What Are the Best Vinyl Records of All Time?

What Are the Best Vinyl Records of All Time?

Who was the greatest band of all time, what is the best song ever, and what are the best vinyl records of all time? These are all interesting questions that often spark some fun and sometimes contentious debates. While the best vinyl record of all time is, to some degree, subjective, there are a few, at least, that remains at the top of just about everyone’s list who knows and loves music. Here are some of the best vinyl records of all time.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

It should come as no surprise that an album by The Beatles sits at the top of a “greatest” list. And not just this one, Rolling Stone Magazine also named St. Pepper’s the greatest album of all time. 

There are many, many reasons why The Beatles were not only the most popular band of their time but why they also continue to be popular today. The first, and most obvious reason, is that they created great music that was more than just a pop band. How many pop or boy bands have faded into nothingness or, worse, into becoming punchlines. Think even as recently as the 90s when countless pop bands used to top the charts. If you go back today and listen to some of that music, it’s enough to make you retch. Even if it gives you a small, pleasurable sensation of nostalgia, few will argue that, for example, The Backstreet Boys are talented musicians. The Beatles, however, are different. While yes, they started with simple teeny-bopper songs like I want to hold your hand the group was constantly growing and went on to write and perform elegant songs like Eleonore Rigby, Come Together, Helter Skelter, and, on the Sgt. Pepper’s album, A Day in the Life, and almost countless others. In terms of longevity, creativity, originality, and simply being prolific, The Beatles not only probably created the greatest album of all time, but they are also arguably the greatest band of all time.

What’s Going On

Hot off the popularity of hits like Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye made some big changes for his “What’s Going On” vinyl album. This was during the time when the Vietnam War was escalating, and Gaye was under the influence of letters from his brother, who was actually overseas fighting the war. Gaye is quoted as saying all of these factors combined to make him think about his music in a totally new way. Gaye wanted to use his music to say something. Not just to sound good, but to actually say something meaningful. The result is one of the greatest vinyl albums of all time, featuring songs like: 

  • Mercy, Mercy Me
  • Inner City Blues
  • And, of course, What’s Going On

Nevermind

Regardless of what you think of the band Nirvana, the fact of the matter is that this band was groundbreaking. Sparking what became known as the “grunge” movement, the album Nevermind has some staples of American malcontent that was as relevant for the youth of Kurt Cobain’s era as it is today, including the smash his Smells Like Teen Spirit

There you have it, three of the best vinyl records of all time. From The Beatles to Marvin Gaye and Nirvana, there have been so many great vinyl records created throughout the years that one thing has become clear: We should all strive for an eclectic taste in music. Sure, you can have a favorite type of music. But can there be any doubt that even if you like Rap, you can still like some Country? Or that Pop people can like Folk? There are no reasons why everyone can’t enjoy at least musicians from every genre. 

What is Chimchurri Chicken

What is Chimchurri Chicken

Chimichurri is an uncooked, Argentine herb sauce. It comes in two types: Chimichurri green and Chimichurri red. Fresh chimichurri consists of olive oil, red wine vinegar, finely chopped parsley, oregano, garlic, and seasonings. Additionally, Red Chimichurri, the spicier of both, includes smoked paprika and dried red chili, cayenne pepper, or pepper flakes. Add red bell pepper in some recipes too.

Parsley and garlic are the two main ingredients of the traditional Argentinian chimichurri but there are other variants, including green chimichurri with cilantro.

What is the use of Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri is served either with steaks and other grilled meats, or chicken or roast beef. To make a scented herb pilaf, mix it in rice. You can also use Chimichurri as a marinade, for example for beef skewers which are threaded and grilled on skewers.

The concept of utilizing chimichurri as a flavoring often functions well when applying to mayo, aioli, salad dressing, or compound butter the essential ingredients of the sauce, including a few tablespoons of the finished sauce. This delicious green sauce is served at room temperature and is made of fresh parsley, garlic, oregano, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and red chili flakes.

What’s the taste of Chimichurri Sauce like?

If we could use only a single word to describe chimichurri sauce, it would be “bright.” The combination of parsley and cilantro pack a herbaceous flavor, whilst the red pepper flakes bring a hint of spice. Add the sweet, pungent taste of the garlic and the acidic touch of the vinegar and this is chimichurri. It tastes fresh, but the fat in the olive oil brings everything together into a cohesive, pleasurable experience.

