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Informal Introduction

Informal Introduction is the debut album by Shade Sheist, released on September 10, 2002 through MCA Records. Due to little promotion, the album was not a commercial success, only reaching No. 69 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It did, feature his biggest hit to date "Where I Wanna Be", which peaked at 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 12 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles; the album spawned three additional singles, "Money Owners", "John Doe" and "Wake Up" all of which became minor hits on the R&B charts. "Holla Boyz Intro" - 1:08 "Somebody Steals the Show" - 4:25 "Act Like You Know Me" - 5:04 "John Doe" - 3:25 "X2" - 4:27 "Walk a Mile" - 3:45 "Stop... And Think About It" - 4:50 "Money Owners" - 4:26 "Wake Up" - 4:33 "BMF" - 4:17 "Thug Luv" - 3:42 "Cali Diseaz" - 3:48 "Here I Come" - 3:24 "Where I Wanna Be" - 4:20 "The Urban Gospel" - 4:18 "Holla Boyz Outro" - 1:24

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (novel)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a bestselling young adult novel by Ann Brashares published in 2001. It follows the adventures of four best friends — Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Vreeland, Carmen Lowell, who will be spending their first summer apart when a magical pair of jeans comes into their lives, turning their summer upside down; the book was adapted into a film of the same name in 2005. Four sequels to the book have been published, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood. In the first novel of the series, the reader is introduced to four high school students: Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Vreeland, Carmen Lowell, they have been best friends since birth. The summer before their junior year of high school, Carmen finds a pair of old jeans that mysteriously fits each girl despite their different sizes; this leads them to believe. They share the "traveling pants" among themselves over the summer. Lena spends the summer with her grandparents in Santorini. During her stay, her grandmother attempts to set her up with a man by the name of Kostos.

Kostos takes interest in Lena, who returns the notion. She goes skinny-dipping and Kostos accidentally sees her. A misunderstanding leads Lena's grandparents to believe that Kostos attempted to assault Lena, causing an argument between the two families. In the summer, Lena explains to her grandparents what happened in order to repair the rift between her and Kostos' grandparents, confesses to Kostos that she loves him. Tibby spends the summer working at a Wallman's store, planning to film a documentary of her experiences, she meets a 12-year-old girl, after the latter faints at the store. Over the course of the summer, the two become close friends and Bailey begins to help Tibby film her documentary. Tragically, Bailey passes from her leukemia, which leads Tibby to refocus her documentary to capture the memories that they created together. Carmen goes to South Carolina to spend the summer with her father, from whom she has grown apart since he and Carmen's mother divorced several years before.

Carmen learns. Out of frustration at feeling left out of her father's new family, she breaks a window in their home with a rock and returns home to her mother, she attends her father's wedding and reconciles with her father and his new family. Bridget attends a soccer camp in Baja California. While there, she falls for one of Eric Richman. Bridget pursues him in spite of the camp's prohibition on coaches and campers entering relationships with each other, sees him in his underwear, she conspires to lose her virginity to him, until Eric tells her that he does not feel as if he can worship her as she deserves. Lena ends up taking her home. Frontground== Ann Brashares got the idea for the novel while working as an editor when colleague Jodi Anderson, proposed the concept of a group of girlfriends who share a pair of jeans; this was based on some of Anderson's own college experiences. Brashares decided to write the book herself. Anderson was compensated with a promotion. Brashares said, "I loved the idea.

A shirt can more fit different people, but jeans are more judgmental. It captured my fancy." The Importance of Friendship As the girls face challenges and different personal issues, they rely upon each other to cope with the changes. Their friendship helps; the pants are indeed a symbol of the girls' unique bond. The Search for Love The novel describes love in various forms - self-love, family bonds, etc. - and proclaims that all forms of love must come and be respected. The Importance of Family In the novel, the family is portrayed as being rooted in one's birth yet dynamic, as existing between friendships in addition to blood relatives. Coming of Age This summer happens to be a wake-up call for each character; the girls are expected to make decisions for themselves and behave as responsible adults, as well as to figure out how to overcome obstacles and take risks. Sisterhood was well-reviewed at the time of its release. USA Today's Deidre Donahue said Sisterhood "has resonated far more than any of the grown-up novels I've read this year."

