Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – Music, Language, Honey, Books and Humour


We got back from the UK on Thursday night and it was a terrific two weeks away. The weather was wonderful until the last couple of days, but we had been keeping an eye on the four storm fronts coming up from the south. These days forecasts are very accurate and we saw that Tuesday when we were due to catch our ferry was going to have waves over 20ft high.. We had a flexible ticket so moved our booking to Thursday which looked like the calmest day of the week. As it happened we crossed in the only four hour window of calm which has to be the luck of the Irish.

It was great to be in the company of a dog again, and Miss Ellie is well used to us as a family. The break and spending a lot off time unplugged did us both good and we are now back with batteries fully charged and ready to go.

I tried to keep up with comments once a day, but apologies if I missed yours. I am very grateful for all the generous post sharing that went on in my absence and also your messages.

We had to stay in a hotel due to the change and if you are heading to South Wales we can recommend The Cliff Hotel… fantastic views and great walks. The Cliff Hotel Gwbert Wales

 

Here are the posts from this week…

In the last of the current series by William Price King, who will be moving to a different schedule, he interviews American composer Mark Bradley about his life, work and the future.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/the-music-column-with-william-price-king-interviewing-mark-bradley-composer-classicalmusic/

Writer in Residence Rewind – Proto-Indo Europeans and the origins of language – Paul Andruss.

In this post, Paul explores some of the assumptions made about the development of our individual languages from a common root many thousands of years ago. He also addresses the question of whether languages were spread by conquerors sweeping across continents or farmers gently moving across fertile plains and establishing communities that fed and watered the nomadic tribes who came after them. I am sure that Paul would love to hear your views and answer your questions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/writer-in-residence-rewind-proto-indo-europeans-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor has been taking a break whilst I was away but will be back this week with a new post. In the meantime….. I have started to reshare our joint series last year with the health benefits of what I consider to be essential foods, and Carol turns them into delicious meals. This week – Honey – Nectar of the Gods.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/smorgasbord-health-column-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

New series of Posts from your Archives from the amusing and talented Linda Bethea

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-mixed-nuts-part-1-by-linda-bethea/

The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You – Poet and author Dorinda Duclos

If you had intended to participate in this series then can you get your answers to your questions to me soon as I will be starting to get a new series ready for Christmas…..

Here is the link to find out more about Getting to Know You : https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/the-new-series-of-the-smorgasbord-sunday-interview-geting-to-know-you-and-i-will-go-first/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-with-dorinda-duclos/

Short Stories – What’s in a Name.

Two stories about people with a name beginning with ‘H’. Both of which share the darker side of life.

Hannah – Finding a Way to Move On.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/22/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-hannah-finding-a-way-to-move-on-by-sally-cronin/

Hector – The Homecoming

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-hector-the-homecoming-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-fantasy-adventure-lost-war-of-nytefall-book-2-by-charles-e-yallowitz/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-while-the-bombs-fell-by-robbie-cheadle-and-elsie-hancy-eaton/

Cafe and Bookstore Update and reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-reviews-bette-a-stevens-fiona-tarr-and-barb-taub/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-victoria-zigler-d-wallace-peach-and-terry-tyler/

Smorgasbord Health Column

An update on the erosion caused to our teeth by drinking mineral water that is too acidic.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/smorgasbord-health-column-acidity-in-mineral-water-and-tooth-enamel-erosion-update-by-sally-cronin/

An update on the research into the effect of curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, on cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/smorgasbord-health-column-food-in-the-news-turmeric-curcumin-cancer-alzheimers-inflammation-update/

Laughter Lines and Afternoon Video

We all love Lawyers… right?

judge

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-rewind-lawyer-jokes/

A shaggy pirate tale or two and a word from their parrots.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-a-shaggy-pirate-story-or-two-and-their-parrots/

Thank you once again for all you support and hope you will drop in next week for more of the same.

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The Music Column with William Price King – Interviewing Mark Bradley Composer #ClassicalMusic


This week with a new feature for the music column,  William Price King is interviewing American composer Mark Bradley. Please note that some videos are audio only.

About Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley, composer, was born in Lansing, MI (16/10/1957). He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and before college years, studied music with family members and his extended family. He attended college while still in high school, studying theory, piano and composition. His father’s cousin, Harold Laudenslager, studied composition in post-war Paris with Arthur Honegger and Paul Hindemith, and at Yale with Quincy Porter. Laudenslager is the author of a treatise entitled “Introduction to the Twelve-tone Harmony” which describes the 350 combinations of two to twelve notes of a scale of twelve tones; thus adding a harmonic basis to the work previously done by Schoenberg. In decades of discussion about composition, Ruth Laudenslager (“Aunt Ruth”) taught Bradley Harold’s theory and work, which served as a basis for Bradley’s harmonic language.

There were many musicians with whom he was in contact in his youth and who had a great influence on his development. Yehudi Menuhin, Samuel Adler, Andrzej Panufnik, Vaclav Nelhybel, William Walton and Joan Sutherland all had a great influence in guiding his studies.
Bradley’s compositions have been played in concert in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Welcome to the music column Mark and perhaps you can tell us about your introduction to music and where you studied?

