Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Stevie Wonder, The Neanderthals and other legends


Thanks for dropping in and a quick review of the guests and posts this week in case you missed.

The Blogger Daily returns next week and to help me out it would be great if you would email me the link to your most recent post in the last week so that I can share from tomorrow. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

My thanks as always to contributing guests for their hard work. William Price King shares the 1970s and Stevie Wonder’s amazing music with us and Paul Andruss delights with news of our distant relatives – The Neanderthals and a doyen of the kitchen.. Mary the woman behind the Marie-Bain.

A poem that touched everyone’s hearts from Carmen Stefanescu and some cook from scratch Eggs and a bit of a disaster.

If you are in the bookstore and have a new release, review or offer then get in touch so that they can be included in the two Cafe and Bookstore updates on Monday and Friday..

Even if you are not in the bookstore you can join the 200 other authors with your books by emailing me sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

The new Air your Reviews post is doing well and this is open to any author even if you are not in the bookstore to share your latest great review.

I do check as many authors and blogs but I do not use a crystal ball so please help me out and let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com  Thanks

Hope you enjoy the post and thanks again for all your tremendoous support.. It keeps me motivated.

William Price King meets some Legends.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-stevie-wonder-part-two-the-1970s/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/writer-in-residence-extra-meet-the-in-laws-our-neanderthal-relatives-by-paul-andruss/

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/smorgasbord-reblog-mary-the-jew-by-paul-andruss-one-for-the-cooks-amongst-us/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/the-colour-of-life-the-tanglers-hat-1965-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/the-colour-of-life-the-turkey-run-1968-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

The Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-marcia-meara-and-shehanne-moore/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-bette-a-stevens-and-stevie-turner/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-1066-by-jack-eason/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton/

Book Reading and Interview

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-sandra-j-jackson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-c-s-boyack/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-amy-m-reade-and-natalie-ducey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-karen-ingalls-and-paul-cude/

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Cook from Scratch

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-magical-cloud-eggs-jena-c-henry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-is-it-wrong-to-swear-when-baking-for-the-church-pie-sale-by-molly-stevens/

Nutrition in the news

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-in-the-news-high-fructose-corn-syrup-90-hfcs-now-in-a-product-near-you/

Top to Toe

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skin-eczema-genetics-or-lifestyle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbrod-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-cardiovascular-system-and-the-components-of-blood/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-afternoon-video-a-little-massage-between-friends/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-whats-in-a-name-cafes-getting-creative-and-an-odd-town-or-two/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/smorgasbord-poetry-self-portrait-by-carmen-stefanescu/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/weekly-image-and-haiku-desperate-for-water-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/flights-of-fancy-anthology-curtains-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-anthology-trust-by-sally-cronin/

Tales from the garden volume two

I have just finished writing the stories for the second volume.. You have not read them all and I am giving you the choice to read one of the stories beginning with the following letters. Q  V W X Y Z… put your choice in the comments section and the story will be posted on Tuesday.. The selection ends at midnight tonight.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-volume-two-you-get-to-pick-the-story/

Thank you so much for keeping me company.. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.. Sally

William Price King meets some Legends – Stevie Wonder – Part Two – The 1970s


Last week we enjoyed the music from Stevie Wonder’s teenage years as he established himself at the Motown label.. This week William Price King takes us through the 1970s and some of the most productive years for this talented artist.

In 1971, Wonder negotiated a new contract with Motown that gave him almost total control over his records and greatly increased his royalty rate.

This concession was unheard of at the time, but it was the impetus that Stevie Wonder needed to produce an outstanding body of work in the next few years. For the first time Stevie received the credit for writing or co-writing every track on the Where I’m Coming From album producing a top ten single ‘If you Really Love Me’.

‘Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You),‘ an emotionally rich jazz-soul opus that highlighted Wonder’s pioneering work in synthesized/electronic sounds. It was the first single from Wonder’s Music of My Mind album (1972). This song chronicles the relationship he had with his first wife, singer-composer Syreeta Wright, and features Stevie Wonder as a virtual one-man band. The song peaked at #33 on the Billboard Pop charts.

Stevie Wonder’s fans were not to be disappointed with the next album released at the end of 1972. Talking Book contained some of his most popular tracks including ‘Superstition’ and ‘You are the Sunshine of my Life’ both of which hit #1. The release of the album coincided with a tour with the Rolling Stones broadening his appeal from R&B to pop, and it was instrumental in the success of both those iconic songs.

Stevie Wonder’s ‘You are the sunshine of my life’ won him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (1973) and was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. This song was Stevie’s third number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his first number one on the Easy Listening chart. Rolling Stone ranked this song #281 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

Innervisions’ released in 1973, featured Higher Ground’ (No. 4 on the pop charts) as well as the distinctively stylish ‘Living for the City’, (No. 8). Both songs reached #1 on the R&B charts. Popular ballads such as ‘Golden Lady’ and ‘All in Love Is Fair’ were also present, in a mixture of moods that nevertheless held together as a unified whole. Innervisions generated three more Grammy Awards, including “Album of the Year.” The album is ranked # 23 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Wonder had become the most influential and acclaimed black musician of the early 1970s.

Unfortunately in August 1973, Stevie Wonder was in a serious automobile accident while on tour in North Carolina when the car he was riding in hit the back of a truck. He was in a coma for four days but despite this serious setback he was back and performing for his European tour in early 1974 in venues from Cannes to London. In March 1974 he returned to the US and played a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden.

