When we think of blended household's we look to Hollywood The Smith's ,Kardashians-Jenner, Spears-Federline just to name a few.
My friend Tasha was part of a blended family when she was a child. her parent's got a divorce when she was 6 years old and she remained with her mother until she was 16 years old then she went to stay with her father and his financee. 2 months before they were to get married. his fiancee had a child from her first marriage who was 6 years old.
This is not uncommon did you know that About 75% of divorced persons eventually remarry and About 65% of remarriages involve children from the prior marriage and form blended
There are 6 questions you should consider when becoming a blended family to ask yourself.
Are you part of a blending family I would love to hear your comments.
Dylan Andre is a native of Zieglerville, Pennsylvania. Dylan first picked up an guitar when he was 18. He trained his ears to learn the cords, there was a lot of trial and error, and he was influenced by a variety of artist. After Dylan's father attended his first sold out show his father decided that it was time for his son to chase a few talent competitions. Due to a lack of money and bad timing, their first talent show in Cincinnati, OH was cancelled, and by then Dylan had given up hope on the talent show
side of things. Their finally attempt was going to New York for American's Got Talent auditions for season 6. Dylan was choose as one of the contestants and later became one of the finalist. Since being on the show Dylan has been self managing himself he is working on projects in Nashvhille and up north with David Ivory of Ivory
Productions LLC. A CD is due this fall, singles and music videos this
summer. Here is our Exclusive:
KSY:How has your life changed since being on AGT?
DA:The ones who thought I was a loser, just think I'm a cocky loser now lol
Naw, it's been crazy. Its given me a keen eye to see the ones who care
about seeing success, and the ones that just want to make a buck. It's
made me have to feel a strong family connection between the ones I work
with, and the team I've been able to put together is more like family to
me then anything I got right now.
KSY:When you listen to the radio what do you feel is missing in the music industry?
DA:Stay power. I honestly only listen to pop music to keep up with where
the circle is going. The circle of music goes from starting out VERY
simple, like the Beatles, then turning into crazy melodies and all that
other crap and becoming very complicated, like the 90's. Every circle
comes back to simplicity, like what I'm hoping for, remember Hey There Delilah? Most simple song in the world, then you have Howie Day, Jack Johnson,John Mayer, exploding in the 2000s with simple melodies and
stay power. unfortunately the only one to stay out of those three is
Mayer, but even his new album is more simple then spreading butter over a
piece of toast ya know. The artist I hear now, come and go, new ones,
old ones, it's all annoying. I hardly listen to the radio, aside from
Coffee House and BB Kings Bluesville on XM.
KSY:If you could give advice to someone who wanted to follow in your footsteps what would you tell them?
DA: Don't go on TV lol no, I would say just be yourself, don't try to be
something you're not. Be honest with yourself and your expectations,
don't be afraid to say what you want to be, and go for it 100% If you've
got a fall back plan (or a low confidence, guaranteed failure emergency
plan) then fall back on it now and don't even bother. If you don't,
well then you better make what you've got going on work...
KSY:As a new artist what do you want to bring to the music industry? Do you feel anything is lacking?
DA:There's no real way to answer that, because the music industry is the
closest thing to an old time Pirate code of rules, and expectations. My
main focus is writing songs, getting better, and making a CD. Wherever
those goals take me, then I'll be able to answer this question.
KSY:Take us behind the scene of AGT what the audience and the fans don't get a chance to see?
DA:We all had more pressure on our shoulders off stage then on. It was a
downward slide for someone with low self confidence, like I had at the
time. All I knew is I could play and sing...then it became more of
a...well they've been doing this whole Hollywood show business longer
then I have, so who am I to tell them what key to sing in...I was
totally wrong. G sharp for a song like Daughters was asinine for me, I
wanted G, but the vocal teachers said G sharp is the way to go...blah. I
respect them with all of my heart, and I love Yvie and Nigel, but it
was my fault for not saying, I'm not wearing denim, I'm singing Shadows of the City and I don't like these boots in this size. Completely my fault for being voted off, and nothing else. No one on earth knew that
KSY:Do you have any advice for this year AGT hopefuls?
DA: Stick. To. Your. Guns.
