Getting Kids Interested In Music

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Children are interested in many things right from a young age, but they usually don’t start getting curious about music until they’re a bit older. Or at least, they don’t start to understand music until they’re older. Getting them interested in music from a young age is one of the best things you can do. It helps to give them a purpose in life, and helps to nurture a passion for such a beautiful thing. Music is going to help them through a lot of situations in life, so the sooner they find a love for it the better. Here’s how you can try and help grow that love.

Take Them To See It Live

Taking them to see music live is going to be so much fun for the both of you. It’s obviously better to do something like this when they’re old enough to understand and enjoy. If you take them too early all you’ll have on your hands is a potentially tired and fed up kid, not what you want when you’re trying to enjoy a concert. But when they are old enough, check out websites such as TicketOffices.com and ask them what sort of things they like. It’s important for them to find their own love for music first, whether that be a love of pop music or a love of rock music. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of it, you should still try and go to the concerts to help nurture that love for music from a young age. You could make it a family event and get everyone involved, or you could keep it personal and use it as a way to bond with your child. Some parents love sports and engaging with that, you could be the parent who loves music and helps them to develop that passion. You never know, what you do in the beginning could turn them into the next super star!

School Clubs

School is where they learn the most, from social skills to education, it’s where they learn everything to set them up for the rest of the life. The one thing that is going about schools is the fact they have so many different school clubs to entice all children to join. One of them is always music. Whether it be something like band practice, choir, you name it, they should have it. Not only is it a great way to get them interested in music, but it also gives them the chance to make new friends who have similar likes to them.

Play With Them

If you have that love for music, and if you know how to sing or play an instrument, then you should be looking to do this with them. No one is going to be able to understand how they learn, and have the patience to help them get to a professional standard. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with them and gets you spending some good old quality time with them.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Reasons Children Should Play an Instrument (And How to Keep Them Interested!)

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As a parent, you will be constantly looking for ways to develop your child’s academic and social skills. One of the best ways to do this is by getting them to learn to play an instrument. Of course, you can’t force them to do so, and keeping their interest can be a challenge, but there are some great tips to help you out in this post. But, first, let’s take a look at the reasons why learning a musical instrument is advised for children…

What are the benefits of getting your child to learn to play a musical instrument?

  • Playing an instrument can improve your child’s social skills in many ways. Often, practice involves interacting and even performing with other kids. Not only this, butyour child will feel more confident too, which can help them when meeting new children.
  • Your child’s listening skills will improve.
  • Learning an instrument nurtures self-expressions. It is a great way for children to express how they are feeling.
  • It gives you an opportunity to teach your child about different cultures.
  • There is a level of responsibility that comes with learning an instrument, as your child will need to maintain their instrument and look after it properly.
  • Improves comprehension and reading skills.
  • Math skills will also improve.
  • Playing an instrument will drastically help with coordination.
  • Learning to play an instrument will teach perseverance and create a sense of achievement.
  • This is also a great way to enhance your child’s memory skills

How to keep your child interested in playing an instrument

Now you know the benefits that are associated with children learning a musical instrument, however, one of the challenges you may face is keeping your child interested in their guitar or piano. After all, children often have short attention spans and they grow bored quickly. It is your quest to make sure they do not give up on learning to play their instrument. So, how do you do this? There are a few options. Firstly, it is a good idea to keep things exciting and set them musical projects. One option could be to get your child to create his or her own album. You can even get a CD made at Nationwide Disc so that your child feels like they are a superstar. Aside from this, make sure you choose songs that are going to appeal to your child, i.e. pop songs that are topping the charts. It is also important to be your child’s biggest fan. Set aside time for their performances and take a keen interest in what they are doing.

So there you have it: the reasons why musical instruments are a must for any child, as well as some tips on keeping your child interested in their instrument. Hopefully, the advice above will help you to progress your child’s development. You never know, you may have the next Beethoven on your hands!

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A Rockin’ Weekend

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I gotta tell ya about a weekend that was absolutely fantastic. For starters, it was the weekend my wife and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. We have been together for 16 years and married for 10 of those years. It is an incredible feeling being with someone so awesome for that long. I truly love that girl and I am glad she is in my world.