Immediately after this he returned to the studio and album Fulfillingness’ First Finale appeared in July 1974 and set two hits high on the pop charts: the # 1 You Haven’t Done Nothin, which railed against President Richard Nixon and featured The Jackson 5, and the Top Ten Boogie on Reggae Woman.  The album won two Grammy awards, one for Best Album and the other for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

The next milestone in Stevie Wonder’s career was the double album with EP set Songs in the Key of Life, released in September 1976, which many consider to be not only his most legendary project but also one of the greatest albums of all time. The theme of the tracks covered elements of life in America in the 1950s including ethnic diversity and love in all its varying shades of light and dark. The album became the first by an American artist to debut straight at #1 in the Billboard charts, where it stood for 14 non-consecutive weeks and the album had two pop/R&B #1 singles.

I Wish‘ single from the album  focuses on Stevie’s childhood from the 1950s into the early 1960s. The single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B charts.

Songs in the Key of Life won Album of the Year and two other Grammys bringing Stevie Wonder’s total for the 1970s to fifteen. The album ranks 57th on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

To end the post today ‘Isn’t she lovely’  another well known composition from the album Songs in the Key of Life. This song, which celebrates the birth of his daughter Aisha, was not released as a single in the US but received major air play across the country and around the world. Stevie Wonder performed this song “live” for Queen Elizabeth II at her “Diamond Jubilee Concert,” where he modified the lyrics to refer to the Queen.

Buy the music of Stevie Wonder: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Wonder/e/B000AQ0PZO

Additional sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

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

Previous Legends can be found here:

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

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

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the show.. Please feel free to share.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Stevie Wonder, Justice ‘East End’ Style, Skin and Bones


Welcome to the round up for the posts this week just in case you missed any. I feel a little guilty since I spent quite a bit of time off line and not spending time with your blogs but I promise that just another week to go and I will be more attentive.

The plan was to get the next volume of What’s in a Name finished.. I have two more stories to go Y and Z… already in my head and then I have some surprises to add that will be revealed when it is published.  A slightely different appoach to the names from K to Z with just ordinary people doing something they will be remembered for.. Even if it is only by those they love.

Some of you may remember that I wrote a story using an illustration by the very talented Donata Zawadzka.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/smorgasbord-short-story-tales-from-the-irish-garden-after-the-festival-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

This story along with 24 more make up the sequel to Tales from the Garden but this time set in Ireland. Queen Filigree is forced to escape from the palace beneath the magnolia tree in Spain and to seek refuge with her Irish cousin.

I am working with Donata who is producing four central illustrations that head up the four seasons in the book and I am very excited by the project. And I have to thank Paul Andruss for introducing us. It will be in print as well as Ebook and is the first book of mine to be written in Ireland since 1999.

You can find out more about Donata at her website and her sales site:  http://dezawadzka.wix.com/donatasgallery
Buy her work on Redbubble: http://www.redbubble.com/people/donattien/works/7004053-the-birch-maiden?c=32080-ink-illustrations

I have managed to get some gardening done this week which has a duel purpose.. I pot plants and plot stories!  I am going to do the same this week whilst I finish the current projects but I will be in each day to check up on things and have a chat.

Thank you for all your wonderful support and wonderful comments… I am hugely grateful.

Now for a look at the posts from the week… with additional thanks to my two collaborators.. William Price King and Paul Andruss.

William Price meets the Legends

A brand new series and this time the artist is the amazingly talented Mr. Stevie Wonder who has entertained us for over 50 years. His first performances at age 11 propelled him to early stardom and some of his most iconic hits were written when he was a teenager.  To get you in the mood is one of my all time favourites.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-stevie-wonder-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

Paul explores the origins of music and you might look at chimpanzees in a different light.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/writer-in-residence-extra-song-and-dance-man-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life – by Geoff Cronin

Just a few more chapters to go in my father-in-law’s memoir but since so many of you have enjoyed I will also be serialising his second book of tall tales.. This week too I pay tribute to my mother-in-law Joan who would have been 97 yesterday. A lovely woman with the most infectious laugh you will ever hear.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/the-colour-of-life-serialisation-the-rosary-1955-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/the-colour-of-life-extra-behind-every-great-man-joan-cronin-1920-1994/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/the-colour-of-life-tommy-and-the-fish-and-the-power-of-prayer/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

Just  a reminder that if you are in the bookstore you are welcome to do a book reading and interview. The details of how to do that are in this post.  My guest this week was Richard Ankers and next week Sandra J. Jackson and C.S. Boyack.

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-richard-ankers/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not already on the shelves of the bookstore then please pop in and take a look at this post which has a link to what you need to send me.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-13-steps-to-evil-by-sacha-black/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

If you are in the bookstore you can enjoy regular updates of new releases, great reviews or offers.. Just send me an email to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-dan-alatorre-and-angie-dokos/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-deanie-humphrys-dunne-and-lesley-fletcher/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews

This is open to all authors on the bookstore shelves or not… just send the link to your latest great review to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Jessica Norrie

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jessica-norrie-and-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-annette-rochelle-aben-and-hugh-w-roberts/

Smorgasbord Poetry

My thanks to Robbie Cheadle for her contribution to this post this week.. In a dilemma about which cake to bake for her husband’s birthday she took to verse…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/smorgasbord-poetry-which-cake-by-robbie-cheadle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/smorgasbord-poetry-dark-waters-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

The Sewing Circle is about a group of elderly residents of an East London estate whose lives are devastated by the actions of a family of thugs.  Here are all three episodes. More stories from this collection next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-sewing-club-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/flights-of-fancy-short-story-anthology-novella-the-sewing-circle-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/flights-of-fancy-short-story-anthology-the-sewing-circle-part-three-by-sally-cronin/

Some personal stuff

I was delighted to be interviewed by two writers this week. The first was with Amy M. Reade.

https://amreade.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/sally-cronin-is-back/

And the second was with Lisa Burton.... courtesy of Craig Boyack.

