Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get your Weekend Started – The Eagles and The Proclaimers


As you can see I have been driving for rather a long time. If I am alone in the car with miles in front of me, I always have music as my companion. it used to be tapes, then CDs and now I just plug in my iPod and press play. The style of music will depend on density of traffic and my mood, but usually it is something with a beat.

I learned to play the guitar and composed quite a few songs in my early teens. I sang with a band in my late teens and over the years I have done a fair bit of performing in my travels. Always up for a jam session. Music is massively important to me and I have hundreds of CDs and now digital versions that move in and out of my playlists on my iPod.

I used to have a portable tape player that was a brick, and weighed just as much, on a strap that you wore over your shoulder, then the wonders of the small plastic tape player and lightweight headphones. Then came the CD player with a multi-deck that went in the trunk of the car. Now I just plug my iPod directly into the radio in the car and I have 500 tracks to choose from. The wonders of modern technology.

This week I thought I would share two songs with the travel theme, since I am in Portsmouth with my two sisters for our annual get together for our birthdays. A girls weekend where no doubt we will be sharing some of the memories of our 65 years together.

The Eagles

An American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. Five #1 singles and albums, six Grammy Awards. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and Hotel California were ranked among the 20 best selling albums in the US in 2000. I can also recommend their album Desperado.

Here is Take it Easy by the Eagles from 1977 just one of the tracks I listen to in the car.

You can find the track on Their Greatest Hits Album which I recommend..so many hits in one place: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DANSGTG/

My second song today is I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers. Love the beat and it always perks me up when I am a couple of miles into a walk.

The Proclaimers are a Scottish band composed of identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. They have released ten studio albums plus three compilation albums.

You can find this track on their album Sunshine On Leith: https://www.amazon.com/Sunshine-Leith-Proclaimers/dp/B000T1DNWW

I hope you have enjoyed the selection today and please leave your favourite tracks in the comments and all the better if you can find the YouTube link so that others can head over to listen too.

I will catch up with your comments when I get back on Wednesday.. Thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – St. Valentine’s Day Culinary treats, poetry and music.


Welcome to the round up of posts from the week and a very big thank you for dropping in and sharing the articles.

It has been a busy week getting the blog sitting posts scheduled for my time offline. I will be posting a calendar of posts tomorrow but I promise you have some treats in store from some of your favourite writers and some new contributors.

There will be some of the regular posts too, but the one real change is that the blog sitters will be in charge in my absence and I know that they will do an amazing job.

I have mentioned before that I am leaving David at home (he is looking forward to peace and quiet) whilst I join my two sisters for a joint birthday celebration.

This means that if you do send an email to sally.cronin@moyhill.com between Thursday 15th and 21st of February, you won’t get a reply until my return. I also will not be responding to comments on the posts either but promise to catch up as soon as I can.

As always a thank you to the regular contributors to the blog who write amazing columns and this week William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor have shared music, poetry and a St. Valentine’s Day feast.

Next week there will not be a round up on Sunday but I will do a blog sitting round up on Wednesday 21st.

On with the posts from the week and again, thank you for stopping by…Sally

The Music Column with William Price King

William Price King  and I are taking a break from the music series the next couple of weeks as I prepare for my trip away. But we begin a brand new one on Wednesday 21st with the life and career of the pop legend Madonna.  I hope you will join us.

In the meantime I would like to share the creative artist interview from last year in case you missed meeting William Price King in person.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-jazz-singer-musician-and-composer-william-price-king/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

This week Paul Andruss shares a conversation between a Muse and a Pilgrim on the subject of poetry…..and its various forms. With examples from some of the most revered poets of all time. Part two in a few weeks. According to the Muse – A Dialogue in 2 Halves – What is Poetry

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-according-to-the-muse-a-dialogue-in-2-halves-part-1-what-is-poetry-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor’s Food Column

This week Carol shares a Valentine’s Dinner that you can prepare for your loved one… providing just the right romantic vibe and privacy in the comfort of your own home. Staying in for Valentine’s Day by Carol Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-column-with-carol-taylor-staying-in-for-valentines-day/

The Open House Sunday Interview

Today’s guest is author Debra Purdy Kong who will be sharing the background to why she writes mysteries, her publishing adventures, her viewing preferences and favourite quote. We will also find out more about her work at then end of the interview.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-open-house-sunday-interview-author-debra-purdy-kong/

The New Series of Posts from YOUR Archives begins in March with a slight twist.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/new-series-of-posts-from-your-archives-beginning-march-1st-2018-your-chance-to-share-past-gems/

Personal Stuff

Letters from America – 1985- 1987

My first birthday in Houston was my 32nd on February 13th and a lot of things came together around that time as we found both our new home for the next two years in the Chancellor apartments, Parramatta Lane. Here is my letter to my parents announcing the good news and sharing a photo of our new car on February 23rd 1985.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-birthday-new-car-galverston-and-houston-zoo/

I thought I would share one of the stories from my WIP – Tales from the Irish Garden to prove that I had actually been working away in the background… This story is based on the bedtime stories we told to my younger brother..called Jeremy, and is about a little donkey who finds himself on the wrong side of the hedge… because of a mean bull called Gerard.

Donata Zawadzka has created six of the book’s illustrations and I think you will agree the one for Jeremy is delightful. I hope you will pop and see it.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/tales-from-the-irish-garden-a-sneak-preview-jeremy-the-donkey-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive time playlist

This week two pieces of music that have always emotionally moved me. The theme song from The Last of the Mohicans and the hugely successful theme from Beaches.. The Wind Beneath My Wings sung by Bette Midler.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/sallys-drive-time-playlist-movie-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-the-last-of-the-mohicans-and-wind-beneath-my-wings/

Posts from MY archives.

To promote the upcoming Blog Sitting Special whilst I am away with my two sisters for a few days.. I shared some of the posts from last year at the same time. Last year Linda Bethea entertained us with the story of the moral ambiguity attached to a suitcase!

Linda will be joining the blog sitting team again with a wonderful tale of her mother’s spending strategies.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-blog-sitting-february-2017-the-sinful-suitcase-and-the-common-law-cows-by-author-linda-bethea/

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I was delighted that my lovely friend and talented author Tina Frisco leapt into action when I invited writers to blog sit whilst I am away with my two sisters last year. Tina is hugely supportive of all her blogging friends and in this post she explores our perception of time. Time is an illusion

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-blog-sitting-february-2017-2/

Last year whilst I was away with my sisters in Portsmouth, Mary Smith shared a photograph and memories of her time in Afghanistan. A wonderful post to revisit and also a reminder of Mary’s books and recent reviews.

Mary Smith - web ready

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-blog-sitting-february-2017-afghan-ceilidh-by-mary-smith/

Last year when I was away on my annual family reunion, Colin Chappell entertained us with some funnies. You can find out more about Colin and his book after you have had your laffs.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-blog-sitting-february-2017/

The Saturday Meet and GreetWatering Hole for Bloggers.