IMG_8937For our anniversary we decided to attend Point Fest this year. I was super excited as it was said that Korn was going to be headlining the show, along with Breaking Benjamin. Korn has been on my bucket list of bands to see for the longest time. I have just never been able to be in a position to see them live and this was finally my time. That is until I got home from work Friday afternoon. Apparently, lead singer Jonathan Davis reported vocal issues and apologized in a video that the band would not be attending Point Fest. I was pretty bummed out. Korn was the only reason I bought tickets. I love Breaking Ben as well but they are in my top 10, Korn is top 3, so the news stung a little bit.

After boo-hoo-ing for an hour I finally got over it. Breaking Ben was going to play an extended set so that was a nice addition to the show.

IMG_8966So the day of Point Fest came and I was already over Korn cancelling and was ready to hear some Sick Puppies and Breaking Benjamin. We got the kids to mammaw and pawpaw’s house and headed out to the show. It was a beautiful sunny day and my wife and I were ready to rock. Upon our arrival we decided to do a little walking around, well we actually did a lot of walking that night. We ate, drank, and had a lot of fun. We met some interesting people and listened to some awesome music. After the Sick Puppies set on the side stage we actually got to meet the band! While waiting in line we were approached by a security guard that was awesome enough to give us two tickets to the next Point Fest the following weekend. We knew we couldn’t go but who says no to free tickets? We could find someone that would want to go so that was a very nice surprise.

IMG_3469Destiny got herself a shirt and I got myself a cool tall boy coozi cup. Our night was so much fun and Breaking Benjamin knocked it out of the park with their extended set. Below you can see a YouTube video someone from the concert posted of the set. The Star Wars Imperial March was insane to say the least.

Just like 16 year old kids as we were leaving after the show my wife ripped down a Point sign and shoved it in her purse. She’s a rebel without a cause!

A few days later I was able to give away the tickets to the next Point Fest which was featuring Soundgarden as the headliner. Then the news of Chris Cornell’s passing was announced followed by the announcement that Point Fest was cancelled. I understand why the Point did it but I also feel bad for all that wanted to go to the show. There is always Way Back Point Fest later this year. I am already on the look out for those tickets.

I had not been to a concert in a few years, and this concert proved that we need to go to more. My wife and I had so much fun. Eating junk food and drinking some drinks we could not have asked for a better night except it got even better after the concert when we went to the club but that’s a story for another time.

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March Madness 2017 with 83rw and DJ Digikid

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It’s here! For the last few weeks my good buddy from Canada (DJ Digikid) and I (83rw) have been working on our latest team up mix March Madness 2017. The time for release is now so be sure to check out this intense EDM mix whenever you can. Listen in the car, office, home, gym or where ever, this mix is certainly set to get your feet moving.

Starting back in 2004, DJ Digikid and I started working on a mix together entitled International Alliance. It was a fantastic mix of blends, exclusives, and other amazing hip-hop tracks. Thirteen years later International Alliance is back. This time however, not as a mix, but as a movement. International Alliance is about uniting DJs across the globe together to build an awesome collection of music for all to enjoy. DJ Digikid kicked off the new International Alliance social media sites on FacebookInstagram, Mixcloud, and Soundcloud so be sure to follow them to connect with this growing community. We’re kicking this off with March Madness so hopefully we do not disappoint.

So what’s with 83rw? 

mm2I can imagine what you’re wondering. What’s with this name 83rw? What does it even mean? Well, when I first started DJing, I called myself DJ R Dubz. It was cool for the time but as I got older I wanted something that signified that I was getting older, so I went with Dr. Williams, which is a play on my last name and initials. I am obviously no doctor and with the closure of the hip-hop podcast and website in 2009, I felt like it was time to switch things up again. So I went with something short and sweet. Hence, 83rw. So that is where that name came from. It’s my DJ name and my online handle for things outside of St. Louis Dad. It doesn’t sound as interesting when you read it out like this but I still like it… Oh well.

83RW - DJ DIGIKID - MARCH MADNESS 2017Back to the mix. March Madness features a variety of EDM styles, remixes, and artists. I was able to secure an exclusive track specifically for this mix from another Canadian buddy named DJ Krueger. Now, Krueger has been a part of my small musical circle since 2005 and since working with him is always a pleasure I reached out and asked if he was up for providing a verse or two for the mix. He happily agreed and after a few weeks of hounding him for the track he finally obliged and provided a verse set atop of Kiiara’s Gold. The track is awesome and I am also releasing it as a remix single because that’s just the type of guy I am.

