r\n<br><a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/pg/goldlightmusic/\">facebook.com/pg/goldlightmusic</a> \r\n  \r\n<br><br> \r\n\r\n\r\n<B>Gold Light</b> (stagename for Joe Chang) has teamed up with <B>Snakemusk</b> (stagename for Beau Campolong) to bring us  <I>Shadows In The Shallows</i>.   The record comes out on May 10, 2019, via  Bailey Park Records.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThe duo recently announced their first single, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”, which you can hear on <a href=\"https://soundcloud.com/goldlightmusic/01-the-heart-is-a-lonely-hunter-oct-25\">soundcloud.com</a>   \r\n  <BR><BR>\r\n<I>Shadows In The Shallows</i> Track listing:\r\n<br><br>\r\n \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">   \r\n \r\n<ol>\r\n<li>The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter</li>\r\n<li>The Last Picture Show</li>\r\n<li>Nobody's Baby</li>\r\n<li>Papa Knows Best</li>\r\n<li>Being Sweet</li>\r\n<li>One Thing After Another</li>\r\n<li>Heart Of Black</li>\r\n<li>Release</li>\r\n<li>Death</li>\r\n\r\n</ol>\r\n\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://amzn.to/2THMups\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a4955188200b-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a> \r\n \r\n<br>\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n\r\n<b>PHEEYOWNAH</b> \r\n<br><a href=\"https://pheeyownah.com\">pheeyownah.com</a> \r\n \r\n\r\n<br><br> \r\nSwedish/Ugandan singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & dancer <B>Pheeyownah</b> recently released “Gold”.  \r\n<BR><BR>\r\nPheeyownah described the track as “a declaration of love. 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The urban pop singer came on the scene with her <I>Cairo Gold</i> debut EP in <a href=\"https://amzn.to/2Y0Vaps\">May 2018</a>.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\n\r\nCairo Gold’s latest release is a single called “Pleasure”, available now on Red Music.  The single will be part of a forthcoming EP, look for it this Spring 2019.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThe singer described the track as “a different meaning and level of importance to all of us but it's safe to say we're all seeking it.”  She adds, “I had fun writing this song because I was able to admit my weaknesses without taking them too seriously. I am somewhat notorious for being addicted to all things love-sex-art so when I find a man/woman who gives me those things passionately I become addicted to the pleasure. Is that a healthy way of living? 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Look for the song to appear on \r\n <I>Grey's Anatomy</i>, Netflix's <I>The Innocents</i> and NBC's <I>Midnight Texas</i>.\r\n\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nAshby tells us the origin of the song, “I wrote Cocoon in a beautiful little studio just outside Paris having been on the road for two months straight. I was there to record guitar for another artist, but snuck upstairs to one of the bedrooms and started tinkering on the grand piano in the corner. This was apparently the room where Nick Cave stays and I like to think some of his inspiration rubbed off, because the song just fell out in one go. Most of the single was recorded using my laptop microphone, super lo-fi! We tried to re-record the vocals and piano but the atmosphere just wasn't there, so the background sounds of the birds and water splashes stayed. I think this song captures a wee moment in time, which feels pretty cool.”  \r\n<BR><BR>\r\nIf you are in the London area, Ashby will appear at the The Slaughtered Lamb on April 10th.\r\n \r\n<BR><BR> \r\n \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">    \r\n </div>\r\n<br><br>\r\n </div>\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n   \r\n\r\n<a href=\"https://slushies.bandcamp.com\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a470b2b2200d-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\"  alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\"></a> \r\n <br><br>\r\n\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\n<br><center><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b01b7c949b592970b-pi\" width=\"200\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\"></center><br>\r\n\r\n<b>SLUSH </b> \r\n<br><a href=\"https://slushies.bandcamp.com/\">slushies.bandcamp.com</a> \r\n  \r\n<br><br> \r\nBrooklyn’s <B>Slush</b> (singer and guitarist Alex Boehm, bassist Joe Dahlstrom, and drummer Tom Barnes)  recently announced their single “Golden Seam”, taken from their forthcoming album <I>Lizard Skin</i> (available March 29, 2019).  The record was mastered by Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering, and will be pressed as a double LP on natural white vinyl.\r\n\r\n<br><br> \r\nThe NY trio shared a confusing name with Wisconsin’s Slush, South Carolina’s Slush, Melbourne’s Slush, Canada’s Slush, and Chicago’s Slushy.  \r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThis Brooklyn-based trio formed/played together since 2012 (touring in and around the New York City area), and described as protopunk.  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That is because they spent last year opening for Florence + The Machine, which, on a sonic level, they do share an indie pop/electronic pop sound to complement Florence.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nAs normal, earlier hit singles like “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” drew the biggest reaction from the crowd.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nIf you enjoy xx and London Grammar, you’ll need to get onboard with Wet and see what you’re missing.