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Posts from March 2013

RyTunes - Christina Grimmie
We’re in the big leagues now, ladies and gentlemen. Sitting pretty up top with a whopping 2,000,000 subscribers, Christina Grimmie is the veritable Queen of YouTube Music. This girl from New Jersey, characterized by her hair (nicknamed “The Grimmie Poof”) and her incredible voice and vocal range, took the hearts and ears of viewers at age 15 with her very first video: a cover of “IDon’t Wanna Be Torn” originally by Hannah Montana. From that day, Christina would sit herself down in front of a camera with her electric keyboard, her voice, and her collection of Zelda posters, and record herself covering one of the popular songs of the day.
It is worth noting that Christina didn’t record her first video for YouTube. She was merely looking to share it with a friend, a friend that convinced her to post the video to YouTube. Hundreds of millions of video views later, it’s safe to say that Christina is thankful she did.

Grimmie isn’t limited to covers of popular songs, not by a long shot. Her first EP “Find Me” debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #11 on Billboard’s digital charts. Since then, Christina has toured with American Idol as something of a behind the scenes journalist/ video blogger, released more videos on her YouTube channel zeldaxlove64, and has been working on her next album. She has been called “the biggest YouTube singing sensation since Justin Bieber” and she thoroughly deserves it.

Here, have a Grimmie video.

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Internship Tip #4
Internship Tip 4: Stay FOCUSED!!

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Internship Tip #3
Tip Number 3: Be Enthusiastic!
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RyTunes - Against The Current
Against The Current
This week I’m going to give you all a look at my current favorite one of the newer, more up-and-coming musical sensations on YouTube. I’m staying in Upstate New York again, too.
                In the town of Poughkeepsie there is a band called Against The Current. They’re a Pop/Rock outfit of five consisting of guitarists Daniel Gow and Jeremy Rompala, bassist Joe Simmons, drummer Will Ferri, and featuring the vocal talent of Chrissy Costanza.
                Someone’s going to yell at me for comparing bands, but I’m going to anyway; Against The Current reminds me of a younger Paramore sometimes. Chrissy seems to love singing at a lower, more “rocker chick” register, like she did in the band’s debut single “Thinking” and in their cover of “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. That’s not all she can do, though. When Chrissy decides to sing a bit higher she absolutely blows me away.
                The only problem I have with this group is that it seems like they’re moving a bit fast with little content. They’re focusing on huge, produced, edited, on-location music video covers (with Alex Goot) that they release sometimes, as opposed to taking the garage-band-on-the-internet route that YouTube loves to see so much (see next week’s post). With all the attention they get, they’re poised to be a big deal. They’ve just got to do it.
                That aside, I love this band, and I love everything they’ve put out so far. Here, listen to this cover of “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen that they did with Alex Goot, who you might remember from last week.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day
   Hey Kiss listeners, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us! How do you guys celebrate? For me it’s all about the green. Green everything like clothes, food, drinks. I love it.
For us on a college budget, thrift shops (popping tags) have a ton of off the wall parade-worthy items to consider. If you’re headed out to any of the parades this weekend remember you’ve got to go big or go home.  As for my drinks, I add about 3-4 drops of green food coloring to whatever it is I’m drinking. It makes it a rich green like the Ireland country side.  You can add it to literally any lighter colored beverage of your choice. I usually end up making green mashed potatoes each year too… stereotypical Irish girl wanting her potato fix.

Well I hope you all have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

<3 Mindy
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RyTunes - Alex Goot
For this week I figured I’d stay in the great state of New York, and even keep it relatively Upstate. You probably already know who Alex Goot is, but I’m going to tell you about him anyway. Alex started GootMusic, his YouTube channel, in 2007. At first his videos were simple and consisted of him singing and playing piano or guitar. He switched up his style shortly after and began mixing and layering music from various instruments, effectively becoming a one-man band.

As I’m writing this, Goot has just under one million subscribers, placing him as the 233rd most-subscribed YouTube channel overall. His unique, slightly raspy vocal style and quirky look have placed him firmly among YouTube’s musical elite. He has produced videos with many other YouTubers including Megan Nicole, Christina Grimmie, Boyce Avenue, and Against The Current (I may or may not have listed a few future post topics just now… oops).

The standard for YouTubers is to focus on covering songs, especially those that are popular, in an attempt to get the most possible viewers on a given video. This is a tried and true trick that Alex does take advantage of, but that’s not to say he doesn’t write music. Goot has released multiple original songs on his channel, including his song Lightning, which I will show you here:

Try not to spend the rest of your day today going through Goot’s back catalog of videos. If you do, though, remember who sent you.
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Cooking on a Budget
Hey Kiss listeners, this week I thought I’d give you some easy college recipes, using Ramen. What college student hasn’t had ramen? I think it’s part of the college experience.
1. Uncooked Ramen Noodle Salad:
A tasty broccoli and ramen noodle salad requires two packages of raw broken ramen noodles, a 16-ounce package of broccoli slaw mix, a bunch of green onions chopped, and a cup each of unsalted peanuts and sunflower seeds. Mix these ingredients and pour over a dressing of cup vegetable oil, 1/3 cup cider vinegar, cup white sugar, and 1 seasoning packet. A squirt of lime juice and some chopped cilantro can also be added.
*For a light ramen salad, toss 4 cups shredded lettuce, 1 grated carrot, 4 green onions sliced and cup slivered almonds, with a package of uncooked ramen noodles. Pour over a dressing made of 2 tablespoons each of canola oil and honey, the seasoning packet (chicken or beef are recommended) and cup each rice vinegar and apple juice. Toss and serve.
2. Ramen Noodle Snack Mix:
You will need:
- 1 package of ramen noodles (crushed)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries - 1/4 cup sliced almonds- 1/4 cup dried apricot
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil (for cooking)
While the noodles are still in the package, break them in small pieces.
Turn on the stove; wait for the oil to heat up, once heated toss
the noodles in the cooking pan. Since ramen are dehydrated, you have to be careful not to burn them. Your noodles are ready once they have a nice brownish color.
Turn off the stove and put your noodles in a bowl. Add the sliced almonds, dried cranberries and dried apricots, Enjoy!
3. Ramen Tomato Soup:
 It’s super simple. Cook ramen noodles in 2 cups of water and then add a can of condensed cream of tomato soup. Stir occasionally as you heat just to boiling. Add a bit of hot sauce if desired.
You can find a ton more recipes on Pinterest. And while you’re there make sure to follow us!
 Happy Eating!
<3 Mindy
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Internship Tip #2
Tip Number 2: Dress Code
Make sure what you wear is appropriate for your internship.  You want to fit in with the look of the company that you are interning for.  You may be coming from class to your internship so make sure that your company is okay with you wearing jeans, because some may not be!  Regardless of what they say about the dress code here are a few definite no-no’s that you should never wear to your internship:

  • Nothing too revealing- if you have to think about whether or not you should wear it, then hopefully you know the answer is you shouldn’t
  • Flip flops-no one wants to see your feet, or hear that sound all day
  • Make sure you follow your company’s policy on tattoos and piercing’s
  • Keep jewelry simple and conservative and don’t overdo it on the makeup ladies!
Drop us a comment below for your what not to wear’s to your internship!
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