I studied piano and composition with my mother (age 5-14), studied violin starting at 13, and attended college early (age 15-18 Lansing Community College) studying theory, piano, composition. After high school, attended Eastman School of Music, Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy, and Michigan State University for my aggregate Undergraduate music/liberal arts degree.

Who were the musicians who inspired you?

As a small child, I was most inspired by Beethoven and Brahms. As a pre-teen and teenager, Stravinsky, Bartok and Ives. In college years, Barber and Copeland (both were still alive at that point). In post college years, Ravel, Britten, Schoenberg and Webern and many others.

I love Schumann, he and Debussy are by far my favorite composers. The lieder “Ich bin ein lustiger Geselle,” from “Der Knabe mit dem Wunderhorn” (The Lad with the Wonder Horn) Op.30/1, was originally written for voice and piano. You did a wonderful arrangement of this lieder which is remarkably performed by Richard Lalli, Jim Ross, and Sara Laimon.

Were you nervous about purposefully changing some parts of the original piano score to accommodate the horn part that you created yourself? Did you consider the possibility that purists might be unhappy with this? Or, do composers today feel that they can modify the masters’ works, in the pursuit of a personal arrangement, as is done in literature and classic theater?

(William – sorry if this part sounds like a sermon..but I feel strongly about creativity and the way the classical work tends to discourage anyone from going out of the box. I wish classical was more like jazz…).

I don’t know if other composers feel they can/should be able to modify past composers’ works these days. No, I wasn’t nervous. But almost 30 years ago, modification wasn’t ‘allowed’ or thought to be a good idea. It was basically forbidden, unless one decided to change everything, then put just their own name on it.

When I was young, when someone told me I ‘shouldn’t’ do something musically – the idea became much more attractive! In past years, there was a negative reaction to my working with Schumann’s music, but only by musicians. Do we really need a Trio made up of plotting various discontinuous notes on a page stolen from a piano score? This could only result in a worse form of the original and have nothing to do with Schumann at all.

I don’t think one piece by Schumann can be turned into another piece by Schumann if it changes form. Schumann’s work is still available just the way it was available before. Schumann is a soul and a mind. Schumann music is its own being. Lieder and Trio are two different things.

Every time a piece is performed it is an arrangement. The only Urtext version of anything is on the page, and we can’t hear that. Music performers create an arrangement. In jazz and pop music, this is understood – but classical is a little strange. Folks fighting about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. What’s the use in that?

The artistic message of the Schumann Trio is the encouragement of ongoing creation. For those who are brave enough to do it, look at Schumann scores (or any scores by past composers) with new eyes and allow the mind to show you things you’ve never seen before. Run with the ball and create something new.

Does spirituality play a role in your way of composing? Some composers feel that they are guided by a divine force (whatever that is). Do you?

Yes. We (soul and mind) are energy and are always conscious.

Unconsciousness is impossible. Death does not exist for the soul, and stasis does not exist for musical creation. Minds are linked together. We never do anything alone. Being a solo act is an illusion. Creation continues.

What do you appreciate in the world of “art” today and who are the artists that you admire, if any?

I appreciate many many artists and musicians! When I was able to walk, I loved going to art museums. I loved modern art as much as great artists work from the past. I love listening to the video and audio clips on operamusica.com! Have recently listened to, and greatly enjoyed Eric Artz, Barbara Hannigan, Laurianne Cornielle, Paul Gaugler. There are many contemporary musicians that I love.

What would you like to explore in the future?

I am hoping with the help of my friends to be able to finish editing more old scores. What did music teach you?

Music taught me to be open to change. What has music taught you?

Music taught me that minds are linked, that music is a joint venture. Strictly individual participation is impossible.

What do you believe were the defining moments in your career that have brought you to where you are today?

In school years – Sam Adler / Eastman School of Music. One day we were going over one of my scores. Sam walked over to the piano and played middle C. “What’s that?” he said. “Oh, that’s just middle C” I said, a little confused. “That’s not just middle C” he said, and by the way, he continued “My response was the same as yours when Copeland gave me the same lesson years ago.” That lesson has stayed with me all my life.

I don’t think I have any defining moments in my career yet – probably in the years after school.

I think you said that “Souvenirs de Bienne “ was inspired by French writing in the early 20th century. This period is considered as “La Belle Epoque.” Who were the writers and/or composers who inspired you and why?

Ravel and Debussy – because I can feel France, and the profound gentle sensitivity there that I love so much. Ravel especially because he takes me to another world that I can’t describe with words.

Ives – Individualism. The inspiration to stick to my ideas, and never to give up.

Bartok – harmonic invention.

Britten – inspiration regarding the synthesis and polishing of ideas. A great example of how to put it all together.

Schoenberg – harmonic structure, sense of humor in music, broad view of music. The next step after Wagner. How romanticism extended to chromatism and 12-tone writing.

Copeland – his “American sound”.

Do you plan your compositions? If so, how?

No😊 Most compositions came about because of a request or commission from someone. In general; that person would say what he/she wanted, which would include musical style. As for form – that would come about as a response to the words (if a song), or as a result of the libretto, or as a response to the compositional material. The music writes itself – I just go for the ride, but I have to show up and work hard.

Has the way you compose changed over time?

