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What makes a movie great? The answer is not one particular thing. It is different elements all working together—from the plot, dialogue, and actors’ performances to the cinemato...

Apr 5, 2019

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A song consists of four main elements: melody, harmony, rhythm, and (where applicable) lyrics. When it comes to the second element—harmony—we tend to evaluate it via a song’s ch...

Apr 5, 2019

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African and Caribbean traditions have had an indelible influence on pop music, particularly when it comes to rhythm. Afro-Caribbean rhythms are noted for their light, “danceable...

Apr 5, 2019

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The blues scale is arguably the most essential touchstone of popular music. From rock n’ roll to R&B to country, it has inspired timeless music on every continent, but its roots...

Apr 5, 2019

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A political candidate can have the best policy ideas, a dynamic personality and leadership style, a rock-solid moral compass, and a tremendous work ethic—but none of these trait...

Apr 5, 2019

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Political campaigns are about more than just paid advertising, rallies, media interviews, and debates. The most important part of the campaign is getting the most votes on elect...

Apr 5, 2019

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When political candidates run for office, they rely on a large team of people to handle the day-to-day operations of their campaign. The person who oversees this team is known a...

Apr 5, 2019

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With just three ingredients, the hardest part of making spätzle is forming the noodles, which are short and irregularly shaped. All the hard work pays off when it comes time to ...

Apr 5, 2019

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New guitarists can buy a quality instrument without breaking the bank, but finding the right starter guitar requires forethought. Learn how to pick the best guitar for beginners.

Apr 5, 2019

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