As it is St. Valentine’s Day next Wednesday I thought that today we should feature some of the elements that have played a part in the celebration traditionally. Featuring Colleen Chesebro, Dolly Aizenman, and Mairi from Citrus and Cinnamon.

The first poetry written about romance was probably slipped into an epic poem at some point by some lovesick Greek or Chinese scholar. The earliest recognised written poem was written in Hieratic in around 2,500 BCE.  Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor and I am sure there must have been a line in there that formed the toast of all sailors since then ‘To our loved ones, and may they never meet’! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/smorgasbord-saturday-meet-and-greet-valentines-day-special-poetry-chocolate-and-champagne/

Posts from Your Archives

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies kicked the week off with one of her commonsense guide to working with social media. There is nothing more pleasing, having composed a blog post than to receive feedback in the form of likes and shares.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-shout-outs-and-sharing-by-d-g-kaye/

There has been a publishing revolution in the last twenty years and more recently with the advent of eBooks. Janet Gogerty explores the options now open to us with this format and also Print on Demand. A way to print a limited number of books at a time to order. Reinventing The Printing Press

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-reinventing-the-printing-press-by-janet-gogerty/

Darlene Foster gives us a guided tour of the port of Messina with its stunning architecture and history.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archive-madonna-of-the-letter-and-236-steps-in-messina-by-darlene-foster/

Another Time, Another Place by Geoff Le Pard  People know the Angel of the North, that scary be-winged man that startles the unsuspecting motorist on his way north, but I’m not sure how many people have made it around Liverpool to Crosby Beach and three kilometres of sculpture.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-another-time-another-place-by-geoff-le-pard/

This week Jennie Fitzkee shares with us one of the teaching experiences which resulted in a wonderful suprise. A small child who noticed something in a masterpiece that Jennie has not noticed before….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-starry-night-ii-by-jennie-fitzkee/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-adele-marie-park-don-massenzio-brigid-p-gallagher-cynthia-reyes-and-teri-polen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-balroop-singh-jack-eason-toni-pike-amy-hoff-and-lynn-otty/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Gender-bending chemicals found in plastic and linked to breast and prostate cancer are found in 86% of teenagers’ bodies

Almost 90 per cent of teenagers have gender-bending chemicals from plastic in their bodies, according to a study. Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in plastic containers and water bottles, on the inside of food cans and in till receipts. The chemical, used since the 1960s to make certain types of plastic, mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen, and has been linked to low sperm counts and infertility in men, as well as breast and prostate cancer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-the-hormone-mimic-in-plastic-and-inside-food-cans/

Welcome to part three of this series on Irritable Bowel Syndrome.. In the last two posts I covered the new research showing the involvement of Vitamin D in our gut health and also some of the strategies you can put in place to minimise the symptoms. I also looked at the impact that chronic stress can have on our digestive system and our gut welfare.

The two previous posts can be read here at these links.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrient-in-the-news-vitamin-d-and-irritable-bowel-syndrome/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/smorgasbord-health-column-irritable-bowel-syndrome-nutrients-and-strategies-to-manage-the-condition/

The six week programme.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/smorgasbord-health-column-irritable-bowel-syndrome-the-six-week-recovery-programme/

Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing my book on anti-aging.. Turning Back the Clock. This is a natural anti-aging programme. We all age but many of us are assisting the process with diet and lifestyle choices. This book takes a look at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of aging and how a little attitude adjustment goes a long way!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-revisited-anti-aging-without-the-botox/

Last week I posted about the epidemic levels of Pre-diabetes and today I am following up with a mineral that is contained in sufficient foods to include on a daily basis in your diet that helps to control blood sugar levels. And in my experience help to curb sugar cravings. Chromium

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/smorgasbord-health-column-pre-diabetes-the-epidemic-that-goes-unreported/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-health-column-pre-diabetes-blood-sugar-control-chromium/

Humour and Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-an-official-pain-and-palliative-care-consultant/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-presents-for-teacher-mums-and-dads-all-the-fun-of-the-fair/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-a-clydesdale-love-story/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-chinese-dinner-auctions-and-chewing-gum/

Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet – Valentine’s Day – Poetry, Chocolate, Champagne and Music


Welcome to the Saturday morning post where bloggers who have recently followed the blog can introduce themselves.  Each week I will share a small selection of bloggers at random.

Basically this is a watering hole for bloggers across all the areas of interest. Watering holes are very useful for meeting like-minded people and also a way to grow a supportive and sharing community.

If you are NEW to smorgasbord it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the comments.. a brief intro and then a link to the post that you feel best represents your blogging style.

If you are a REGULAR visitor to the blog then please do leave a link to your latest post too, so that we can visit and share.

The idea is to encourage more readers to your posts and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

The community that kindly supports me is always welcoming, and you will find a great deal of support and encouragement especially for new bloggers.

I look forward to finding out more about you.  Sally

As it is St. Valentine’s Day next Wednesday I thought that today we should feature some of the elements that have played a part in the celebration traditionally.

The first poetry written about romance was probably slipped into an epic poem at some point by some lovesick Greek or Chinese scholar. The earliest recognised written poem was written in Hieratic in around 2,500 BCE.  Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor and I am sure there must have been a line in there that formed the toast of all sailors since then ‘To our loved ones, and may they never meet’! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_poetry

If you would like to impress your beloved this Valentine’s Day by penning an ode to their beauty and other attributes, you might find this post by Colleen Chesebro very useful.

You do not necessarily want to be writing an epic poem 20 stanzas long as there is only so many ways to say ‘I Love You’ but you might like to tackle one of the Eastern forms of poetry, The Haiku, The Tanka or The Haibun – not only could you share this poem with your loved one in a card or even orally, but you could compete in Colleen’s Tuesday challenge.

Welcome to the Tanka Cafe on ST

Colleen outlines each of the poetry forms with instructions and for example here is her guidelines on The Haiku.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

Head over and acquaint yourself with the other styles and learn how to seriously increase your chances of romance by showing off your skills: https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/02/06/colleens-weekly-2018-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-70-destiny-challenge-synonymnsonly/

You can also check out Colleen’s book at the same time.The Swamp Fairy: The Heartstone Chronicles Volume One.

About the Swamp Fairy

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations. Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy.

The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors. But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world. Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MX

Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

The second element of St.Valentines Day is chocolate usually in one form or another and as luck would have it. Dolly Aizenman of the Kosher Kitchen Cookbook fame, did a post this week on the subject. And with clever use of Nutella (and a dairy free alternative) sets about creating some tasty dishes.

Here is a starter for you with the link to follow it up to read the rest of the post.