\r\n\r\n\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nNOTE: Apology to <B>Hana Vu</b>, as we had a camera malfunction and is only displaying photos from an iPhone. \r\n <br><br>      \r\nRemaining Tour Dates: \r\n    \r\n <br><br>      \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px;  text-align: justify; font-size:11px;  FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">   \r\n3/16/2019                    The Granada Theater                         Lawrence, KS<br>\r\n3/19/2019                    Summit Music Hall*                            Denver, CO<br>\r\n3/20/2019                    Metro Music Hall*                               Salt Lake City, UT<br>\r\n3/22/2019                    Wonder Ballroom*                              Portland, OR<br>\r\n3/23/2019                    Imperial*                                              Vancouver, BC<br>\r\n3/24/2019                    Neptune Theatre*                               Seattle, WA<br>\r\n3/26/2019                    Regency Ballroom                              San Francisco, CA<br>\r\n3/27/2019                    The Belasco Theatre                          Los Angeles, CA<br>\r\n3/28/2019                    The Observatory – North Park*          San Diego, CA<br>\r\n3/29/2019                    The Observatory OC*                         Santa Ana, CA<br>\r\n3/30/2019                    The Marquee Theatre                         Tempe, AZ\r\n \r\n<br><br>  \r\n*w/ Special Guest Helena Deland\r\n\r\n</div> \r\n\r\n<br><br>\r\n\r\n</div>\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<center>  \r\n\r\n<table style=\"width: 703px;\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc697200d-pi\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc697200d-700wi\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" alt=\"\" height=\"323\" width=\"703\"></a><br><span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\">Kilo Kish</span> \r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align:right; 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FONT-FAMILY: verdana; color: rgb(175,175,175);\"><i></i></div>\r\n \r\n\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>  \r\n \r\n\r\n<table><tbody><tr>\r\n\r\n\r\n<td width=\"100\" valign=\"top\"> \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc671200d-pi\"><img alt=\"\" src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc671200d-150si\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"136\" height=\"130\"></a> <span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\">Wet\r\n</span>\r\n \r\n</td>\r\n \r\n <td width=\"100\" valign=\"top\"> \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc676200d-pi\"><img alt=\"\" src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc676200d-150si\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"136\" height=\"130\"></a> <span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\">Wet\r\n</span>\r\n \r\n</td>\r\n <td width=\"100\" valign=\"top\"> \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc682200d-pi\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc682200d-150si\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"136\" height=\"130\"></a> <span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\">Wet\r\n</span>\r\n \r\n</td>\r\n\r\n <td width=\"100\" valign=\"top\"> \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc67b200d-pi\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc67b200d-150si\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"136\" height=\"130\"></a> <span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\">Wet\r\n</span>\r\n \r\n</td>\r\n\r\n <td width=\"100\" valign=\"top\"> \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc692200d-pi\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc692200d-150si\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"136\" height=\"130\"></a> <span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\">Wet\r\n</span>\r\n \r\n</td> \r\n\r\n</tr></tbody></table> \r\n\r\n<table style=\"width: 703px;\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc69d200d-pi\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc69d200d-700wi\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" alt=\"\" width=\"703\" height=\"350\"></a><br><span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\">Wet at Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (15 Mar 2019)</span> \r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align:right; 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         "renderedContent": "\r\n<table style=\"float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px;    border-left: 1px solid rgb(148, 158, 50); \" width=\"300\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n  \r\n\r\n \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc6a2200d-pi\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc6a2200d-300wi\" style=\"border:1px solid rgb(0,0,0);\" width=\"300\" height=\"438\"></a>     \r\n<div style=\"text-align:right; FONT-FAMILY: verdana; color: rgb(175,175,175); font-size:9px; \"><i>\r\nWet at Varsity Theater\r\n\r\n</i> </div>  <br>   \r\n  \r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\"><strong>Wet Setlist</strong></span><br> \r\n\r\n<table style=\"padding-bottom: 15px; font:11px; padding-top: 15px;border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 300px; background: #ffffff; font-size:10px;\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n \r\n<ol>    \r\n<li>11 Hours</li>\r\n<li>Deadwater</li>\r\n<li>There's a Reason</li>\r\n<li>Body</li>\r\n <li>It's All in Vain</li>\r\n<li>This Woman Loves You</li>\r\n<li>Lately</li>\r\n<li>Don't Wanna Be Your Girl</li>\r\n<li>Weak</li>\r\n<li>Still Run</li>\r\n<li>All the Ways</li>\r\n<li>Trust No Man</li>\r\n<li>Old Bone</li>\r\n<li>Softens</li>\r\n<li>You're the Best </li>\r\n </ol> \r\n \r\n    </td></tr></tbody></table>   \r\n  \r\n <BR> \r\n<!