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/odd-job-girl-on-lisa-burton-radio/

I was also very honoured to be nominated in the Most Informative Category for the #BloggersBash this year and voting is now open. There are ten categories and some wonderful nominees.. Please head over and vote for your favourites.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/smorgasbord-reblog-bloggerbash-2017-voting-is-now-open/

Smorgasbord Health – Let’s Walk a Marathon Challenge

This week.. how to burn extra fat…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/lets-walk-a-marathon-update-and-methods-to-burn-extra-fat/

Smorgasbord Health – Top to Toe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skeleton-the-progresson-of-osteoporosis-over-50-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skin-the-largest-organ-of-the-human-body/

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch

I would love to hear from you if you have a recipe made from fresh ingredients that is a favourite.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/cook-from-scratch-the-sandwich-that-packs-a-punch-with-link-to-140-fillings/

Humour

Put your troubles away for a little while and enjoy the outlook of a pug who has a neural problem but does not let it get him down..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/the-afternoon-video-when-adverts-are-better-than-the-television/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-joys-of-old-age-and-a-slice-of-scotland/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-agility-circuit-try-and-keep-up-with-this-jack-russell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem/

Thanks for showing up, commenting, sharing and being so supportive.. hugs Sally

Keep smiling

 

 

 

William Price King meets some Legends – Stevie Wonder – The Early Years


Welcome to the new series of musical legends and William Price King is going to take us through the life and music of Stevie Wonder, whose songs have played a massive role in our lives for the last fifty years.. Who has not ended the evening on the dance floor to one of his tracks or even taken our first wedding dance? I am personally going to enjoy this walk (dance) down memory lane.

Time to hand over to William to take us through the early years.

When we listen to the timeless quality of Stevie Wonder’s music it is hard to remember that in fact he was a child prodigy, and that many of his iconic hits were recorded when he was just a young teenager of 12 years old. He is considered to be the most successful and commercial musical performer of the last fifty years. He signed to Motown at the age of 11 and recorded throughout most of his career.

Some of his more memorable songs are You are the Sunshine of my Life, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Uptight and For Once in my Life. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. Top Ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards making him one of the most awarded male solo artists. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is one of the top 60 best-selling artists.

His life has not been just about music with his active involvement in political causes and in 2009 he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Stevie Wonder the early years.

He was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13th 1950 in Michigan, the third of six children of Calvin Judkins and songwriter Lula Mae Hardaway. He was born prematurely with an eye disorder associated with pre-term babies and this condition was accelerated when he received too much oxygen in an incubator that led to blindness.

His mother and father split up in 1954 and Lula Hardaway took all the children to Detroit. Stevie was introduced to musical instruments at an early age including the piano, harmonica and drums. He was soon performing as part of a duo, Stevie and John on street corners and occasionally at parties and dances.

Stevie was only 11 years old when he was discovered by Ronnie White of the Motown band The Miracles when he performed his own composition called Lonely Boy. This was followed by an audition with the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy who signed the young musician to a five year record deal under the name of Little Stevie Wonder. With his royalties being paid into a trust fund until he was 21 years old and with a weekly amount to cover expenses and tuition, Stevie began his amazing career.

“Fingertips” (1963) was the first live, non-studio recording to reach number one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the US since 1952. This piece, originally, was a jazz instrumental recorded for Wonder’s first studio album, “The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie.” Little Stevie Wonder was just 12 years old.

However, at thirteen years old, Stevie’s voice was beginning to change and his next few recordings were not successful. This put the Motown executives in a dilemma and there was talk of cancelling his recording contract. Despite some exposure in two films where Stevie appeared as himself in 1964, things did not appear to be getting any better.

However Sylvia Moy songwriter and the first woman to write and produce for Motown acts, persuaded Berry Gordy to give him another chance. This would lead to a successful collaboration between Sylvia and Stevie.

This included the tracks Uptight and My Cherie Amour.

Uptight (Everything’s Alright) was a true Motown classic in the sense that it defined the Motown sound in its glory. Its strength lay in the sophistication of the musical arrangement. Stevie’s voice had developed into the voice we know today and his harmonica playing was superb. This song was the first Stevie Wonder hit single to be co-written by the artist and it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in early 1966, at the same time reaching the top of the Billboard R&B Singles chart for five weeks.

Following this new surge in his career, Wonder went on to have a number of other hits during the mid-1960s, including With a Child’s Heart, Blowing in the Wind, a Bob Dylan cover, co-sung by his mentor, producer Clarence Paul and the jubilant I Was Made to Love Her. The 1968 album For Once in My Life offered even more successful singles with the title track, Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day and You Met Your Match, with Wonder serving as co-writer on all three songs. Rather than rest on his laurels, the hard-working Wonder, who would go on to study classical piano, pushed to improve his musicianship and song writing capabilities.

“For Once In My Life” was written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden in 1966 for Motown Records’ Stein & Van Stock publishing company, and first recorded by Barbara McNair. Stevie’s up tempo version of this song, recorded in 1967, was highly successful, peaking at number-two on both the Billboard Pop Singles and Billboard R&B Singles charts and was a top-three hit in the UK in late 1968 and early 1969.