Variations of Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is highly versatile, but feel free to substitute for the cilantro and parsley in certain natural ingredients. To create a sauce with a spicy taste, try a combination of fresh oregano and arugula! The new dill, basil, kale, chard, mustard greens, and more can also be included.

What can be served with Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri complements meats and vegetables of all sorts. Here are some of our preferred ways of using Chimichurri sauce:

  • Serve it with grilled chops of steak or pork, roasted chicken, poached salmon, or sauteed shrimp.
  • Drizzle over grilled beef kebabs or vegetables roasted to the oven.

How to cook chicken with chimichurri

There are two choices to choose from for your chicken to get the best flavor:

  • Cast iron skillet (or plancha as we call it)
  • Boiler (bbq)

Marinate your chicken thighs for 20-30 minutes after you’ve made your chimichurri to bring all the flavors down. Your chimichurri chicken is going to be scrumptious for sure!

Time to marinate is always changeable. A good thumb rule is for a solid 30 minutes though. This chicken can of course be marinated a ton longer-overnight or even for two days.

What’s Seasoning for Chimichurri?

When you don’t have fresh herbs on deck, it is an easy way to create a chimichurri-like sauce. Seasoning with chimichurri, also labeled as a dry rub or dry marinade, contains dried parsley, oregano, garlic and onion powder, and other herbs and spices.

Add olive oil, water, vinegar, and lemon or lime juice as directed on the package, to make the chimichurri sauce.

If you’ve never had this sauce before, you’ll be wowed by it. It is similar to pesto, but with no cheese or nuts and a heavier focus on acidic vinegar. It’s new and easy and it goes perfectly with just about everything: fish, ham, pork chops, meat, vegetables and more. A sauce can go a long way to elevating it to something incredible and taking a simple dish.

The Role of Vision In Motivating Employees & Being A Great Leader

The Role of Vision In Motivating Employees & Being A Great Leader

If you have ever seen the hit TV show Shark Tank, then you know that it is a great resource for entrepreneurs to learn how to effectively run a business. People such as Mark Cuban and Daymond John provide great insights on how to fund your start up and how to be a great leader. Yet with all of these experts showing entrepreneurs what it takes to lead, why do so many still struggle with this skill?

We are often told that vision is an essential feature of great leadership. But what is leadership vision, how do you develop one ,and what role does it play in business success?

The best place to start this discussion is by exploring how businesses become successful. Business success does not always depend on vision. Suppose you are a creative entrepreneur or inventor and you develop a desirable set of products that are in great demand. 

According to the Coaching Institute, your business success may be mainly a function of your ability to keep up with demand and to produce your products as efficiently and profitably as possible. In this case, no vision is necessary. Your business hit the ground running and your employees couldn’t be more motivated.

This suggests two factors that determine when a leadership vision may be useful: (1) when your business is struggling or needs to change its ways to be successful or (2) when employees are not very motivated.

The Essence of Leadership Vision

To be effective, a vision must motivate employees. Putting the first man on the moon by the end of the 1960’s was John F. Kennedy’s vision and it is one of the most famous examples of an effective leadership vision. “To motivate employees, a vision might be expressed in a great speech by its leader, but it doesn’t have to be” suggests John Rogan of Motivational Speaker. 

The vision to put the first man on the moon would have been motivational to the engineers and scientists who made it happen no matter how the vision was expressed. It was motivational for two reasons: it gave them a very concrete, time-related target and it was an exciting challenge.

If you own a car rental company, creating a motivational vision would be harder. How much more can such a business improve customer service and lower costs? If you are already in the top 3 in this industry, how much higher can you go? The most motivational vision for such a business might be to make it to number one over the next 3 years. If your vision isn’t time-related, it’s hard to get excited about it, mainly because there’s no sense of urgency to do anything new.

A leadership vision is essentially a goal or target, but not just any old target. Improving your business’s profits by 10% by the end of next year is a worthy goal but it couldn’t be called visionary because it’s not very exciting. A vision is much easier to formulate in a business that is struggling or nowhere near the top in its market. Suppose you run a business that develops similar products to Apple Computers but are not really visible at all in this market. A vision to beat Apple in 5 years would be a huge challenge and either motivational or just too scary to even contemplate.

A vision to make a laptop for under $100 so that more people in developing countries could afford one is inspirational. So is the vision to make high speed internet access available for everyone in a certain region by a certain date.

Does your Business Need a Vision?

