It is natural to worry about your child behind the wheel, but you need to find ways to manage your anxiety so your child gains confidence in his or her abilities as a driver. According to Teen Driver’s Source, teens with authoritative parents are more likely to know the risks of not wearing a seatbelt and are less likely to engage in dangerous behavior behind the wheel.
Know State Teen Driving Regulations
If you are going to preach the rules, you have to know the rules. Most states have different rules for teen drivers, even licensed ones. Depending on where you live, the law may not allow your teen to drive with non-adult passengers, at night or early in the morning. There may also be stiffer laws for drinking and driving, including lower blood-alcohol limits. You will feel safer knowing these rules are in place and that your child knows them before he even gets behind the wheel.
Draw Up a Contract
Organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocate teen driving contracts. These written agreements between you and your teen outline the rules for driving in your family and the consequences for breaking said rules. If your child knows that not wearing a seatbelt can result in loss of privileges or punishment, he may be less likely to commit the offense. Do not be afraid to throw in a few guidelines for yourself, such as a set amount of supervised driving time for your teen.
Practice the Rules Before Driver’s Ed Begins
You can get educational pamphlets for the permit tests, copies of state laws and much more to prepare your teen even before he takes his permit test and moves on to driver’s ed. You can also give him practice driving tests to prepare for the written tests long before taking the real ones. Practice tests exist for every state. Driver’s ed will be easier if he is prepared and you are confident of this fact.
Get to Know Your Driving School
Read all of the material available online and in any paperwork you receive. If you know exactly what each lesson will entail, you will be able to review the material with your child beforehand. For example, if the class is going over safety, you can discuss seatbelt and cell phone use before class.
Set a Good Example
If you know your child has been watching you drive safely and within the rules of the road, you can be more confident that he will do the same. According to the CDC’s “Parents are the Key” program, teens who see their children use the phone, speed and drive without a seatbelt may model that behavior. If you have not been an exemplary driver, it is never too late to start. Tell your teen you are turning over a new leaf and it is okay to point out bad behaviors. Not only will this help you be a better and safer driver, it will also help your teen recognize bad behaviors like road rage, speeding and distracted driving.
A work-at-home job means that you can read spreadsheets while feeding the baby, call clients while the toddlers nap, and close down shop when school is closed for a snow day. It’s an incredibly easy way to control your schedule and add to your family’s income. Sadly, the internet is crowded with get-rich-quick schemes, and it can be hard to weed out the real opportunities from the empty promises. However, millions of moms have successful work-at-home careers, and here’s a look at some of the real jobs that are out there:
Medical coders are responsible for creating documents and bills that doctors can send to insurance companies. Every time someone visits a doctor, the doctor is responsible for sending codes to the patient’s insurer. Each one of the over 9,000 CPT (current procedural terminology) codes stands for a unique health care service. There are an additional 13,500 codes that stand for medical diagnoses.
Once they know the codes, medical coders earn an average of $16.42 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although some clinics are willing to train new hires, you will have an advantage finding a job if you have a certificate. According to Penn Foster, a certificate entitles you to join the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and gets you access to industry exams. Credentials like those show others you are ready for this type of work.
Independent Sales Consult
If you have the gift of the gab and you don’t mind spending a lot of time networking, sales may be the best option for you. Avon and Mary Kay have historically been the most popular work-at-home jobs for women. With Mary Kay, you keep half of what you sell, meaning that you make $6 on every $12 tube of face cream, and if you build up a team of consultants underneath you, you can get a car to drive or the monthly cash equivalent.
However, you certainly don’t need to sell make-up. Pick a product you are passionate about. If you love books, look at Usborne. If you like jewelry, Cookie Lee and Premier Designs are reputable companies.
Top mommy bloggers earn a million a year, but it can take years to generate that much buzz around a joke-filled blog. By all means, write what makes you happy. However, while you are plugging away at the next great American novel or posting hilarious pics on your blog, pick up a few sides jobs for cash.