February is a National Chocolate Lovers Month, according to Foodimentary.com .com, and today is a World Nutella Day. This recipe is adapted from Kirbie Cravings, and it is one of many dessert recipes that use Nutella as a main ingredient. I was first introduced to Nutella chocolate spread in Italy, way before it crossed the ocean and took America by storm. You should’ve heard my son, a six-year-old, walking around Rome, begging for it on every corner! There is nothing yummier than Nutella, granted, but – it is dairy! Are you ready to monitor your kids’ time that elapsed since that hot dog they had grabbed at school? Now, Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge frosting is Pareve (non-dairy), so I adjusted the recipe accordingly.

Find out how you get to this point: https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/not-exactly-nutella/

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Incidentally if you are looking for a Kosher Cookbook which has recipes that are suitable for vegetarians, pescatarians and vegans.. then you might like to check Dolly’s new book out.

eBook version

About the cookbook

From the four corners of the world – international fusion cuisine the kosher way! Cook Indian, cook Italian, cook Chinese and Japanese, or cook traditional Jewish; make it vegetarian, pescatarean, or vegan, make it festive and nutritious, always easy to make and delicious, for holiday and every day, but above all, have fun in your kitchen and make your kitchen a fun place to be!

Head over and buy the book in paperback or Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Dolly-Aizenman/e/B0789FDS7W

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kool-Kosher-Kitchen-Collection-Recipes-ebook/dp/B0787F3N35

Now on to more of the good stuff. You now have your poem written, your chocolate creation cooling in the kitchen and it is time to pop a cork (or two).

But perhaps as well as enjoying a glass or two you could create a dessert. White Chocolate Champagne Possets courtesy of Mairi of Citrus and Cinnamon.

White Chocolate and Champagne Dessert

© Image Mairi – Citrus and Cinnamon

I will hand you over to Mairi

My husband laughs at me when I use words like “posset” and “ramekin“. What? I thought such words were in everyone’s daily vocabulary! Maybe just in the baking world.

Anyhow, I love possets! They’re almost always a thick, creamy dessert. Usually lemon, or other another piquant fruit – but I’m flavouring mine with champagne and white chocolate. The dryness of the drink contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of white chocolate. I’ve heard that you don’t find possets often in the USA, so I’ll describe them how I described them to my American friend: they’re like the nice part of the cheesecake, but without any cheese in them.

Head over and learn how to make these delicious desserts from Mairi and check out her other recipes as well: https://citrusandcinnamon.com/white-chocolate-champagne-possets/

And on that note.. it would not be Valentine’s Day without music.. so here is our own William Price King with My Funny Valentine..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

Just a reminder that this is a watering hole and a place to share your latest post and introduce yourself if you are new to the blog or would like to mingle with the other guests.

It would be lovely to hear your plans for Valentine’s Day – please share in the comments… We are staying in with dinner for two…with all the trimmings….

Thanks for dropping in and look forward to hearing from you. Sally

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Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Movie #Music to get the Weekend Started – The Last of the Mohicans and Wind Beneath my Wings


Music has always been a vital element of my well-being and I often state that in my opinion music is another food group. I have a number of different playlists on my iPod for every mood and activity from walking on my treadmill, driving short and long distances and just when I need a shot of energy or some restorative downtime.

I played guitar a little and wrote some songs full of angst as a teenager. I have sung quite a bit in private and also in public over the years – I love country and will sometimes be coaxed into a little jamming.

This week two pieces of music that have always emotionally moved me. The first is the theme from the film The Last of the Mohicans, and at the last count I think I have seen the movie at least 10 times. It had the benefit of being adapted from the stunning book by James Fenimore Cooper written 1826. Set in 1757 it vividly portrays the two warring nations of France and England with the settlers and the native Indian tribes caught up in the middle of it. A love story and one of adventure and sacrifice.. as you can tell I will be watching again.  The actual theme track is 6 minutes long but I discovered this amazing version from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2008.. Brilliant.

The original for the movie was composed by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman.

You can buy the movie here and I can highly recommend if you have not seen before: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Mohicans-Daniel-Day-Lewis/dp/B000A2WP7O

Another piece of music from the movies that I have always loved is Wind Beneath My Wings sung by Bette Midler in the 1988 film Beaches with Barbara Hershey.

Originally written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley.

You can buy the film here: https://www.amazon.com/Beaches-Special-Bette-Midler/dp/B000765IJK/

I hope you have enjoyed my selection this week and I hope you will tune in again next Friday as I will leave you something to listen to whilst I am offline for my few days break.

I would love to hear your favourite tracks and if you can find the Youtube link please leave in the comments. thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Jazz Singer, Musician and Composer – William Price King


William Price King  and I are taking a break from the music series the next couple of weeks as I prepare for my trip away. But we begin a brand new one on Wednesday 21st with the life and career of the pop legend Madonna.  I hope you will join us.

In the meantime I would like to share the creative artist interview from last year in case you missed meeting William Price King in person.

William has been a source of wonderful histories of many of the great performers in the last century and here are the links to the directories.  I hope if you missed any of the posts you will catch up now.

You can find all of the previous artists from 2014 – 2018 in this directory

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

And the new Music Column posts – starting with Bono and U2 in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Onto the interview with William.

Back in April 2014 I met William Price King on Twitter. I was planning on bringing my Sunday Show that I presented on ExpressFM in Portsmouth over to my blog with interviews and music.. William has a huge following on Twitter and it was with some trepidation that I contacted him and asked if he would consider being a guest for the new show. He accepted immediately and little did I know that it would result in such a wonderful friendship and collaboration.

It was not long before the subject of a regular music spot came up and as William is a Jazz singer, musician and composer with a love of the iconic artists of the 20th century such as Nat King Cole and Mel Torme, that is where we began.

However, William actually began his career as a classical singer and composer and recently he has provided a fabulous insight into the work and dedication needed to succeed in this very demanding singing discipline.

Over the last four years we have enjoyed posts on Jazz royalty, Classical artists and now contemporary legends such as Bono and Uw

I hope you are as excited as I am to celebrate four years of great music with this new series about Madonna… and here is an interview to bring us up to date along with some performances that I am sure you will enjoy.

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What style of art attracts you the most and why? Who is your favourite artist?

My favorite period for art is Impressionism. My favorite artist is Claude Monet. There is something very peaceful in Monet’s paintings and his relationship with nature. I discovered that when I lived in Manhattan and worked at the Metropolitan Museum. Like a magnet I was strongly attracted to his art.

This exhibit, “Monet at Giverny” was on display for a short period of time and I spent most of my “breaks” breathing in the atmosphere his paintings created. I adored his perception of nature, his landscapes,and the seasonal changes he created on those landscapes.They demonstrate his skill at outdoor painting, his obsession with color, and his appreciation of light. My favorite painting by Monet is “Water Lillies (Nymphéas).”

Who is the best actor or actress you have ever seen on television of film and tell us why.

My favorite actress is Meryl Streep. What I like the most about her is that she is meticulously attentive to the nuances of performance, imbuing every gesture with the values of craftsmanship and an enormous respect for quality. She masters the accents of an impressive amount of regions and countries, as seen in “The Deer Hunter” from western Pennsylvania, “Sophie’s Choice” from Poland, “Out of Africa” in Kenya, and Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” to name a few.