Yes. When I was younger, while working and going to school, I didn’t generally have enough time to get a composition completely finished. There was always a deadline of a performance. I would sketch something out, complete as much as possible, then just throw notes at about half the score just to get it submitted. Although pieces weren’t finished, they managed to get performed anyway – I was always surprised about this. Not at all surprised if I didn’t hear anything back.

What advice, if any, would you give to young musicians interested in composing today?

Write for yourself. Make yourself happy. Write a lot. When you think you have something good, put it away for a while and look again in a few weeks. Use your intuition. Try not to judge yourself, or what you’re writing. If you find yourself getting negative about something you’re working on; stop and do dishes or walk around the block. Analyze what you’ve written to see how it works or doesn’t.

To finish another of Mark Bradley’s compositions.

“Performed/recorded by pianist Casey Robards Souvenirs de Bienne – In the summer of 1991, Jim Ross took me to meet Violette Bangerter at her home in Bienne, Switzerland. During the week or so we were there, Violette celebrated her 70th birthday party with dozens of well-known musicians who came to play a massive concert which was held in a beautiful church overlooking the lake in Bienne. I don’t remember whether Jim suggested I write a birthday present for Violette, of whether I got the idea myself. There are four movements to the little piece: Looking at Bienne from Magglingen, Violette, Jacqueline and Loukoum. The piece is short – about five and a half minutes.”

Connect to Mark Bradley

Opera Musica: https://www.operamusica.com/artist/mark-bradley/#biography
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markthomasbradley
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQMxBvKVw_HOVj0GLI63uDg

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 with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, 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

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thank you for dropping in and hope you will tune in again next week for another post in the series Jazz instrumentalists.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Don Vappie – Banjo


Welcome to the next of the series featuring jazz instrumentalists and as with most of the versatile musicians we feature, Don Vappie has a versatile background of playing funk, rhythm and blues, and pop music enhances his unique perspective on music and performance

Here is his offical biography from Don Vappie.com

Don Vappie is a world renowned jazz musician and presenter from New Orleans. He leads the Creole Jazz Serenaders, a classic New Orleans jazz orchestra, as well as his various jazz and R&B combos. He has produced and recorded numerous CDs and film sound tracks and is star of the PBS documentary AMERICAN CREOLE: NEW ORLEANS REUNION.

Known for his virtuosic banjo skills, Don is a stellar bassist, guitarist and vocalist. Add to that his commitment to the cultural creole music of New Orleans he calls “creole jazz”.

As an educator, he has participated, presented and/or performed for programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Tulane University, Historic New Orleans Collection, NPR, Smithsonian, Appalachian State University and many more. He currently serves as jazz guitar instructor at Loyola University and is a member of the Loyola Jazz Faculty Combo. He is also an instructor at the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

In The Summertime,” a *skiffle blues, is the first single by British rock band Mungo Jerry, written and composed by its lead singer, Ray Dorset, celebrating the carefree days of summer. In this piece, filmed at “Le Duc des Lombards” in Paris in 2012, one can hear the influences coming from the musical legacy of the New Orleans Creole culture which, by the way, sprang from the mixture of French, Spanish, African and American Indian people who had strong ties to the Caribbean Islands.

* Skiffle is a music genre with jazz, blues, folk and American folk influences, usually using a combination of manufactured and homemade or improvised instruments.

In the span of his 43 year career he has performed with Peggy Lee, Joel Gray, Carol Channing, Danny Barker, Wynton Marsalis, Otis Taylor, Terence Blanchard, Johnny Adams, Eric Clapton, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate (both of Mali), Demma DIa of Sengal, Bette Midler, Ellis Marsalis, Diana Krall and many more.

“That’s a Plenty” is a 1914 ragtime piano composition by Lew Pollack. The composition started out as a *rag but is nowadays played as a part of the Dixieland Jazz repertoire. This song has been recorded by numerous artists and is considered a jazz standard. Don Vappie’s band is composed of extremely versatile musicians with backgrounds ranging from classical to modern jazz. Instead of trying to duplicate the exact phrasing and instrumentation of the original version, they use their New Orleans stylistic talents very creatively. To me, that’s what traditional jazz is all about.

i.e. rag is a musical style that enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and 1918. Its cardinal trait is its syncopated, or “ragged,” rhythm.

As a headliner, he’s performed at numerous festivals and venues around the world. His transcriptions of early jazz recordings are available from Warner Bros. Publishing and his orchestral arrangements for banjo and orchestra are distributed worldwide on the NAXOS label.

Buy Don Vappie Music: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Vappie/
Don Vappie Performance Schedule: http://www.donvappie.com/schedule
Sources: http://www.donvappie.com/biography

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 with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, 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

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thank you for dropping in and hope you will tune in again next week for another post in the series Jazz instrumentalists.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – Unplugged and the week ahead.


Welcome to the weekly round up and a shortened version this week as I luxuriate in the windy sunshine of the south coast of England. I am house and dog sitting for my sister, who with my other sister is sailing up the first of their fjords in Norway right about now.

I thought I would take the opportunity to catch up on my reading and also plan more mischief for Smorgasbord beginning in October.

I have left a few posts in the buffer for you during my absence, including the music column and short stories, with some food and cookery from Carol.I know with all the great blogs around around you will have plenty to keep you busy… I will be back fully refreshed on Wednesday 19th of September.