--\r\n  \r\n\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\"><strong> Tour Dates</strong></span><br> \r\n \r\n<div style=\"font-size: 11px; font-family: arial; overflow:auto; \">    \r\n  \r\n \r\n</div> \r\n <br>\r\n-->\r\n \r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\"><strong>Read More</strong></span><br>    \r\n   \r\n \r\n\r\n<table><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\"><a href=\"https://amzn.to/2XVrEl3\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a4945fb7200b-75wi\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"75\" height=\"75\"></a> \r\n</td><td style=\"padding-left:6px;\" valign=\"top\">\r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/wet/\"><strong>Wet</strong></a><br>\r\n<div style=\"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: left; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-decoration: none; \"> \r\n\r\nBrooklyn’s Wet is returning to the Minneapolis area this Friday, March 15th. The band is touring in support of their sophomore album Still Run (Columbia Records), featuring recent new songs \r\n…</div>\r\n\r\n\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>        \r\n \r\n \r\n<table><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\"><a href=\"https://amzn.to/2uiXHxP\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a4469b0c200c-75wi\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" width=\"75\" height=\"75\"></a>\r\n\r\n\r\n</td><td style=\"padding-left:6px;\" valign=\"top\">\r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/Kilo-Kish/\"><strong>Kilo Kish</strong></a><br>\r\n<div style=\"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: left; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-decoration: none; \">\r\n\r\nMothe is one of the best EPs I've heard in a very long time! The Instrumentals combined with Kish's amazing vocals makes this EP a must have. Her sound is very consistent with her earlier works- K+, Across, and Reflections.  \r\n…</div>\r\n\r\n\r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>         \r\n<table>\r\n<tbody>\r\n<tr>\r\n<td valign=\"top\"><a href=\"https://amzn.to/2O6vrHy\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc932200d-75pi\" style=\"border: 1px solid #000000;\" width=\"75\" height=\"75\"></a></td>\r\n<td style=\"padding-left: 6px;\" valign=\"top\"><a href=\"http://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/hana-vu\"><strong>Hana Vu</strong></a><br>\r\n<div style=\"color: #333333; text-align: left; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-decoration: none;\">\r\n\r\n\r\nCalifornia’s Hana Vu opened the show. The 18-year-old is joined on stage by guitarist Christian Wright, bassist Sebastian Jones, and drummer Jair Hernandez.\r\n \r\n\r\n .…</div>\r\n</td>\r\n</tr>\r\n</tbody>\r\n</table>\r\n <br>\r\n    \r\n</td></tr></tbody></table>  \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;color:#000000\">\r\n\r\nThe co-headlining <B>\r\nWet</b> and <B>Kilo Kish</b> stopped by the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis on Friday, March 15th.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nOpening the show, and previously not announced, was California’s <B>Hana Vu</b>. She’s playing solo, which is quiet different from her full-band setup at the 7th Street Entry in <a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/2018/09/sales-at-7th-street-entry-minneapolis-05-sep-2018.html\">Sep 2018</a>: “The 18-year-old is joined on stage by guitarist Christian Wright, bassist Sebastian Jones, and drummer Jair Hernandez.  After spending 30 hours driving in a car, Hana Vu was happy and relieved to finally play for us. Although Vu had written and recorded three albums (about 30 songs) since 2014, this was the first time the group went out on a national tour, with the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis a first stop for the band.”\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nThe 7th Street Entry was special because, according to Hana Vu, it was her first time playing outside California.  She was invited to play the Wet/Kilo Kish show, so she took the opportunity, and announced that her Varsity Theater appearance would be second to her last appearance on this tour.  \r\n<BR><BR>      \r\nNear the end of her set, playing “Team”, she thanked the audience for showing up early to check out her brief 25-min set.   \r\n<BR><BR>      \r\nNext was co-headliner, <B>Kilo Kish</b> (aka Lakisha Kimberly Robinson), who played a surprisingly long 45-min set (considering that she only officially released <I>Reflections in Real Time</i> in 2016).  However, if you look back at her history, you’ll find that she’s been writing and producing music since the age of 18 (in 2012) and probably had over 40 plus tracks under her belt.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nPlaying in constant near darkness with backlit flashing lights,   Kish mentioned that she’s basically playing the entire <I>Mothe</i> EP live.  Kish, with the help of her DJ/Producer, was always creating a “new live production of all the songs”.\r\n<BR><BR>  \r\n\r\nBrooklyn’s <b>Wet</b> closed out the show at the Varsity Theater.  The band played a good mix of songs between their debut <I>Don't You</i> (2016) and <I>Still Run</i> (2018).   