She has proven over and over that she can do anything, that she can play any role with consummate skill, resourcefulness and dignity. I appreciate her using her stature as an artist to speak out and engage in human rights activities, and being a strong advocate for the arts and humanities.

What is your definition of success?

Success is very unique and personal for each of us. Often times in our society success is determined by what others have decided that success is, such as personal worth which is measured by what we have to show for what we have done – money, diplomas achieved, or goals reached.

And most of the time the determining factor of success is the degree to which a person is validated and approved by others. I, like most people, fell prey to that concept. Now, with age, I believe that if you love what you are doing, then you are successful.

If you live life as a sincere human being, then you’re successful. If you try to ease suffering in others, then you are successful. If you are kind, then you are successful.

And most of all, if you can love, without conditions, then you’re successful.

What are the most significant changes in the way that Jazz is performed in the last thirty years?

Many different types of jazz have been recorded and performed over the last thirty years, from traditional styles to fusion, acoustic, and electric styles, with an interesting combination of influences resulting in unique and very artistic types of music.

The term “jazz” has expanded to take in a wide variety of music, from very commercial “smooth jazz” and “latin jazz,” to pop vocal stylings of artists like Norah Jones.

Many young musicians are performing and recording exploratory types of jazz, taking risks and creating new music on a high artistic level. Older jazz artists, on the other hand, still follow the established jazz tradition. It is not uncommon to find young musicians today who blend all styles of jazz together and create new styles, using the latest computer technology.

Jazz, like people, society, and the culture it reflects, is constantly evolving.

You studied classical music and have composed and performed Jazz and some contemporary music over the last thirty years. If you were beginning your career today would you choose a different style.. If so why and if not why?

Singing classical music, pop, and jazz has been a very rich experience for me. Classical music opened the doors to the great composers in both vocal and instrumental music and struck a chord deep inside me. I identified with Schumann, for example, on a very profound level. Of course, having studied music in school and at university, it prepared me for my future, not only as a singer but also as a vocal coach. Contemporary music (pop music) opened the door to jazz.

I found a kind of freedom in jazz that does not exist in classical music. In classical music what you see in the score is what you sing and nothing else, whereas in jazz one can modify and improvise on what is written in the score which opens the door to more creativity. As a composer as well as a singer, if I had to start all over again I would go the same route. I am a much better musician because of it.

After such a wonderful career in both performing and coaching young singers, is there still a dream that you would like to achieve in relation to music?

Yes there is. About 15 years ago someone gave me a cd of Harmonic Singing, or Overtone Singing as some call it. I was taken aback by what I heard and profoundly moved. Harmonic singing is believed to have its origins in south west Mongolia. It is a voice technique wherein one sings two or more notes at the same time. This happens when one sings one note where the overtones or harmonics are amplified by changing the shape of the resonant cavities of the mouth, larynx and pharynx. It is extraordinary. So, when I retire from singing jazz, I intend to participate in workshops which teach this type of singing. I did one years ago and it was fascinating and I look forward to starting again one day. It is very meditative.

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo called “Clear Cut,” and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – https://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

And to finish things off…. But Not For Me.

 

 

 

My thanks as always to William and I am so delighted that we will be enjoying his music contributions into a fifth year here on the blog.

 

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get the weekend started – ZZ Top and Tina Turner


Music has always been a vital element of my well-being and I often state that in my opinion music is another food group. I have a number of different playlists on my iPod for every mood and activity from walking on my treadmill, driving short and long distances and just when I need a shot of energy or some restorative downtime.

I played guitar a little and wrote some songs full of angst as a teenager. I have sung quite a bit in private and also in public over the years – I love country and will sometimes be coaxed into a little jamming.

This week some ZZ Top…. and Tina Turner. They are my go to musicians when I need to reboot. Got me Under Pressure and On Silent Wings by Tina Turner.. do the trick.

About ZZ Top

I first heard ZZ Top when we moved to Houston and one of our friends had their album Eliminator which had been released in 1983. The band was formed in Houston in 1969 and nearly fifty years later they are still touring. The band is made up of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, Guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons who is also the band’s lead, lyricist and musical arranger, and drummer Frank Beard. Their blues inspired rock has crossed the generation gap and if anything was going to get me on a plane for a long haul flight again.. it would be to see them play live.  They are among the top 100 best selling artists in the USA with 11 gold, seven platinum and three multi-platinum records.

The nearest that I got to them was on a plane. I was at the front of business class when they trooped on, gave everyone a wave and disappeared into first class… so near and yet so far!!

Tough to pick one of my favourites but here is Got Me Under Pressure.

 

Buy ZZ Top: https://www.amazon.com/ZZ-Top/e/B000AQ1DZA

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ZZ-Top/e/B000AQ1DZA

If you want to see ZZ Top in Person: http://www.zztop.com/

My second piece of music is by another of my favourite artists – Tina Turner. What a powerhouse and my apologies to her for the number of times I have mangled her songs on Karaoke evenings…….

Another artist whose career has spanned over 50 years and for most of us, an essential element of our teen years. I cannot remember a time when I did not have several tracks of hers on my playlist and as before tough to choose one to share. Since we had some upbeat blues rock from ZZ Top here is one of Tina’s more reflective tracks.. On Silent Wings.

 

Buy music by Tina Turner: https://www.amazon.com/Tina-Turner/dp/B001GH1HMG

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tina-Turner/dp/B001N88NSO

I hope that you have enjoyed this evening’s selection… always delighted when you share your favourites in the comments. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – William Price King’s Music Column – Bono and U2 up to date.


Welcome to the William Price King Music Column.. A weekly post about the background and music of the top artists across the different styles of music. The first artist of 2018 is Bono and the band U2.

U2 has one of the most impressive catalogues of awards of any of the groups in the last forty years. Apart from 170 million + records sold world wide, the group has also won an impressive number of industry accolades.

Please visit the directory for the previous columns: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Bono and U2 up to date.

Just a quick reminder of just some of the awards that Bono and U2 have achieved in their long career.

U2 has one of the most impressive catalogues of awards of any of the groups in the last forty years. Apart from 170 million + records sold world wide, the group has also won an impressive number of industry accolades.

  • Academy and Golden Globe awards for movie tracks “The Hands That Built America” – Gangs of New York and “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
  • Billboard Music and Touring Awards for best rock song, rock artist and world tours.
  • Brit Awards for best International Group, Most Successful Live Act and Outstanding contribution to Music.
  • Twenty- two Grammy Awards, including induction into the Hall of Fame, as well as Ivor Novello, Juno, MTV, NME and UK Music Video Awards.

