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9 Underrated Christmas Movies that are Worth a Watch

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9 Underrated Christmas Movies that are Worth a Watch

There is a plethora of Christmas classics that families relish to watch in the holiday season. Almost all of us watch the more prominent titles as part of the Christmas movie marathon each year. But we tend to ignore the not-so-popular movies. I would urge you to consider adding the following underrated movies to your list this year. Thus, expanding your roster of Christmas movies.

Here are the best ones:

Miracle on 34th Street

The only reason for recommending this movie is Attenborough and his exceptional acting. Although this movie is nowhere near the 1947 classic with the same name, it is not without merits. You can call this movie a different retelling of the original classic produced by John Hughes.

The rest of the cast and even the plot might not impress you. But the Santa will astound you beyond words with his acting and the way he gets absorbed in that role. Consider it a comfort food movie and watch it with your family at this warm time of the year. I am lucky to have access to WOW cable TV channels that offer channels airing Christmas movies all day long at this time of the year. If you are a cord-cutter, you can watch the movie online.

Batman Returns

Before you frown upon this recommendation, let me do some explaining. Many (read: almost all) won’t be able to link the name Batman Returns to Christmas. However, the whole movie is shot against a Christmas backdrop. Hence, the suggestion. The plot of the movie revolves around the mysterious Batman and his fights apart from the outlandish villains and car sequences. No surprises there.

The fact that all the events of the movie take place in the setting of a snow-covered Gotham city makes Batman Returns a perfect candidate for the Christmas movies.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

You will find many adaptations of Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, but this movie gives attention to the author in its true sense. You will find it rather interesting to dive into Dickens’ creative process as narrated in the movie. It will be intriguing to watch his character come to life. The maddening portrayal of Charles Dickens in the movie by none other than Dan Stevens will leave you flabbergasted. This new take on the Christmas classic is a must-watch.

A Christmas Carol

This movie that premiered in 1999 is by far the most accurate portrayal of the classic tale. It’s a one-man-show adaptation. In my opinion, this movie is underrated and deserves more attention than it has received in all these years.

The Bishop’s Wife

The story of this movie revolves around the character Cary Grant who answers the prayer of David Niven (a bishop). The bishop needs funds for a new cathedral. Everything works fine and the operations remain smooth until the day the bishop catches the eye of Niven’s neglected wife. Watch the movie to see how interesting events unfold.

The Holly and the Ivy

This 1952 British drama film is an adaptation of the play with the same name. The plot of the story revolves around the widespread Gregory family. As the family’s tradition, everyone returns to the parsonage in their remote village at the time of Christmas. The whole story is a long unfolding of family events and problems. You, yourself will get involved in a rollercoaster of emotions as you watch all the events unfold.

We’re No Angels

Released in 1955, We’re No Angels was the first movie in a decade that was directed by the iconic duo Michael Curtiz and Humphrey Bogart. This comedy movie stars Bogie who plays the character of an escaped convict. Apart from that, you will see Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray who are the fugitives as well. These three decide to help a befuddled shopkeeper. And the rest you will have to watch to laugh at all the fun that happens in the movie.

All That Heaven Allows

This movie has to do with class consciousness. This Douglas Sirk film stars a widow who gets romantically involved with a gardener. Thus, giving her class-conscious friends something to frown upon. Jane Wyman (the widow) decides against the norms and continues her relationship with the gardener. You will have to watch it for a more detailed analysis of the film.

Father Christmas

I came across this movie as a part of WOW cable specials suggestions. Intrigued, I watched this quirky alternative tale of Santa Clause. Calling it an alternative because, in most of the Christmas movies, Santa Claus assumes the character of a jolly and bright individual. But this movie shows the dark side of Santa’s life. Father Christmas shows Santa on a vacation that is interesting.

What makes the whole thing even more fascinating is Santa doing not-so-Santa things. For example, drinking wine on his trip to France.

I hope that you will consider watching one, some or all of the suggested movies. You won’t regret.

