Long before he joined Bruce member Springsteen’s E Street Band album, Garry Tallent played his bass guitar to the traces boss of 1950s rockabilly, R&B, and blues that emanated from the radio stations broadcasting near the Jersey shore cities that would at some point make he and The Boss’ bandmates world-well-known.

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Mr. Tallent’s present-day solo album, “Break Time,” can pay homage to that ‘50s sound, with Mr. Tallent and his backing musicians, not a lot covering as channeling the likes of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry on cuts like “Ooh La La” and “Bayou Love.”

“The album is my homage to the rock ‘n’ roll that I fell in love with as a kid,” Mr. Tallent, 67, instructed The Washington Times through phone earlier than taking the level at Daryl’s House Club, a juke joint in upstate New York owned by way of Daryl Hall of Hall & Oats repute. “They’re original songs but arranged in that ‘50s rock, New Orleans R&B, Memphis rockabilly [style]. Not doo-wop, but loose.”

Mr. Tallent and his band will take the stage at AMP by using Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Sunday evening, where they intend to recreate the sounds of the era of poodle skirts and leather jackets, but in a modern atmosphere.

“No rely upon how tough I attempt to reproduction a person’s work, it continually comes out filtered through me,” Mr. Tallent said of his unique compositions. “So you simply [take] what you sound [like] and go with that.”
Unlike the theatrics and nice motels that accompany Mr. Tallent’s globetrotting with Mr. Springsteen, his solo tour is a considerably humbler affair, seeing him playing to hundreds or even dozens versus the rabid

The Best Fifteen Of All ’16 Albums

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In the world of music, the year 2016 started with sadness. At the start of the second week in January, David Bowie passed away just a few days after his 69th birthday.

The demise of other rock icons soon followed as we lost Glenn Frey of the Eagles and Dale “Buffin” Griffin that very same month. Before the year had ended, fans had to say final goodbyes to Prince, Leon Russell, and Paul Kantner, among others.

Fortunately, Bowie left us with a new studio album that was released just before his death. Titled Black Star, the album certainly provided a shining light for the rest of 2016 for music fans.

Here are the best fifteen albums that were released in 2016.

The power pop band returned to its nineties heyday with this delicious Grammy-nominated album, highlighted by the Beach Boys inspired Endless Bummer.

Electronic beats have been added to the indie band’s electric rock, creating an impressive array of songs about every stage of a relationship.

Paging Mr. Proust by the Jayhawks

The literary reference is appropriate when you examine the poetic lyrics of the songs from this ten-song treasure, most notably Ghosts of Old Dead Stars.

Self-Titled by Look Park

Chris Collingwood announced the demise of Fountains of Wayne shortly after releasing this acoustic but clever collection from his new band.

Good Times by the Monkees

Mickey, Mike, and Peter are in great form on this album of all new material produced by Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlessinger, and it even includes a never-released song with lead vocal by the late Davy Jones.

Self-Titled by Fitz and the Tantrums

Handclap was one the biggest hit singles of the summer, and there are plenty more tunes that lead you to stomp your feet as well.

Schmick by Wilco

Jeff Tweedy, who released Star Wars just a year ago, created another collection of folk-rock songs that includes If I Ever Was a Child and Normal American Kids.

Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not by Dinosaur, Jr.

The band’s first album in four years proved certainly worth the wait, spawning instant classic singles like Tiny and Goin’ Down.

Painkillers by Brian Fallon

Venturing away from his role as frontman of The Gaslight Anthem, Fallon made this solo album that shines because of fantastic tracks like Mojo Hand.

Full Circle by Loretta Lynn

Twelve years after Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose, the country music Hall of Famer got John Carter Cash to help her with this Bach of new songs like Who’s Gonna Miss Me? and the Everything It Takes duet with Elvis Costello.

Hope by the Strumbellas

Spirits was the hottest single of the spring, and it catapulted this Canadian folk-rock band onto the U.S. charts.

Bitter Suites by Travis Bretzer

Anyone desiring a hard copy of these sweet new eleven songs needs a cassette player since the tape is the only format available besides a digital download.

Team Member Feedback: A Priceless Communication Tool

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Feedback is such an important communication tool. Openness, honesty, candor, trust — all of these are hallmarks of high-performance teams and organizations. Good feedback skills are essential to any relationship.

Feedback is important because:

– It prevents small issues from festering into unmanageable problems.

– It builds trust in relationships.

– It promotes personal and professional growth.

– It acknowledges individual and team accomplishments.

– It clears up misunderstandings.

– It is a way to acknowledge and recognize team members’ skills and contributions.

As a result, effective feedback makes life at work a great deal easier and more rewarding.

So how do you give someone effective feedback? First, ensure your intention is to be helpful and supportive, rather than to “slam.” Check to make sure the person wants and is ready to accept feedback if you haven’t been asked to provide it. Before providing your feedback, ask the person for their assessment of the situation.

But, how do you say it? What words do you use that will ensure the message is delivered properly? Be specific. Describe the actual behavior you observed, not personality traits. Avoid generalities, vague statements, and inferences. Use “I” statements: I saw…, I heard…, I felt… Describe the impact of the behavior on you: “I felt…when you…” Be sincere with your comments. Don’t say that something was good when you don’t really believe it.

It’s important to give a balanced mix of both positive feedback and feedback for improvement. Try to end with a positive comment. Be sure that the feedback received has understood your comments. Encourage a response.

Another important point. Consider timeliness. Don’t “store up” feedback of either kind and dump it on a person. Feedback is much more effective if provided close to the time the behavior actually occurred.

There are two types of feedback — Positive feedback and feedback for improvement.

Positive Feedback – Positive feedback is information about what someone did well. There’s a very simple approach you can use when giving positive feedback.

– Describe what the person actually did or said, and

– Why this statement or action was effective.

Make sure your “What and Why” approach is based on specific, sincere information. For example: “Mary, when you presented the results of the team’s customer satisfaction survey, your charts were very clear and easy to understand (what). They made it easy to identify which areas we need to work on to make our customers happier (why)..”

Feedback for Improvement – Feedback for improvement is given about situations which did not go well, or which could have been better. In this case, it’s important to tell the person specifically what could have been said or done differently, and why that would have been more effective.

The approach to giving feedback for improvement is:

– Describe what was said or done,

– Tell what would have been a better approach, and

– Why that would have been better

Make sure your “What, What and Why” approach is based on specific, sincere information. For example: “George, when you commented on Ted’s report, I felt your remarks sounded sarcastic and not specific enough to be helpful (what). If you tell Ted exactly what additional information is necessary (what), he’ll be able to incorporate the information you feel is needed when he revises the report (why)..”

Receiving Feedback

There’s also the special skill required when receiving feedback. If you ask for feedback, be sure you are ready to receive it. Actively listen with your full attention. Ask for specific examples of what you did well and what could have been better. Ask questions to clarify, and paraphrase to check your understanding. Don’t resist the feedback and avoid being defensive — don’t explain, rationalize or justify. Listen for the impact your behavior is having on the other person. Consider carefully whether, and how you want to change your behavior. Let others know immediately so they can support you. Ask for help and assistance, if appropriate. Most importantly, thank others when they provide you feedback. They have taken a risk to help you grow.

Remember: Feedback is a gift, a unique learning opportunity. Whether you agree or not, it has value because it represents a set of perceptions about you and your behavior.