5 Stars for Gift of Time by David Cosgrove | Review by Matthew Forss

Connecticut-based electronic musician and multi-instrumentalist, David Cosgrove, creates an upbeat, spacey adventure of sound on the ten-track, 2008 release, Gift Of Time.  The music is influenced by Mike Oldfield and Ian Anderson with a little Tangerine Dream and Enya thrown in.  There are serene moments and quirky embellishments that provide a musical homage to the synth music of the 1980s and 90s, but it is created with the present and future in mind.

“Fujiyama Sleighride” opens with a brisk percussion segment that is swishy with loads of tapping sounds.  The sound is punctuated by distant drums, symphonic piercings of synth sound, and pizzicato-like strings with bellowing, indiscriminate male vocal utterances.  The cinematic strings kick in about a minute from the start of the song without much in the way of accompaniment.  However, there are sparkling tones and clickety percussion that sounds raw and unplugged.  A repetitive and classical melody continues until the percussion picks up a little tempo and a more dance-like rhythm.  There are harp-like embellishments and the same male utterances near the latter half of the song.  There is a distinct growling sound a few times throughout the song, but nothing is too banal here.

“Gift Of Time” begins with a blurby, dance rhythm with spacey synth sounds and electronic-infused brew of sonic beauty.  The atmospheric sounds bleed into a brisk, swishy and metallic dance melody with a good bass line.  The drum sounds are more indicative of fast doumbek playing that is electronically-derived.  The spacious percussion sounds and aural tapestry of noises compliments the adventurous song that would nicely compliment any type of space exploration.

“Sombrero” opens with an atmospheric wash and a few reverberating electronic tones.  There are background clicks and symphonic washes indicative of early Enigma.  There is a light beat holding it all together, but the angelic vocal washes and cascade of sounds provides an enthralling composition.  If Enigma joined forces with Enya, this would be the musical result. There are a few rock-infused adornments with big drums and a little electric guitar.  However, the majority of the song is overtly new age and electronic.

“Atlantis Falls” begins with a swishy, watery sound with atmospheric effects and drippy percussion noises that carry the song to spacey heights.  The percussion is punctuated with keyboard washes and electronic buzzes that meld with jingly sounds of aural goodness.  The almost rock instrumental song is completely void of vocals and full of shimmering, electronic infusions.

“Sun God Siesta” opens with a spritely guitar and airy wind opening that contains some new age percussion and angelic intonations that are also punchy in spots—almost resembling a didgeridoo.  The metallic strumming and spacey musical foundation creates a chilling affect that does not disappoint.  The spacey song takes on a melodic and rhythmic tone in the vein of Tangerine Dream via Vangelis.  The spacious percussion, fluid electronics, and swishy noises provide a highly-textural result with cascading pulsations of laser-like embellishments.

David Cosgrove’s Gift Of Time is an enthusiastic release of electronica, new age, and fusion musical styles are rolled into one.  The ten songs are unique and varied without the addition of vocals.  The instrumental songs border on dance, soundtrack, and atmospheric genres with washes of aural sounds that span the gamut from laser-like to buzz-driven, but always with a melodic rhythm.  The incredible ability to capture a rich depth of sound is David’s forte.  Many of the songs are over five-minutes long, which provides a rewarding and worthwhile experience. Fans of Tangerine Dream will be especially pleased.

gift-of-time-front-panelArtist: David Cosgrove

Album: Gift Of Time

Review by Matthew Forss

Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)

 

Behind the Counter: David Cosgrove Los Angeles Web Design Featured on MSN Money, StartupNation

An East Granby web design business was highlighted last month on MSN Money as one of “America’s best home businesses” and was also a category winner for StartupNation’s annual feature on home-based entrepreneurs.

Simsbury resident David Cosgrove, 42, who opened David Cosgrove Los Angeles Web Design ten years ago, was named 2012′s “most slacker-friendly” home business by StartupNation. Every year, StartupNation recognizes 100 entrepreneurs chosen by a panel of judges after nominating their businesses, according to money.msn.com. StartupNation ranked Cosgrove’s home business seventh overall.

In a description of Cosgrove’s business, StartupNation wrote that Cosgrove works with “corporations, organizations and friends,” locally and internationally, including “start-ups,” “Fortune 20 companies” and “Emmy Award winning Hollywood celebrities.”