Originally a trio, featuring   Kelly Zutrau, Joe Valle, and Marty Sulkow, but currently it’s just Zutrau and Valle, with touring synth and drummer.  \r\n<BR><BR>\r\nAlthough <I>Still Run</i> came out in July 2018, via Columbia Records, the band didn’t do a proper album promo tour until earlier this year. That is because they spent last year opening for Florence + The Machine, which, on a sonic level, they do share an indie pop/electronic pop sound to complement Florence.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nAs normal, earlier hit singles like “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” drew the biggest reaction from the crowd.\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nIf you enjoy xx and London Grammar, you’ll need to get onboard with Wet and see what you’re missing.\r\n\r\n\r\n<BR><BR>\r\nNOTE: Apology to <B>Hana Vu</b>, as we had a camera malfunction and is only displaying photos from an iPhone. \r\n <br><br>      \r\nRemaining Tour Dates: \r\n    \r\n <br><br>      \r\n<div style=\"margin-left: 20px;  text-align: justify; font-size:11px;  FONT-FAMILY: verdana;  \">   \r\n3/16/2019                    The Granada Theater                         Lawrence, KS<br>\r\n3/19/2019                    Summit Music Hall*                            Denver, CO<br>\r\n3/20/2019                    Metro Music Hall*                               Salt Lake City, UT<br>\r\n3/22/2019                    Wonder Ballroom*                              Portland, OR<br>\r\n3/23/2019                    Imperial*                                              Vancouver, BC<br>\r\n3/24/2019                    Neptune Theatre*                               Seattle, WA<br>\r\n3/26/2019                    Regency Ballroom                              San Francisco, CA<br>\r\n3/27/2019                    The Belasco Theatre                          Los Angeles, CA<br>\r\n3/28/2019                    The Observatory – North Park*          San Diego, CA<br>\r\n3/29/2019                    The Observatory OC*                         Santa Ana, CA<br>\r\n3/30/2019                    The Marquee Theatre                         Tempe, AZ\r\n \r\n<br><br>  \r\n*w/ Special Guest Helena Deland\r\n\r\n</div> \r\n\r\n<br><br>\r\n\r\n</div>\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n<center>  \r\n\r\n<table style=\"width: 703px;\"><tbody><tr><td valign=\"top\">\r\n \r\n<a href=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc697200d-pi\"><img src=\"https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b98a81970b0240a46fc697200d-700wi\" style=\"border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);\" alt=\"\" height=\"323\" width=\"703\"></a><br><span style=\"color: rgb(148, 158, 50);\">Kilo Kish</span> \r\n\r\n<div style=\"text-align:right; 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He's really the one in charge here. This Saturday we are going to see a <a href=\"http://www.johncristcomedy.com/calendar\" rel=\"noopener\" target=\"_blank\">comedy show at the Paramount in Oakland</a> and I'm really looking forward to that. What's new with you?!&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">Today I have two cards to share - both the same layout and supplies. Just changed up the colors and sentiments. Clean and simple design. I wanted to use a couple of new products and they ended up going together so nicely! I used the new Strawberries dies from Elizabeth Crafts, and the Skinny Stripes Die from Ellen Hutson. 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Their sentiments are the perfect size, and so so cheerful too!</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><br /><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.ablogcalledwanda.com/.a/6a0120a7861a18970b0240a4484943200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, '_blank', 'width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0' ); return false\"><img alt=\"Hello Bluebird stamps\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a7861a18970b0240a4484943200c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.ablogcalledwanda.com/.a/6a0120a7861a18970b0240a4484943200c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Hello Bluebird stamps\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">I affixed the strawberries with foam tape on top of the stripes.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><br /><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.ablogcalledwanda.com/.a/6a0120a7861a18970b0240a4717461200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, '_blank', 'width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0' ); return false\"><img alt=\"Elizabeth Crafts Strawberries dies. 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Strike three.</p>\r\n<p><strong>Broadening Out the Search</strong></p>\r\n<p>I was beginning to think that the whole family was hiding behind a new husband&#39;s surname not just potentially Lydia. Sometimes census enumerators wrote all the children down with the surname of the head of the household. They weren&#39;t helping descendants and future genealogists!</p>\r\n<p>I focused in on Jacob, the only son, and my direct ancestor. I constructed searches with varying information such as a last name and a birth year. And then simply Jacob with a birth year (plus or minus a few years). I had to carefully scan every entry looking to find the other members of the family - mother, Lydia and sisters Sarah, Ann and Susan.</p>\r\n<p>Bingo!