“Discothèque” is the lead single from U2’s 1997 album, “Pop.” It peaked at number one in many countries, including the UK. “Discothèque” debuted at #3 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and hit #1 the following week. It was certified Gold by the “RIAA” on 7 April 1997. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #10, but dropped off the charts after only four weeks in the Top 40. It was also the band’s sixth (and last) top ten single in the US. It debuted at #1 on the UK singles chart, remaining on top for one week and spending a total of eleven weeks in the chart.

In the accompanying music video, which was directed by the Frenchman Stéphane Sednaoui, the band performed in what seemed like the inside of a mirrorball. They alluded to several elements of the disco era, including disco-style dancing and the film “Saturday Night Fever.” U2 further and directly alluded to the “Village people,” a popular disco era band, by similarly adopting the guises of various professions: a motorcycle police officer (Bono), a gay-fetish biker (the Edge), an American sailor (Adam Clayton) and a cowboy (Larry Mullen, Jr.). “Stylus” magazine described the video as “sublimely bizarre.”
This was U2’s first experiment with Electronica. “Discothèque’ is a riddle about love,” Bono explained in the book U2 by U2. “Once you know that, it changes the way you hear the song. You can reach but you can’t grab it, you can’t hold it, control it, you can’t bag it.”

“Beautiful Day” is the first track from their 2000 album, “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” and it was released as the album’s lead single. It was a commercial success, helping launch the album to multi-platinum status, and is one of U2’s biggest hits to date. “Beautiful Day” revisits the group’s past sound. Bono explained that the upbeat track is about losing everything but still finding joy in what one has. The song received positive reviews, and it became their fourth number one single in the United Kingdom and their first number one in the Netherlands. It also reached the top of the charts in Australia, Canada, Finland, their native Ireland, Italy, Norway and Spain.

The song peaked at number 21 in the United States, the band’s highest position since “Discothéque” in 1997. In 2001, the song won three Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Rock performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 2010, “Rolling Stone” updated its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and placed “Beautiful Day” at number 345, making it one of eight U2 songs on the list.

According to Bono, “Beautiful Day” is about “a man who has lost everything, but finds joy in what he still has.” The song’s video showed the band walking around in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, with scenes of the band playing on a runway interspliced with large jets taking off and landing overhead.

“The Saints are Coming” was originally recorded by the Scottish punk rock band Skids. The song became an international number 1 hit when it was covered in 2006 by U2, featuring “Green Day.” The song’s lyrics were written by Richard Jobson with music by Stuart Adamson. U2 and Green Day’s version peaked at #2 in the UK and #51 in the US. It also topped the Canadian chart. The song was recorded to support “Music Rising,” an organization that helps return music programs to New Orleans, and helps musicians replace the instruments they lost to Hurricane Katrina.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, U2 and Green Day recorded a new version of this song in 2006 to raise money for victims of the hurricane. The images of weather-related disaster made the song an appropriate choice, and The Saints are the name of the New Orleans professional football team. It was a big deal when The Saints played again in their home stadium, The Superdome, after it was used to shelter victims of the hurricane and nearly destroyed. On September 25, 2006, U2 and Green Day performed the song when The Saints played there for their season opener on Monday Night Football, which was a nationally televised event and symbolic of the resurgence of the city.

The video for this song (directed by Chris Milk) reminds the viewers about the devastation the hurricane caused, and shows a different version of events that followed the tragedy. In this video the troops are redeployed from Iraq to help victims of Katrina and thus play the role of “the saints”. While showing the musicians’ and director’s perception of how things should have been done, the video also criticizes the way the government acted on the events in reality, as well as the way the media covers tragic events such as Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent rescue operations.

U2 and Green Day recorded the song at Abbey Road Studios. The proceeds from its sale go to “Music Rising,” an organization founded by the Edge and producer Bob Ezrin to help New Orleans musicians who had lost their livelihoods due to the hurricane.

“Magnificent” is the second track on the band’s 2009 album “No Line on the Horizon” and was released as the album’s second single. It is played before the start of every New York Rangers home game at Madison Square Garden.

The single was released on 4 May 2009 and reached #42 on the UK Singles Chart. While well received by critics, it was the first domestically-released U2 single not to make the UK Top 40 since “A Celebration” in 1982. The song also made a one-week appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. However, “Magnificent” did much better in continental Europe, entering the Top 20 in several countries: #6 in the Netherlands, #11 in Italy, #15 in France, #16 in Sweden; the song also reached the Top 5 in Ireland. The music video was filmed in Fez, Morocco, directed by Alex Courtes.

Bono noted that the lyrics were influenced by both Cole Porter and Bach, and that the song is about “two lovers holding on to each other and trying to turn their life into worship.” Lanois described the song’s origins: “We wanted to have something euphoric and Bono came up with that little melody. And he loved that melody, and stuck with it. Almost like a fanfare. And then I was involved in the lyrical process on that, because we wanted to talk about sacrifice that one makes for one’s medium or one’s art. I thought it had for a setting New York in the 1950s; looking out a small bedroom window. Maybe a Charlie Parker kind of figure.”

“Ordinary Love” is the fourth track from U2’s 13th studio album “Songs of Innocence,” (based on Mandela’s love letters written to his wife while he was still imprisoned) and was written to honor Nelson Mandela. This song is included in the biography film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” The song was given a limited 10-inch vinyl release on “Record Store Day,” (November 29, 2013) less than a week before Mandela passed away.

“Ordinary Love” peaked at number one on the Top Digital Download chart in Italy, where it was certified platinum by the “Federation of the Italian Music Industry.” U2 won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and in January 2014 the song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

 

U2 had been friends with Nelson Mandela for several years, having played concerts in South Africa. When the movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, invited the band to write a song for the soundtrack of the Mandela biography film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” they responded with a quick yes. After seeing early cuts of the film, the group was inspired to write a song reflecting upon Mandela. “Rolling Stone” said, “Ordinary Love” is about the seeds of dreams, and U2 play it perfectly: down to earth, while looking up.”

“Song for Someone” is the fourth track from their thirteenth studio album,“Songs of Innonence,” and was released as its third single on 11 May 2015. It was produced by Danger Mouse and Ryan Tedder. Bono has described it as a love song dedicated to his wife,Ali. He told Rolling Stone, “Before I even knew what commitment was, I ended up as a young man in the arms of this young woman, in a world somewhat hostile to the concept of the childhood sweetheart and a first love.” “Rolling Stone” compared the track to the band’s Grammy Award-winning single, “Walk On,” stating that the song “begins with gentle acoustic guitars before gradually building up to a “Walk On” style crescendo.” The song has peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Top 40 chart, number 13 on theBillboard Adult Alternative Song chart, number 19 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and number 30 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart.

You’re the best thing about me” is the first single from their fourteenth studio album, “Songs of Experience. Guitarist the Edge said that “You’re the Best Thing About Me” originated from an attempt to write a song in the spirit of Motown, combining rhythmic music with a joyful mood, although he said there was nothing “obviously Motown” about the end result.Bono referred to the song as “defiant joy”, something that he and the Edge said was more important than ever in the “difficult times” in which they were living.

