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Protect your Charging Cables with the TUDIA Klip

June 28, 2016 1:23 pm
Protect your Charging Cables with the TUDIA Klip

PinkFrustrated by the high cost of replacing the charging cable for any Apple product? TUDIA has a solution for that, and it involves a simple little Klip and some forward thinking. The TUDIA Klip prevents charging cables from fraying by adding stability and support to cables where they need it most: where the cord meets the charging plug. Despite its small size, the Klip helps prevent damage before it starts and reduces strain on the cable by an amazing 80 per cent.

The Klip comes in a compact design that’s easy to install and adds very little bulk to the cable. The simple two-piece design fits snugly onto the charging cable, and comes in a variety of colours to match personalities and make the cord easier to spot. The Klip is compatible with the Apple Lightning, Apple 30-pin, and Apple Watch charging cables. Costing a fraction of a new charge cable, the Klip is definitely a good investment that’ll save you money down the road. You can find it online on their website, or from amazon.ca.

With a Song in My Head

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With a Song in My Head

Moviegoers of yesteryear may remember the classic film With A Song In My Heart. I remember this flick and the actress Susan Hayward who jumps off the screen in my mind.

However, what’s really going on in my mind since mid-October 2015, I’ve come to call With A Song In My Head.

When I awake each morning, I hear a song.  A different song every day at whatever time I get up, and only for a few moments. If I don’t key the title (not necessarily the vocalist, group or orchestra) into my PDA or write it down right away, it disappears from my consciousness, or unconsciousness.  It can happen at any other time of day (if I’ve taken an occasional power nap or a weekend nap) and there is always one tune.  Occasionally, a second might kick in right after, but somehow I only remember to write the first one down.  And the same song never seems to return, as if I’m only to hear it one last time.

Now into my 7th decade on this planet, I began wondering from where this life changing experience is coming?

And while I’m not exactly certain what this happening is actually called, through friend Heather Kassel and my jazz composer-drummer son Harris Eisenstadt, I sourced a Dr. Oliver Sacks book called Musicophilia – Tales of Music And The Brain, who writes, “Music is part of being human.”

I don’t know why my sleep awakening songs started or if they’ll ever stop, but the “Wurlitzer jukebox in my head” keeps cranking out daily ditties.

Dr. Sacks says, ”the power of music, whether joyous or cathartic, must steal one unawares, come spontaneously as a blessing or a grace.”  Certainly that seems to be happening to me, but only at my awakening, any time of day.

Perhaps the answer is as simple as this.  I’m an inveterate music radio dial twister whenever I’m driving, listening to JazzFM91 and SiriusXM stations from Little Steven’s Underground Garage, to the E-Street channel, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Buffet, Classic Vinyl, CBC Classical, some country & western, and the 50s, 60, 70s and 80s, on a regular basis. This all happens after I get my sports radio fix on Toronto stations 590, 1050, and the 680News 10-minute wheel.

So, is that from where the songs are coming? Are some of the tunes I hear getting buried unbeknownst to me?  Am I a frustrated wanna’ be radio jock?  Or do I simply enjoy basic and cross-genre musical melodies and just store them away?

I don’t know the answers, but some of my family and friends have told me they’d love to have this ‘musical malady’ rather than weird and/or often frightening dreams. Even the happy dreamers say they’d prefer awakening to my ‘condition.’

Dr. Sacks says “our sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong ….and subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop mental hallucinations that assault them day and night. Yet more frequently music gets it right.”

Here’s what I find fascinating. Dr. Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Somehow, without looking too far down the road, I might be one of the lucky ones to avoid those illnesses, because I have this “musicophilia” condition, whatever the cause, and it’s not going away any time soon.

So, let the band play on.

You can find David Eisenstadt’s full songlist below, it just bring music to your ears this summer!