Linda Bindner of the School Library Journal called it "a complex book about a solid group of friends, with each one a strong and courageous individual in her own right." Publisher's Weekly described it as "an outstanding and vivid book that will stay with readers for a long time."Sisterhood became a New York Times bestseller, was named an ALA Best Books for Young Adults, won a Book Sense Book of the Year, was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start

Iamthemorning

Iamthemorning is a Russian progressive rock/chamber pop duo formed in 2010, consisting of singer Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin. The duo formed at the start of the 2010, their name was taken from the song "I Am the Morning" from Effloresce. The band self-released their debut album, ~, in April 2012; the second studio album, was released by Kscope in September 2014. Recorded and mixed in London by Marcel van Limbeek, the album features drummer Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree, their third studio album, features bassist Colin Edwin from Porcupine Tree, vocalist Mariusz Duda from Riverside in addition to Harrison and Limbeek. The band has produced all three albums themselves; the band supported Riverside, Árstíðir, Gazpacho on their fall 2015 tour. The band won Album of the Year for their album Lighthouse at the 2016 Progressive Music Awards. Iamthemorning's music is described as "Chamber Prog" or "Chamber Progressive Rock" both by reviewers and the band themselves, in reference to the band's combination of Progressive Rock music and chamber music.

Although Marjana Semkina and Gleb Kolyadin are the only official members of the band, iamthemorning include several other instruments such as guitar, drums, string quartets, various wind instruments. Studio albums~ Belighted Lighthouse Ocean Sounds The Bell EPsMiscellany Live AlbumsFrom the House of Arts DVDsOcean Sounds Official website Bandcamp Kscope

Missa Brevis (Palestrina)

Missa Brevis is a mass written by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina first published in 1570 in Palestrina's Third Book of Masses and has been Reprinted several times since. The Title can be misleading as Missa Brevis is a short mass. Palestrina chose the word Brevis as this was the most adequate word to portray the piece. Missa Brevis is considered to be one of the most performed of Palestrina's repertoire of polyphony. Missa Brevis is written for four voices, alto and bass; the Benedictus, however, is for three voices. Missa Brevis is written in F mode with B flat Movements: Kyrie Gloria Credo Sanctus Benedictus Agnus Dei 1 & 2An important characteristic of Palestrina expressed in this work is the use of frequent tempo changes, which are governed by the changing meaning and significance of the text. Hence there is a far greater feeling of phrase than of rhythm; the unity of form which overwhelms the listener reflects clearly the peace and serenity that Palestrina himself possessed in his faith.

It is not known why the mass came to be called Missa Brevis, for it is not any shorter than the usual four part Palestrina mass. 4 voices The Kyrie begins with a sevenfold opening imitation, contrasts a new melody for the Christe, closes with a motive similar to the first. The opening motive starts in the alto and is repeated throughout the other voices. 4 voices In the Gloria movement, Palestrina introduces textural contrasts balancing chordal and imitative textures. The opening motive is sung through all four voices and is 3 bars long; the lengthy text passes with syllabic writing and "telescoping". 4 voices The Credo features balanced alternations between duo and full four-voiced textures, with a striking chordal homophony at the heart: Et incarnatus est. Yet again a bass sequence marks the end; the opening motive is sung as a duet between alto and soprano voices before the tenor and alto sing a variation of the original motive. 4 voices It is in the Sanctus that Palestrina quotes the same chant melody as in the Missa Papae Marcelli.

To the right is a comparison of the two melodies, the first, from Sanctus in Missa Brevis and the second from Gregorian Chant XV. Text: 3 Voices Benedictus is written for only three voices, the soprano, the alto, the tenor; the opening motive is only three bars long. Variations on this main melody are repeated throughout the piece. 1 - 4 voices 2 - 5 voices Palestrina rounds out the mass cycle with two Agnus Dei settings. To finish on an aspirant note, the last concluding sequence arrives in this canonic upper pair; the melodic pattern of the Missa Brevis contains much that runs adjacent to what many consider aesthetically pleasing. The Harmonic quality of the balance between the voices is noticeably clear; the work lacks recurrent reference to the musical mode but is filled with repeating melodic features - noticeably a descending minor third followed by a brief scalic ascent The Missa Brevis is the epitome of Palestrina's style as the work balances the old and new modal usage of dissonances and accentuation as well as balancing imitative and homophonic textures.

