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Breaking Blue

The Men’s Styling Products

Men of today are just like women who also crave for attention and appreciation. When it comes to getting notice, there is more than just your dress and your face that matter, however. As the hair complements every face, every man also mind how his hair look just as much how he projects confidence with his overall look. But a comb or a brush is not enough to style a man’s hair. And when it comes to men’s styling products, there are just about too many to choose from that anyone looking for the right product to use may find it quite a challenge.

Men’s hairstyles continue to develop and with a new trend comes a wide variety of products to choose from. Just the way you wear your clothes or your shoes, your hair says a whole lot about you and your fashion sense. Since many hold up to the standard of the world when it comes to fashion and style, some may find it a bit intimidating when finding the right hair style or changing a current hair style.Men’s Styling Products

There are so many men’s styling products, beard and shaving products, and all other hair products that are made available every now and then. The men of today also go to the spa, get their nails done, buy designer labels, and pay so much attention to how they look in the mirror. Even the well-accepted “just rolled out of bed” looks take a lot of effort for many, not to mention a lot of products as well. Thus, it just makes sense that anyone looking for the best styling products for men get be well aware of some of these products that are available in the market today.

Types of Men’s Styling Products

Hair styling products can either improve manageability or keep the hair in place. Hence, they are categorized into either a fixative or pliable product. Fixative hair products dry hard like gel and hairspray. Pliable hair products, on the other hand, remain flexible when applied into the hair, such as pomades and waxes.

Fixative Hair Styling Products

Gels. Gels are usually water-based mixtures that work well for those who want to have that wet, sleek look. There are varieties of this product that break and leaves flakes on the hair, so you need to make sure that you get some good alternatives. You can find the better brands in those that are sold at salons. These gel options provide either a firm or light hold.

If you have a fine hair, one that provides a lighter hold will work best for you. A firm hold gel will only weigh your hair down. Instead of getting the hairstyle that you want, you will end up with a limp-looking hair that looks nothing but great on you.

Hairsprays. Hairsprays are also called spritz or hair lacquer. They are used as a finishing product and are sprayed onto the hair to keep a style in place and prevent it from the wind. These hair styling products are made with several ingredients including propellants, polymers and plasticizers. Many hairsprays also contain sunscreen for bald head that adds shine to the hair when sprayed on it. Just like choosing a gel, you have to look for one that provides the lightest protection to your hair type. (more…)

The Story Behind the Song, “Perfidy”

Songs are found in many places. Breaking Blue’s song, Perfidy, was discovered in an old letter written by a soldier named James Henry Storey to his wife that detail the events of life in Fort Seldon, New Mexico shortly after the Civil War. The letter was published in El Palacio magazine out of Santa Fe, New Mexico by Shelly Thompson.

The story told in the song was paraphrased from this letter by Chrystal Copeland.

My Dearest Darling Little Wife:

A horrible tragedy occurred at the post yesterday, which resulted in the death of our two officers. You will remember in a previous letter that while crossing the plains I messed with Mrs. Warner, wife if Lieut. Warner of my Company. Warner suspicioned for some time past that Lieut. Fred Hazelhurst of my Regiment was too intimate with his wife. He watched them closely and found that his suspicions were but too true. He accordingly sent his wife to the States a week ago yesterday and applied for a divorce. Yesterday morning Johnny (Warner) called me into his room, locked the door and handed me three letters addressed to his wife, written by Fred Hazelhurst, in which he calls her his darling Julia, and says he will resign in January and meet her soon after. He denounced Warner and threatened to ruin him. Warner seemed very much affected, said he had taken the letters from the mail the night before and as my name was mentioned in the letters, asked my advice. I advised him not to take any extreme measures in the matter and he promised me he would not, as the letters would enable him to obtain a divorce without any trouble.

He then went with me into my room and smoked for a few minutes. He then went out saying he wished to see the Colonel. About 12-1/2 o’clock I heard several pistol shots next door in the Colonel’s quarters. As I was the “Officer of the Day” I rushed out to ascertain the cause. Upon reaching the door I saw Warner rushing out of the room and Hazelhurst standing in the door in the door with a pistol in his hand. Just as I reached him, he fired. I pushed him aside and begged him to get out of the way as I feared Warner had to attempt to again get into the room by the back door. Hazelhurst exclaimed, “Oh my God Storey, I am killed.” As he was able to stand without support, I supposed he was not badly hurt, so I went after Warner. Just as I turned the corner of the building, I came across him. Poor fellow, he was just breathing his last– shot right through the heart.

Hazelhurst lived until five in the morning. I remained with him all night, poor fellow. The officers did not have much sympathy for him and though the had but got his deserts. I could not see the poor fellow fie without a white face around him, so I remained with him to the last. Do you blame me, Darling. He repented before he died. I think ’tis well with him.

Fred was but 23, a reckless devil may care fellow, and better hearted fellow never lived. We have sat together at the mess table since we have been at this post and I miss him very much. Warner was 28, a real good fellow but a man of no depth of mind. He had been Quartermaster and Commissary of Subsistence at this post for five or six weeks. A lot of us were together a few nights ago. Warner gave the following as a toast:

Then stand to your glasses steady   

This world is a world of lies

Here’s a health to the dead already

Three cheers for the next man that dies. 

Poor fellow, he little thought he would be the next one. We buried them this afternoon, side by side. I commanded the funeral escort for Hazelhurst. A few yards march with muffled drums, three volleys ore the graves, and that was the end of two men who might have lived for years to come, but for the perfidy of one woman.

Fall is in the air for Breaking Blue

Fall is in the air for Breaking Blue

We have a few exciting shows coming up that we want everyone to know about! Sunday, September 30th we will be playing at the Balloon Fiesta Museum for the Cosmic Carnival. This is a great family event with fun for the whole family with science and astronomy events. There will be free planetarium shows and kids can enter a chance to win a telescope courtesy Albuquerque Astronomical Society. You must be present to win and the drawing will take place at 4:45. We play from 4:00 to 5:00. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for kids. Children under 4 are free and Seniors are $2.00.

It’s also that time of the year for the Balloon Fiesta! We will be playing again at the museum on Saturday, October 13th from 8:00 am (that’s right… in the morning) until 9:00 am. We are looking forward to a wonderful time celebrating fall in New Mexico at the Balloon Fiesta!