OCTOBER 2015

MY EYES ADORED YOU – Sun, Oct. 4

LITTLE STAR – Mon. Oct. 5

MORE – Tues. Oct. 6

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Wed. Oct. 7

AT THE HOP – Thurs. Oct. 8

FLY ME TO THE MOON – Fri. Oct. 9

EVERYBODY LOVES A LOVER – Sat. Oct. 1

NORWEGIAN WOOD – Sun. Oct. 11

IT’S RAINING IN MY HEART – Mon. Oct. 12

DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME – Tues. Oct. 13

PARTY DOLL – Wed. Oct. 14

YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE – Thurs. Oct. 15

JUST ASK YOUR HEART – Fri. Oct. 16

ISLAND GIRL – Sat. Oct. 17

GRANADA– Sun. Oct. 18

IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD (LA) – Mon. Oct. 19

DOWN ON THE CORNER – Tues. Oct. 20

MR. PIANOMAN – Wed. Oct. 21

LA BAMBA – Thurs. Oct. 22

I WALK THE LINE – Fri. Oct. 23

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN – Sat. Oct. 24

SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME – Sun. Oct. 25

SONG FOR OWEN – Mon. Oct. 26

ONLY THE LONELY – Tues. Oct. 27

THAT’S THE WAY, I LIKE IT – Wed. Oct. 28

SUNDOWN – Thurs. Oct. 29

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS – Fri. Oct. 30

NOVEMBER 2015

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Sat. Nov. 1

CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU – Mon. Nov. 2

TELL ME WHY – Tues. Nov 3

SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME – Wed. Nov. 4

UNCHAINED MELODY – Thurs. Nov. 5

MORE – Fri. Nov. 6

LONELY WEEKEND – Sat. Nov. 7

HAWAII 5-0 – Sun. Nov. 8

HEARTACHE – Mon. Nov. 9

I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME – Tues. Nov. 10

O SOLE MIO – Wed. Nov. 11

GOOD OLD ROCK N ROLL – Thurs. Nov. 12

76 TROMBONES – Fri. Nov. 13

OH DONNA – Sat. Nov. 14

SUNNY SIDE OF THE STEET – Sun. Nov. 15

I’M GOING TO SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER – Thurs. Nov. 19

WONDERFUL WORLD – Fri. Nov. 20

BONA SERA – Sat. Nov. 21

JUST WALK ON BY, WAIT ON THE CORNER – Sun Nov. 22

SUGAR IN THE MORNING – Mon. Nov 23

CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU –   Tues. Nov. 24

JENNY JENNY JENNY – Wed. Nov. 25

LOVE LETTERS STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART – Thurs. Nov. 26