Thank you very much for keeping my seat warm while I am away and I will be popping in and out from time to time and on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are the posts from the week in a slightly abbreviated manner…..My thanks to William Price King and Carol Taylor for their amazing contributions.. and a reminder that tomorrow it is the monthly Travel Column with D.G. Kaye… just after midnight UK time.. and it is the turn of St. Martin and the Caribbean to be the focus of Debby Gies and her expertise.

The Music Column with William Price King – Banjo – Buddy Wachter

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-buddy-wachter-banjo/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor. 

A bit of a rewind whilst I am away with some amazing recipes for bananas, along with their health benefits.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/smorgasbord-health-column-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-banana-nutrient-boost-no-packaging-required/

What’s in a Name short stories

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-fionnuala-the-swan/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-francis-in-search-of-a-new-path/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore new on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-past-present-by-judy-penz-sheluk-at-preorder-price/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-underneath-psychological-thriller-by-anne-goodwin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-mister-fox-winters-tail-by-stuart-france-and-sue-vincent/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore authors reviews and news

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-news-d-g-kaye-victoria-zigler-and-anita-dawes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-richard-dee-and-tina-frisco/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-september-3rd-2018-t-e-taylor-with-lizzie-chantree-anne-r-allen-publishing-101-sarah-higbee-with-review-for-rachel-vincent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-september-4th-2018-sue-vincent-don-massenzio-with-victoria-zigler-and-d-g-kaye/

Health Column

Over the counter and some prescription eye drops can have some unexpected side effects.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/smorgasbord-health-column-over-the-counter-eye-drops-and-side-effects-by-sally-cronin/

Sepsis can be fatal, especially if not diagnosed in time. Be aware of the symptoms but also an update on a possible breakthrough treatment.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/smorgasbord-health-column-update-on-iv-vitamin-c-vitamin-b1-and-steroid-hydrocortisone-in-the-threatment-of-sepsis-by-sally-cronin/

The series on the Female Reproductive system continues with a look at some of the more common health issues.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/smorgasbord-health-column-female-reproductive-system-some-of-the-more-common-health-issues-by-sally-cronin/

If you have an operation scheduled in the next few weeks, it is important that you use the time to get a little fitter. It may decrease your risk factor when you are under anesthetic and also decrease your recovery time.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/smorgasbord-health-column-are-you-scheduled-for-surgery-are-you-fit-enough-for-it-by-sally-cronin/

Laughter Lines and Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-short-jokes-that-are-easy-to-remember/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-reading-riting-and-rithmatic-back-to-school/

Thank you so much for popping in while I am away… I will respond to your comments when I pop in and I am very grateful for your shares too.. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Buddy Wachter – Banjo


Welcome to another post by William Price King in the A – Z of Jazz Instrumentalists and we move on to the Banjo. Another instrument that is perhaps more associated with Blue Grass, Folk and Country music than jazz. This week one of the most respected banjo players across the genres, including classical music.

Buddy Wachter – Jazz Banjoist

Buddy Wachter is widely regarded as the most influential four-string banjo player of our time.

Performing and lecturing internationally as a musical ambassador for the U.S. Department of State since 1990, he has played more than 7000 concerts to audiences in 130 countries. This has done much to unite the world banjo community and has introduced the instrument to some of the remotest parts of the globe. He has also appeared as guest soloist with more than a hundred symphony orchestras, worldwide.

Buddy Wachter is that rarest of rare musicians who has been able to catapult the lowly banjo to a level of virtuosity and musicality never before associated with the instrument.” Skitch Henderson, Conductor – New York Pops

Here is Buddy’s official biography

The experience of banjoist Buddy Wachter performing live is a jaw-dropper; identifying him as to genre is confounding. He descends from a line of banjo players who use the instrument to express sheer virtuosity in the face of complex music, much the way a mountain climber arrives at the foot of a treacherous peak packing his assortment of ropes and special climbing tools.

Wachter is not a bluegrass banjo player, and although he can perform pieces by Beethoven on the banjo with an ease that would make a listener think the works were originally composed for this instrument, he is not a strictly classical player. He is more the type of player who will move through music from a half-dozen distinct genres, making it all seem like part of a single style that would best be described as banjo playing, or to be technically specific, plectrum banjo playing. Since Wachter’s plectrum-packing idols such as Eddie Peabody and Harry Reser tend to be classified as jazz banjoists, then perhaps Wachter won’t be too seriously miffed being included in their ranks.

Watching Buddy Watcher perform in this video is a surreal experience. His unique technique has become the standard for today. In this video we have a little more than five minutes of Classical flavored music that has many dynamics, sprinkled with sustained lines, weaving counter lines, and thick, resonant chords that he plays with unprecedented virtuosity. The contrasts in mood are very well handled. It is a rousing number that exudes rhythmic intensity, and Classical bravado. Obviously, he commands the attention and respect of audiences, musicians and critics alike.

Certainly these sorts of players display some of the important traits of jazz, such as the ability to interpret music from other genres and make a personal statement from it. Listeners are expected to pay attention to this kind of music, not put it in the background at a weenie roast. On the other hand, if a jazz musician is a person who plays a theme, then follows it up with a lot of weird, unconnected noodling and whose discography is some kind of vision quest toward the ultimate in weirdness, then that isn’t Buddy Wachter at all.

