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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • 4 Musicians You Didn't Know Were From Seattle

    Kenny G

    kenny gEveryone knows that Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder came from the Seattle, Washington area, but I bet you did not know that the American saxophonist, Kenny G also hails from the Pacific Northwest. You may be surprised to learn that Kenny G is one of the highest selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. While he mainly is known for his Soprano saxophone playing, he also plays both the alto and tenor sax as well. His fourth album, Duotones, is when the instrumental artist break through the mainstream, essentially single-handedly keeping his record label, Arista, afloat for many years. The legendary record executive, Clive Davis, was the one who discovered the artist. He has since collaborated with many famous musicians including Steve Miller, Weezer, Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and Katy Perry, adding his particular flavor of smooth jazz to other artists' sounds.

     

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  • 4 Things You Didn't Know Started in Boston

    Public Parks

    boston commonThat's right, Boston, being one of the oldest cities in America, is home to the oldest public park in the United States. This central public park is located in the heart of downtown. The Boston Common was built in 1634. Originally owned by William Blaxton, who was the first European settler of the city, it was eventually bought by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The founders of the colony were Puritans who used the Common as cow pastures. The Common was used by the British as a camp during the American Revolutionary War, and the park was also used for public hangings until 1817. Around 1830 the Boston Common became an official park. Cows are no longer allowed there, or anywhere in Boston for that matter.

     

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  • 4 Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings in Chicago

    The Rookery

    rookery lobbyThe architectural pair Daniel H. Burnham and John Wellborn Root, as Burnham and Root, collaborated in 1887-1888 to create the famous Rookery building in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire. The 11 story building was one of the city's very first skyscrapers and remains the oldest standing skyscraper in Chicago to this day. Root, inspired by Moorish, Byzantine, Ventian and Romanesque styles to create its recognziable interior and exteriors, while using then modern building fashions to create a contemporary masterwork. However, in 1905, a then-young Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned, in his first major gig, to renovate the interior lobby of the Rookery, in the famous light court. Wright brought his Prairie style to the interior of the lobby, and also added significant white marble and golden colored Persian-style ornamentation to the lobby. His geometric lighting fixtures complement the court, opening up the space to more available light. The lobby, having undergone renovation yet again in the 1930's, has since been restored to Frank Lloyd Wright's original design.

     

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