VOLARE – Fri. Nov. 27

EVERY SHALALA – Sat. Nov. 28

SONG FOR OWEN – Sun. Nov. 29

IT’S UP TO YOU – Mon. Nov. 30

DECEMBER 2015

I WALK THE LINE – Tues. Dec. 1

DOWN BY THE STATION – Wed. Dec. 2

THE GREAT PRETENDER – Thurs. Dec. 3

HANG ‘EM HIGH – Fri. Dec. 4

SUMMERTIMES BLUES – Sat. Dec. 5

EVERY DAY IT IS GETTING CLOSER (BH) – Sun. Dec. 6

LE DONA E MOBILE – Mon. Dec. 7

TELL HIM – Tues. Dec. 8

WOODEN HEART – Wed. Dec. 9

FLOWERS ON THE WALL – Thurs. Dec. 10

AIN’T SHE SWEET – Fri. Dec. 11

YOU’RE SO VAIN – Sat. Dec. 12

NEED YOUR LOVIN’ TONITE (EP) – Sun. Dec. 13

LET IT SNO, LET IT SNO – Mon. Dec. 14

MR. BASSMAN – Tues. Dec. 15

IN DREAMS (RO) – Wed. Dec. 16

WONDERFUL WORLD – Thurs. Dec. 17

SHE SAY AH OOM – Fri. Dec. 18

LET THE LITTLE GIRL DANCE – Sat. Dec. 19

MAYBE BABY – Sun. Dec. 20

THIS DOOR SWINGS BOTH WAYS – Mon. Dec. 21

TIL THE MORNING COMES (NY) – Tues. Dec. 22

DOWN ON MAINSTREET – Wed. Dec. 23

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE – Thurs. Dec. 24

CHRISTMAS IN KILLARNEY – Fri. Dec. 25

NORTH TO ALASKA – Sat. Dec. 26

THE ANGELS LISTENED IN – Sun Dec. 27

CRYING OVER YOU (RO) – Mon. Dec. 28

FIVE FOOT TWO EYES OF BLUE – Tues. Dec. 29

PATCHES – Wed. Dec. 30

DANCING QUEEN – Thurs. Dec. 31

JANUARY 2016

THE LION SLEEPS TONITE – Jan 1

UNFORGETTABLE – Jan 2

PERSONALITY – Jan3

YAKITTY YAK – Jan 4

WHERE OR WHEN – Jan 5

DOMINIQUE, NIQUE, NIQUE – Jan 6

THINK IT OVER – Jan 7

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED – Jan 8

SEVENTY-SIX TROMBONES – Jan 9

EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME – Jan 10

MARCH OF THE TOREADORS – Jan 11

LITTLE DARLIN’ –  Jan 11

JUST WALK ON BY, WAIT ON THE CORNER – Jan 12

STAY WITH ME – Jan 13

TZENA TZENA TZENA – Jan 14

DONNA PRIMA DONNA (F VALLI) – Jan 15

O MY PAPA – Jan 16

SUNNY – Jan 17

CELITO LINDO – Jan 18

YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE – Jan 19

THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT – Jan 20

ON THE ROAD AGAIN – Jan 21

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN – Jan 22

TIME PASSAGES – Jan 23

TRACES – Jan 24

ISLAND GIRL – Jan 25

TELL ME WHY – Jan 26

ONCE IN A WHILE – Jan 27

CHAPEL IN THE MOONLIGHT – Jan 28

LES MIS – STORMING THE BARRICADES – Jan 29

BROWN EYED GIRL – Jan 30

LOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE –  Jan 31

FEBRUARY 2016

WHISPERING BELLS – Feb 1

MEXICO – Feb 2

SMILE – Feb 3

ROOT BEER RAG – Feb 4

NEW YORK, NEW YORK  – Feb 5

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND – Feb. 6

LITTLE DARLIN’ – Feb. 7

JAMMIN’ – Feb. 8

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND – Feb. 9

A WHITE SPORT COAT – Feb. 10

ANGEL EYES – Feb. 11

GEORGIA ON MY MIND – Feb. 12

INDIAN LAKE – Feb. 13

NEVER MY LOVE – Feb. 14

LENINGRAD – Feb. 15

SO FAR AWAY FROM YOU – Feb. 16

GODFATHER THEME – Feb. 17

MY BLUE HEAVEN – Feb. 18

THE HOCKEY SONG – Feb. 19

AIN’T SHE SWEET – Feb. 20

TEQUILA SUNRISE – Feb. 21

RUBY, RUBY WHEN WILL U B MINE – Feb. 22

REBEL ROUSER – Feb. 23

UPTOWN GIRL – Feb. 24

EL PASO – Feb. 25

KUMBAYA – Feb. 26

SIHILOUETTES ON THE SHADE – 27

NEED YOUR LOVE SO MUCH (Elvis) – 28

LITTLE STAR – 29

MARCH 2016

LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR – 5

MASHED POTATO – 6

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE – 7

ALONE – 8

LIES (The Knickerbockers) – 9

YELLOW SUBMARINE – 10

TEMPTATION – 11

TIRED OF WAITING (the Kinks) – 12

RUM IS THE REASON (Toby Keith) – 13

BLUE BAYOU – 14

BROWN EYED GIRL – 15

LAUGHIN’ (Burton Cummings) – 16

MEXICO (Bob Crew Orchestra) – 17

JUST ASK YOUR HEART – 18

OCTOPUS’S GARDEN (Beatles) – 19

ZANZIBAR – 20

ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR (Jimmy Buffet) – 21

SUSAN – 22

COME MONDAY – 23

LONELY BULL – 24

CLEMENTINE – 25

MAYBELLINE – 26

EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE – 27

APRIL  2016

TIGHTROPE (Leon Russell ) – 1

GREEN TAMBOURINE – 2

I WALK THE LINE – 3

YOU KNOW WHAT I LIKE – 4

SWEET CAROLINE – 5

SAVE YOUR HEART FOR ME – 6

FEEL SO FINE – 7

SUNNYSIDE OF LIFE – 8

I WRITE THE SONGS – 9

JUST THE WAY YOULOOK TONITE – 10

SURFER GIRL – 11

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD – 12

THAT’S AMORE – 13

I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING – 14

RHYTHM OF THE (FALLING) RAIN – 15

SWEET CHERRY WINE – 16

YOU R MY SUNSHINE – 17

WIPEOUT – 18

I SAW LINDA YESTERDAY – 19

DIANA – 20

ANGEL EYES (Jeff Healey) – 21

A KISS TO BUILD A DREAM ON – 22

ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE – 23

SCARLETT RIBBONS – 24

UP THE LAZY RIVER – 25

PURPLE RAIN – 26

PEG OF MY HEART – 27

YOU’RE SO VAIN -28

LOOKING BACK – 29

ANGEL EYES – 30

MAY 2016

OOH BABY I LOVE YOUR WAYS – 1

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN – 2