 

Buy the music of Stevie Wonder: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Wonder/e/B000AQ0PZO

Additional sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

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

Previous Legends can be found here:

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

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

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the show.. Please feel free to share.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up… Music, Poetry, Book Promotions, Health and Humour


Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts from the week that you might have missed.

We had a glorious run of good weather for about 6 days that came to a halt on Thursday with some rain (good for ducks and the garden). We managed to get lots done in the jungle and we now have much more light in the back of the house which is fantastic.

This next week I will be around but I have two books to finish and so have loaded the posts up in advance and will be in later in the day to check on them and to also visit the blogs that I follow. There is a slight change to the line-up with the Blogger Daily on hold until 22nd May.

I would like to remind you that there are two new ways you can get involved with the blog and promote your own posts or your books at the same time.

Cook from scratch

Darlene Foster provided a wonderful cake recipe this week and you will find the post below. It will show you what the finished post will look like and Darlene received 100 views so far  and so it is also a great way to promote your work.

I am looking for a recipe that uses mainly fresh ingredients and you cook from scratch. It can be an old family recipe or one you have used for years and is a favourite. If you have a picture of it that is great but I will find something to illustrate the post.  If we have not met before I will need your links to your work and social media and a photo of your would be good. If I have promoted your before I will have your links.  All I need is the recipe to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Poetry

If you would like to share your poetry then please send with your links etc if we have not already been in touch to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.. Perhaps one from your archives on your blog or a new one you would like to share here first.

Thank you for all the wonderful support this week and I hope you will pop in next week to see what I have prepared for you.

William Price King

On this coming Wednesday we begin a brand new series with the star being Mr. Stevie Wonder. This week I reblogged William Price King’s last interview in the Creative Artist series along with the links to all his previous posts for Jazz and classical artists. I hope you will pop in and check those out if you are new to the blog.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-jazz-singer-musician-and-composer-william-price-king/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

This week Paul revealed the story behind the poet William Blake.. An extraordinary man born before his time. Another fascinating look at the legends of the past.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/writer-in-residence-william-blake-a-man-born-before-his-time-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life

Two more chapters from my father-in-law’s memoir The Colour of Life. This week his musical career and a fisherman’s tale.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/the-colour-of-life-the-dance-scene-1950-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/the-colour-of-life-the-haul-of-bass-1955-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Promotions

I have a number of recommendations for you form proofreading to full book design and if you are just finishing writing your book you might like to take a look at some options to take through to publication.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/author-services-and-promotion-sites-2/

Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

This series features authors already in the Cafe and Bookstore and I am just about to send another phase of interviews out for June and July. If you are interested please let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-jena-c-henry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-john-w-howell/

Cafe and Bookstore Author update

New books, reviews or offers for authors in the bookstore. If you have news to share please send to me so that I can include in the Monday or Friday update.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-bethea-jacquie-biggar-and-eloise-de-sousa/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-toni-pike-charles-e-yallowitz-and-sally-cronin/

Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not in the bookstore then this is how you get your book or books on the shelves and please check out Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in the menu to find out what I need.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-miss-chevrolet-by-philippa-church/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-and-agnes-mae-graham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paige-addams-and-linda-bradley/

Book Marketing and Promotion

When you have written ‘The End’ and your story is over… what follows that in your book.. are you using it to promote your past work or what is coming next. With Ebooks you can link directly to your sales page. If readers have enjoyed this book they may be very willing to buy another.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-book-marketing-and-promotion-what-comes-after-the-end/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-8th-may-2017-debby-gies-cindy-knoke-john-fioravanti-and-haddon-musings/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-9th-may-2017-sue-vincent-kevin-morris-texas-wine-j-a-allen-michelle-proulx/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-10th-may-2017-paul-andruss-olga-nunez-miret-fiction-is-food-and-love-books-group/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-poetry-the-lure-of-the-waltzer-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/smorgasbord-poetry-molten-lava-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

Part one of my novella – The Sewing Circle from my collection Flights of Fancy. Parts two and three next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-sewing-club-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Health

Let’s Walk a Marathon

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-health-lets-walk-a-marathon-walking-offers-hope-in-fight-against-alzheimers-disease/

Cook From Scratch

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/cook-from-scratch-yeast-free-irish-soda-bread/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/cook-from-scratch-australian-apple-chocolate-cake-from-darlene-foster/

Top to Toe

Our skeleton is a complex, flexible scaffolding that keeps us upright and mobile. It needs a lot of nutritional support and care to enable it to last a lifetime. More on bone health next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/the-incredible-structure-that-keeps-us-upright/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/afternoon-video-the-only-way-to-wear-a-fox-collar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/afternoon-video-if-you-think-you-are-going-to-get-some-smooching-in-somebody-wants-in-on-the-act/

Thank you for dropping in and if you are new to the blog you will find the details of FREE book and blog promotions in this link.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.. thanks Sally

William Price Meets some Legends – Dame Shirley Bassey – 1980s and 1990s.


We left Dame Shirley Bassey back at the top of the charts and back in the UK in 1970. William Price King now takes us through the next two decades and shares some of the hightlights.

After the stunning 1970s and now well and truly on track with her career, Shirley Bassey spent most of the 1980s working with charities and performing sold out concert tours of Europe, Australia and the United States.

Her contract with United Artists came to an end and her albums and singles in this decade were released by a number of different lables. The album “All By Myself” was released in 1982 by Applause records and apart from the title track, the album featured classics such as New York State of Mind, He’s Out of My Life and Solitaire.