TextBroker and TheContentAuthority both offer paid writing assignments. If your writing sample passes the gatekeeper, you will be able to pick up short assignments in exchange for cash. Sites like Constant Content give you a format where you can write original content and sell it to interested buyers, if you prefer to have a bit more creative freedom.
There are other opportunities out there as well. Think about what you have done before, and expand upon it. Can you charge people for financial advice, pick up a few freelance graphic design jobs, or do some grant writing for local nonprofits? While you sift through the options, get support. The WAHM forum can be invaluable for chatting with real moms, finding opportunities, and getting support when the day gets too crazy.
Toolboxes are a vital part of life whether you run your own business, do auto or carpentry work for yourself, or even own a home. There is nothing more aggravating than searching for just the right screwdriver or level and not being able to find it in the garage. It’s just as annoying as gathering together all your tools for a job only to find that you left out exactly the one you needed most to complete your work. A toolbox can help reduce these problems.
Furthermore, if you have children, their safety is required. Keeping tools away from their curious hands in a locked facility can protect them.
Consider, when purchasing a toolbox, what kind you are going to need and what capacity you require to store and transport necessary tools. Do you need a large, rolling box to keep tools safely in the garage? Perhaps you will find that you need portable toolboxes for different types of activities. A lock would be a nice feature to keep tools from vanishing from the premises when you are not home to watch them or when you are on the job relying upon your own tools to do the work.
Figure out the size of toolbox you need. Storage space will help keep those expensive tools safe from weather, disorganization, or other types of damage. Make sure you have enough storage space for everything necessary. A rolling, locking cabinet may be necessary for storage of power tools safely away from possible damage and theft. Be certain that the toolbox you purchase can hold the weight of the tools you have. A large amount of tools can weigh more than you realize. Consider the weight of your tools and be careful to choose solidly built toolboxes with a high grade of steel for durability.
Properly storing tools and equipment can keep your business investment and your tools safe. In this manner, the cost of tools can be expended just once for durable tools rather than having to replace them constantly because they have gone missing. Organization will help gain access to tools swiftly and with efficiency.
Durable yet relatively inexpensive brand-name toolboxes may be purchased to allow you to effectively organize and store your investment in tools. Plan to purchase both large tool chests and portable tool chests to facilitate your work as well as protect your investment and family.
Of all of the subjects that parents worry about, math is almost always at the top of the list. The world is becoming more and more focused on science and technology, so having a solid background in math is imperative for students who want to succeed in the real world. If you think that your child might be struggling in math there are some warning signs that you should be aware of and things that you should look out for. When you start to see these things it might be time to schedule a talk with a teacher or find a tutor to make sure that your student does not fall too far behind everyone else.
Change In Self-Esteem
When students start to fall behind in math the first thing that goes is their self-esteem. Kids who used to believe that they could do anything or be anything that they wanted to be see their dreams crushed when they start to do poorly on math homework or exams. Yes, there are other things that can affect your child’s self-esteem and you should be talking to them any time that you see a significant change in how they see themselves, but if you hear them say things like how stupid they are, the issue is pointing to something academic rather than social. Do not let this attitude continue, or your child will talk themselves out of believing they will ever be able to do better in math.
Lack Of Specifics
Every day you should be talking to your children about what they learned at school, as this is one of the best ways for them to refresh what they learned and reinforce those concepts. Most of the time you should be able to get specifics about the things they were taught, and if you see that day after day they are not able to give you specific information, it is a sign of a serious problem. One of two things is probably happening. One, they may not be paying attention in class, and that means they will slowly start to fall behind their classmates. Two, they could have a hard time understanding the concepts, so they are unable to repeat the ideas back to you. In both cases being proactive will help to keep the damage to a minimum and help you make sure they can keep pace with other students.
Missing Or Incomplete Homework
Students who start to do poorly in a subject will claim that they have no homework or that the work has already been done. As a parent you need to ask to see the completed work or ask the teacher if work has been assigned recently. Teachers want their students to do well, and they will usually let you know if a student is not turning in the work, but you have to be willing to make the first move. Your child might be ashamed that they are doing so poorly in the subject, and they will not want to show you their failure, so this is a very delicate time. You need to be stern, yet supportive, and let your child know that you are willing to do what it takes to help them understand the material, but you are not satisfied with bad grades.
