Music, Passions, Free iPods and More

Doodle o' the Day: 09/07/07 - MUSIC NOTEOver the last few months, b5media's been planning and working on building our 14th channel on the network - the Music Channel. There was recruiting, hiring, planning, directing, brainstorming...

And now, we're finally able to launch our brand new Music Channel. There are about 20 new blogs on the channel - covering specific artists, genres and areas.

Win an iPod Shuffle, MP3 Player or iTunes Gift CertificateAs part of the excitement about this launch, we're giving away 3 iPod shuffles, 3 MP3 music players with MusicIP software, and 3 iTunes Gift Certificates (worth US$25 each). To find out how you can join and win a prize visit our Music Channel Launch Contest Page. Entries are accepted until 20th July 2007. Winners will be notified on or before the 25th of July.

Writing of music, one of the things that we started talking about during one of our weekly b5 chats was our music interests. And, one of the things that came up was my apparent passion in the subject. Christina said that although we've known each other online for over a couple of years now, she didn't realise that music was something that mattered to me a lot. Fair enough. I don't really talk or blog about music that much. She then asked, "Why not?"

I confessed that sometimes, I do get timid about sharing some sides of me. I mean, yes, obviously, I have no qualms about sharing some personal stuff seeing as I have a personal blog. But, that doesn't mean that I'm always personal.

Of course, being the gorgeous person that she is, Christina just told me never ever to feel timid about showing my interests. Especially if it's something that really matters to me. Chances are, people who do want to get to know me will want to know.

So yeah, if you want to know: I do love music. I had formal piano lessons as a child. Approximately for about 5+ years. I learned to play the drums in my early 20s and was part of a "girl band" in church (with my sis as the bass player). I tried learning to play the guitar some time last year - but stopped when I got pregnant.

My musical inclinations? Hmmm... I'm eclectic. I just listen to what I like. I've loved different music and different artists all through the years - from Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, The Cure, Boys to Men, and 10,000 Maniacs to The Corrs, LeAnn Rimes, Five for Fighting, and Lisa Loeb. And some Filipino artists like Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Sharon Cuneta, and Martin Nievera. Two Singaporean talents I like: Tanya and Corinne May. Some of my recent faves are mostly Aussies: Missy Higgins, Delta Goodrem, Shannon Noll, and Bachelor Girl. Oh, and yeah, for a while, I went crazy for UK's James Blunt. I'm a bit over that now.

My most recent CD purchase? Pink. Surprise, surprise.

What about you? What's your music like? What was your last CD (or iTunes) purchase?

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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