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Hey guys, so I’m selling these matrix elite blades (10 3/4) that were only used for about 5 months (practically new) because I stopped using them when I stopped skating with the Edea boots that did not workout for me. The blades have only been sharpened once. Set price. Please if you have any question don’t hesitate to write back or message me.


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Spectator Skating Discussions / Commercials During Olympics
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 15, 2018, 10:13:21 AM »
I love the commercials NBC shows - for the most part, they're unique and have tie-ins to the Winter Olympics theme.

One of my favorites was the Will & Grace commercial, despite the fact that I've outgrown that show.  (I watched it three times and took it off the DVR list. It didn't need a reboot, imo.)

Here's the commercial:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaCezSkiOiU&feature=youtu.be

I love Karen's martini toast, lol  Makes me laugh every time.

I'm on the Northern Ice & Dance emaili list.  Today, I received an email saying "Want the dress they wore on Will & Grace?" with a link to the video and another link to their website.  They sell that exact dress (Jerry's Mist on Amethyst #218) in several sizes! 
https://www.northerniceanddance.com/jerry-s-mist-on-amethyst-218-skating-dress.html

Great marketing by Northern Ice & Dance - I typically read the email and then delete it without going to their website unless I'm looking for something specific.
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 15, 2018, 09:03:55 AM »
Just as aside, after any major televised skating competition or show, 15-20 teenagers will post on social media "What was (skater's) music?"  They want to know the title and the artist.

While the licensing fee per song is small, there is probably a sales bump after events.
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 15, 2018, 08:54:20 AM »
Interesting and timely NYT article on music licensing at the Olympics:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/arts/music/olympics-figure-skating-songs-copyrights.html

The use of cover versions is not related to licensing fee contracts.  (I kind of knew that, but it was an interesting article.)

As for copyrights, singerskates can of course speak more to that topic.  These elite choreographers want what they want - if they hear a song, they'll listen to variations until they find one that "sings to them."  They don't negotiate any copyright or music licensing deals, AFAIK.

I will say that, in terms of digital music, covers can be less expensive to buy than originals.  There are a lot of instrumental cover versions of popular songs, with instruments from flute, to piano, to music boxes.  Most are 99¢ on iTunes or Amazon, compared to the original being $1.29 or $1.99. 

Some of the coaches at our rink download/convert songs from YouTube videos and it shows in the sound quality.  They think it's legal, I'm not so sure.

I buy digital music for my skaters, it's a business expense, so why monkey with converters?  I don't charge for cutting music since I often reuse two or more years later for another skater.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Avanta update
« Last post by tothepointe on February 14, 2018, 10:21:09 PM »
They've been making boots for her for a while now. She was about to quit.

To add to the Avanta discussion I will be going to get fitted with them at the end of next week. So I will keep the group updated on the process. Was not going to switch skates just yet but the opportunity came up both financially and time-wise to go to Avanta in person for a fitting.

The process of booking an appointment was smooth and I received a prompt followup via email including some answers to a few questions I had.

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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by icedancer on February 14, 2018, 02:32:30 PM »
Does it maybe have to do with copyrights?
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 14, 2018, 12:48:05 PM »
I noticed that a lot of the songs had English lyrics, which surprised me. 
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by singerskates on February 14, 2018, 12:02:56 PM »
I know this is the first Olympic year that allows music with lyrics.  I've been noticing that a lot of the songs used are covers or less well known versions of songs.  Any idea why?  Is it just because they're less familiar and therefore unusual (and maybe not associated with some movie or commercial or something)?  Cheaper royalties?

Also, looks like the award for most used song may go to the various versions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".  No real objection but there seem to be a lot of them out there.
The reason many skaters would pick a cover version of a song instead of an original is the textured background music allows for more nuances allowing for more creativity in the second mark.

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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Olympic music- why all the covers?
« Last post by Meli on February 14, 2018, 10:40:52 AM »
I love Hallelujah, but agree that Cohen's version is not the most skatable.

Personally, I may try to get a cover when the original is sung by a male, and I'd prefer it be sung from a female perspective (which will also flip the pronouns in the lyrics). Depends on the song. I also may prefer a pop version over country, or vice versa.
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