instrumental bands

Three of the Best Instrumental Bands

We all crave instrumental bands to get through the work days, the long car rides, or just to fall asleep. But finding good and relaxing bands can be difficult. You can go searching around the internet for hours looking for the right instrumental band. I don’t want you to waste your precious time so keep reading below. 

Well look no further, here are 3 amazing bands to check out to fill all of your music only needs. On this list you will find themes of ambiance, 80’s nostalgia, post-rock, swirling guitars, and synth-heavy beats. If that sounds like it is up your alley, you have come to the right place. No Taylor Swift hair nonsense here. 

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Hammock

Hammock is a duo of artists based out Nashville, TN. Their music consists of ambient atmospheric orchestral pieces, combined with piano, electronic beats, and droning guitar. Since 2005, they have released over 10 full-length albums. Most of it has been on their own record label, Hammock Music. Some have described it as music to lose yourself to complete, like floating in a backyard swimming pool. So, for those days when you really need to relax, let loose and crave a soundtrack for this mood, Hammock’s music will most certainly for you.

FM-84

FM-84 is pretty fresh onto the music scene but has made quite the entrance. They have been met with fast success and a big fan base. FM-84 consists of one-man Colin Bennett, originally from Scotland. Anyone with an appreciation for electronic music will enjoy this project. His music can be described as synth wave, meets 1980’s nostalgia and add a dose of sunny California skies. So, for the summer nights soon ahead of us, look no further than FM-84 to fill your cars, house parties, and poolside hangouts. Just do a public background check before taking any dates. 

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Explosions in the Sky

Explosions in The Sky is the most well-known, and probably the most respected. While relaxing and almost purely instrumental, their songs can take a hard post-rock twist. Still pleasing to the ear, but definitely better fit for a rainy day or a night time road trip. Hailing from Texas, Explosions first really came onto the scene in 2000 with their first record, “How Strange innocence” and have since made over 7 albums, 2016’s “The Wilderness” is the most recent.

The band received huge recognition with their tunes being the soundtrack for the hit tv drama Friday Night Lights, as well as being a huge part of the music for the blockbuster The Lone Survivor. With quite a long list of music under their belts, they are one of the most admired bands instrumental bands. If you enjoyed this check out my last article about cyberbullying on Valentine’s Day  

Bullies take advantage of Valentine's Day to mislead, lie to and bully other kids on social media. Using a text spy can mitigate the damage that bullies create to a kid's self-esteem.

Parents Beware Of Valentine’s Day Related Cyberbullying with a Text Spy

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day celebrating love and friendship. But every year some cruel people use it as a chance to bully others. Bullies take advantage of the tradition of a secret admirer to mislead, lie to and bully other kids on social media. Using a text spy can mitigate the damage that bullies create to a kid’s self-esteem.

Bullies use the latest electronics and message your child pretending to be a secret admirer, or your child’s crush, or an old friend and then may use that account to harass, bully or humiliate your child online. It’s the digital version of asking someone out on a dare just to embarrass them.

Valentine’s Day is when these bullies strike because they know that people are more emotionally vulnerable. So what can you do to keep your child from experiencing Valentine’s Day bullying? Here are some tips:

Don’t Accept Any New Friend Requests

As Valentine’s Day gets closer don’t allow your child to accept any suspicious new friend requests or add requests. If someone is targeting your child for some Valentine’s Day bullying not accepting their friend request is a good way to prevent your child from seeing the bullying. It doesn’t mean that the person won’t post embarrassing or bullying messages about your child but it does make it more likely that your child won’t give them any messages or information that can be used be against them.

Go Dark For Valentine’s Day

If your child is already being bullied and you’re worried the attacks will ramp up around Valentine’s Day, consider pulling your child’s social media accounts offline until Valentine’s Day has passed. Most social media platforms allow you to pull the account down or deactivate it for a short period of time without losing the handle or any of the information tied to the account. A text spy can check if he’s receiving unwanted text messages. Once things have settled down and gone back to normal your child can reactivate the accounts.

Warn Your Child About Selfies

The excitement of Valentine’s Day may make your child forget the rules about inappropriate selfies or photos. Your child might think that one sexy selfie couldn’t hurt or that the person they’re talking to would never share private photos. But it’s very possible that the person will share the photos and use them to bully your child.

Besides using a text spy, also talk to your child again about what is appropriate and what isn’t when it comes to taking selfies. Make sure that you are monitoring all the photos your child is taking and sending. If your child really wants to have a great selfie for Valentine’s Day offer to take the photo for them. That way you can be sure that the photo is appropriate enough to be shared. It might seem overly cautious, but when it comes to kids, photos and the Internet you can’t be too careful.

My husband's gift to me was a Fitbit for Christmas.

Getting A FitBit For Christmas Changed My Life

A few years ago, my husband bought me a Fitbit for Christmas. At first, I was a little irritated because I hadn’t asked for a Fitbit. I assumed that my husband was making some kind of snide commentary on my recent weight gain. I wasn’t too happy about gaining weight, either, but it wasn’t too much of a priority for me. That’s because I was busy teaching my classes and doing a cell phone lookup to contact my students outside of class. My husband’s gift was in a small box, so I was half-expecting some nice jewelry, but instead I got a Fitbit for Christmas.

Why I Changed My Mind

Once I started reading about all the different metrics that a Fitbit tracks, I was kind of excited to try it. I put it on and started tracking. At first, I was stunned to discover that I wasn’t nearly as active as I thought I was. I thought that running around doing errands, teaching my yoga classes, getting a hold of my students with a cell phone lookup service, and doing other chores meant I racked up some pretty good mileage each day. But actually, I was about half as active as I thought.

I took every opportunity to increase my steps.
My Fitbit encouraged me to do more walking whenever I could.

So I started setting goals to increase my steps each day. My Fitbit gave me instant feedback, so I was motivated to be more active. Instead of lying down on the couch for an hour when I got home, I started walking around the house. I walked in place while I was cooking dinner to get my steps up, too. Eventually, I went for walks around the neighborhood after my husband got home.

My Progress

By the end of the first month after getting a Fitbit for Christmas, I had increased my daily activity by almost half. Seeing how much better I looked and knowing how much better I felt because I was more active, I tried to double that for the next month.

Another thing I discovered was that nearly everyone I knew also had a Fitbit. After finding out each others’ numbers with a cell phone lookup service, we started a challenge to do more steps. I began setting an alarm to remind me to walk if I sat for more than half an hour. I decided I wanted to try a 5K, so I put that goal into my Fibit. Within six months, I had doubled my exercise activity each day and walked 5K’s regularly. I lost that extra weight and started gaining more muscle.

Even though I was disappointed at first that my husband gave me a Fitbit for Christmas, it changed my life in so many ways. Now I’m the same weight I was when my husband and I got married ten years ago. Plus, my whole family now likes to go for walks and participate in charity 5Ks with me. Not only do I love the way I look, but I love that I feel fit and healthy.