He was born Andrew John Wachter and had already learned the mandolin by the time he was nine. He switched to banjo and by 15 he was already well-known for his skill on the instrument. The aforementioned banjoists from previous generations were influential, but so was hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Wachter got on a Baltimore television show with a few other famous banjoists at 16, and the flashy playing from one so young and green came to the attention of the Vega banjo company. With the help of this manufacturer of superior vintage instruments, Wachter was given the opportunity to perform at the Hollywood Bowl with none other than the legendary Peabody.

The next year, Wachter joined the easy listening-orientated Fred Waring Orchestra, beginning an on-the-road professional career almost directly after his high school graduation. It would turn out to be a nearly three-year stint and some half a million road miles by his estimation. He returned to Baltimore with the notion of trying something different, and began to study chemistry at the University of Maryland. He formed a duet with pianist Ray Nelson and the two developed a strong following in the Baltimore area. Happening upon a Wachter performance by chance one night in Baltimore, German television producer Klaus Peter Dencker was blown away by both his technique and intensity, and this contact led to the banjoist’s premier shot at recording, entitled Banjo Special, and well-promoted at least in Germany with a connected television special on the Saarlaendischer Rundfunk.

Here, Buddy Watcher is with his jazz quartet playing pure jazz in a modern swing style with a fresh sound and no musical clichés. Watcher is very careful to avoid the characteristic obvious banjo licks.* Rather, he displays one of the most important traits of jazz, such as the ability to interpret music from other styles and make a personal statement from it. He is the kind performer who moves through music from a half-dozen distinct genres, making it all seem like part of a single style. He comes from a line of banjo players who use the instrument to express sheer virtuosity in the face of complex music, be it classical or jazz, and this video is just another perfect example of this.

i.e. A “lick “is a short musical phrase that can be substituted for another phrase of the same length and follows the same chord(s). They, more often than not, sound catchy or exciting and are sometimes known as “hot licks.”

Years of performing and teaching workshops followed, including 26 European tours and appearances with Arthur Fiedler, Richard Heyman, Eric Kunzel, Benny Goodman, Ferrante & Teicher, Teddy Wilson, Paul LaValle, Max Morath, Bob Hope, the Count Basie All-Stars, and Béla Fleck. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1992 with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Wachter’s career advice to musicians, incidentally, rings the same as the punch line to the old joke about that venerable performing institution, in which the lost musician who asks how he can get to Carnegie Hall is told to practice.

Plenty of the latter would be a requirement to come anywhere near the ability of Wachter, who is a master at not only Beethoven, but jazz, ragtime, and a variety of folk styles. Appearing as a soloist with symphony orchestras remained his specialty through the ’90s and early 21st century. He worked in this capacity throughout the United States and abroad, such as a performance with the National Orchestra of Venezuela. Even more travel comes with his position as a musical ambassador for the U.S. Department of State, which he held for more than a decade beginning in 1991.

In 2000, he undertook a three-month State Department tour of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, U.A.E., Pakistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India. Similar to several other successful plectrum banjo players, such as Don Van Palta, Wachter maintains an active website and offers a series of instructional recordings and videos. He has not been particularly well-represented on recordings, however. In 1994, he appeared as a guest artist on the Tony Trischka production World Turning, in which a great variety of banjo styles are presented, meaning Wachter must have felt right at home.

Source: Buddy Wachter Facebook
All Music: Biography
Buddy’s Banjo Emporium: http://buddysbanjos.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Buddy-Wachter-Live/dp/B002PR8Y6S/

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 with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, 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

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thank you for dropping in and hope you will tune in again next week for another post in the series Jazz instrumentalists.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – “Life is a Cabaret” of music, fantastic food, laughter and good health.. and great guests.


Welcome to the weekly round up.. and the End of Summer Party is now officially over. It was a blast and many thanks to all of you who participated in the actual posts and those of you who shared. An enormous amount of virtual food was consumed, and there was much chatter amongst the guests and that is always a good sign.

During the week I shared the music selections that there was insufficient time to include in the posts. And as a special treat, Paul Andruss made a surprise visit with a special post to end the proceedings. If you missed the posts here they are.

The End of Summer Party – Music Requests.

Guests Robert Goldstein, Victoria Zigler, Jemima Pett, Luna Saint Claire and Jennie Fitzkee

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-music-from-the-guests-music-requests-from-rob-goldstein-victoria-zigler-jemima-pett-luna-saint-claire-and-jennie-fitzkee/

Guests Sue Hampton, Jane Gogerty, Jane Risdon, Gigi Sedlmayer and Jena C.Henry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-music-requests-from-sue-hampton-janet-gogerty-jane-risdon-gigi-sedlmayer-and-jena-c-henry/

Guests Patricia Salamone, Carol Taylor, M.J. Mallon and Joy Lennick

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-music-requests-from-patricia-salamone-carol-taylor-m-j-mallon-and-joy-lennick/

Guests Stevie Turner, Jaye Marie, Lisa Thomson and Dolly Aizenman

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-music-requests-from-stevie-turner-jaye-marie-lisa-thomson-and-dolly-aizenman/

And to finish the party with a fanfare…. this post by Paul Andruss that gives the behind the scenes look at the inspiration and developing of the musical Cabaret.