“I Am What I Am” is from the Tony Award winning Broadway Show “La Cage Aux Folles,” 1983 – 1987. This song quickly became an anthem of the gay and lesbian community. As sung by Dame Shirley the song takes on a different color and becomes an affirmation of that which is extraordinary in each and every one of us. Dame Bassey recorded this powerhouse performance “live” with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davies, in 1984. The album was released in 1984 by Ariola Records.

Despite being in semi-retirement Dame Shirley Bassey was busier than most artists and recorded nine albums in the 1980s. She also supported organisations in the UK such as the London Tourist Board by recording the single “There’s No Place Like London”. Not all the recordings from the decade were released, as in the case of the album of James Bond Themes called “The Bond Collection” in 1987. Shirley Bassey was not happy with the finished album and refused to release it. However, to cash in on the 30th Anniversary of the Bond films, Icon Music Group released the CD in 1992. Shirley Bassey sued them and all unsold copies were withdrawn.

It was clear that her fans felt the same way and backed her judgement of the recording.

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The Bond Collection was one of many releases in 1992 to cash-in / celebrate the 30th anniversary of the start of the official series of James Bond films with Dr. No (1962). These releases were of varying quality and interest, but the chance to hear Shirley Bassey’s first take on some legendary 007 theme songs was highly anticipated. The album contains 12 tracks, including new recordings of Shirley’s three original Bond themes (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker), alongside her take on nine more, from 1963’s From Russia With Love to Duran Duran’s A View To A Kill (1985). Unfortunately, this album is a shambles. Whilst Shirley’s voice is in fine form the production and ‘orchestration’ is well below par. The synthesized backing tracks give the feel of a homemade recording and the sound is tinny and lo-fi. Everything about this album feels amateur, even down to the liner notes and credits which contain a number of errors and spelling mistakes.

In the mid -1980s Shirley Bassey developed a new style to showcase to her fans. She began working with a former opera singer as her vocal coach and her album “Keep the Music Playing” was released in 1991 by Freestyle records on vinyl, cassette. The CD was issued by Dino Records in the UK . It was recorded in the UK and also in the Netherlands and is a mixture of Jazz, and contemporary pop ballads such as Foreigner’s “I want to Know What Love Is“, “Still” by Lionel Richie, the Beatles “Yesterday” and the hit “The Power of Love” by Jennifer Rush.

Dame Shirley Bassey was in her mid 50’s when she recorded “The Power of Love,” Her robust low vocal register and her high notes are amazing. The album was a commercial success and entered the UK album charts in May 1991, peaking at #25. It is also notable as being the last Shirley Bassey album to be issued on a vinyl LP format

EMI released the five-CD box set “Bassey – The EMI/UA Years 1959-1979” in 1994. The accompanying booklet opened with a poem by Marc Almond. Bassey collaborated with Chris Rea in the film “La Passione” (1996), appearing in the film as herself and releasing the single “Disco’ La Passione”. The remix of this single charted just outside the UK top 40.

“History Repeating” is a retro style song written by Alex Gifford and originally performed by the group Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey in 1997. This song is a fusion of several different styles of big beat (an electronic music genre with synthesizer-generated loops and patterns), breakbeat (a genre of dance-oriented music with drum loops that were sampled during a “break” in the music), and jazz – combined with the powerful vocals of Shirley Bassey. This piece became a #1 hit on the UK Dance Chart and was Dame Bassey’s first top ten appearance on any U.S. chart since “Never Never Never,” in 1973, climbed to #10 on the U.S. Dance Chart.

Shirley Bassey celebrated her 60th birthday in 1997 with two open-air concerts, at Castle Howard and Althorp Park, and another TV special. The resulting live album “The Birthday Concert” received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.” On 7 October 1998 in Egypt, Bassey performed for a benefit at an open-air concert close to the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid.

The following year, she performed the official song for the rugby World Cup, “World in Union,” with Bryn Terfel at the opening ceremony at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, wearing a gown designed on the Welsh flag. Their single made the Top 40, and Bassey contributed two more songs to the official album “Land of My Fathers,” which reached No. 1 on the UK compilations chart, and went silver.

Her influence, longevity, and iconic stature led her to be named Dame of the British Empire by the Queen in 1999. “It’s the greatest honour,” she says. “For a little girl from Cardiff’s Tiger Bay, I’ve come a long way.” It was another mark of distinction in a career that has seen her sell over 135 million records.

Dame Shirley Bassey was the subject of several television specials in the last two decades and has been invited to perform at many major events. A testament to the high regard that she is held by those in the music industry and her fans. You can find all her albums in CD format on Amazon. At 80 years old her voice is as commanding as ever and we look forward to more wonderful performances in the future

Buy Dame Shirley Bassey’s music: https://www.amazon.com/Shirley-Bassey/e/B000AQ2D9K

 

Additional material
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Bay
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Bassey

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

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

Previous Legends can be found here:

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

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

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the show.. Please feel free to share.

William Price Meets some legends – Dame Shirley Bassey – The 1970s


Welcome to part three of the Dame Shirley Bassey story, and we enter the 1970s which would see a comeback for this charasmatic performer and two more James Bond theme songs becoming smash hits.  William Price King picks up the story.

After tax exile in Italy, Shirley Bassey returned to the UK for a comeback that would herald one of the most successful decades of her career.  Following a BBC Television Special “The Young Generation Meet Shirley Bassey” aired in March of that year, she returned to a record-breaking run of performances at the Talk of the Town nightclub.