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Trumpet lesson teacher develops the most successful system to play high notes in history

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Aug. 21, 2014 – PRLog — Kurt Thompson, international trumpet lesson teacher, has developed an incredible system for improving once impossible high notes for most trumpet players. His Course: 16-week brass upper register course began being tested on various trumpet students of all levels during the summer of 2008. At that time, the course included only 50 unique high note building techniques. There is a need for a high note course like this because playing notes above high c and beyond have been an impossible task for most trumpet players regardless of level or experience. Also, all prior high note methods provided only inconsistent and marginal results to the aspiring trumpet student.

Says Kurt Thompson: “As a developing trumpet player in high school and college, I found it very, very frustrating that no trumpet teacher could effectively help me get better at increasing my high range on trumpet. As a kid, I didn’t realize it at the time, but these professional trumpet teachers, themselves, had not achieved an impressive upper register on trumpet so logically, how could they show me the path to high note success?”

Kurt continues: “Thus began my long journey of trial and error and experimentation with existing high note trumpet methods like Claude Gordon’s “Systematic Approach To Daily Practice” and Louis Maggio’s “System For Brass”. Between experimenting and improving these existing trumpet methods plus inventing and discovering my own trumpet techniques, I slowly, but surely began to expand my high range in an impressive way as exemplified in my performance of Maynard Ferguson’s trumpet solo, Gabriel.”

Please see the live recording of a then-college student, Kurt Thompson, performing Maynard Ferguson’s trumpet solo at youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff_goOFUcyc

Fast forward to the present time: Kurt Thompson’s 16-week brass upper register course currently contains 75 unique high note building techniques. Watch Kurt demonstrate the most difficult high note technique out of the 75 that are in his 16-week course. Skeptics may wonder what makes this trumpet embouchure method different from any other course. The answer is two reasons:

1) Momentum

2) Macroscopic or “shot gun” approach

According to Kurt, when you take 75 techniques that impact a trumpeter’s embouchure from multiple angles and directions and then infuse these techniques with momentum, the results are magnificent and almost beyond belief.

Kurt has taught this amazing trumpet course to hundreds of trumpet players. Many have been so ecstatic at the results of his course that they left video reviews talking and demonstrating their high note success:

While testing this trumpet course years ago, he began trying it out on other brass players. Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, and Baritone players began to experience the same impressive results in gaining high notes as did trumpet players.

Recently, 2 high profile trumpet players, Bill Ortiz of the Carlos Santana Band and Dave C. Norman, famed L.A. freelance trumpet player, participated in Kurt’s upper register course giving the course rave reviews in both written as well as video format. Please click on Bill Ortiz to watch his comments and you may also click on video reviews to watch Dave C. Norman’s comments.

Please click on any of the above links for more information on Kurt Thompson’s amazing Trumpet Lessons and how they can skyrocket your high notes.

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Breakfast with Everest Base Camp Heli Tour

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About Everest Base Camp Heli Tour

Everest Base Camp Trek is the perfect way for you to explore the Everest Base Camp and witness the artistry of the Everest Region. You get to feast upon the surreal beauty of the snowcapped mountains in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet & India

The Tour to Everest Base Camp is a tasteful method to appreciate the style of the Everest in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and India. It is the most appropriate visit for individuals with a short measure of time. The best season for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is spring and autumn. Walk, April, and May are the greatest astoundingly soon after the colder time of year season. As we as a whole know, the colder time of year season gets snow the mountains. Pre-winter (September, October, and November) is likewise a decent season.

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp is one of the dreamed destinations for all adventure lovers around the world. Everest Base Camp trek is the amazing adventurous journey in the in the heartland of Everest region in Nepal same number of individuals intend to travel Everest BC however some way or another they didn’t have the idea what drink is accessible during this journey. Before planning to Everest headquarters journeying, it is likewise imperative to comprehend what sorts of food you would arrive? What sorts of food would I get during the Everest headquarters journey? As well as what kinds of food to eat in accordance with your body’s need during trekking in the Himalayas.

You can get any sorts of food and beverage facilities as per your tastes in five-star hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu, Nepal. While on your Everest Base Camp journeying, you can appreciate the ordinary Nepalese cooking just as other International food and refreshment, for example, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian, etc. Basically, Breakfast and Dinner are going to be within the same tea house where you want to spend your night. During your morning meal, you can appreciate the verities of nearby foods and beverages where you can arrange according to the menu of neighborhood hotels and tea houses. While Lunch will be in transit towards your objective at the best accessible neighborhood lodges during your journey according to the menu. With regards to value, the higher you have ascended, the greater the costs will, and the less decision there will be on the menu due to the distance and Airways is just a single method of transportation to imports of merchandise in Everest district. The price is more expensive at places like Gorakhshep, Louche, Gokyo, and other remote trekking routes.