In 2012, Cosgrove developed a website for historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, who wrote New York Times bestselling book Team of Rivals that Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln film is based on, according to StartupNation. The website is www.doriskearnsgoodwin.com.

Patch asked Cosgrove to give us the scoop on his web design business and here’s what he had to say.

Patch: When did your business open? Is it family-run?

Cosgrove: “David Cosgrove Los Angeles Web Design opened in 2003 and is a one-man shop owned/operated by David Cosgrove.”

Patch: What services do you offer at your company?

Cosgrove:
“Web design and development, search engine optimization, Internet marketing, E-commerce, mobile website development.”

Patch: Why did you decide to open in East Granby and what made you interested in your field?

Cosgrove:
“My good friend (and President of the Peter L. Brown Company) Ted Brown made me an offer I couldn’t refuse…and the office is only five minutes from the house. I’ve been designing and developing websites since 1993; I graduated the University of New Haven with a BA in music and sound recording, but the job market was much more receptive to web designers.”

Patch: Do you have a business mantra you live by?

Cosgrove:
“To quote one of my favorite poets (Willa Cather), ‘Where there is the greatest love, there are always miracles.’”

Patch: Can you tell us about your business background?

Cosgrove:
“I did freelance web design from 1993 to 1998, then I joined the corporate world for five years. I was very lucky and was able to work with some incredible people, some that I still work with today; and I got to travel internationally on the company dime. After 9/11 everything changed, and then in 2003 I left corporate and opened up my own shop.”

Patch: Finish the sentence. When I’m not working I’m…

Cosgrove:
“When I’m not working I’m spending time with my family or writing and recording music. I released my third album “Space Toucan (A Neotropical Dream)” in 2012 and I’m working on my next album, which is slated for release in the summer of 2014.  More information and all of my albums/singles are available at http://www.davidcosgrove-music.com.”

BUSINESS INFORMATION

Business name: David Cosgrove Los Angeles Web Design
Owner: David Cosgrove
Location:
133R Hartford Ave., East Granby
Phone number: 860-986-9602
Business hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., office hours by appointment only
Website: http://www.davidcosgrove.com
Email: david@davidcosgrove.com

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This is an album of surprises and wonder. You will be entertained throughout.

This is a magical keyboard, percussion and effects journey created by David Cosgrove; and including the assistance of Mike Cohen, Roger Arnold, Mitch Banks, Ray Romanos, Chris Huit, Mark Palazzo, and Chris Germain.

It opens with “Corridors” which sounds like it was severely influenced by the British prog band IQ. In fact IQ wrote a song “Through the Corridors”, which is full of similar light synths and keyboards, playfully dancing along with the lyrics. The almost mono sounding recoding effects lends itself well to the comparison, as the album “Through the Corridors” comes from, “Tales from the Lush Attic”, has a similar recording quality throughout.

“Bienvenue a Los Angeles” is an instrumental continuation of this cool synth/keyboard sound. “No Opinions” further expands on this path, along with some early Todd Rundgren – like vocals. It’s as if Rundgren and IQ decided to do an album together.

“Space Toucan” propels the sound into a different direction. Oh yah, the lightly played keys and synths are still there, but to a different beat. Drums and some cool electric and acoustic guitar broaden the sound well.

“Staggering Ted” finally takes us on a different path with excellently played acoustic guitar and soft drums. Witty lyrics and interesting sounds fill the air as the caravan of sound moves along.

“Metro Morning” and “Junglescape” are full of excellent percussion and drumming. “I Kissed the Ground Today” and all of the rest of the tracks that fill the album are full of excellent percussion and those steady keys.

This is an album of surprises and wonder. You will be entertained throughout.