Originally built in 1900 as the Hippodrome for circus acts and and variety performances, and was to become London’s premier entertainment venue. In 1909 it underwent reconstruction and fitted out with over 1300 seats spread across mezzanines and layers of galleries for the new era of Music Hall. In 1958 Bernard Delfont demolished the original interior and created The Talk of the Town where the top artists in the music industry would perform. These included Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, The Seekers, The Shadows, Stevie Wonder and of course Shirley Bassey in 1970.

1970 also saw a shift in Shirley Bassey’s singing and performance style to more contemporary songs including the title track of her new album ‘Something’.

Dame Shirley Bassey offers an amazing cover of George Harrison’s “Something.” Her rendition of this piece, which was one of her biggest hits, reached #4 in the UK and spent 22 weeks on the charts. The album, which was also entitled “Something,” reached #5 and stayed in the Top 50 for 28 weeks. This was her first collaboration with the record producer/arranger Johnny Harris.

“Something” was also a Top 10 hit stateside in the Adult Contemporary chart and the album and the single led to a number of equally successful albums for Shirley Bassey with the United Artist label over the remainder of the 1970s. These included “Something Else” in 1971, “And I love you So” in 1972 and “Yesterdays” in 1978. Also two earlier albums saw a revival during this upsurge in popularity. “And We Were Lovers” from 1967 was re-issued as “Big Spender” and “Let’s Face the Music from 1962 was re-issued as “What Now my Love”.  Additionally, “The Shirley Bassey Singles Album” released in 1975 became her highest charting album at #2 earning a gold disc.

In total between 1970 and 1979, Shirley Bassey had 18 hit albums in the UK charts and her sold-out performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall was recorded and released as a two-LP set now available on CD by EMI and BGO Records.

In 1971 her next blockbuster Bond theme song was released in conjunction with the film “Diamonds are Forever”.

“Diamonds Are Forever,” and so is Shirley Bassey, particularly with her emotional, timeless, and nuanced interpretation of this great song. Her vocals are fabulous and unrivaled. This was her second James Bond theme song which she also recorded in Italian, “Una Cascata di Diamanti (Vivo Di Diamanti). This is one of John Barry’s best scores.

Television also played its role in Shirley Bassey’s impressive comeback and popularity with fans, old and new. She appeared with the perenial jokers on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show in 1971 showing the world that she could not only deliver a song, but could do so without missing a step. I am sure you will enjoy another side to this faultless performer.

ShirleyBassey went on to star in her own shows  “The Shirley Bassey Show” (1976), the first of her television programs for the BBC, followed by a second series of six episodes in 1979. The final show of the first series was nominated for the “Golden Rose of Montreux” in 1977. The series featured guests including Neil Diamond, Michel Legrand, The Three Degrees, and Dusty Springfield and featured Bassey in various international locations as well as in the television studio.

Dame Shirely Bassey closed out the decade with her third title theme for a Bond film, “Moonraker”(1979).

“Moonraker” was the third James Bond film theme song recorded by Dame Bassey. Initially this song was presented to Johnny Mathis, who turned it down. Then, after Kate Bush declined the opportunity to record it, John Barry offered the song to Shirley Bassey, just a few weeks before the film was set to be released. As a result, Bassey recorded the song on short notice, but never regarded the song as “her own.” Nonetheless, she reminded the world that she was one of the few singers who could make any James Bond theme song glorious. She later admitted that she didn’t like the song from the beginning and only recorded it as a favor to her friend, John Barry.

 

Buy Dame Shirley Bassey’s music: https://www.amazon.com/Shirley-Bassey/e/B000AQ2D9K

Additional material
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Bay
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Bassey

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

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

Previous Legends can be found here:

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

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

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the show.. Please feel free to share.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round up – Let’s walk a marathon, Shirley Bassey, Marc Bolan and magical writers


Welcome to the weekly round up and the links to the Smorgasbord posts you might have missed.

This week David has been swinging through the trees in the garden. Not doing a ‘Tarzan’ but wearing a hard hat and safety harness.  He is removing some old and dead trees and also some that have grown too tall and are causing severe cracks in the garden wall.  If you have read his father’s memoir Tales from the Garden earlier today you will know that Geoff was part of a logging team in his late teens and the skills that he learnt he passed on to David. He had plenty of practice in our home in Spain which had a lot of trees that needed regular attention and having heard the prices for removing a tree by a Tree Surgeon we are saving enough for a holiday later in the year.

We still have some palms and evergreens along with some cherry trees in full bloom but the jungle we inherited is now cut back revealing a lovely space. I have not been quite so energetic but have begun planting large pots at the front of the house to add some colour.

On the energy side, I gave myself a damn good talking to a few weeks ago because I was sitting too much and the weight was increasing as a consequence. There have been quite a few dry days but the weather is still unpredictable and so I now have replaced my old treadmill left behind in Spain with a new and more efficient model. I am back in my daily routine and have just completed my first marathon – 26 miles in 10 hours spread over 14 days.  I had to ease my dodgy knee into a regular exercise regimen again and now on my second marathon I have picked up the pace.

I have done several 5k and 10k charity walks over the years and would normally walk at least 40 minutes a day plus an hour of swimming.  I am 64 and have no intention to getting to 65 with my ass out of my trousers.. so I am pleased to be back in the zone. I have just started my next marathon challenge today with an increased distance in less time.