This is most prominently displayed in Palestrina's usage of many cantus firmi at the conception of each movement. This was revolutionary as it did not use partake of the principal of having a traditional unified Cantus firmus but instead favoured the parody technique to create a free written mass. Haberl Suggested; however this is hardly worth any real acknowledgement. While Encyclopædia Britannica claims that the Missa Brevis was a part of Palestrina's era of'conceptual' and original works In all probability Missa Brevis was written about the year 1558. There are indications that it could be based on a theme from a mass by Claude Joudimel. There are other indications that it could come from the first notes of the Plainsong Credo I, while many parts of the mass are reminiscent of the plainsong mass Cum Jubilo the Sanctus, it is written for four voices, alto and bass. The Benedictus, however, is for three voices. An important characteristic of Palestrina expressed in this work is the use of frequent tempo changes, which are governed by the changing meaning and significance of the text.

Hence there is a far greater feeling of phrase than of rhythm. The unity of form which overwhelms the listener reflects clearly the peace and serenity that Palestrina himself possessed in his faith, it is not known why the mass came to be called Brevis, for it is not any shorter than the usual four part Palestrina mass. Http://www.allmusic.com/composition/missa-brevis-for-4-voices-mc0002370976 http://www.andrea-angelini.eu/g-p-da-palestrina-missa-brevis/

Newnham on Severn

Newnham or Newnham on Severn is a village in west Gloucestershire, England. It lies in the Royal Forest of Dean, on the west bank of the River Severn 10 miles south-west of Gloucester and three miles southeast of Cinderford, it is on the A48 road between Gloucester and Chepstow, Wales. The village has a parish council. A parish church was established in the 14th century, in 1366 a new church building was built on the high ground of the village as the old one faced erosion from the river; the new building has itself been damaged by a gunpowder explosion in 1644 during the English Civil War and a fire in 1881, but is still in use. Because of Newnham's location on the Severn, the Ancient Romans built three roads through the location, where they forded the river; the Anglo-Saxons established a permanent settlement, the Normans built a motte-and-bailey fortification for defence, in medieval times it became a major port with links around Great Britain and Ireland. In 1171, Henry II of England staged an invasion of Ireland from Newnham.

One account claimed that he set sail with 400 ships and 5,000 men, which suggests its importance as a port. For a time Newnham was the most successful Gloucestershire town west of the Severn, its role as a port and trading hub declined, however with the 1827 opening of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. In 1810, an early attempt at a Severn tunnel began construction just south of Newnham. Work was abandoned after flooding in 1812. Matron Eva Luckes of The London Hospital lived in Newnham; the scenic Gloucester to Newport Line goes through the tunnel here. Newnham railway station opened in 1851 and closed in 1964; the civil parish is part of Westbury electoral ward. This ward starts in the north at Westbury-on-Severn and follows the River Severn to Newnham; the total population of the ward taken at the 2011 census was 3,088. Photographs of St Peter's Church Local information from the Royal Forest of Dean website. Parish council BBC archive film of Newnham from 1984 Photos of Newnham on Severn and surrounding area on geograph.org.uk Newnham on Severn Village Web site Aerial pictures of Newnham

Congregational Methodist Church

The Congregational Methodist Church is a Christian denomination located in the southern United States and northeastern Mexico. It has its theological roots in Wesleyanism; as of 1995, the denomination reported 14,738 in 187 churches. The Congregational Methodist Church was founded in Georgia in 1852 when several churches split from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South out of a desire to blend Methodist doctrine with congregational polity; the Congregational Methodist Church is Wesleyan-Arminian in doctrine, congregational in its system of worship, republican or representative in its system of government, connexional in nature, missionary in outlook, evangelistic in endeavor, cooperative in spirit. Each local church calls its pastor, owns its property, sets its budget, its congregations are located in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi. Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas and New Mexico, plus the Mexican states of Coahuila and Tamaulipas and the Canadian province of Québec, it has missionaries in the United States, Belize, Haiti and Japan.

In 1944, the Congregational Methodist Church headquartered in Dallas, established The Dallas Bible School, an institution of higher education. The school was moved to Tehuacana, for several years, was renamed Westminster College and Bible Institute; the school was permanently relocated to Florence, Mississippi in 1972, was renamed Wesley College, a name that more reflected its Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. Wesley College was closed in July 2010. Congregational Methodist Headquarters are located in Florence, serving churches and programs of the denomination. Congregational Methodist Church "Congregational Methodist Church, The". New International Encyclopedia. 1905