Before you develop a leadership vision for your business, take a hard look at whether you need one. The most important consideration is whether you need to move your business to a different place as, for example, Intel did when its chip business, its main source of revenue in the company’s early days, started to fail and they decided they needed to switch their focus and major on microprocessors. The other major question to look at is employee motivation. Are your employees already highly motivated? If so, how much more would a vision motivate them? In this case, a vision would only be necessary if you wanted to move in a new direction.

Developing a Vision

If you dream up a compelling vision on your own, fine. But if you really want to motivate employees with your vision, you should engage them fully in developing the new vision. This is precisely what the level 5 leaders described by Jim Collins in Good to Great did. The meaning of his slogan – first who then what – means that the CEOs he studied got their best people into a room and grilled them relentlessly until a new strategy or vision emerged. For Collins, level 4 leaders develop and promote their own visions which could fail to really engage those who have to make it happen.

How To Design Your Event For A Successful Meeting

How To Design Your Event For A Successful Meeting

If you want to create a successful event or conference, you are going to need to invest a great deal of time in your planning. From booking the appropriate guest speakers to sending out invitations, there is a great deal of work that goes into these events which is why some organizations outsource this to an event planner. But if you are going to do this in-house, then there is one important factor you must execute well and that is the design of your event.

 Meeting design layout is a fundamental logistic that requires meticulous details pointing to a simple objective. According to the website Keynote Speaker, it’s important that when you are planning your event that you have a clear understanding as to how your speakers will interact with your audience. 

Depending on whether you want them to move about or just stand at the podium will play a pivotal role in how you design your event. “If you hire a motivational speaker, then you need to make sure they have plenty of space to move around in because their presentations are quite interactive” suggests Sean Adams of Motivation Ping. There are several standard set-ups for meetings that are used according to purpose and capacity.

Classroom style is the basic set – up for most functions such as seminars, conventions, town hall gatherings, and large performing events. This is also standard for panel discussions large and small which involves a table at the front of the room or a row of chairs for panelists as the focus of the room.

Convention or Conference set up is the larger version of a classroom set up of at least 250 or more people with a plenary or keynote speaker. But classroom deals with 30 – 150 people give or take. The idea is that there is primary focus towards a stage, speaker, or presentation.

U-Shape style is designed in the form of the letter U for an interactive type meeting that provides a horse shoe like roundtable for participants. It typically involves the presenter, audio visual equipment and presentation at the open space end fostering a closer knit atmosphere for 10 to 30 people. Here this layout is best for seminars and training sessions with PowerPoint presentations or videos.

Hollow Square set up is a regular square or rectangular shape with an enclosed space. The speaker or presenter is outside the square and can be seated or standing while conducting a small meeting or training that fosters an interactive atmosphere.

Theater is much like the classroom in that the layout is designed to have the audience facing the area of presentation. But just like a theater, the rows of seating are descending for a proscenium view. This layout would most likely be in a room with descending or ascending rows of flooring as well. Theater design is ideal for lectures, speeches, master classes, and seminars seating up to 100 to 175 people comfortably.

Executive or Committee meetings usually employs a small private room with an elongated round table sometimes with plush seating. Video or conference calling are standard in meetings like these that take on a VIP level of engagement for important decision making.

Receptions are more open spaced with high tables scattered throughout the room to create the ambiance of a soiree’ while maintaining a business event feel. Receptions usually involve hors d ‘ oeuvres and the high tables encourages movement because there are no chairs but resting places for disposed food and dine ware as well as surfaces to exchange information.

This set up is Ideal for networking functions, book signings, product launches, or corporate mixers. Receptions can also serve as pre-cursors to larger events like banquets and formal galas.

Banquets are usually laid out with round tables that seat 6 to 8 people. In some situations, tables can accommodate 10 to 12 attendees. They are spaced apart by 12 inches with a rectangular head table at the front of the room slated for speeches and presentations. There are occasions where half round tables are used according to the purpose, design, and capacity.

Any banquet style set up is usually purposed for a several course meal. Sometimes banquet stations are established for buffet or brunch style mode with meat carving stations for people to move about and mingle as they eat. This layout is great for award dinners, celebrity roasts, annual functions and of course weddings. But banquets can be large or small depending the organizers.

Gala’s are the familiar formal soiree’s that require everyone to dress up in gowns and tuxedo’s to mingle, mix, and even dance. There’s usually no table or chair set up but the layout is in set design and lighting to create the ambiance of a desired theme. Galas are more glamorous often used for fundraisers, costume balls, inaugural balls, or high profile functions. Capacity can go as high as 1000 guests!