Some courses like Masteryed can help to improve math scores across a variety of levels and difficulties and should be used to bolster student confidence in their abilities. Remember that starting early is key so your child does not get buried under the weight of trying to catch up.
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I am Ronnie Wheeler and I have been a math teacher for ten years. These are signs that I talk to parents about all the time, and I wrote this article as an early warning system.
Thanks to advanced health care our parents and grandparents are living longer and healthier lives. While this is fantastic news there often comes a time where children become concerned about their parents being able to take care of themselves. You can help your parents remain independent if they are not keen to come and live with you or move into a retirement home. Use these tips and help your parents live the life they want to for as long as it’s safe for them to do so.
Talk to Your Parents
In order for you to help your parents you will need to have a conversation with them about what they want. You may find that with some information they would be happy to move into a retirement apartment, offering some security while allowing your parents to remain as independent as possible. Discuss what they would be happy with when the time comes when living on their own is no longer an option. It’s important to discuss this topic while they remain alert and mentally capable.
Make the Home Work for Your Parents
As your parents get older they may find it difficult to get around. Mobility issues can increase the risk of falls and trips, which can lead to serious injuries. You should make changes in the home that will help your parents to get around safely. Consider installing ramps, handles and railings and improving the floors. The bathroom can be enhanced with suitable equipment such as toilet seat heighteners and walk in showers, or you could make the room a wet room that can accommodate wheelchairs safely.
All shelves should be lowered and you may want to reorganise the current cupboards, wardrobes and drawers so your parents can easily get hold of the items they want. The bed may need to be lowered or raised so they can get in and out with no risks. Chairs can also be raised or lowered and you may want to consider moving your parents down to the ground floor.
Cleaning the Home
If your parents are not managing to keep up with the housework you may need to come and take care of the cleaning for them. The alternative is to hire a cleaner to visit their home a few times a week to take care of the majority of the house work such as vacuuming and dusting.
It’s a good idea to install a medical alarm so your parents can easily call for help if they were to fall over or fall ill. Additional medical equipment to consider speaking to the doctor about or purchasing includes:
? Medical bracelet
? Walkers or wheelchairs
? Mobility scooter
Your parents will need to be able to hear well so they know when someone is knocking on the door or answer the phone. Poor hearing can leave people feeling isolated and often the problem can be fixed very easily. Hearing aids should also be considered if you’ve noticed your parents struggling to hear you, or if you’ve noticed their television getting louder. Learn more about hearing aids and find a suitable one that will suit your parent’s needs.
The author is a freelance journalist and blogger with several years’ experience working as a carreer for the elderly. She has written many articles and blog posts providing advice and tips on how to help the elderly remain independent and how to cope as a full or part time carer. Her work has been published on hundreds of websites.
You’ve found the man of your dreams. Only this prince charming skipped right passed finishing school and went straight to animal house. Maybe he’s having trouble letting go of his frat days. Or maybe he’s just a tad rough around the edges. Instead of giving up, help him become the best version of himself with these simple alterations.
In his world, belching is considered an Olympic sport. Don’t sacrifice dinner parties and work gatherings to save face. Teach him the proper way to digest food is to chew with your mouth closed. Trust us, he doesn’t want to eat like a caveman, he just doesn’t know he’s doing it. Worried about hurting his feelings? Tell him anonymously with the Etiquette App. This app allows users to send anonymous Twitter posts and emails to anyone to gently nab at their faux pas. Once they are aware of the etiquette mishap, the app acts as a pocket etiquette guidebook.