KSY:Tell us about how you became involved with the Humane Society and Alanon
and the importance's of giving back when you have a platform such as
DA: If you had something you really wanted to tell everyone, literally
everyone. When there is a camera that is equal to the eyes and ears of
22 million people, would you say something about it? I think so lol My
mother is an alcoholic, burns like hot sauce to say it, but that's what I
learned from Alanon. I wanted, to among other things, show my mother it
was okay to have the issue, and everyone loved her for trying to face
it, all she had to do was try. I failed her on that part, but no matter
whether it be music or other things, I will continue to try until I run
out of time. I am not involved with the Humane Society, but I would love
to be. Animals take a little piece of me everytime I see one, whether
it be a minimal piece or a huge chunk.
KSY:What is the hardest part of about being on a reality singing
competition? Are you still friends with any AGT contestant If yes who?
KSY:On your upcoming album who have you worked with?
DA:I have worked with many people on this album. Grammy nominated producer
and engineer David Ivory is producing the CD, along with some help on a
track that I worked with Buddy Hyatt from Nasvhille TN on over at the
Tracking Room, he's excellent. Dave really let's me spend time on this,
sit down and write the riffs at home, go in and test them out, he wants
it to be my sound, and what I like....making it as organic as possible,
unlike Nashville where they just kind of show your work tape to the
house band and the go in a play the song in a half hour and it's
done...that's hard. It's hard because I'm making the album in two
different worlds...Up north, I can really make it a liquidy as I want,
and Dave is cool with it, where as Nashville there is so much support
and everyone wants to help, but it all comes with the teritory. I'm so
excited for this album, because it's the only thing I've been able to
keep from my fans and friends. I think I'm the
only local musician who
has stayed partially relevant without having a lick of music in the
KSY: What is the vibe of your album? when is it schedule for release?
DA:Life. Sometimes it hurts, and sometimes it doesn't. I know every
singer/songwriter is like, "Yeah man, it's just about my life ya
knowww," with a flick of the hair thrown in there somewhere, but it is.
It's just the delivery of it is what is important. It's things that have
happened to me over the past two years, I would love for people to
follow what happens in my life, and if I write good enough songs about
it, they will enjoy following along lol I'm still the same person, so
it's like watching a friend, or even imagining yourself going through
the motions of following a dream, and all the ups and downs that come
with it. There's is no scheduled release, these things are
unpredictable, and it's whether I feel it's ready, or not. It's really
up to me, but I won't make you wait to long, maybe a few months and the
videos will be done and we'll get a solid time frame.
DA: I do, I have a lot of stuff going on prepping the release of the CD.
Some shows, that are more imprtant to DJ's and producers more then they
are the fans. I'm playing NAMM convention in TN two times back to back,
and meeting with some potential sponsors. I've got a few projects I am
not allowed to disclose, but they are freakin huge, collaborations, and
tours...it will all come with time. To much info can kill you, or kill
your thought of me....so I'm sparing your life lol or just your thought
of me. I try to look at my potential career as an air plane departure.
I'm on the tarmac...I'm there, if I can get the speed to take off, and
keep steady and not screw anything up, and if I can keep the air under
my wings for long enough, then I'll be up high over the world looking
down knowing I did it with all intentions pure.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it
is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but
rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always
hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails"-1 Corinthians 13:4–8a
"The whole point of being in this business and being
blessed and being successful is that you're able to do things for your
friends or your family, which means that they can have something special
in their lives, too."-Elton John
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Today is June the 19th. Junteenth is a Holiday celebrated mostly in Alaska,
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of
Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Kansas,
Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New
Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon,
South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia,
Wisconsin, Washington and Wyoming.. Are you still answering yourself what is Junteenth? In this United
States, slavery began shortly after the first English colonists arrived
and lasted until the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on
January 1, 1863 On that date Texas was largely controlled by forces fighting for the Confederate States, which opposed the abolition of slavery.On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived to take control of Texas and enforce the emancipation of slaves in the state.In
Galveston, Texas, the newly freed slaves held large public celebrations
and so laid the base for future Juneteenth activities.
1865, Juneteenth was mainly celebrated in Texas. Parks have been
established on land bought by former slaves to hold Juneteenth
celebrations in the Texan cities of Austin, Houston and Mexia. Juneteenth celebrations are also held in Ghana, Honduras, Japan, Taiwan and Trinidad and Tobago.
There are a variety of activities that people do the weekend before Juneteeth such as
Pot luck outdoor cookouts, barbecues or picnics.
Neighborhood or block parties.
Community flag raising ceremonies.
Juneteenth displays in city halls, libraries, schools and post offices.
Essay or artwork competitions for young people.
Presentations of community service awards.
The distribution of Juneteenth buttons, t-shirts, mugs and bags.
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