With all of that out of the way, be sure to give March Madness a listen. I think you will really enjoy what DJ Digikid and I have put together. And while you are at it, grab the download for DJ Krueger’s track with Kiiara. It’s just as fantastic and is a great addition to just about any playlist. I know it’s not exactly about parenting or even specifically dad related but hey this dad has to have hobbies too and why not showcase here at St. Louis Dad. It’s okay to work on projects that do not involve your children. Maybe one day I will get my kids on the 1’s and 2’s but for now, it’s all about me. Just a note about the mixes, they do contain some language that may not be suitable for younger listeners or for a work environment, so be sure to listen in consideration of others.

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Listen to 83rw – March Madness 2017 – Download MP3

Tracklist
01-March Madness Intro
02-Major Lazer – Bubble Butt (feat. Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga & Mystic)
03-Tove Lo – Cool Girl
04-Two Feet – Go Fck Yourself
05-TroyBoi & Big Wild – Decorous
06-Ariana Grande – Side To Side (Slushii Remix)
07-BLVCK – Hypnosis
08-Getter – Wat The Frick VIP
09-GTA – 11 Little Bit of This (feat. Vince Staples)
10-Cash Cash & Digital Farm Anima – Millionaire (Alan Walker Remix)
11-Hippie Sabotage – High Enough (Halsey Flip)
12-Kid Cudi – Day ‘N’ Nite (Andrew Luce Remix)
13-Lucky Charmes – What’s Up!
14-Kiiara ft. DJ Krueger – Gold (March Madness Exclusive)
15-A Billion Robots – Crazy (Original Mix)
16-Dan D-Noy – Unbreakable (DANK Radio Edit)
17-J – Trick – Bouncin (Original Mix)
18-Victor Niglio ft. Hype Turner – Blackout
19-Mason – Exceeder (Kill The Buzz Remix)
20-Delora – Hey Mami (Original Mix)
21-Timmy Trumpet – Nightmare (Original Mix)
22-MAKJ & Lil Jon – Let’s Get F_cked Up (KURA Remix)
23-Warren G – Regulate Ft. Nate Dogg (Le Boeuf Remix)

Listen to DJ Digikid – March Madness 2017 – Download MP3

Tracklist
01. MYTHIC – Servin’ Feens
02. Kendrick Lamar vs. DJ Snake – M.A.A.D. Propaganda
03. Excision & Dion Timmer – Africa VIP
04. Yellow Claw ft. Juicy J & Lil Debbie – City On Lockdown
05. Boombox Cartel – Jefe
06. Helix – Bussa (Woogie Remix)
07. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad and Boujee (LUCA LUSH Remix)
08. Migos – T-Shirt (Awoltalk & Filip Remix)
09. Herobust – Dirt Heater Tea (YUNGJULIAN Remix)
10. Skellism, Terror Bass & Lil Jon – In The Pit
11. A$AP Ferg ft. ScHoolboy Q – Let It Bang (MEGAMAOR Remix)
12. JOYRYDE ft. Freddie Gibbs – Damn (AWAL Bootleg)
13. Galantis – In My Head (Slushii Remix)
14. The Prodigy – Voodoo People (Karetus Remix)
15. A$AP FERG – Let It Go (Riot Ten Remix)
16. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles (BVNDS Remix)
17. Dirty Audio – Gorilla Glue
18. Excision x Space Laces – Throwin’ Elbows
19. Megalodon & Stabby – Lazer Torpedo
20. Bare & Henrix ft. Cali Ruler – Double Up
21. Formal One – Ninja Cat (Terra BLVCK Remix)

Kiiara ft DJ Krueger - Gold (Remix)

As mentioned above, here is DJ Krueger’s latest track where he is featured on Kiiara’s Gold. Be sure to grab the download because it is just waiting for you to enjoy. Like what you hear? Well expect some more mixes and what not from me as well as the rest of the International Alliance crew in the future.

Listen to Kiiara ft DJ Krueger – Gold (Remix) – Download MP3

So that’s it! Be sure to stay on the lookout for more mixes and throwbacks coming to St. Louis Dad!

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