For better or worse, in sickness and health, ’til that hideous college hoodie do you part. Critics may warn you against changing your man. Call it vain, manipulative…even selfish. But letting him go out in public wearing that, is just wrong. Play nice, no need to bully him into tailored clothes. Instead of nagging, use flattery to encourage change. Start with baby steps. Pick up a nice European fitted shirt and present it as a gift. When he tries it on shower him with compliments. Get your friends in on it too. Not that your comments don’t matter, but hearing how great he looks from others provides affirmation.
Out on the Town
His idea of a romantic night out involves takeout and sports. Before you retire your stilettos, try something new. Take charge of evening plans and create a night to remember. Set your sights high, but get there by starting small. Treat him to a Broadway show that’ll make him change the way he feels about theater. “The Book of Mormon” might be right up his alley. If he can’t get past the musical aspect, tell him it’s by the creators of “South Park” and say no more.
When it comes to wine, your man narrows it down to a basic selection: Red, white and box. Spare him (and yourself) from a life sans Soho cocktail parties. If tampering with his beer and pizza routine poses a challenge, compromise. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in Greewich Village provides weekly wine classes. Lure him in with pizza, lock him in for the wine classes. You’ll improve his palate, then he can cleanse it with any of the complementary cheeses and meat pairings.
When All Else Fails
You’ve done all you can. Wash your hands from that mess and wipe them down on some washboard abs. The gentlemen at Rent a Gent await your beckoning and they sure look good doing it. The site allows professional and forward-thinking women to rent an eligible bachelor from a pool of curated men. Not a dating or escort service, the site provides women with sexy and sophisticated men fit to fill any void. Need to change out a light bulb? Mix a cocktail? Bring a date to an office party? A Rent a Gent man can handle it for you whenever, wherever, no nagging necessary.
Back in the 60′s the cost of living was so much cheaper than it is today. Recently I was checking out this cost of living article from AAG that depicted the cost of living increase from 63 to now and I noticed that a hamburger used to be 0.28 and now it averages 3.99. That is a big jump in price. Over time people have not only been paying more to live but income has been increasing to keep up with the cost of living. I know when my Aunt bought her first house she paid somewhere around $128 for her monthly mortgage but now you can’t even get a car payment for that anymore. It’s getting more and more expensive to live in this economy. Although they raise the national minimum wage to show the cost of living, the older generation are struggling to keep up. They were raised in a time when the cost of living was much cheaper and they earned much less than we earn today. With gas costing on average $3.20 a gallon compared to the 60′s at 0.32 it’s hard for them to get to their doctors appointments and visit the grandkids on their limited income. One things for sure with using a reverse mortgage they can increase their back account without having to add to their bills. A reverse mortgage company can help them to make the best decision for them and show them in the right direction. Maybe theat would help them take the stress out of living with such limited resources.
Problems within the family can affect the children. They may still be small enough to fully understand the gravity of the situation, but they do have the ability to feel the tension and stress between their parents and react to the situation. Two problems that can have a great impact on children physically, emotionally, and psychologically are divorce and custody battles. Not only will divorce split the family into two, but the custody battle will put the children right in the middle of the raging war. Below are the effects of divorce and custody battles on children and how parents can help them, even if they can no longer stand to be around each other.
Effects of Divorce and Custody Battles
When parents decide to get a divorce, it will feel like the world has come to an end for the children. Their world is collapsing all around them, and they are torn between their fighting parents. The stress of it all can greatly affect the children. Yes, children may be resilient and adjust quickly to new situations, but there are some who will carry the scars of the divorce into adulthood.
Small children have the tendency to become emotionally needy. They cling to their parents and cry when they try to leave, even when it is simply going to another room. They do not want to be left alone and they fear abandonment, so they act-out to keep their parents’ attention. More often than not, their acting-out behavior is negative, such as temper tantrums, incessant whining, nonstop crying, etc.
On the other hand, older children who can understand the situation better tend to take one side over the other. Some choose to take the side of their mother, while some their father. This then leads to more anger, resentment, and confusion, especially if one parent criticizes and badmouths the other to their children. The stressful situation can push the children to act-out and rebel. They begin cutting classes, talking back to their teacher and parents, going around with a bad crowd, giving in to peer pressure, drinking, taking drugs, getting involved in petty crimes, etc.