When all is said and done, there are several common denominators that make design layouts for meetings effective: great planning, logistics and specifications, audio visual, and clarity on purpose with established capacity and space. Using these standards will lay a quick foundation of design stability for any successful event when used for the right function.

False Eyelashes: Why Everyone Is Making the Switch?

False Eyelashes: Why Everyone Is Making the Switch?

False eyelashes contribute to making your eyes pop. There is no easy way to look gorgeous and more awake then putting on a pair of falsies. False lashes are an alternative which women usually wear to give their lashes a fuller, more defined look. False eyelashes are a must accessory for people in the theatre a d entertainment industry. 

Types of False Eyelashes

False eyelashes are the first choice for women with short lashes or with not so full lashes, even adding a mascara. With the advancement in technology, false eyelashes are now available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles.

Individuals

With individual lashes, you can become your makeup artist. These lashes are an excellent option for women who want subtle, fuller natural lashes or want some definition in some parts of the lash line. They come in sets of 30 to 60 of different sizes. Individuals are the most versatile lash type and can create a natural-looking way of adding volume and length to certain parts of your lashes. They disappear into your lashes, making them look perfectly natural.

Clusters

Clusters are also known as flares or accents. The little bands on clusters make them easier to pop on if you’re in a hurry, neither they lift on the corners like strip lashes. They can be strategically applied to create multiple looks. If you want to create the same look as with strip lashes but the option of more workable and customizable pieces, then clusters are for you.

Strips

Strip lashes are a horizontal band of faux wisps that are worn across your upper lash line. Strips can instantly add volume and drama to your eyes. They are available in a wide variety of lengths and prices. Mostly used lashes are made from synthetic fibers, mink, or silk.

Magnetic

Magnetic lashes are going fully mainstream now as they are comparatively easy to handle than all the other types. They have tiny magnets attached to them, which makes the application smooth and more comfortable. They are available in different shapes. Magnetic lashes are reusable too.

Fantasy

Fantasy lashes are brash peacocks of the lash world. There is nothing subtle about these lashes. If you want more than just a simple dramatic look for occasions like Halloween or New Year or any other event where you can wear dramatic lashes, you should try these.

How Are False Eyelashes Growing in Popularity?

You have seen celebrities flaunting false eyelashes in fashion, but now these lashes have become a must-have everyday accessory than a unique occasion adornment. With increasing demand, the market for false eyelashes is booming lately. You can comfortably wear these falsies even alone, depending on the style or event, of course. With false eyelashes, you don’t have to match it with your skin type, skin undertone, and complexion.

YouTube also played a very instrumental role in making the use of false eyelashes accessible. Many YouTubers use and promote certain lash brands in their videos. 

Celebrities like Kylie Jenner also promote certain lash brands, making them popular. She has a lot of following, and people usually blindly follow celebrities. So, now the use of false eyelashes is quite trending.  False eyelashes are not new to this world, but their utilization is becoming quite popular. It’s one of those things you can wear without makeup and still look amazing.

Benefits of Using False Eyelashes

Using false eyelashes is the option for increasing the length and volume od your lashes temporarily. False eyelashes have certain benefits too.

  • They can enhance your appearance
  • False eyelashes are versatile
  • They save a lot of time
  • They are low maintenance

False eyelashes can make or break your day depending on their type,  application, and quality. False eyelashes accentuate your natural lashes and are an excellent alternative for women with short or sparse lashes. If you want a dramatic look for evening or night, put false eyelashes and rock them proudly!

What Are the Most Common Bike Accidents?

What Are the Most Common Bike Accidents?

There are lots of people who love to ride bikes both as a form of transportation and as a form of exercise; however, similar to other vehicles, there is a chance that a bicycle accident could unfold. It is important for everyone to know about some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents and how they can be avoided. This could prevent potentially serious injuries from taking place.

One of the most common bicycle accidents that might take place is called a left hook. There is a vehicle that is turning left across a lane of oncoming traffic. While the driver of the car may look for cars, he or she is not looking for a bike that is traveling straight. Therefore, the oncoming car turns left in front of the cyclist, who has the right of way as he or she is going straight. Then, a serious bicycle accident takes place. In order to avoid these accidents, cyclists must never assume that a vehicle that is turning left has seen the car. In addition, drivers of cars must keep their eyes open cyclists who also share the road.