Here is a medley from the movie courtesy Elisabet Petersen

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-back-by-popular-request-the-partys-over-cabaret-the-evolution-of-a-musical/

The new series – A – Z of jazz instrumentalists by William Price King continues with a look at the life and music of one of the great accordion players of all time… Frank Marocco

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-accordion-frank-marocco/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – delicious recipes for the humble Cabbage.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-carol-taylor-cooks-cabbage-stuffed-red-pickled-pasta-dishes/

The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You with Hugh Roberts

Hugh W. Roberts

My guest this week is author Hugh W. Roberts, who is also known for his excellent blogging tutorials, Blogging Tips for new bloggers and those of us who have fallen into bad habits!!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-with-hugh-w-roberts/

Esme’s Party Piece – September and time for an annual review.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-esmes-party-piece-september-and-time-for-an-annual-review/

Short stories – Two more from What’s in a Name? Names starting with the letter ‘E’

Elaine wakes up on her husband’s birthday, excited by the prospect of sharing a secret as he cuts his cake…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-elaine-a-shining-light-by-sally-cronin/

A widower has let himself go since his wife died, but another female called Doris wangles her way into his life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/smorgasbord-short-story-whats-in-a-name-eric-just-making-do-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-thread-and-other-stories-by-eric-halpenny/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelve-ya-novel-one-is-not-a-lonely-number-by-evelyn-kriegers/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-glowing-pigs-snort-stories-of-atonement-tennessee-by-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-and-reviews-c-s-boyack-john-w-howell-jacquie-biggar-and-marcia-meara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-and-reviews-toni-pike-charles-e-yallowitz-and-christine-campbell/

The Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-30th-august-2018-norah-colvin-janice-spina-and-alethea-kehas-earlyreading-and-inspiration/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-august-31st-2018-marcia-meara-christy-d-birmingham-and-billy-ray-chitwood/

The Health Column

The Female Reproductive System – Endocrine system and hormones

Baby girls are born with over 400,000 eggs in their ovaries and over the next 10 to 12 years their endocrine system will mature and various physical, mental and emotional changes will take place. Before I cover some of the health issues later in the series, I want to cover the system that manages our reproductive system and hormones

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/smorgasbord-health-column-the-female-reproductive-system-endocrine-system-and-hormones/

Nutrients the body needs – Amino Acids.

There are two types of amino acid, essential and non-essential. There are approximately 80 amino acids found in nature but only 20 are necessary for healthy human growth and function. We are made up of protein and we require adequate amounts of amino acids if we are to maintain and repair the very substance that we are made from.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-amino-acids-by-sally-cronin/

Does your home have a carbon dioxide detector, and when you go on holiday, can you be sure that you are still protected?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/smorgasbord-health-column-carbon-monoxide-a-silent-killer-by-sally-cronin/

The Afternoon Video and Laughter Lines

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-or-groans-health-and-safety-and-workarounds-part-two/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-lost-in-translation-chicken-rights-and-emotional-baggage/

Thank you for dropping in today.. from Thursday I will be offline for a few days as I house and dog sit for my sister.. but your regular posts will pop up and as always I will look forward to your visits and comments and will respond when I am back on line on Sunday.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Accordion – Frank Marocco-


In this second post on Jazz Instrumentalists William Price King shares the life and music of Frank Marocco.

“In the world of accordion performance, Frank Marocco was a giant. Not only for his mastery of the instrument itself, but for his highly developed musicality. In any style, on the concert stage or in the recording studio, his playing was technically brilliant and musically superb.

Frank Marocco is one of the most recorded accordionist in America (and, possibly, the world), having played on a vast number of movie soundtracks, television scores, commercial jingles and record albums, in the studios of Hollywood and beyond. He has recorded for and/or worked with artists ranging from Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd and Madonna to Luciano Pavarotti, conductor Maxim Shostakovich and composer John Williams. He was nominated eight years in a row for the Most Valuable Player Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S) and received that award twice.

Frank was also a consummate jazz artist and a gifted composer with several of his own albums to his credit. He has played his music for audiences all over the world”

 Al DiMarco Frank Marocco Official Website

Frank Marocco was born in Joliet, Illinois USA 1/2/1931 – passed away in Los Angeles on 3/3/2012

He was born in Juliet, Illinois and grew up in the town of Waukegan, a suburb of Chicago. When he was seven years old, his parents enrolled him in a six-week trial program on the accordion.

His first instructor, George Stefani,  who taught Frank for nine years and was a source of inspiration to him. Marocco studied with him for nine years. His training was in the classics but his teacher encouraged him to explore other areas: he played the piano and the clarinet, he studied music theory, harmony, conducting, and he was a member of his high school band. The next year, he studied with the legendary Andy Rizzo, a master teacher who has influenced many of this country’s accordion artists.

At age 17, Marocco took first place in the Chicago Musicland festival and was rewarded with a guest solo perfomance with the Chicago Pops Orchestra. Playing Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu for a huge crowd at Chicago’s Soldier’s Field. This encouraged him to seek a full-time career in music. At age 18 he formed a trio which went on tour in several Midwestern states. He met his wife Anne on tour in Indiana and the couple moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s, where he formed a new band which toured hotels and clubs in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Palm Springs.