</p>\r\n<p>There in the 1860 US Federal Census I found Jacob Murphy born about 1847 listed in the household of Jacob Murphy, head, in Brush Valley. Ironically you might think they were father and son because of their sharing the same name. The rest of the household had wife Lidia (lesson to me to be more careful to look for misspellings!), Sarah, Ann, Susanna and one year old (what looks like) Bullian Murphy. I would imagine the name were really William Murphy but the enumerators Bs and Ws are clearly different on the page. So it appears that Lydia George got remarried to Jacob Murphy sometime between 1857 and 1860.</p>\r\n<p><strong>Post Script</strong></p>\r\n<p>I was relieved to finally solve the mystery of Lydia and her family in the 1860 census. But one mystery leads to the next. As quickly as they are found, they disappear. Jacob Murphy, Lydia and 1 year old son disappear and are no where to be found in the United States in the 1870 US Federal Census. That&#39;s another mystery for another day. 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I literally loved them all from day 1. <a href=\"https://www3.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/31202/2017-2019-in-color?dbwsdemoid=4000396\">Check out the page for these colours HERE</a> so you don&#39;t miss out on any re-inkers or other colour products you need.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://clairedaly.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341f7d7f53ef0240a4471276200c-pi\"><img alt=\"Retiring Incolours\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341f7d7f53ef0240a4471276200c img-responsive\" height=\"232\" src=\"https://clairedaly.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341f7d7f53ef0240a4471276200c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Retiring Incolours\" width=\"634\" /></a>Now it&#39;s time to head over to <a href=\"http://whatcathymade.com.au/art-with-heart-colour-creations-blog-hop-week-40-powder-pink/\">Catherine Proctor&#39;s blog</a> and check out the other Powder Pink creations this week.</p>\r\n<p>Have a great week, and I will see you back here in a couple of weeks,</p>\r\n<p>Claire</p>\r\n<p><strong>On Now</strong></p>\r\n<p><strong>Free Saleabration products</strong> with $90 (level 1) and $180 (level 2) orders. <a href=\"http://bit.ly/ChooseSaleabrationItemsOnline\"><strong>Check them out HERE.</strong></a></p>\r\n<p><strong>Great joining specials</strong>.&#0160; $146 extra free product, free postage and option to get the exclusive demonstrator tote. <strong><a href=\"https://clairedaly.typepad.com/sisterhood_of_the_travell/join-stampin-up-for-just-169-during-september.html\">Get the details HERE.</a></strong></p>\r\n<p><strong>Shop online using the March Host Code 9UPA7XGT</strong> and get a small free gift sent to you mid the month following your order. <strong><a href=\"https://clairedaly.typepad.com/sisterhood_of_the_travell/how-to-shop-online-with-claire-and-enter-the-hostess-code.html\">More info here.</a></strong></p>\r\n<p><strong>Shop online with me</strong> and enjoy extra customer benefits and attention, free catalogues and more! 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Small mercies.</p>\r\n<p>Now, <em>this</em> morning, since there were no English muffins, I decided to make oatmeal for both boys. I do have to grudgingly admit that I sort of had an inkling (oh, ho ho ho) there was going to be some kind of pushback (ha ha haaa), so I pumped up the oatmeal with chopped apples and cinnamon and brown sugar (which I usually never add), added frozen blueberries for good measure, even drizzled the top with maple syrup. All their favorite things! What lucky boys! They were definitely going to gobble this up, weren&#39;t they? I ignored my misgivings, dished it up, place the bowls on the table and...then...</p>\r\n<p>Both children contemplated their breakfast. Hugo made a face and asked me where his English muffin was. &quot;There are none. <em>This</em> is your breakfast today!&quot; I grinned in what I hoped was an encouraging way, but I suspect was slightly more maniacal. Who knows; I was still feeling pretty chipper in that moment. 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margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">My observations and recommendations here apply more to the&#0160;<em>Phalaenopsis</em> and the like since there a gazillion different orchid species. &#0160;Okay, I exaggerate a tad bit, since it&#39;s more like 20,000 plus species and 100,000 plus hybrids, which is a lot and I am definitely NOT familiar with all of them. &#0160;I simply speak here of your regular everyday orchids that we sometimes receive as a hostess gift, or plop in our powder room when we are receiving guests, or grab as an impulse buy during our daily errands because they call to us from their aristocratic status and delightful profiles.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d34e0200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-3\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d34e0200d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d34e0200d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-3\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">I have some very basic information I am sharing here today because it has served me well. &#0160;The variety that I have is in the&#0160;<em>Cymbidium</em> family, which is also pretty common and I believe I purchased it at Trader Joes. &#0160;I certainly got my bang for my buck with these plants and they have taught me plenty on how to take care of them along the way. &#0160;Orchids are perennials so they should come back year after year. &#0160;They are a pretty hardy plant but just because they stay alive, it does not mean they will produce flowers every year. &#0160;They will basically just have leaves and roots, which although organic, not as pretty as a long stem full of multiple blooms.