Think of the Children and Extend a Helping Hand
Divorce and custody battles are painful to all involved, especially to the children. However, there are ways to ease the pain and make the whole process a lot less messy, and one way is by getting a good divorce lawyer. Divorce, custody, child support, property division, spousal support, local court procedures, etc. – all these can be pretty confusing, says Tad Nelson & Associates, a law-firm based in Texas, but you can ask for help through the whole process. A less messy divorce and custody battle is a less painful and stressful experience to the children.
Children of divorcing parents also need support, reassurance, and a lot of love and attention, so be generous. Let them know how much you love them and that you will always be there for them. Even though you are separated from your partner it does not mean that your love for them has diminished. Be honest in everything and explain to them the reasons why you decided to get a divorce. Finally, be patient. Yes, these are trying times but deal patiently with the children.
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Jennifer Dae writes for a relationship blog. She writes about marriage and love.
When you are determined to find the best possible lighting for your home, you are going to want to start your search with the best online lighting store. The very best online stores will provide you with a large variety of lighting choices to pick from, such as the pendant lighting.
The modern pendant lighting is a great option for those who want a little something extra special in their home that will show off their incredible style. It might not seem like a lot, but the simplest changes in a home, such as the lighting, can make an incredible difference. With the pendant lighting, you will find that there are a few great options to pick from, which means you are sure to find something for any room in your home that you are trying to update.
Your basic options are small, medium, and large standard pendants. There are also bar pendants that can brighten up any island or bar area in your home. You will find that there are not just plenty of sizes to pick from, but plenty of shapes and styles as well. This makes online shopping for lights a lot of fun and a truly rewarding experience.
In addition, by shopping online for your pendant lighting, you will find that you can find great deals. You also do not have to drive from one store to the next, which means you are going to save yourself a lot of time.
As they say, “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” and when it comes time to select the perfect pillow for sleeping, the down pillow has a lot to recommend itself while you are making your selection. Down pillows are well known for their comfort and price tag, so if you are thinking about plopping some serious coin down on a new down pillow then you should be fully informed of both the pillow’s pros and cons while making your choice.
What Makes a Down Pillow Down?
As you lay your head in a down pillow for the first time you may be asking yourself what manner of sorcery could have created such comfort. In fact, rather than looking to Merlin the Wizard, you may want to cast your eyes towards Millie the Mallard. Down is the soft under-feathers of ducks and geese, which provides the insulation they require to survive in frigid aquatic environments. These are significantly softer than the outer feathers that can be rigid and sharp. Normally, these feathers are gleaned from birds hailing from hardier climates like Scandinavia and Russia.
To be acknowledged as a down pillow, the cushion needs to contain filling that is at least 75% down filling. Typically, manufacturers make up the balance with inexpensive materials like feathers and such that are contained in an inner core that it surrounded by the softer down to maintain that external softness.
Pros of Down Pillows
When listing the positive aspects of down pillows, the first three spots are invariable held by comfort, comfort, and comfort. Not only do down pillows make for the softest pillow, they’re also nice and light, cool and airy for comfortable sleeping during the summer months. As one might expect from such an expensive pillow, they tend to be long lasting and easy to shape. Also, you won’t have to hear the scratching sounds that normally accompany a cheaper made ticking. Finally, the down pillow is very easy to shape, so finding that sweet spot that leads directly to slumber is easy to locate.
Cons of Down Pillows
For those die-hard down adherents, getting them to acknowledge that there are any down sides to down might be difficult to coax out of them, but a realistic appraisal of both the upside and downside of owning down bedding..
Among the litany of complaints that one might lodge against down pillows, the occasionally escaped feather probably looms largest. Happily, as noted, down is much softer than the feather filler that accompanies it, so while you won’t necessarily get poked in the eye with a quill, you will have to deal with the occasionally errant feather floating across the room.