This eventually led to him working in Hollywood which led to a successful career as a session musician, becoming one of the most recorded accordionists in the world. He play on hundreds of movie soundtracks, TV shows and albums. Including with composers:  John Williams, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michele Le Grand, Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Henry Mancini and dozens of others.

In the 1960s, Frank Marocco recorded a solo album released by Verve, a legendary jazz record label, and in 1966 he worked with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.

“Samba Italiano”(Italian Samba) is a popular samba song, composed in 1965 by Andoniran Barbosa. Frank Marocco, who was particularly graced with a sense of swing, breathed life into every melody that he touched, and did so with a left hand technique that solidly assured the rhythm with a bebop sense of harmony. Marocco used the left hand *Stradella system, making it a unique accompanist to the melody. In “Samba Italiano” there is an ethnic world music feeling in his improvisation which he plays with style, not to mention warmth, intelligence and perception.

He considered one of the highlights of his career was his USO tour with Bob Hope in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and other Pacific countries. He also played with the Les Brown big band during six Love Boat cruises.

Frank Marocco has also played with some of the best Jazz Musicians in America and Europe both on stage and in the studio. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated him at the most valuable player eight years in a row.

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“Isn’t She Lovely” is a song written and performed by Stevie Wonder from his 1976 album, “Songs in the Key of Life.” The lyrics celebrate the birth of his daughter, Aisha. Marocco, who plays piano lines with his right hand and bass lines with his left, displays remarkable fluidity. His performance is lyrical, warm, and full of harmonic richness. Marocco’s music is popular because it’s so versatile. He learned to love and exemplify diverse styles in his music– from jazz, to classical, to Latin. With “Isn’t She Lovely” Marocco turns the accordion into something audiences can snap their fingers to at the jazz club, and salsa-dance to at a party and shows that the accordion can have an upbeat, catchy sound.

Frank Marocco Accordion Event

In addition to his career as a musician, Frank Morocco wrote and arranged music for solo, duet and orchestra in a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz, international, Latin and classical. He was the musical director and conductor of the annual “music camp”, and the Frank Marocco Accordion Event, which was held in Arizona. The event brought together 50 accordionists from around the USA and Canada, who after three days of instruction and rehearsal presented a full concert of accordion music.

In his career Marocco played with some of the top jazz musicians in America and Europe including Ray Brown, Joey Baron, Herb Ellis, Carol Atti, Gian-Carlo Bianchetti, Pete Christlieb, Larry Koonse, Bob Shepard, Grant Geissman and Stix Hooper to name just a few.

Buy music by Frank Marocco: Amazon

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Marocco
http://www.frankmarocco.com/biography.html

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 with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, 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

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thank you for dropping in and hope you will tune in again next week for another post in the series Jazz instrumentalists.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Music, Books, Food and End of Summer Party with amazing Guests,


Welcome to the weekly round up and the last day of the End of Summer Party. I have so enjoyed seeing so many of you over the weekend and have put on several pounds eating the left overs from the various meals… If you missed the posts at the time, no worries the food is still fresh and you can still meet the guests and enjoy the banter.

Thanks for all the support to get the posts noticed and I am very appreciative. I love this community and it is a lot of fun being part of it.

I was not able to play all the music requests but will share the ones not played in the Blogger Daily this coming week.

Paul Andruss did a fabulous post to kick off last year’s end of summer party over the same weekend and as he is busy at the moment with other projects, I asked if he minded me using again to kick this one off…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-deja-vu-august-25th-26th-far-from-this-thing-by-paul-andruss/

The great new is that Paul has taken the time out to write a brand new post for the end of the week…when the last of the music has been played and we head into September.. Look out for it Friday.

The End of Summer Party – Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner and Sunday Lunch with 35 guests. There is still time to pop into all the meals and to leave your links in the comments. It is a place to meet great writers and supporters of others. Don’t be shy.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-brunch-meet-robert-goldstein-victoria-zigler-john-w-howell-becky-ross-michael-jemima-pett-marcia-meara-luna-saint-claire-and-anita-dawes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-afternoon-tea-colleen-chesebro-sue-hampton-jane-gogerty-norah-colvin-jane-risdon-wendy-janes-gigi-sedlmayer-jena-c-henry-and-darlene-foster/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-dinner-taster-menu-with-robbie-cheadle-patricia-salamone-leslie-tate-carol-taylor-debby-gies-noelle-granger-marjorie-mallon-and-mary-smith/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/26/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-sunday-lunch-with-guests-annette-rochelle-aben-stevie-turner-jaye-marie-balroop-singh-lisa-thomson-janice-spina-dolly-aizenman-ritu-bhathal-jacquie-biggar-and-sharon-m/

And here are the other posts from the week that you might have missed.

