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Carnegie Hall is an impressive feat for any musician, but for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music's youth orchestra, this was almost unimaginable…until now.

One may ask how this would be such an impressive event?  In Afghanistan, the Taliban banned music.  Fortunately, there are good people in the world that helped turn this around.

Ahmad Sarmast, who has a Ph. D. in music from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia founded the school with the help of several embassies. 

“Part of our commitment is to promote musical diversity in Afghanistan.”, Sarmast says.

The kids, many of whom are in orphanages, have picked up the music at an incredible pace.  The school was only founded two years ago and the kids are already playing for crowds.

Recently, 48 kids from the school flew to New York's Carnegie Hall to perform Afghan music to a crowd!

"With these two big concerts in New York and Washington, we are showing people not to give up on Afghanistan.”, says Mr. Harvey, the orchestra's conductor.  We couldn't have said it better :)

And that's what's good,
Jon
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Leonard Cooper, won the 'Teen Jeopardy' tournament this week with a $37,000 score and a $75,000 toal for first place.  It wasn't just the impressive amount of money that he came away with, or the even cooler afro that he was sporting, but it was his answer to final Jeopardy that received mass attention.


Closing out the second round, Leonard made a clutch daily double where he risked his $18,000 doubled it!  The final Jeopardy category was "Military Men".  The answer was "On June 6, 1944, he said, 'The eyes of the world are upon you.'" The question was: "Who is Dwight D. Eisenhower?".

Cooper was in the lead and didn't know the answer, so he said: "Who is some guy in Normandy. But I just won $75,000!"

He received an hilarious uproar from the crowd and a huge laugh and smile from host Alex Trebek! 

"One of the things I love about this teen tournament is these guys have marvelous senses of humor!", Alex Trebek exclaimed :)

Watch the video below:

And that's what's good,

Jon

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A beautiful guitar is a work of art.  From the first note that is picked, to the moving chord that is played, to the elegant shape of the guitar's body.

Waterstone Guitars, the brainchild of Robert Singer (very fitting name), views their guitars as a form of art.  To push their artistic envelope they have created a guitar based off the art of Jackson Pollock, a leader in the Abstract Expressionist movement. 

Pollock would place his blank canvas on the floor and use a "drip" technique where the paint would splatter on the canvas.  Waterstone guitars has captured this art technique in their latest limited edition guitars.  Proceeds from these collectors item guitar sales go to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center which is Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner's, home turned museum.  Pollock's original studio art is still on display in the house.

Waterstone Guitars is helping to continue the legend, life, and art of Jackson Pollock.  This guitar masterpiece can be found at http://pollockguitar.com.  Well done!


And that's what's good,
Jon
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