DJ Miller at the Dunkin Donuts Music Lounge


Friday afternoon up and coming country artist DJ Miller performed at Country 92.5’s Dunkin Donuts Music Lounge.  His performance and Stealing Angels were a “2 for 1” trade in on the radio station’s website.  At first I wasn’t going to see DJ – but I decided last minute to go anyway and I am glad I did.

There were about a dozen of us there to see him, and the show was set to start at noon.  However, one of the station guys came out and told us that DJ had called and was running late, so it would be about 10 more minutes.  About 10 minutes later DJ showed up and shortly after that we went into the music lounge.

DJ played 5 songs for us: (and mentioned the names of each one before he sang them which made my life a heck of lot easier when it came to keeping track of a setlist!) Between Sundays, Little Things, Probably Just Me, Whatever It Takes (his single) and Only one makes me lonely.  He told us that he is from a small town in Indiana (about 150 people lived there) and he played some gigs in Nashville as well before he was discovered.  He is 21 years old (though looks a bit younger than that).   He has is working on an album, but does not yet know when it will be out.  He is going to be playing for some major labels soon so if one of them signs him (and they’d be silly not to!) then they will release it, if not it will be released on the indie label he is currently on.

After his performance we got in line to get photos with him and then got back in line to go through again to get signed photos.  He is adorable and very sweet and I hope that he does well for himself 🙂

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It is no secret that college is expensive. You have your tuition – which is through the roof.  On top of that you have lab fees and all sorts of other fees and then of course there are the textbooks!  I have had classes which required 4 or more textbooks and in some cases – we never even got around to using them in class!  Sure, the bookstore would allow you to “sell back” your books, but for a huge discount compared to what you paid for them – and then they would put them back on the shelf and make money off of them again! (Assuming that the professors did not choose to use the newest edition in the next semester!)
Fortunately, I won a full college tuition scholarship to my #1 choice school when I was a senior in high school.  While this saved me a TON of money, I still spent a small fortune on textbooks.  As I mentioned above, I had a few classes that required 4+ textbooks.  I also had a lot of classes with HUGE textbooks.  I think my Physics book cost more than I made in a month at my part time retail job and it may well have weighed more than I did.
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According to The College Board, in the past year students spent an average of $1,137 on textbooks and supplies.
The Department of Education has found that textbooks costs almost as much as tuition and fees (72%) for those students enrolled in a community college.  42% of college costs goes to textbooks for these students.
Textbooks are rising at 4x the rate of inflation (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
According to Gates Foundation Study, the rise in cost of textbooks is having an impact on students abilities to do their class work.  60% of students who did not end up graduating have stated that the cost of textbooks and other fees aside from tuition played in to why they did not graduate.
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