On Friday I introduced a fitness challenge for anyone to join me in walking a number of marathons over the next few months, gradually increasing the speed in the process. The aim is not just to fit into a smaller size and look better but to improve the internal health of our internal organs such as the heart.

We only see the external love handles and fatty deposits but it is the fat around the heart that is the most dangerous. Here is that post and tomorrow at midnight I have the second in the series with the preparation and planning to begin the challenge.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-internal-fitness-programme-coming-next-week/

Thank you to my contributors William Price King and Paul Andruss for their wonderful work that brings music and legends to the blogs. Both are irreplaceable.

William Price King Meets some Legends. – Dame Shirley Bassey

Part two of the story and music of one of the music legends of the 20th century who still gives outstanding performances at 80 years old.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-part-two/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss – Bolan’s Millions

Finn Mac Cool

This week Paul looks behind the stories in the press about the flamboyant and talented Marc Bolan who was tragically killed in a car accident. Not only did he leave us music but also left millions in a trust fund. This was intended to protect his assets for his family but instead they had to fight for any share at all whilst those who administer the fund reap the benefits.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/writer-in-residence-bolans-millions-by-paul-andruss/

Serialisation of my father-in-law’s memoir – The Colour of Life

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/the-colour-of-life-the-snipe-shoot-1939-by-geoff-cronin/  The Snipe Shoot

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/the-colour-of-life-work-on-a-timber-gang-1942-by-geoff-cronin/ Work on the Timber Gang

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Promotions.

Book Reading and Interviews.

Two lovely writers this week. Firstly the feisty and magical author Ailsa Abraham on Wednesday and then poet and humourist Judy E. Martin yesterday.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-with-ailsa-abraham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-poetry-reading-and-interview-judy-e-martin/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-pamela-d-beverly-the-love-labyrinth/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-doll-god-by-luanne-castle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tales-of-ejoma-dual-realms-book-one-by-paige-addams/

Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-amy-m-reade-s-c-richmond-and-regina-puckett/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-toni-pike-jaye-marie-and-christy-birmingham/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-john-w-howell-and-marcia-meara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-toni-pike-and-lorinda-j-taylor/

Book Marketing – Reviews

For any new books I will be putting a page at the end of the text inviting readers to review the book. I have also included some elements that I would like them to cover in their review to give me a better understanding of how they viewed the plot, characters, ending as well as the look and readability. The response to the post was terrific and I am delighted that so many writers will also include a more detailed request to review. We have to remember that whilst consider writing to be a gift and something to be embraced… some readers are intimidated about voicing their opinions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/how-can-we-encourage-more-readers-to-leave-reviews-for-our-books/

A review for Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story by Brigid Gallagher

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/when-sally-met-sam/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-17th-april-2017-bloggersbash-nominations-beyond-the-flow-meg-dowell-and-kim-gosselin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-19th-april-2017-hugh-roberts-darlene-foster-sue-vincent-robbie-cheadle-c-s-boyack-jaye-marie/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-20th-april-2017-kim-blades-anne-stormont-with-jan-ruth-reflections-books-and-lisas-everyday-life/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-21st-april-2017-neysa-sanghavi-visits-rawanda-damon-ashworth-psychology-and-victory-mums/

Weekly Image and words.

Birds of Paradise

Vibrant red against the green

Suckle the nectar

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/weekly-image-and-thoughts-birds-of-paradise/

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Shopping by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/smorgasbord-short-stories-shopping-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some Laffs and Afternoon Videos.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/time-for-some-laffs-under-the-influence-with-a-few-cats-thrown-in/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/afternoon-video-no-words-needed/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/afternoon-videos-me-walking-the-dog-and-how-we-do-the-ice-bucket-challenge/

Smorgasbord Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/smorgasbord-health-2017-nobel-prize-winning-research-into-sugar-and-how-it-creates-cancer-discarded/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/smorgasbord-health-2017-latest-research-vitamin-c-and-cancer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-the-digestive-tract-candida-and-the-link-to-milk-allergy-lactose-intolerance-and-leaky-gut/

Thank you for your contribution to the blog by dropping in and liking, sharing and commenting on the posts. Havea  great week ahead.. and if I can do anything to help you promote your work in anyway let me know.  Here are some options.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Thank you again for your contributions to the blog this week by dropping in, liking, commenting and sharing.. It is much appreciated. If I can help promote your work in any way please let me know. Thanks Sally

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

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Smorgasbord Round Up – Dame Shirley Bassey, Easter Treats, Music Memories


Welcome to the round up and a Happy Easter Sunday. Easter for me holds a special significance as my father died on Good Friday 21 years ago. Although the date moves every year it is Good Friday when I think of him although not in religious terms as he was not a man who went to church. He had a very strict religious childhood but I believe he saw too much during the war to sustain his faith. For some people experiences that bring you close to death will turn towards God for others it can erode their beliefs.

He might have been a tad old fashioned as far as this wild child of the 1960s was concerned, but he was honest, fair, hard-working, took care of his family, tried to keep us on the straight and narrow (tough one that), told slightly smutty jokes and loved Morecombe and Wise, The Two Ronnies, Shirley Bassey, steamed treacle puddings, experimenting in the kitchen.

It is hard to believe that he has been gone 21 years and would now be 101. Of course it is not only at Easter that I think of him. He was a pudding man and everytime we are out for a meal and have a particularly good dessert I will think to myself ‘Eric would have liked this one.’  I hope that wherever he is that they serve good puds.

Anyway enough of the reminisces – time to get on with this week’s posts and as always my thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way. My blog is a collaborative effort and liking, sharing and commenting is a huge part of that. Thank you.