According to the Edge, the song was one of several from the album for which Bono wrote lyrics to his friends and family after having a “major scare where he really wasn’t sure he would be around very much in the future”. Bono composed the lyrics after having a dream that he had destroyed something that’s most important to him, his relationship with his wife Ali.

On 7 September, the band performed the song on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon before debuting it live three days later at a concert in Indianapolis on the” Joshua Tree” Tour 2017. The song was the band’s 42nd track to enter the Alternative Songs chart in the US, further extending their record for the chart. It was also the group’s 27th entry on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, the second-most all time; the track eventually reached number one on Adult Alternative Songs, making it U2’s record-breaking 13th track to top the chart. The song’s official music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and premiered on 27 September 2017. It was filmed earlier that month while U2 were in New York City.

 

Buy the music of U2: https://www.amazon.com/U2/e/B000APTGBO

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U2/e/B000APTGBO

Additional sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bono
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U2
U2 Website – News and Tours: http://www.u2.com/tour

A massive thank you to William for the work that has gone into the post.

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo called “Clear Cut,” and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – https://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

We hope that you will join us again next week for a very special interview . Thanks for dropping in and your feedback would be very welcome.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Open House Interview with Author Sharon Marchisello.


Welcome to the Sunday Interview and this week I am delighted to introduce you to Sharon Marchisello who talks about her genre, her publishing adventures, most useful invention and activities she feels we should experience.

Tell us about your chosen genre of books that you write and why?

My chosen genre is mystery. I started out writing “mainstream” fiction, but when I was in graduate school at the University of Southern California, one of my professors suggested I pick a genre, as it would be easier to get published that way. He loved mysteries, but I wasn’t a fan, so I tried to write romance. I found I couldn’t make my stories fit the formula, though.

For my third novel, I got an idea for a mystery, and I had so much fun writing it. It’s like putting together a puzzle. I set up a crime and then created a cast of suspects, all with motive and opportunity. I wasn’t even sure who did it until I’d been writing for a while. Unfortunately, although I found an agent who shopped it around for a while, that book never got published.

Writing mystery teaches you a lot about using suspense, which is needed in any story to keep the reader turning the pages.

My fourth novel, Going Home, the first one to get a publisher, is also a mystery. It was inspired by my mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, which prompted me to wonder what it would be like to interview a witness or a suspect who could not rely on her memory.

What adventures have you had publishing your work?

Publishing my first novel was a long process. I began writing Going Home in 2003; it was 2013 before I finally got a contract, and 2014 by the time the book was released. It went through seven drafts. I pitched to both agents and small publishers that would look at unagented material. I paid $50 for a critique from an agent at a conference and he spent half of our 15-minute session on his cell phone making lunch plans. All he had to say to me was, “I didn’t like your heroine as much as I wanted to, but keep writing.”

The first draft was a cumbersome 100,000 words filled with backstory, flashbacks, interior dialogue, and the protagonist’s opinions about everything. I was lucky to find an excellent beta reader from my Sisters in Crime chapter. Her advice was to cut, cut, cut all the superfluous prose that didn’t advance the plot; what I had was a mystery, so focus on that.

Several drafts later, I had a lean, mean, 75,000-word mystery, but it was still getting rejected. One agent said she loved it, read the whole thing on an airplane. “But,” she said. “It’s not a mystery. It’s more about the relationship between mother and daughter. This needs to be a mainstream novel. Give it more layers, and take it up to about 100,000 words.” She said she’d look at it after I did the rewrite, but suggested I seek other opinions.

My manuscript never made it back to 100,000 words, but I managed to flesh it out to around 89,000. Since I hadn’t really done what she’d asked, I didn’t resubmit to that agent.
I had a small press ask for the full manuscript, and then I didn’t hear from them for six months. When I finally got in touch (at a new email address I’d happened to find online), the editor admitted she’d lost my manuscript before getting a chance to read it. (She still had the SASE.) She’d been afraid to ask me to re-send it, because she kept thinking it would turn up. She let me resubmit electronically, but then she ignored me again. After a few months, I followed up, and she said she’d decided to pass; she wasn’t interested in publishing fiction anymore. I had wasted almost a year with her, for nothing.

When I finally got a contract from Sunbury Press, I was afraid to tell many people, for fear of jinxing things. What if they went out of business or cut their list before they got around to publishing my manuscript? What if they changed their mind? As a result, I made a lot of mistakes regarding marketing: I didn’t build a website or start a blog, didn’t get on social media and create hype, didn’t try to get advance reviews and blurbs. In my contract, I was entitled to some free copies. But I didn’t realize they wouldn’t be sent to me automatically; I had to go to the publisher’s website and order them. So the book had been out more than a month before I had my launch party.

I’ve been in writers groups and networking for years, so I should have known better, but I’m the type who can only learn by making the mistakes myself!

In your lifetime what event or invention has most impacted your own life or work?

I’d have to say the word processor/computer. When I first started writing, I wrote in pencil, long hand, on lined notebook paper. By the time I completed a manuscript, I had so many scratch-throughs and arrows and insertions, I could barely read what I wrote. When I finished, I’d type it up on an IBM Selectric typewriter. That would be the first time it would be possible to show my work to anyone else and get feedback. But once it was typed, I was resistant to making changes, especially those that required major retyping. With Microsoft Word, I can pull up the document and add/delete/move text around and then reprint easily. Makes it much easier to do rewrites, and rewriting is probably the most important part of writing, if you want to produce a book that is fit to publish.

What are the top five experiences or activities that you feel that everyone should complete in their lifetime?

  • Travel – I’ve always been curious about new places and love learning about other cultures. Travel opens your eyes to different worldviews, different ways of doing things. And yet, in some ways, we’re all very similar. My husband and I have visited over 100 countries on six continents. When I finished graduate school, I got a job with an airline, and in my 27-year career, I took full advantage of the travel perks.
  • Reading – I can’t imagine not being able to read. It’s essential to learning, and discovering new worlds. It can take you away from reality for a few hours, into a new world different from the one you’re living in.
  • Having a pet – Nothing beats the unconditional love of a furry creature who can comfort you when you’re down and forgive you when you screw up.
  • Learning another language – Not only does it help you understand another culture, it helps you understand the structure of your own language better. I learned a lot more about verb tenses in English after I studied French and Spanish.
  • Creative Writing – I realize this is not for everyone, but for me, writing is essential to my sanity. I made up stories before I learned to write my name. Writing allows me to create a world where I am in control. Bad things happen to bad people. And the heroine, so much lovelier and more talented than me, can succeed where I fail, always saying the right thing and acting nobly.

Tell us about your work in progress, plans for your blog in the next year any special events that are coming up that are very special to you?

My work in progress, Secrets of the Galapagos, is a psychological suspense novel with multiple twists and turns. The setting was inspired by a Galapagos cruise I took in 2014.