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a444179a200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-4\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a444179a200c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a444179a200c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-4\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">These common types of orchids live in soil with fibrous roots, rhizomes or tubers. &#0160;This probably sounds pretty normal or basic but I&#39;m differentiating from more exotic orchids that grow on trees or rocks. &#0160;I have no experience with those personally but they are a masterpiece of nature. &#0160;The orchid tips here are for indoor plants. &#0160;The most critical factor for growing a thriving orchid indoors is natural light. &#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d212200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-5\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d212200b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d212200b-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-5\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><strong>§Light</strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">When my orchids are showing off with their pretty blooms from about February to April|May they hang out in this decorative bird cage in front of a very large window in the living room for all to enjoy. &#0160; Once the blooms are all spent I trim the stem down and place the plants on a window ledge in the powder room. &#0160;It has worked like a charm! &#0160; I did this the first year I owned them as a last ditch effort to get them out of the way when I was restyling the birdcage. &#0160;Unbeknownst to me it created somewhat of a greenhouse effect, which provided the plants with the perfect amount of light while they refueled. &#0160;The window is frosted a bit so it&#39;s a muted natural light. &#0160;I do not recommend intense, direct sun rays shining on the plant because believe it or not it will become sunburnt. &#0160;Having this natural light on them during most of the year while they are dormant has been key to getting those pretty blooms in the new year. &#0160;Along with the natural light orchids also require some humidity to keep them at their happiest.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d2ea200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-6\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d2ea200b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d2ea200b-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-6\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><strong>§Humidity</strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">Although in the wild most orchids grow in highly humid climates most house orchids are fine with moderate humidity. &#0160;Bathrooms are probably the rooms in our house that generate the most humidity due to all the running water. &#0160;So once again, moving them to the powder room was a great move whether I realized it at the time or not. &#0160;Another trick is setting your orchid pots on a tray of gravel with water allowing for the water to evaporate around them. &#0160;I also recommend misting them regularly as an extra measure. &#0160;Along with the humidity the temperature also affects orchids (as most house plants).</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d30e200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-7\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d30e200b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d30e200b-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-7\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><strong>§Temperature</strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">The common orchids we are discussing enjoy the same temperatures we do in our homes. &#0160;I would say the average temperature for our home is around 70<sup>o</sup>. &#0160;I would not recommend moving them to the garage or potting shed, etc. during the winter because this will not allow them to get strong enough and regenerate to push out a stem with blooms in the spring when you bring them inside. &#0160; &#0160;Although they are in a dormant stage during these winter months they are working hard inside to refuel and reenergize. &#0160;Find somewhere in your home where you can tuck them away, but maintain acceptable living conditions, so they can be strong. &#0160;Like any living thing water is also a necessity.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d354200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-8\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d354200b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d354200b-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-8\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><strong>§Water</strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">There is not an exact science on water quantity and frequency for orchids or any house plant for that matter since it depends on the humidity &amp; air quality of your home &#0160;or container size &amp; material, etc. &#0160;There are a number of variables. &#0160;I water all my house plants once per week and this seems to work pretty good. &#0160;With orchids you just want to make sure the roots do not sit in stagnant water since they will develop root rot. &#0160;I would suggest that when in doubt do not water since orchids have a water reserve in the roots &amp; leaves.