Politicians Can Be Musicians, Too!

We know politicians as figure heads of a country. They tend to be busy and have to face people every day whether they be ordinary citizens or other government employees in a meeting or gathering. It is quite exhausting even just to think about it. But remember, politicians are human too. They still need to rest and have rights just like others. A politician can even have their own hobbies too. Their hobbies could involve crafting, cooking, or sport, for example. But as they say, music is a universal language, and if we are to look at it more carefully, music has a connection even to politics. 

But setting that aside, like other people, politicians can be musicians too. They can sing or learn how to play instruments or even both. There are actually benefits to learning new instruments. The first is the physical advantage.

By learning to play an instrument, you can actually help with improving your posture, believe it or not. Because of this, it can make it very helpful in your job of constantly facing and interacting with other people, delivering speeches, and even with just sitting at your desk and working. Improved posture will help a person carry themselves more as a professional.

It doesn’t stop there though, learning how to play an instrument can also help mentally. Music can reduce stress, and it is an added bonus to be able to play it in whatever style you want. It also great for developing concentration and improving your memory, which is a must with the job of a politician. Another must with a politician’s job involves the social aspect, and this can be developed with the help of music too. First, it helps in building confidence because when learning a new instrument you’ll need a bit of confidence to play in front of others, especially as you get better. And because music requires concentration, it is a good way to practice becoming a good listener. Not only that, music has a tendency to bring people together in a community setting that will be useful for forming friendships and connections. Learning instruments will also be good for helping you to learn to manage your time better since it requires fitting a hobby into an already busy schedule – hence learning to plan ahead. With an exhausting job like that of a politician, this will be a favorable skill to possess. Not only can you learn something new, but it will be a great opportunity to develop your basic social skills without requiring extra time.

Learning to be a musician is quite simple. Singing requires talent but even an average voice can be developed over time. Singing is not really for everyone though. Instruments, on the other hand, are much different. One may not have a talent for an instrument at the outset, but with practice and determination, it can be developed. How?

First things first, you have to choose an instrument to learn. It could even be two or more at a time. This is not impossible, but it will much better to concentrate on one at first. Having a second instrument to learn is something you can add in later. Of course in choosing instruments, you’ll have to buy one, and there are a ton to choose from. Here is an article with Pickup Plug’s recommendations that will help with buying electric guitars, a favorite instrument of so many musicians throughout the world. After that, another aspect is knowing which genre you want to play. We have our own personalities and tastes and at times this shows us what kind of music we like. That is no different for politicians, either. When learning, it is important to know about your tastes and intentions as this will affect your style and technique for playing. 

To be a musician, there will be ups and downs along the way. It’s simply not an easy path. To become proficient, one must be patient, determined, and adaptable – all of which are traits important for being a politician as well. 

How To Spruce Up Your Political Office

When you’re in politics there’s a lot to be said for appearance. It may actually be more important than what you do at your job on a daily basis. The public’s votes keep you in office, and the public’s opinion of you is what gets them to vote in the first place. There are so many ways that you’re making an impression on the public as a politician, and one small sector of that is the appearance of your office where you spend your days working when you’re not on the road.

In short and informative post we’ll go over some of the simple things you can do to spruce up your office, so that you’ll have that extra boost of confidence when visitors come to speak with you.

A Leather Chair or Couch

The very first thing that probably comes to mind when outfitting a political office is that it has to be warm and welcoming to visitors. Nothing suits this need more perfectly than a lush and comfortable leather chair or couch for your visitors to sit in. A dark brown leather tends to be the best fit for the color schemes used in most political offices, but you may need to use your discretion if your color scheme is a bit non-standard.

A Bold Desk

They say a desk is only as bold as the person sitting behind it, and I’m inclined to side with that statement. You’re still going to want a nice large desk with a spacious desktop for your political office though. It’s a good idea to get the colors to match well with the leather chair that we just discussed. It should be a relatively easy feat, and the combination of the two pieces of furniture will have maximum appeal.

Calming Plants

With the furnishing foundations out of the way, it’s time to turn to a few extra accessories that you can add to really bring the appeal of your office to the forefront. What better way to start than with some calming potted plants? Some of the top choices are peace lilies, orchids, and snake plants. They are relatively easy to maintain and very pleasant on the eyes. A couple of carefully placed potted plants throughout your office can certainly help to make a great impression on your visitors.