Allergy sufferers might not fare well with down pillows for the obvious reasons, but if the down has been properly treated then this may not be a problem. Another complaint regarding the softness of down is that it is just too soft. Like Goldilocks, tastes will vary and down pillows don’t provide a great deal of support for side sleepers. Another down side to down is that it is pretty high maintenance in addition to having a high price tag. Your down pillow will have to be occasionally fluffed and shook to maintain its shape and you will definitely need to bring it to the dry cleaner rather than throwing it in the fluff cycle of your washer and dryer.
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+Paul Reichman is the founder of BedBathStore. Using decades of experience in home fashion, Paul offers a large variety of bedding, pillow and bedroom furnishings at affordable prices through www.bedbathstore.com.
So I’m sitting here thinking about what is to come with my beautiful daughter. She is only 13 but one day shes going to be a beautiful young lady getting ready for dates and school dances. One such dance that has been weighing on my mind is Prom. She will be one of the lucky ones with a date. I wasnt so lucky. I had just two weeks prior to my junior prom had my oldest child and unfortunatley no one wants to invite the recently pregnant girl to prom. So I went stag with my sister and her boyfriend. But sitting here I’m thinking out of all the kids we know that are boys who is most likely to go with her? What color will she choose for her dress? What style dress will she choose? My daughter is beautiful and she looks amazing in dresses of any color. I can’t wiat for that day when we go shopping for her prom dress. Maybe she will pick something like this
Or maybe she will go fun and funky and get something similar to this one Or maybe something a little more traditional like this What ever she chooses I know she will look amazing in it.
When looking for prom dresses we will definitely exhaust all options and search the internet and the local dress shops. One place to look is at JenJen House. They have a large selection of dresses to choose from and a wide variety of sizes. At http://www.jenjenhouse.com/ you are sure to find the exact dress your looking for and the prices are so great. Ever dress at JenJen House is reduced by anywhere from 50-100 dollars off retail prices. I know that I will definitely check their when shopping for my daughters prom dress. I look forward to this time in our lives when we can bond over prom and how much fun she is going to have. With her being 13 yrs old i have a little time to wait for this event but i do look forward to the future with her.
At one time, we had a back deck constructed of wood. When the deck was first constructed, it was nice enough. However, over the years, the sun, wind, rain and snow did their part to reduce our deck to a rickety, worn and even dangerous structure. Little did we know that this would lead to an accident that could have easily been prevented.
Our grandchildren, ages six and eight, were over at our house one weekend. We were sitting out on the back deck enjoying the nice fall weather. I was showing the youngsters the birds that frequented our backyard.The youngest of our two grandchildren walked over to the edge of the deck to get a better look at the birds and leaned on the railing. All at once, the weak, rotted wood gave way and over the edge she went.
Of course, her grandfather and I were beside ourselves with worry. Fortunately, she was not hurt. That is only because our deck was low to the ground, so all she suffered was a scratched hand and a tear in her jeans. We learned our lesson, though, and immediately called a contractor to tear down our current deck and build a new one. We chose Rhino Deck composite materials due to durability and low maintenance. Once the new deck was constructed, we had our grandchildren over once again. This time we had no fear of them leaning on the deck rail: We knew it was safe and would remain so for decades to come.
When it comes to your monthly utility bills, it seems like all they do is keep going up while your pay stays right where it is. That can make it tough to make ends meet each month. Thankfully, there are ways that you can help to lower your utility bills and save money around the house, often at very little cost to you. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you see savings in no time flat.
An easy and free way to make sure you are saving money when it comes to your utilities is by making sure none of your pipes are leaking. By taking a screwdriver and tightening the knobs on your sinks and bathtub, and using a wrench to make sure that your pipes are securely connected, you can save yourself a considerable amount of money, all without spending a dime.
Another great way to save money around the house is by switching over to the energy efficient light bulbs. These bulbs use a fraction of the electricity that their predecessors did, and will last for several years at a time. While it may seem expensive to buy packs of these light bulbs in order to change out all the bulbs in your house, just think of all the money you will be saving in the long run.