Track Listing:

1. Corridors
2. Bienvenue a Los Angeles
3. No Opinions
4. Space Toucan
5. Staggering Ted
6. Metro Morning
7. Junglescape
8. I Kissed the Ground Today
9. Conozca a Los Leafjumpers
10. Burning Leaves
11. Reachback
12. Eddie the Hat
13. On the Big Island
14. Ego Boy
15. Threnody
16. Soaring Part II Added: November 14th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Score:
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Jerry Lucky CD Review: Space Toucan

I’m starting to think that the draw of progressive rock is strong, much like “The Force.” What else would possess an artist like David Cosgrove to enlist the help of other musicians to create the kind of eclectic arty music he’s created on Space Toucan – A Neotropical Dream. For those of you who don’t know, and that may be most of you, Cosgrove is a solo artist, who writes, produces, performs, arranges and I’m sure cleans up after everyone. Here we have multi-instrumentalist Cosgrove (guitars, keyboards, bass, synth percussion) along with Christ Huit (lead vocals, bass), Mitch Banks (vocals), Ray Romanos (guitars), Mike Cohen (lead vocals, bongos), Mark Palazzo (lead vocals), Chris Germain (guitars) and Roger Arnold (percussion, bass), each performing on different tracks. But it is Cosgrove who is the mastermind…this is his baby.

Space Toucan – A Neotropical Dream features 16 tracks running a total of 57-minutes. The music is probably best identified as symphonic prog although given that the length of many of these compositions is between three or four minutes I’m tempted to label it more rightly Art Rock, although it’s admittedly a blurry distinction. These tunes are quite upbeat with a synth sound that sounds like Rick Wakeman is playing Keith Emerson’s keyboard rig, particularly on the opening track “Corridors” [3:56]. What makes this so intriguing to listen to, is how each of these tracks bleeds into the other. As we slide into track two “Bienvenue a Los Angeles” [1:09] we’re treated to a brief instrumental that is rich with compressed and gated string synth sounds – I like it. The songs themselves aren’t overly complex falling more in the style of bands such Saga or Styx, although the music here is nowhere near as rock heavy, guitars tend to take a back-seat to the keyboards. Not every song convicted me, but the title track “Space Toucan” [4:56] is a definite highlight with its up-tempo, bright symphonic sound set against a somewhat darker foundation. This is a winner in my books and in truth it’s a sound that pops up here and there on this disc, but is perhaps best fully realized on this track. I’m reminded of Eddie Jobson’s work on The Green Album.

This is David Cosgrove’s third release and as such shows a steady development in both sound and style and as an artist that’s what you want. Space Toucan gives off a twisted sense of humor; it never really takes itself too seriously. I think symphonic fans will find much to enjoy here, I know I did.

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Tariffville Green Park improvements are underway

SIMSBURY — Brick walkways, Simsbury’s first bumped-out pedestrian crosswalk and lantern-style lighting are among improvements being installed at Tariffville Green Park.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of September.

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation describes town greens as iconic aspects of New England history that hold a valued place in many Connecticut communities. So it should come as no surprise that residents of the Tariffville section of Simsbury, who are working to improve their village, have focused on the Tariffville Green Park.

A few years ago the Tariffville Village Association, a grassroots organization, raised money to build a gazebo on the green. Deputy First Selectman John Hampton, who grew up in Tariffville, secured town funds that also went towards construction of the gazebo.

The Tariffville Village Association has also been a partner with the town in improvements currently underway on the small green.

“It’s a nice little project,” Simsbury Town Engineer Richard Sawitzke said Aug. 22.

Hampton agrees.

“The landscaping and sidewalking going on at the Tariffville Green is very exciting,” he said. “It certainly is a tribute to the Tariffville Village Association and the residents of Tariffville who have worked for this.”

According to Sawitzke, the Tariffville Green Park improvements were actually part of the 2011 town capital improvements plan, but it took time to go out to bid on the project. Colonna Construction, of Woodbury, was selected, and the company started about two weeks ago.

The Tariffville Village Association paid for the design of the plans. Walkways will surround the gazebo that stands in the middle of the green and is adorned by hand carvings at the top, representing recreational activities such as white-water rafting.

“There will be brick pathways and Simsbury-style lighting,” said Sawitzke, referring to lantern-style lights used in Simsbury center.

Custom-designed lantern-style lights are being provided by Connecticut Light & Power, he said.

Hampton said he expects the Tariffville Village Association, in conjuction with the town, to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the green to celebrate completion of the enhancements.