Aromatherapy via an Oil Diffuser

Aromatherapy really has to be subtle, because if you overdo it you can easily offend your visitors. With that in mind, having a nice subtle aroma to your room can easily put your visitors at ease. Go with something neutral and pleasant. The main purpose is to fill the aroma void so that you’re not smelling the stale aromas of yesterday’s lunch, or perhaps another visitor’s egg sandwich from the morning. Find a nice looking oil diffuser to put it in and tuck it in the corner of the room. Not necessarily out of site, but at least out of the center of attention.

Subtle Ambience with Electric Fireplace

Now you really have a solid baseline put in place, it’s time to get fancy. You can do this with any number of ambience-enhancing objects, but my personal favorite recommendation of the day is to get an electric fireplace. You’ll get many of the benefits of a real fireplace in your office, and they can easily be installed where a traditional fireplace is simply not an option. Just think of how inviting your office could be with the additional ambience of a fireplace. Take a look at BEFR’s buying guide and see if you can find one that works for you.

If you’ve gone ahead and put this extra effort into making your office inviting and welcoming for your visitors, then you’re well on your way. Take note of how your visitors act next time they come to see you. Do they seem at ease? Do they look around the room with a smile on their face? If so, you’ve done a great job. Let us know how it works for you!

Review of Senator Jon McCain’s Career

Childhood and Early Life

John Sidney McCain III was born in a naval station in Panama known as the Coco Solo on August 29, 1936. He was born into a family of four-star admirals with his father later John S McCain junior later rising to command the United States naval forces in the Pacific. Since Senator John McCain grew up in a family that held military service in high regard he spent most of his childhood years moving from one military base to the other in America and abroad.

Military Career

Following his family history McCain went ahead and joined the United States Naval academy where he graduated bottom his class in 1958, the low performance was attributed by his indifference and he says the subjects that were taught were not in his line of interest. He also graduated from flight school in 1960 which later advised his interest to volunteer for combat duty with the outbreak of the Vietnam War.

His flying training had him fly career-based attack planes bombing runs against the Vietnamese. It was during this period on July 29, 1967, in the Gulf of Tonkin that his jet was inadvertently shot by a missile triggering a fire that killed 134 people and left him with a serious injury. However, he recovered and went back to active duty, that same year on October 26, 1967, his jet was shot down while doing a bombing run over Hanoi, the North Vietnam capital. He was badly injured as the plane crashed into the Truc Bach Lake and captured by North Vietnamese who confined and tortured then later on December 9, 1969, moved to Hoa Loa prison which was famously known as “Hanoa Hilton”.

McCain was in prison for a total of five years being in solitary confinement for most of that time. When his captors learned that his father John S McCain Jr. was a high ranking Navy officer they tried to offer him early release but McCain refused and asked to be released together with other prisoners of war, he also knew the Vietnamese would use his release as propaganda. Finally, he was released in 1973, two months after the cease-fire took effect with other American prisoners, and he got a hero’s welcome back at home with several service awards, including the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross. Despite the injuries he sustained in prison McCain still went back to serve as a naval aviator for a nine-month period.

Life in Politics

McCain joined politics in 1976 when he became the Navy’s liaison officer to the U.S Senate. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his second wife Cindy Hensley and worked as a public relations officer in his father-in-law’s beer distribution firm. McCain used this position to advance his connection in the political arena. McCain used his war record to help him clinch the seat in the U.S House of Representatives, and with the retirement of the Arizona senator Barry Goldwater, McCain went for the seat and was elected senator.

McCain was a force to reckon with in the Senate being bold in questioning the ruling Republican orthodoxy he earned the nickname ‘The Maverick ’.

In 1980 McCain was accused to be involved in a scandal of improperly intervening with federal policy to favor Charles Keating, Jr. He was however cleared by the Senate in 1991 for any illegal dealings. In 2000, he unsuccessfully ran against George W Bush for Republican Presidential nomination. Then after aligning himself with Bush in 2007 he secured a Republican nomination and ran against the Democrat’s candidate Barrack Obama.