I also write a blog about personal finance,Countdown to Financial Fitness, and will continue that.

I plan to attend several writers conferences this year. I already registered for Bouchercon, and I may attend Killer Nashville, too.

My Sisters in Crime chapter will participate in the Decatur Book Festival again this year, and I’m on the organizing committee.

About Sharon Marchisello

Sharon Marchisello is the author of “The Ghost on Timber Way,” part of a short story anthology entitled Mystery, Atlanta Style, featuring fellow Sisters in Crime members. She has published a personal finance e-book entitled Live Cheaply, Be Happy, Grow Wealthy, as well as numerous travel articles, book reviews, and corporate training manuals.

Sharon grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. She studied for a year in Tours, France, on a Rotary scholarship and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California. Now she lives in Peachtree City, Georgia, with her husband and cat.

Retired from a 27-year career with Delta Air Lines, she does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society. Going Home is her first published novel. The murder mystery was inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, which prompted her to wonder what it would be like to interview a witness or a suspect who could not rely on her memory.

About Going Home

Michelle DePalma expected to jet into Two Wells, Texas, check on her elderly mother, and hurry back to her orderly life in Atlanta, where she has a happy marriage and satisfying career. Instead, she finds her mother, Lola Hanson, hovered over the bludgeoned body of her caregiver, Brittany Landers.

Since the events of 9/11, one month earlier, Lola’s memory loss has amplified, and the family suspects Alzheimer’s. Now Lola can’t tell anyone what happened to Brittany.

The agency that provides home care for Lola promptly withdraws its services. Michelle is stuck in her home town longer than planned as she cares for a mother with whom she has never been close and tries to prove her innocence. The police officers who investigate the crime are old antagonists from grade school.

A secret thought to be long buried—that Michelle bore a son out of wedlock and gave him up for adoption—surfaces when a surprise daughter-in-law and granddaughter show up, distracting Michelle from her quest to solve the murder. And then she stumbles upon a motive which makes Lola look even more guilty.

“Going Home” was inspired by the author’s mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s and explores the challenge of solving a murder mystery when a potential witness cannot rely on her memory. Written from the prospective of a baby boomer forced to reverse roles with her parents, it crosses into the mainstream genre of women’s fiction and touches increasingly common issues such as elder abuse and end-of-life decisions.

Two of the reviews for Going Home.

Going Home is a wonderful example – a fascinating story of family connections By GG Byron on August 18, 2017

I am particularly fond of first-person female narrators. Going Home is a wonderful example – a fascinating story of family connections, both strained and strong, that are reawakened when Michelle, the first-person narrator, returns to her small hometown to visit her forgetful aging mother.As she enters the house she finds a young woman lying in a pool of blood, her mother unaware of what had obviously happened very recently. When first responders arrive, her mother, clearly suffering from dementia, becomes the primary suspect.Soon, another woman and her daughter arrive, seemingly related to Michelle.

The story intensifies as relationships come to light that Michelle had long since done her best to forget.

Without providing any spoilers, let’s just say that Michelle’s relationships with former schoolmates are revealed and intertwined against the backdrop of an increasingly confused woman, suspected of murdering her hired care-giver.I appreciate mysteries that incorporate social issues. “Going Home” is a great read!

Very Good By Don S and TeamGolfwell on December 4, 2017

I really liked “Going Home” by Sharon Marchisello, and found it to be an excellent and exciting mystery. I am familiar with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and the author wrote an excellent mystery with many interesting characters. Ms. Marchisello has a lot of talent as a writer and I enjoyed it very much.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/

Read other reviews and follow Sharon on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4297807.Sharon_Marchisello

Connect to Sharon.

Blogspot : https://sharonmarchisello.blogspot.com/
Blog WordPress: https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLMarchisello
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Live-Cheaply-Be-Happy-Grow-Wealthy-494073360780648/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLMarchisello

My thanks to Sharon for joining us today and she mentioned that one of her favourite music artists is Jackson Browne and I have selected The Road and the Sky from Late For the Sky his 1974 album.

 

You can buy Jackson Browne music here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jackson-Browne/e/B000APV90K

I know that Sharon would welcome your feedback and any questions.. thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get the weekend started – A little bit Country – Dolly Parton with Kenny Rogers and Keith Urban


Music has always been a vital element of my well-being and I often state that in my opinion music is another food group. I have a number of different playlists on my iPod for every mood and activity from walking on my treadmill, driving short and long distances and just when I need a shot of energy or some restorative downtime.

I played guitar a little and wrote some songs full of angst as a teenager. I have sung quite a bit in private and also in public over the years – I love country and will sometimes be coaxed into a little jamming.

This week I thought I would share two of my country favourites.. one from the 35 years ago by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, country royalty, and one of today’s top rock country musicians.. in my opinion… Keith Urban.

First some nostalgia and some music that is great for that last dance of the night with the right person… Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers released in 1983

The song was written by the Bee Gees and was named after the Ernest Hemingway Novel. Originally and R&B song for Marvin Gaye.. Kenny Rogers adapted for his album Eyes That See in the Dark.

The song got to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the Country and Adult Contemporary charts and was certified Platinum. It also topped the CMT’s poll for the best country duets of all time.

You can buy the song on the album: https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-That-Dark-Kenny-Rogers/dp/B00006IJY7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eyes-That-Dark-Kenny-Rogers/dp/B00006IJY7

The next track on my playlist is from multi-award winning New Zealander Keith Urban who has dominated the country charts for many years with his rock/country music. Although I love his rock tracks, he also has a great way with ballads. I had a tough time choosing just one song but since we are in a romantic mood… here is a heartbreak song!  Tonight I Wanna Cry……

You can buy Keith Urban music: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keith-Urban/e/B000APIDMC

This Track is from his Greatest Hits Album : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keith-Urban/e/B000APIDMC

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s selection and next week time for some classic rock.. ZZ Top and Tina Turner.. I hope you will tune in…thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – William Price King’s Music Column – Bono and U2 Part Three


Welcome to the William Price King Music Column.. A weekly post about the background and music of the top artists across the different styles of music. The first artist of 2018 is Bono and the band U2.

U2 has one of the most impressive catalogues of awards of any of the groups in the last forty years. Apart from 170 million + records sold world wide, the group has also won an impressive number of industry accolades.

Please visit the directory for the previous columns: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

“With Or Without You” is the third track from their fifth studio album, “The Joshua Tree” (1987), and was released as the album’s lead single on 16 March 1987. The song was the group’s most successful single at the time, becoming their first number-one hit in both the United States and Canada by topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and the RPM national singles chart for one week, with a further three weeks at number two. The song originated from a demo recorded in late 1985 that the group continued to work on throughout “The Joshua Tree” sessions. Ostensibly a troubled love song, the track’s lyrics were inspired by Bono’s conflicting feelings about the lives he led as a musician and domestic man. Bono wrote the lyrics during his first night visiting La Côte d’Azur in 1986, while struggling to reconcile his responsibilities as both a married man and a musician.