Clodagh McKenna: The Ambitious Irishwoman who is Breaking America

It’s all happening for Cork’s Clodagh McKenna. Just as she starts her own chain of restaurants, she is becoming a star in a America, while the cookery school and the books keep ticking away too. This self-propelling force in Irish food is not afraid to say she is ambitious, that she really chased it, and she doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with that. But on one of her to-do lists, she tells Sarah Caden, is children with her new love. Photography by Kip Carroll. Styling by Liadan Hynes

Clodagh McKenna has her arms up in the air, waving them around and whooping in imitation of the 200-strong television studio audience that faced her in New York only a matter of days earlier. She’s laughing at the memory, through a slight fog of jet-lag and a small sense of disbelief that it actually happened.

“I came out there and they were just screaming and yelling,” Clodagh says, “and I was giggling inside, because this was not like an Irish or a UK audience or anything I’m used to. And I’m halfway through the baking and I ask them if it looks good and they’re yelling, ‘Yeah, it’s awesome!’ It was just amazing.”

A tiny, tiny part of Clodagh was concerned that she might freeze in front of the American crowd on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Nate Berkus Show. “I’m usually pretty relaxed on television, though, so that kicked in,” she says. But the whole set-up was beyond anything she has ever known, she says. Tyra Banks was in the building filming her show and the production was huge, and she recognised Berkus’s co-host from years ago on 21 Jump Street; it was another world. And she liked it. And they liked her.

“I left and I said to my boyfriend that we should go for a glass of wine,” Clodagh explains, “and by the time we got back to the hotel and went to the bar, I got a call saying that they wanted me to come back and do a regular slot. And, you know, you leave that kind of thing on a high, and they’re all saying you’re amazing, we love you, but you have no idea how you have really come across. It was just brilliant.” So, Clodagh McKenna will be off to New York for more TV next month and again in January. Asked what it was that American television liked about her, Clodagh says that she has a high energy that works over there and admits that it’s easier to have fun when the audience don’t know you from Adam, but there’s more to it than that. It’s easy to see what America liked about Clodagh McKenna. While utterly Irish in many ways, she has that get-up-and-go and lack of embarrassment at being ambitious that they love in the States. Ireland can respond to Clodagh’s capacity for hard slog — the US TV breakthrough comes hot on the heels of the publication of a new book, Homemade, and the opening of two cafes of the same name in Dublin’s Arnotts, where she is totally hands-on — but America can appreciate her self-confidence.

It is almost five years since Ireland became aware of Clodagh McKenna, through her first RTE television series, Fresh from the Farmers’ Markets. The series was inspired by her first book, The Irish Farmers’ Market Cookbook, which had been published the previous year and had, in turn, been inspired by her years producing and selling her own market wares. She was immediately an engaging personality, with a sharp media savvy and a great story to tell about falling in love with food and then falling in love with a dashing Italian, with whom, at that time, she lived in Turin.

Blonde and pretty, the comparisons with Rachel Allen were immediate and inevitable, but Clodagh was Rachel without the family-name recognition of Ballymaloe behind her, a self-governing, self-propelling new force in Irish food, who emphasised her entrepreneurial ability and independent spirit. And that’s what we now perceive Clodagh to be, a foodie businesswoman, with a school and restaurant in the Village at Lyons, Co Kildare, going strong, as well as the books, the new cafes, the range of aprons and the bakery she has planned. Oh, and the magazine and further branches of Homemade about which she dreams.

“My family had high hopes for me from a young age,” says Clodagh, trying to pinpoint why, from childhood, she always wanted her own business and believed it was achievable. “I don’t know where it came from, but there was always high hopes of what I would do.” The youngest of four children brought up in Cork’s Montenotte, by a father who was a guard and a mother a legal secretary, Clodagh was taught the value of hard work from the start. “They both worked, but we always had a three-course dinner every evening: starter, main course, dessert,” she says. “And we grew our own vegetables. I wouldn’t call it a foodie house; we lived in a semi-d and grew the vegetables at the side, but there were always fresh linens, always flowers on the table.

