Pain Reliever Moonlights as Shield Against Gnats

It’s almost like the line in the old popular children’s song “Skip to My Lou:” “Fly’s in the buttermilk, shoo, fly, shoo.” Only nowadays, it’s an ointment that’s making gnats go away.

During the warmer months, gnats can be a real pain in the neck. Yet, many people are starting to notice that the same product you use to massage away those neck pains can also keep pesky gnats away.

Users of Absorbine Jr., a popular topical pain reliever, are taking note of its uncanny ability to ward off gnats. Although not its primary function, many see Absorbine Jr. as having a dual purpose.

Getting Your Wiggle Back

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When YouTube first made its Internet debut in 2005, no one could have predicted the global affect it would have for musicians or record labels.
Fast-forward to present day, and wannabe recording artists are exploiting the dot.com site to broadcast their music to the world and to get noticed by record companies.
One case in point is Euro dance artist Abie Flinstone, a 19-year-old wunderkind from Lommel, Belgium, who has been likened to an Asian female Eminem and has used YouTube to her advantage.
For her efforts and marketing acumen, Flinstone’s reward is that she has been signed by New York-based Big Jake Music, an indie record label and part of Seven Arts Music. Recently, parent company Seven Arts Entertainment announced that it will start marketing Flinstone’s single “Get Outta My Way,” featuring Kaliq Scott, a song she recorded in her bedroom. The song has reached no. 2 on Belgium’s dance charts and will be available later this month in the U.S.
Like Flinstone, another up-and-coming artist who has enjoyed virtual success via YouTube, is Natassia Zolot, or Kreayshawn as she’s known by her stage name — a 22-year-old white rapper from East Oakland, Calif.
Last year, Kreayshawn recorded her now-famous “Gucci Gucci,” a catchy ode to independence from designer labels, then used YouTube to premier her video. By Internet standards, it became an overnight sensation, garnering 11 million hits by August 2011. She has since pocketed a seven-figure record deal, and shows no signs of slowing down. Not bad for a girl who admits that she thought she was “still going to be struggling to pay rent.”
“I believe YouTube is changing everything for music artists,” said Jake Shapiro, founder of Big Jake Music.
“Because of YouTube, small, independent record labels are now able to choose from the best of the best,” he added.
With the backing of Big Jake Music, Flinstone finds herself in good company.
For more information, visit www.bigjakemusic.com or www.7artspictures.com.

Bands Perform Child’s Lyrics

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Many young children cry when their loved ones pass, but few pen their emotions into song, much less make that song into a music video.

But when Alexandra Irving, age 9, lost her grandfather, she wrote a song, “All We Had,” in his memory. Several bands competing to play the OC Music Fest ’09, a three-day event to be held in May 2009, have recorded the song. One band, Roman Alexander and The Robbery, plans to make a short children’s video using Irving’s lyrics.

“I heard her keep repeating the same verse,” said Wayne Irving, Alexandra’s father. “‘One year ago, my heart became broken. Something made me uncomfortable… My grandpa’s smile is gone.'”

Alexandra, a precocious child who sings, dances and heads her gymnastic team, had a special relationship with her grandfather, who succumbed to a freak streptococcus bacteria infection at age 59. He coached her soccer team -; her optimism and sensitivity brightened his days.

When Wayne Irving, the founder of the Orange County Music Festival and E-CBS Records spoke of Alexandra’s song, he was surprised to find that many bands felt touched by Alexandra’s love for her grandfather and the song that she wrote after his tragic loss.

Several bands competing to play in the OC Music Fest ’09 “Be the Band Contest,” in which bands compete to perform at one of the festivals, approached Wayne about producing Alexandra’s song. Roman Alexander and The Robbery wrote a lullaby using Alexandra’s lyrics. Australian rock sensation Bedford play it in a tear-jerking and mesmerizing rock version. Genius, the only platinum-selling group to emerge from Romania, will sing the lyrics in a pop-blues style.

Word spread about the song, solicitations started coming in and an illustrator agreed to make a short music video based on Roman Alexander and The Robbery’s version. All three performances are available at www.AlexandraIrving.com. Alexandra would like you to come vote for your favorite at www.ocmusicfest09.com/alexandra.

How does Alexandra feel about the attention? “I’m embarrassed,” she says. “I was just thinking about my grandpa, I miss him so much. I wish he was here so he could hear my song for him.”