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a44418e9200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-9\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a44418e9200c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a44418e9200c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-9\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><strong>§Fertilizer </strong>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">When I first started with orchids I purchased all orchid specific items like soil, food etc. &#0160;Well somewhere along the way I just decided to use my regular houseplant fertilizer with my orchids and it does not seem to bother them one bit. &#0160;I will admit, I do not know scientifically if this is the right thing to do but it has worked for me so far so I thought I would share that. &#0160;There seems to be so many products on the market that are orchid specific but I do not use any of them. &#0160;I fertilize | feed all my houseplants pretty much every time I water them. &#0160;I use a liquid fertilizer I add in the watering can when I fill it. &#0160;I did read somewhere that they really require to be fed most during those dormant months and not so much when they are in full bloom, but it&#39;s just easier for me to keep fertilizing them all year round since I use the same watering can to water all my indoor plants at the same time. &#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a491d407200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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color: #898a49;\"><strong>“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson</strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">&#0160;</p>",
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         "renderedContent": "<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Happy Daylights Savings Day! &#0160;Although we lose an hour today, we will benefit from longer days and added daylight in our days going forward. &#0160;Believe it or not and whether you realize it or not having light raises our spirits and brightens our pet&#39;s days plus helps all our indoor fauna thrive as well. &#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a4441107200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a4441107200c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a4441107200c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Today I plan on sharing everything I know about household orchids. &#0160;Let me preface this post by saying I am by no means an expert, but I do know enough to bring new blooms back to my orchids year after year. &#0160;I have had these orchid plants for about 4 years now and I get repetitive, multiple blooms every Spring. &#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d32e5200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-1\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d32e5200d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d32e5200d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-1\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">I am guessing I know more about orchids than some but I certainly do not know more than many. &#0160;Orchid varieties run far and wide and were traditionally perceived as an exotic plant, but some of that has been debunked nowadays with the normal appearance of the common <em>Phalaenopsis </em>in grocery stores, home improvement centers and local nurseries. &#0160;These blooms are not particularly expensive and tend to be fairly easy to tend to. &#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a4441471200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-2\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a4441471200c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a4441471200c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">My observations and recommendations here apply more to the&#0160;<em>Phalaenopsis</em> and the like since there a gazillion different orchid species. &#0160;Okay, I exaggerate a tad bit, since it&#39;s more like 20,000 plus species and 100,000 plus hybrids, which is a lot and I am definitely NOT familiar with all of them. &#0160;I simply speak here of your regular everyday orchids that we sometimes receive as a hostess gift, or plop in our powder room when we are receiving guests, or grab as an impulse buy during our daily errands because they call to us from their aristocratic status and delightful profiles.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d34e0200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Orchids 101-3\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d34e0200d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a46d34e0200d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Orchids 101-3\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">I have some very basic information I am sharing here today because it has served me well. &#0160;The variety that I have is in the&#0160;<em>Cymbidium</em> family, which is also pretty common and I believe I purchased it at Trader Joes. &#0160;I certainly got my bang for my buck with these plants and they have taught me plenty on how to take care of them along the way. &#0160;Orchids are perennials so they should come back year after year. &#0160;They are a pretty hardy plant but just because they stay alive, it does not mean they will produce flowers every year. &#0160;They will basically just have leaves and roots, which although organic, not as pretty as a long stem full of multiple blooms.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e20240a444179a200c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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