“And because they both worked, when you got home from school, there would be a list waiting for you every day. It was only a couple of things — peel carrots, wash potatoes — but it was good for us all because me and my two sisters and my brother, we all have such a good work ethic. We work really hard. At the time, it was such a pain in the butt, and really embarrassing in front of your friends, but I see the sense of it now,” Clodagh adds, and it’s hard to miss the two books of to-do lists by her elbow. After school in Cork, Clodagh won a scholarship to New York Business School, which was “probably the best move I ever made”, she says. There wasn’t much time for letting her hair down or going wild, as her grade-point average had to stay up to maintain the scholarship, but it was a wonderful time. She loved the big city, where nobody knew her, and fell in love with the city’s coffee-shop scene, visits to which were funded by her big sisters’ very generous gifts of the odd few quid in the post. Back in Ireland in her early twenties, with her US-acquired business skills under her belt, Clodagh had already decided that she wanted to work with food. A coffee shop was the dream, but she needed some training. “My parents co-signed a credit-union loan for me to go to Ballymaloe and that was amazing, eye-opening,” she says.

“Darina is just amazing,” she says, “and Myrtle, of course, and, you know, all the rest of it. But Darina just lives and breathes Ballymaloe. She’s tough to work for, but you understand why when you move on and work for someone else or for yourself. She demands perfection and that’s for the customer. It’s a way of life. It changed my whole thinking on food and where I wanted to be in my career; it’s a whole education. “And Darina never forgets anything. I got a lovely card from her when I opened Homemade. She remembers everything. She has a presidential mind, I always say.”

After the three-month cookery course in Ballymaloe, Clodagh stayed on as a chef in the house for more than two years and, during that time, started producing pasta, breads, pates, pestos and sauces for the renowned farmers’ market in Midleton, east Cork. Myrtle Allen kindly let her use the kitchen in Ballymaloe and her co-workers called Clodagh “the ICA lady”. “I loved the whole thing so much,” says Clodagh, with an enthusiasm that you recognise as characteristic after even a short conversation. “On a Friday, I’d finish service at 11 or 12 o’clock at night and then I’d start making the pastas and all that. I mean, I was about 24, I could do all-nighters. I’d get everything ready and then I’d pile up my Renault Clio and off I’d go. It was a fantastic experience.”

She ultimately moved on from Ballymaloe and although she kept up the markets for another few years, eventually Clodagh felt it was time to focus her energies. “I had too many balls in the air. I had the markets and I was very involved with Slow Food, which was totally voluntary, and then I had just been offered a book — actually, that’s not true, I chased that, big time,” Clodagh says with a laugh. The very fact that she admits to chasing her first book deal is telling of Clodagh’s character. She’s ambitious and she knows — not least, she says, from interviews conducted by men — that this is taken to be somewhat strange in a woman. But she’s unabashed about it and refuses to be coy about it. Coy is just not Clodagh. She believed that she could do a book, she convinced others of the fact and, as her subsequent strength-to-strength success proves, she was right.

“I really chased it,” Clodagh adds of the book deal. “Six months or even a year. I knocked on doors, I looked for an agent in the UK, but nothing was happening. I think I made it happen purely on my determination, nothing else. And then RTE offered me a show. “At the time, there was nobody doing TV in Ireland. Like, Rachel hadn’t shows at that time, there was nobody,” she says, though, in fact, Rachel Allen had been doing television for three years before Clodagh arrived on screen in 2007. “But I never had a plan to do TV. I need to do more planning, I think, or maybe it’s more that I just go with whatever I love right at that time; I just jump into it.”

At that time, when Clodagh’s career really took off in Ireland, there was another love affair in her life besides food and she was, physically, elsewhere. She had met Sebastiano Sardo in 2002, through the Slow Food Movement, of which his father is a founder, but they did not begin a romantic relationship until several years later and, after some back and forth, Clodagh eventually moved to his native Turin. She had written her first book by that time, and wanted to write another, and she believed that Italy could prove inspiring professionally as well as romantically. “And my career started hopping once I went away,” she laughs. “Isn’t it funny how that happens? But I was quite happy to be away when the TV series was on. The recognition doesn’t sit easily with me.” The success at home meant, however, that Clodagh spent a lot of time in airports, a lot of time on the road, an increasing amount of time away from Sebastiano. “In the last year of the relationship,” she explains, “I was away so much that we had kind of grown apart and become more friends. And he understood the passion I had for my work but there was that little bit of heartbreak and it was sad, but he’s really happy now.

