⓱talent – this 12 Year Old Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Philospher is Captivating [video links]

I am decidedly not a fan of reality TV as a genre. Nevertheless, there have been occasional stand out performances on the talent shows.

This Aug 30 performance by 12 year old Grace Vanderwaal is truly inspirational. She has many musical gifts and brings a fresh outlook to her art. She writes her own original songs, plays the ukele exceptionally and she sings like an angel – and she does it all live in front of a national TV audience. She is charming in a manner that cannot be ascribed to mere “stage presence”. It takes a special talent to bring an entire audience to tears.

It’s even worth watching the cheesy production of her backstory at the beginning of this video – she is the most quotable person I’ve seen come from the quagmire that is reality TV.

Light The Sky


Quote (song lyric): “Cause the stars are dull when they’re compared to you and I – And if people don’t like it then they can close their eyes”


More awesomeness from Grace:

Beautiful Thing

Quote (song lyric): “You think that you know my heart – And you probably do – So I’m always with you”


I Don’t Know My Name

Quote (interview after song): “I feel like I’m just daydreaming and I’m getting ready to wake up”

⓱gear – Streaming Music in Your Car WITHOUT a Headphone Jack (iPhone 7)

The Problem: You like to stream music (or podcasts) to your car audio system but there’s no headphone jack on your iPhone 7 (thanks, Apple).

Or you have an iPhone 4/5/6 but there’s no Aux input on your car radio for an audio patch cord.

Or your much older car only has a cassette player.

Or your fancy new car sports a CD slot but no Bluetooth (thanks, Audi).

The Solution: Thankfully there is a single inexpensive device that addresses all of these scenarios. This stylish transceiver gets the bluetooth audio stream from your phone and then transmits it over a FM signal to your car radio. So there is no wire attached to the phone or to the car radio. Once paired it automatically links to your phone when the car radio is turned on. It just works…

The Lumsing Bluetooth 4.0 Car Audio Adapter

Remarkably the sound quality and volume are preserved and there’s no lag or interference noise. There’s a dual 12-volt adapter included so you can charge your phone when in use. The only wire is for USB power. The display magnetically mounts to the dash. Once tuned to an open FM station you can stash it out of site if your prefer. The display unit has some controls but in a year of use I’ve never needed to touch mine. It has a microphone for Siri integration and hands-free phone calls. I recently added one to the other 3 family cars and everybody is equally as thrilled.

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Best of all you don’t have to use one of Apple’s many dongles for an awkward fix.

If you enjoy listening to music wirelessly from your iPhone look no further than this audio streaming roundup