Another similar accident is called a right hook. In this scenario, the car and the cyclist are traveling straight. The car passes the cyclist and forget about him or her. The car has passed the cyclist on the left and then, shortly thereafter, needs to make a right turn. When the car slows down, the cyclist catches up to the car. Then, the driver turns right directly in front of the cyclist. The results of this bicycle accident could be devastating and might lead to catastrophic injuries. In order to avoid this, the cyclist must watch for brake lights and think about what the car is doing. The car needs to remember that there is a bicycle just behind the vehicle.

Finally, it is possible for a car and a bike to suffer a T-bone collision. This often happens when a cyclist comes out of a driveway and enters the road without pausing to look both ways. This is a situation where the cyclist has failed to yield the right of way to the car and the fault will often be placed at the feet of the cyclist. To avoid this accident, cyclists must always come to a stop before entering the road. A cyclist needs to remember that he or she is a vehicle and must obey the various traffic laws.

These are a few of the most common reasons why someone might be involved in a bicycle accident. It is critical for everyone to take extra steps to remain safe.

Protect Your Perfect Day from the Unexpected: Wedding Insurance Explained

Protect Your Perfect Day from the Unexpected: Wedding Insurance Explained

The answer is yes, and the diamond is shining on your finger. Once you decide on a date, consider event insurance for your big wedding day before sending out your Save the Dates.

Wedding Insurance? What Is It?

Wedding insurance is a specific type of event insurance to protect you from financial losses associated with your wedding day. In broad terms, it covers the cancellation of your wedding and also liability claims should anything unforeseen happen on your special day.

What Does the Wedding Insurance Cover?

Always check the fine print. Here’s what you can expect to be covered by most policies:

The Venue

Anything that causes the cancellation of your big day at your chosen venue will be covered. Venue failure includes the flooded or burned down buildings, as well as bankruptcy.

Suppliers

This type of insurance will cover problems with your pre-booked suppliers. Flowers, the cake, the photographer, transport, and music are covered for cancellations and damage. Make sure you keep your records of contracts and deposits paid. Not all policies cover the same items, so be sure to check you get a policy that suits your needs.

Illness, Accidents, or Death

If the bride, the groom, or anyone from the party (bridesmaid, best man, and close family) has a sudden illness, accident, or death, the cancellation or rearrangement will be covered. As with all insurance policies, read the terms and conditions. Pre-existing diseases won’t be covered and be sure who qualifies as close family members.

Extreme Weather

The sudden onset of extreme weather conditions that prevent the majority of your guests from reaching your wedding will be covered. When planning an outside wedding, you’ll need to discuss the terms with your insurer, and you will probably pay a higher premium than a basic policy. 

Personal and Public Liability

Accidents happen, even at the best-planned weddings. If the bride or groom suffers an injury, they will be covered for claims from a third party by personal liability. If a guest has an accident and gets injured, public liability protection will cover any claims.

Stolen and Damaged Wedding Items

A lot can go wrong, and your insurance will be there to help you when it does. Lost wedding bands, a damaged cake, flowers missing, damaged wedding attire, and stolen wedding gifts are just some of the problems that are covered. The insurance policies are particular of the time up to when these items will be covered, so be sure to check the terms and conditions.

Photos and Videos

Professional photographers can also have bad days. If your photographer doesn’t show up or experience technical difficulties with the development of your photographs, the insurance will cover a reshoot for the wedding party. 

Cold Feet

You won’t be covered if the bride or groom decides not to go ahead with the wedding. 

The Best Time to Buy Wedding Insurance

As soon as you start planning your wedding, it’s best to start comparing insurers and policies. Depending on the insurer, you can purchase your insurance two years in advance and up to 24 hours before the wedding. 

The advantage of taking out insurance well ahead of your set date is to limit problems that may arise from pre-existing knowledge or problems. Insurance cover will include deposits paid before you take out wedding insurance, but not for any claims that happened prior to buying the policy.

Upgrade

It’s challenging to know the exact details of what your wedding will cost and what you’re planning in the early stages. You can always take a basic policy and discuss an upgrade of your policy with your insurer. These companies know that each wedding is unique, and they can offer more coverage as your wedding plans take shape.

Protecting Your Investment

The average cost of a wedding is around $33,900, while the average wedding insurance costs around $275. A wedding is a significant financial investment for any couple. Investing a few extra dollars will give you the peace of mind that you’re covered for any mishaps on your big day.