“He really wanted a family, and he had a little baby girl recently,” Clodagh says, insisting that she felt no pang of regret at that news. “No, I’m happy for him. I’m quite ‘when it’s over, it’s over’. I’m not one to hold on. And I had felt guilty, too, when I first moved back, because I ended it and I was happy to come home and happy with my decision, so for him to go on and find someone and have a child, which is exactly what he wanted, that’s great. And she’s not career-oriented, she’s a stay-at-home mom and she’s perfect for him. “I was never going to be the stay-at-home mom. Never,” she laughs. “If I do have a kid, they’ ll be on my back in a kitchen somewhere.”

Children, concedes Clodagh, as we broach something that’s as thorny to suggest to a woman as her ambition, are on the to-do list for next year. She has been in a relationship with Peter Gaynor for two years now and is very happy, though, she laughs, customers still come up and ask her if “the Italian is here”. “I’m quite easygoing about children,” Clodagh continues. “It’s not something I’ve had a huge longing for, but it’s something I’d like to do. And, yeah, it would fit in. A small family, at this stage of my life — 36 — like, one or two. I’ll think about it next year, when I’m older and more mature.

“Not now, no, not now” says Clodagh, and you can see why. The cafes are barely starting, she’s in them four days a week, and then teaching in the Village at Lyons and then the whole, unanticipated American thing. It’s a lot. Clodagh shakes her head in wonder as she recounts how it happened that she ended up on US TV. During the summer, her brother, whose wife, Erin, manages her day-to-day business, gave Clodagh’s latest book to a journalist from Forbes magazine, with whom he was playing golf in Co Clare. The journalist’s interest was piqued and he visited Lyons and checked out Clodagh’s RTE shows. This led to a write-up on the Forbes website, which, she says, reached far more people than she could ever have imagined, and a slot on Martha Stewart’s radio show followed, as well as various US newspaper interviews and, ultimately, Nate Berkus. She can’t quite believe it — this is easy to see — and perhaps not just because it’s potentially so lifechanging, but because Clodagh didn’t have to go after it. America came after Clodagh.

“I am ambitious,” she says. “I’m ambitious about my own life. After interviews, for a long time, I examined the question I always got asked, ‘Why are you so ambitious?’ But I’m ambitious for my own career and I never look at other people’s careers. I never look at Rachel Allen or Jamie Oliver. I never look at them and think, ‘That’s what I want to be like.’ I’m very honest about what I want. In my mind, I have my own dreams and I want to fulfil them. “I’d like to have my own magazine, I want to bring out another book next year, I’d like to open another branch of Homemade in Cork,” she says. “I am quite ambitious, and anyone who works with me, they know it. But they know it’s not ego-driven. It’s just about how exciting it would be if we did this or that. It’s the excitement of doing something.”

It is, maybe, the excitement of doing something, and aspiring to do everything, that drives Clodagh McKenna. Though even she is aware of the dangers of doing too much. Advice she once received on the subject of her to-do lists was among the best she’s ever had. They must be achievable, she explains, or you can end up disheartened and disappointed in yourself. You can always add more to them if you get everything done, she laughs, but they must start out realistically. “America is so unexpected and I’m a little bit nervous that I’ll be able to manage it, but I’ll just see how it goes. And, knowing me, once I get a glimpse of it, I’ll just throw myself into it,” Clodagh McKenna says with a laugh. “When I get a glimpse of something I like, I’m like a bulldozer.”

Don’t miss Clodagh McKenna’s cookery demos at Taste of Christmas, the season’s L finest food, drink and shopping festival, at the Convention Centre Dublin from November 25-27, featuring the MasterChef Ireland’ live theatre show with Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier plus ‘MasterChef Ireland’ finalists. Tickets on sale now from €15, excluding booking fees, see www.tasteofchristmas.ie

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Faster and Accurate Typing Guaranteed!


Why learn to type?

Because it:

  • Is a life long skill!
  • Is a staple in school curriculum!
  • Clears a path toward effective expression!
  • Frees the mind from the mechanics of what a child is writing allowing him/her to concentrate on ideas.
  • Promotes written communication skills more clearly with fewer mistakes.
  • Helps a child become more resistant to distractions and makes writing more fun.
  • Promote a sense of achievement and pride in written work.

As the ‘digital highway’ increases speed; the keyboard has become a key to literacy. For all children, and especially those for whom handwriting is already a weakness, typing skills will be an essential part of becoming a literate and knowledgeable person.

Type Better – E-mail Faster – Work Smarter!