William Price King Meets Dame Shirley Bassey

The start of the new series and this time a powerhouse of a voice and a woman who significant challenges to overcome to become the worldwide star she is today. Dame Shirley Bassey has elegantly wowed generations of fans and in this first post William Price King explores her early years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-the-early-years/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

Two more chapters from my father-in-law’s memoir set in Waterford Ireland from the 1930s through to the 1940s.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/the-colour-of-life-the-shop-part-one-1938-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/the-colour-of-life-the-shop-part-two-1938-by-geoff-cronin/

Guest Post Robbie Cheadle – recipe for Lemon Flavoured Cake and Homemade Lemon Curd.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/guest-post-oranges-and-lemons-recipe-lemon-flavoured-cake-and-homemade-lemon-curd-by-robbie-cheadle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/home-improvements-ireland-all-about-replacement-windows-guest-post-shane-kavanagh/

Short Stories for Easter.

A story from Geoff Cronin’s second book The Black Bitch and Other Stories which I will be serialising after The Colour of Life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/the-black-bitch-and-other-stories-the-lost-sheep-geoff-cronin/

And one from me…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-easter-eggs-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

My first guest this week for the book reading was Paul Andruss our very own Writer in Residence.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andrusshttps://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview-paul-andruss/

And the second guest for yesterday’s post was the lovely D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) non-fiction and memoir author.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview-d-g-kaye/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-one-of-the-few-by-jason-b-ladd/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-annabelle-franklin-terri-webster-schrandt-and-william-savage/

Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-brigid-p-gallagher-jacquie-biggar-robbie-and-michael-cheadle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-dan-alatorre-and-carol-balawyder/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

A selection of posts from exceptional bloggers..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-10th-april-2017-shallow-reflections-effrosyni-moschoudi-marlena-smith-and-the-travel-blog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-11th-april-2017-linda-bethea-debby-gies-claire-huston-and-nicholas-rossis/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-12th-april-2017-paul-andruss-anne-r-allen-david-prosser-and-carol-taylor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-13th-april-2017-the-story-reading-ape-jean-cogdell-d-g-kaye-opinionated-man-and-rowena-of-beyond-the-flow/

Five Day Music Challenge – Music that means something.

My thanks to Sue Vincent for nominating me for this challenge.. I certainly had a lot of fun and the tracks brought back some great memories..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-1-younger-than-springtime-south-pacific/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-2-brown-sugar-the-rolling-stones/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-3-a-woman-in-love-barbra-streisand/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-5-walking-on-sunshine-katrina-and-the-waves/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-5-happy-pharrell-williams/

Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-digestive-system-candida-albicans-feeding-the-body-starving-the-fungus-our-daily-bread/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-digestive-system-candida-albicans-mushrooms-and-cheese/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/the-afternoon-video-you-gotta-love-a-golden-retriever/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/time-for-some-laffs-driving-grandmothers-mechanical-cows-and-inflight-service/

Weekly Image and Thoughts

Harbingers of Spring

Blossoms cluster for safety

From angry March winds.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/weekly-image-and-thoughts-blossoms/

Hope you are having an amazing Easter.. Thanks for taking the time to pop in… Sally

Music that Means Something Challenge Day 5 – Happy – Pharrell Williams


Sue Vincent kindly nominated me for this challenge.  Music that Means Something to You which entails posting a song a day with the reasons behind your choice… this might include the lyrics or the style of music or perhaps an event that this piece reminds you of.

To read how it should be done here is Sue’s Day 1 – with the music and profound lyrics of Leonard Cohen.  https://scvincent.com/2017/04/08/music-that-means-something-day-1-leonard-cohen/

The rules of the challenge are simple:
Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
Post what the lyrics mean to you. (Optional)
Post the name of the song and a video.
Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge.

Today I nominate any of you who would like to participate in this challenge. It has been a delightful walk down memory lane for me and has brought me to the final song that I feel most sums up how I feel today.

The twist in the challenge is that the lyrics should mean something….

Today marks the actual one year anniversary of our return to Ireland. We bought our home in the mountains above Madrid in November 1999 although it would be three years before I would join David there full time. We had a wonderful life with amazing friends and a lifestyle that was filled with sunshine, great food and a rich culture.

However, you get to a certain age when you feel that it is time to go home.  We had some amazing friends in Madrid that will always be in our hearts. However, you also yearn to be with family that you share a culture, humour, history with and where if something should go wrong you are speaking your own language!! David has a large family dotted around the Dublin area and my two sisters are only a 45 minute flight away in Portsmouth on the south coast of the UK.

We have met lovely people since we moved into our new home in June last year and we are only a stone’s throw from the beaches and miles of wonderful coastline. We still have some work to do in the gardens but we have time. I am sitting here in my office preparing the last of these music challenges and I have been listening to the tracks on my iPod that holds hundreds of songs that all mean something to me.

However, there is probably only one song that sums up who I am today, where I am and who I am with.  Pharrell Williams – Happy – Dance along and I dare you not to smile!

Buy Happy by Pharrell Williams: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pharrell-Williams/dp/B00HFG3UC2

Thank you for joining me on this challenge and I hope that you will decide to complete too. The previous posts can be found here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-4-walking-on-sunshine-katrina-and-the-waves/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-1-younger-than-springtime-south-pacific/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-2-brown-sugar-the-rolling-stones/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/music-that-means-something-challenge-day-3-a-woman-in-love-barbra-streisand/

And a very Happy Easter to all of you – Make it a special one.