His wanderlust in belonging to a musical act was often at odds with his domestic life. The lyrics ostensibly describe a troubled relationship between two lovers, although the lyrics have been interpreted in religious contexts. The “Washington Post” interpreted the song as both an acerbic love song and a tune lamenting the moral contradictions one faces with their religious faith.

Toby Creswell echoed these sentiments, saying it “can be read as a song about either marital romance or spiritual need.” Bono explained that the lyrics had romantic intentions, saying, “there’s nothing more revolutionary than two people loving each other. One, ’cause it’s so uncommon these days, and two, ’cause it’s so difficult to do.”

While writing the lyrics, he realized that neither facet of his life defined him, but rather the tension between the two did. He explained that the final lyric is about torment and how repressing desires only makes them stronger. “With or Without You” is U2’s second most frequently covered song. In 2010, “Rolling Stone” magazine placed the song at number 132 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” “With or Without You” debuted at number 64 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and on 16 May 1987, it topped the chart to become U2’s first number-one single in the US, proving Friday’s prediction true. The song spent three weeks atop the chart, and 18 weeks in total on the Hot 100. The song also topped Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart, Canada’s RPM Top 100, and the Irish Singles Chart.

According to Billboard, the song was the group’s breakthrough with American audiences. The single peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart, spending 11 weeks in the top 75 of the chart. The single also peaked at number two on the Dutch MegaCharts Top 40. In 2009, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 43 on the week ending 31 May, based on download sales due to Shaun Smith’s performance of the song in the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent. In 2000, the song appeared at number eight on “Rolling Stone’s” list of “100 Greatest Pop Songs.” In 2010, “Rolling Stone” magazine placed the song at number 132 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

 

“I Still Haven’t Found What I”m Looking For” is the second track from their 1987 album “The Joshua Tree” and was released as the album’s second single in May 1987. The song was a hit, becoming the band’s second consecutive number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 while peaking at number six on the UK Singles Chart.

Like much of “The Joshua Tree,” the song was inspired by the group’s interest in American music. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” exhibits influences from gospel music and its lyrics describe spiritual yearning. Bono’s vocals are in high register and lead guitarist the Edge plays a chiming arpeggio*. Adding to the gospel qualities of the song are choir-like backing vocals provided by the Edge and producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” was critically acclaimed and received two nominations at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards in 1988, for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Many critics and publications have ranked “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” among the greatest tracks in music history including “Rolling Stone” which ranked the song at #93 of its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

The music video for the song was filmed in Las Vegas in April, 1987 following their “Joshua Tree” Tour concert in that city. In 2001, the song was ranked at number 120 on the RIAA’s list of 365 “Songs of the Century”—a project intended to “promote a better understanding of America’s musical and cultural heritage”—despite the group’s Irish origins. The staff of the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” selected “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as one of “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”

*arpeggio: a type of broken chord, in which the notes that compose a chord are played or sung in a rising or descending order.

 

Desire” is the third track on U2’s 1988 album, “Rattle and Hum.” Released as the album’s lead single, “Desire” was the band’s first number-one single in the UK and Australia. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US., and topped both the Modern and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, the first song to reach the top of both of these charts simultaneously. It reached number two on the Dutch Top 40. In 1989, “Desire” won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

U2 cites the Stooges’ song “1969” as the primary influence on “Desire,” which is an interpolation of the “Bo Diddley beat.”* “Desire” has appeared on two U2 compilation albums, “The Best of 1980-1990 and U218 Singles.

*The Bo Didley beat is a syncopated musical rhythm that is widely used in rock and roll and pop music. The beat is named after rhythm and blues musician Bo Diddley, who introduced and popularized the beat with his self-title debut single.

 

One” is the third track from their 1991 album “Achtung Baby,” and it was released as the record’s third single in February 1992. “One” was released as a “benefit single,” with proceeds going towards AIDS research. The song topped the Irish Singles Charts and US Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts, and it peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was acclaimed by critics upon its release, and it has since been featured in polls of the greatest songs of all time.

In a live setting, “One” is often used by the group to promote human rights or social justice causes, and the song lends its namesake to Bono’s charitable organization, the ONE Campaign. In 2005, U2 re-recorded the song as part of a duet with R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige on her album “The Breakthrough.”

Bono described the song’s theme as such: “It is a song about coming together, but it’s not the old hippie idea of ‘Let’s all live together. It is, in fact, the opposite. It’s saying, We are one, but we’re not the same. It’s not saying we even want to get along, but that we have to get along together in this world if it is to survive. It’s a reminder that we have no choice.”

Critics praised “One.” In its review of the album, “Entertainment Weekly” called the song “biting and unprecedentedly emotional” and opined that its “extravagant stylings and wild emotings (…) put it among Bono’s most dramatic moments on record”. In its review of the album, “Rolling Stone” called the song a “radiant ballad”, noting that “Few bands can marshal such sublime power, but it’s just one of the many moments on “Achtung Baby” when we’re reminded why, before these guys were the butt of cynical jokes, they were rock & roll heroes—as they still are.

In December 2006, “One” was announced by BBC Radio 1 to be the thirty-fifth highest-selling single of 2006 in the UK. The collaboration was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in December 2006. In 2010, “Rolling Stone” placed the song at number 36 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” making it the highest-ranked U2 song.

 

“The Wanderer” is the tenth and final track from U2’s’ 1993 studio album, “Zooropa.” It is one of the few U2 songs without Bono on lead vocals, instead featuring country singer Johnny Cash. The Edge provides harmonizing backing-vocals throughout the song, but the country style howl at the end is by Bono. Cash recorded the vocals for the song in Dublin in February 1993 during the “Zooropa” sessions. The song underwent several provisional titles, including “The Preacher” and “Wandering.” Producer Brian Eno tried to get Bono to sing the song, but Bono maintained it was Cash’s voice he imagined singing the song. Bono and Cash had previously worked on a song called “Ellis Island.”

The lyrics describe a man searching for God in a post-Apocalyptic world, expressing concern over society’s diminished view of Jesus Christ. According to music scholars William Richey and Kevin J.H. Dettmar, U2 “skillfully exploited the image of Johnny Cash in a… provocative way,” clarifying that “they seemingly imbue their vision of a post apocalyptic wasteland with a deeper sense of poignancy and sincerity because Cash’s storied voice is associated in the public mind with a man whose very public struggles with drugs, alcohol, and love prove that he has ‘walked the line’.”

Buy the music of U2: https://www.amazon.com/U2/e/B000APTGBO

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U2/e/B000APTGBO

Additional sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bono
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U2
U2 Website – News and Tours: http://www.u2.com/tour

A massive thank you to William for the work that has gone into the post.

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo called “Clear Cut,” and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

We hope that you will join us again next week. Thanks for dropping in and your feedback would be very welcome.