We all know that a good set of storm windows can help to lower your heating and cooling bills. But this is often an expense that few people can afford. If you are noticing a draft through your windows but can’t afford to change them out, there are ways you can fight the cold. Putting shrink wrap on your windows in the winter time can help to keep the cold air out. These sheets can be purchased at most mass retailers and hardware stores. You simply cut the film down to fit against your window pane, then use a blow dryer to help them to shrink down and stick to your windows, effectively blocking your draft.
Some simple little things like unplugging your DVR box at night can add up. Anything that has a light on the front, like a DVD player or game system is still drawing electricity, even when it isn’t on. By unplugging them, you cut down on the amount of electricity that goes to waste in your home, each and every day.
Lately it’s been very hard tho feel alive and motivated. I love seeing and knitting but I feel like I’ve lost my stride. I’m going in to see the Dr. on Monday and I’m going to get something accomplished about this stressed feeling I feel every single day. It’s hard top carry on everyday knowing that I feel so empty and drained and unmotivated top do simple things that I love doing. I’m putting my foot down though and going top try to put more motivation into my everyday life. I’m going to look for the positive in life instead of dreading the negatives and the things I love. I’ve been pushing through the pain while knitting and now I have to push through the void and sew. I’m set a agenda I will see the wash wipes site out the head band I need for the shop and make the red head band that is due out also. That is my goal and that is what is planned for tomorrow. Pray I accomplish it.
Amir Landsman’s eclectic taste in music has allowed him to experience some of the most exceptional rock, blues and fusion artists of yesterday and today. One of his enduring favorites, however, continues to be the band Queen as led by vocalist and legend Freddie Mercury. Queen’s music encompasses a full range of dance tunes, ballads and avant-garde musical compositions. Thanks to this diversity, Queen continues to enjoy widespread popularity and to receive significant airplay on alternative, classic rock and pop music radio.
From Humble Beginnings
The idea behind Queen originated with Brian May, a guitarist and student at the Imperial College in London, England. May and bass player Tim Staffell were part of a blues rock fusion band called Smile; Roger Taylor was the drummer for the band. Smile achieved limited success and recorded just six songs between 1968 and their breakup in 1970. One of Smile’s most dedicated fans was a young singer and art student named Farrokh Bulsara, known to his friends as Freddie. Throughout Smile’s short-lived existence, Freddie offered advice and suggested a more flamboyant and attention-grabbing style for the band.
The Birth of Queen
After Tim Staffell left Smile in 1970, May and Taylor joined forces with Freddie Bulsara and recruited a number of bassists, finally settling on John Deacon to replace Staffell as the bass player for the new band. Bulsara changed his last name to Mercury and suggested the name Queen for this reconstituted version of the musical group. Freddie Mercury’s exceptional voice and showmanship earned Queen a following in the London college scene. Queen then created a demo tape containing four original songs, but the tape failed to attract interest among record companies. In part, this failure was attributed to the controversial name chosen by the band and its homosexual connotations. Queen entered into an arrangement with Trident Studios to use their London recording facilities and to work with Neptune Productions to find a record label willing to release the album upon its completion. Through this agreement with Trident Studios, the band members were able to use the same high-quality recording equipment and studio facilities once shared by luminaries like Elton John and the legendary Beatles.
The Path to Stardom
Queen finally obtained a recording deal through a joint venture between Trident and EMI and released the band’s first album in July 1973. Entitled simply Queen, the album received a great deal of critical praise but failed to achieve popular acclaim during its initial release. The band followed up with Queen II in 1974 and finally reached a wider audience thanks to strong compositions by Freddie Mercury and exceptional production values for songs like “Seven Seas of Rhye” and “Some Day One Day.” Later albums showcased Mercury’s exceptional singing voice and provided the band with worldwide fame that endures to the present day.
Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991 marked the end of an era for Queen. With 18 albums and 18 singles reaching the number one spot on the charts and more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the band continues to reach new generations of fans and to provide outstanding musical entertainment for longtime fans like Amir Landsman.