JUST THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT – 3

OH SUZY Q – 4

MOON RIVER – 5

SHE’S GOT TO BE SOMEBODY’S BABY – 6

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE – 7

MRS. ROBINSON -8

WON’T YOU COME HOME BILL BAILEY – 9

RAMBLIN’ MAN – 10

SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET -11

WALK DON’T RUN – 12

SWEET GEORGIA BROWN – 13

PEGGY SUE – 14

IT’S A LOVERS QUESTION – 15

STAY (JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER) – 16

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Michael Franti: Shoeless and Soulfull

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Michael Franti: Shoeless and Soulfull

Photos supplied by the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. 

“However do you get on airplanes? Do you just bypass the no shirt, no shoes, no service policy?” I asked Michael Franti, intrigued by the no footwear lifestyle he has lived for 16 years.

The musician and activist chuckles for a moment before saying he began shedding his sneakers when he started visiting countries where many in the population couldn’t afford shoes. It’s just another way he has become one with the people, offering fans not only positive music with an uplifting message but also pieces of what moves him, ignites the passion and drive to add to the world wherever he goes even if getting there is sometimes hindered by airport security.

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Michael Franti headlines the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival on July 2.

If you’ve never heard a Franti song I’d suggest you store up a mix for those days when your soul is filled with clouds. The singer’s 2010 release best describes his music: it’s The Sound of Sunshine. In an effort to give more of what his songs express, in 2013 he embarked on a 35 city tour where fans not only got to see a show but also was able to participate in a mass yoga session. The musician practices daily and it was something he deeply felt connected to that he wanted to share with his audience.

By his own definition, Franti is a Soulrocker, a person who lives from their heart with a compassion for all and a tenacious love for music, life and the planet. It’s also the name of his new album.

“I make the music that makes me feel good. I don’t think about what the radio station wants or what the record label wants,” he tells Ottawa Life before the Soulrocker tour rolls into Ottawa on July 2 for a show at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

“I think the most important thing I’m trying to convey in my songs is that no one should live in fear of being their authentic self.”

You can hear more of our interview with Michael Franti by clicking below. OLM reporter Andre Gagne and the musician discuss his jazz influences, activism, his yoga sessions, more on how he adapted to his no footwear lifestyle, as well as his feelings on how music can change the world and what he hopes to accomplish through his own songs.

“All of us have the potential to be difference makers in the world,” he says. “I hope that my music carries that message and inspires people to go out and be those difference makers.”


Download an MP3 of this interview here.


During the interview Franti, a vegetarian, shared one of his favourite summer meals. Here’s how you can make Franti Beans & Rice:

  • Start by sautéing finely chopped garlic and onions in olive oil
  • Add salt and cilantro
  • Sauté rice in half of the above
  • After place rice in a pot to boil
  • Place beans in the rest of the sauté mix and sitr
  • Put beans in a pressure cooker to cook

Accentuate the meal with a fruit based salad:

  • Combine mango and avocado with lemon and dill
  • Add a bit of salt
  • Add some olive oil

Franti recommends putting some hot sauce on top of the mix

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Find the Perfect Sound with Ultimate Ears Boom 2

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Find the Perfect Sound with Ultimate Ears Boom 2

Get the ultimate 360-degree sound while on the go! UE Boom 2 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that delivers big sound in a compact speaker.

The UE Boom 2 has an impressive 100-foot range and delivers crisp, clean sound thanks to its all-around speaker design. Start, stop or change songs with a tap of the finger, or use its specially-design companion app to control the speaker remotely. Have friends that like to share their music? You can connect up to three other devices to the UE Boom 2 at a time and share the glorious sound!

The UE Boom 2 is waterproof up to one meter, shockproof and dirt-proof. It also boasts a 15 hour battery life, making it great for trips to the beach, camping, or wherever your adventures may take you.

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