You might be interested that what sorts of Breakfast you would eat on your EBC journey, you need not take tension off that. Life Himalaya Trekking encourages you to search for this food and beverages during your Everest Base Camp journey. The food will not obviously five-star dining category, but it is much more satisfying and tasty than you could have ever expected. To make your Everest headquarters traveling trip genuinely remarkable, these after are the sure nourishments show you can get in tea-houses and hotels and you have to have.

Breakfast on Teahouse:

Fundamentally, Breakfast will be at the tea house where you used to spend your overnight. During the Everest base camp trek, you have an early breakfast at around 7:00 am- 9:00 am so that you can reach your next destination on time. Normally, tea is served in bottles of different sizes as Small Pot, Medium Pot, and Big Pot which is generally similar to be a half-liter to 2 liters. If you daily had a cup of tea thrice a day it will help you with proper wake-up, the return of voice, and reduce high altitude sickness. The neighborhood food things generally accessible for breakfast are mentioned underneath:

  • Oatmeal
  • French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey
  • Cornflakes
  • Tibetan bread or Chapatti
  • Oat Porridge
  • Muesli
  • Local tsampa porridge
  • Hashed brown eggs
  • Milk Granola
  • Pancakes
  • Verities of eggs (Omelets)
  • Bread
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Hot chocolates
  • Hot drinks like verities of teas and coffees
  • Cold drinks like Can juice, Coca-Cola, Fanta Sprite & Dew, etc.

 While breakfast on Everest district journey, we normally like Ginger tea, oatmeal, fried eggs, Toast, and Pancakes which are very healthy to your body providing energy for a longer period also, keeps up a more elevated level of glucose in your circulation system. It helps your walk easier in the land of the Himalayas.

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Why do you need a Piano Teacher?

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Having a passion for music is one thing and being able to make quality music is another. A lot of people do not give attention to their music lessons.

When it comes to piano, it is a very delicate and intricate instrument. It takes years to master this instrument. There is a lot of things that you have to do while you play the piano. You have to keep a track of notes and keys at the same time. Initially, the piano is one of the easiest instruments to learn, but as you advance in the field it becomes more and more difficult.

Here are a few reasons why you should definitely get yourself a piano teacher.

Personal Attention

In a piano lesson, your teacher will focus on you individually. This will help you understand better. Your teacher will work solely on your shortcomings and plan the lessons in a way that caters to your needs. There a lot of techniques to learn piano, but having an individualistic approach ensures that you learn your way.

Helps you to stay committed

Learning a piano isn’t a cakewalk. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to master this instrument. therefore, a lot of people end up quitting the piano when it becomes too difficult to handle. Your teacher will help you to stay committed to the instrument since they won’t overburden you and understand your limits. They are a never-ending source of motivation.

Helps you to develop your own style

Every musician has something new and unique to offer. You can play a lot many melodies on your piano, but you can always reinvent existing melodies, make new melodies, and have a signature way of playing. Going to a piano lesson will ensure that you work on your style and develop your signature way of playing.

Accountability

Your piano lesson will have a fix time and date. This ensures regularity in your practice sessions. Your instructor will help you stay consistent with your tracks and practice. Having someone to judge you and track your progress motivates you to work even harder. A piano teacher will ensure that none of your bad habit or mistake creep in your journey of learning piano. This type of accountability is two ways, your teacher can hold you accountable for you mistakes and you can hold your teacher responsible for their mistakes. This way both parties have something at stake and will give their best to avoid criticism.

These were a few reasons why you should definitely get a piano teacher.

Having a teacher is always rewarding and ensures your overall development. They will nurture you and guide you through your journey. They are there to make things easier for you. So, if you are inclined to improve your skills or simply learn this marvelous instrument, then all you have to do is book yourself a piano lesson, and don’t you worry Toronto has a wide range of quality piano lessons.

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