Trey Anastasio Band trombonist/singer Natalie Cressman has released her latest solo album, The Traces EP, today. Cressman’s album is an emotional exploration through a fusion of electronic and traditional instrumentation techniques, finding thoughtful and intricately written compositions.Natalie Cressman Announces Album Release Party In NYC With Omaha DinerWith The Traces EP, Cressman expands her creative reach into post-production, meticulously crafting soundscaped tracks inspired by R&B singer/songwriter Emily King, the Prince-championed vocal trio KING, and particularly Australian avant-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote.In discussing recent single “Where We Started,” Cressman had the following to say, “The majority of subject matter for the EP is centered around the various musings that come at the end of a relationship – the different emotions that bubble up unexpectedly when attempting to move on. This song is basically about regret, and thus, probably the saddest one on the album.”Cressman will celebrate the release of the album with her solo band during a show at NYC’s American Beauty on Friday, March 24th. Joining the event will be Omaha Diner featuring Skerik (saxophone), Charlie Hunter (7-string guitar), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), and Bobby Previte (drums). Tickets for that show are currently on sale and can be purchased here.Take a listen to the entire EP via Spotify below:– SHOW INFO –Artist: Natalie Cressman ‘The Traces EP’ Album Release Party w/ Omaha DinerVenue: American Beauty (251 W. 30th Street – New York, NY 10001)Date: Friday – March 24th, 2017Ages: 21+Tickets: $15adv / $20dos (purchase tickets here)
Using media wisely She offers some suggestions on using TV and other visual media wisely. Bales has three pieces of advice about television: use it moderately, be firm and consistent about rules and practice what you preach. “Of course, those rules are true for almost any issue parents have with children,” Bales said. “Why should they be any different for television and media use?” And although many positive shows are on the air, children can see many negative things on TV, too, Bales said. Children who spend three or more hours a day using visual media such as TV or video games tend to have less success at school and poorer reading skills, she said. They tend to be less physically fit, too, than children who spend more time playing outside. Family TV time Final advice Watching television is a big part of many children’s lives. A University of Georgia scientist said many kids sit in front of a TV longer than they spend in school. “Think for a minute how long your TV is on,” said Diane Bales, an Extension Service child development specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “In many homes, it’s on an hour or so in the morning and again from right after school until bedtime.” Plusses and minuses “Don’t just turn on the TV to see if something is on,” she said. “Something is always on. And pay attention to other media besides television. Video games, computer time and videotaped movies can all be overused.” Bales said it’s important that parents watch shows with their children, rather than letting the TV set babysit. When the whole family watches a show, parents can screen shows for content they don’t want their children to see, she said. “And that provides a perfect time for parents to talk with their children about the show and see how much the children understand about what they saw,” she said. “They can talk about why the behavior they saw was acceptable or unacceptable.” She notes, too, how quickly children begin to mimic the things they see on TV, particularly violence. “Research groups have watched children as they watch TV and in free play after watching,” Bales said. “Children act out what they see. If they see others taking turns, they practice taking turns. If they see aggression, they tend to fight. After watching Power Rangers, they want to ‘become’ Power Rangers.” * Limit TV time. Let each person in the house pick two or three shows he really wants to watch. If a selected show isn’t on, turn off the TV. * Coordinate with school. Look for programs or Internet resources that children can relate to what they’re learning in classes. Or look for shows that relate to your child’s interests or your own. * Use commercials to discuss the show with your child. Talk about what you just saw and predict what will happen next. * Look for show ratings. TV producers rate their shows based on language, sexual content and violence. Many parenting magazines or resources list independent ratings that may give you more help in deciding if certain shows are appropriate. * Provide other activities. During TV or video downtime, encourage children and adults in your family to do other things: play outside, read a book, play a board game or participate in sports, music or other lessons or clubs. Parents are role models for television use. Bales said adults should watch TV in moderation, whether children live in the home or not.