The start of a new series with William Price King for The Music Column – The Jazz Instrumentalists. Richard Galliano – Accordion

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-jazz-instrumentalists-accordion-richard-galliano/

The Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Carol had technical problems this week so I shared our nutritional guide to Salmon and recipes from last year.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/smorgasbord-health-revisited-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-salmon-omega-3-on-a-plate/

Getting to Know You Sunday Interview with author Patty Fletcher.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-with-patty-l-fletcher/

Personal Stuff – Short stories – What’s in a Name – David – In Remembrance

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-david-in-remembrance-by-sally-cronin/

Letters from America – My parents last week and visit to Sam Houston Museum and Galveston.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-my-parents-visit-to-sam-houston-museum-and-galverston/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New books on the shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-unbroken-hearts-short-stories-by-lisa-thomson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-wwi-drama-the-dandelion-clock-by-rebecca-bryn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-eyes-of-grace-omalley-by-john-quinn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-magicians-blood-a-paranormal-romance-the-great-dagmaru-book-two-by-linda-g-hill/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-fantasy-magic-the-labyrinth-warriors-of-light-book-1-by-alethea-kehas/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update and Reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-william-luvaas-sacha-black-pamela-s-wight-and-christy-d-birmingham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-colleen-chesebro-rebecca-bryn-and-claire-fullerton/

The Blogger Daily – Blog posts that are worth sharing.

Tofino Photography, Dan Alatorre, Adele Marie Park and Judy E. Martin.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-20th-august-2018-tofino-photography-dan-alatorre-with-adele-marie-park-judy-e-martin/

Karen Ingalls, Lifelong Metamorphoses and Cynthia Reyes.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-21st-august-2018-karen-ingalls-lifelong-metamorphoses-cynthia-reyes/

Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Nicholas Rossis and Stevie Turner

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-something-to-think-about-with-vashti-quiroz-vega-nicholas-rossis-and-stevie-turner/

Lizzie Chantree, R.K Brainerd, The Book People.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-23rd-august-2018-discovering-new-authors-courtesy-of-lizzie-chantree-r-k-brainerd-and-the-book-people/

Cathy Ryan, Janet Gogerty, Judith Barrow and the Narbeth Book Fair.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-reviews-friday-24th-august-2018-cathy-ryan-janet-gogerty-judith-barrow-narbeth-book-fair/

The Health Column

Foods to boost your blood health.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/smorgasbord-health-column-foods-to-boost-your-blood-health-anaemia-fatigue/

Part one of the female reproductive system.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/smorgasbord-health-column-the-female-reproductive-system/

Nutrients the body needs – Choline, B8, Inositol, Bioflavonoids, Co-Enzyme Q10, Trace Elements.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-choline-b8-inositol-bioflavonoids-co-enzyme-q10-trace-elements/

Humour and the Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-marriage-butlers-hygiene-and-watches/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-health-and-safety-and-workarounds-part-one/

Thank you again for dropping in and for all your help in promoting the posts. Have a great week.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Jazz Instrumentalists – Accordion – Richard Galliano


Welcome to the new series featuring jazz instrumentalists. We have focused on the vocalists in previous posts, but jazz has many elements and the artistry of the instrumentalists are key to great music.

The first instrument is the accordion and over the next two posts we shall be exploring to of the most highly regarded performers in jazz.

The Accordion – Richard Galliano Accordion and bandoneon virtuoso,
composer.

“In the past, there never seemed to have been one great artist associated with the accordion, an instrument that, because of its connotations, seemed as far removed from swing as it is possible to be. Then along came Richard Galliano, fired by an unrivalled determination to share his conviction that the accordion was worthy have a place at the heart of jazz alongside the saxophone and trumpet. Inspired by the admiration he felt for his friend Astor Piazzolla, creator of the Tango Nuevo, Galliano succeeded not just in doing this, but with his “new musette” style managed to breathe new life into a thoroughly French tradition that seemed to have got stuck”  Vincent Bessieres

Richard Galliano was born in Cannes in 1950, the son of Italian- born accordion teacher Lucien Galliano. Understandably Richard was introduced to the instrument at an early age and was only four years old when he began to play. He was enrolled in the Nice Conservatoire and studied music and the trombone, and at age 14, he was introduced to jazz and in particular the music of Clifford Brown.

“I copied all the choruses of Clifford Brown, impressed by his tone and his drive, his way of phrasing over the thunderous playing of Max Roach“.

Galliano was surprised to find that the accordion was rarely incorporated into jazz composition and set out to find out more about the top accordionists in the world in South American, Italy and the United States. This included Brazilian Severino Dias de Oliveira, known as Sivuca, Italian Felice Fugazza and Americans Tommy Gumina and Art Van Damme.

In the meantime Richard Galliano was impressing with his own playing and twice won the first prize in the “World Accordion cap competition” in Spain in 1966 and France in 1967. The Spanish competition introduced him to the compositions of Israeli accordionist Yehuda Oppenheimer. It was a relationship and collaboration that would last until Yehuda’s death in 2012.

In 1973, Galliano moved up to Paris where he worked with French singer and songwriter Claude Nougaro and spent the next three years arranging and composing alongside leading jazz musicians. He regularly played on recordings by Charles Aznavour and Juliette Greco as well as on film scores. In the 1980s he played alongside Chet Baker, Steve Potts, Cellist Jean- Charles Capon and Ron Carter. He also met and was influenced by

In the 1990s Galliano returned to his French roots and the traditional compositions for the accordion such as the Tango, however he updated the style by working to bring new rhythm and harmony that reflected his love of jazz.

He showcased this in 1991 with the album “New Musette” recorded with Aldo Romano (jazz drummer), Pierre Michelot (double bass) and Philip Catherine (Belgian jazz guitarist). The album won Richard Galliano the Académie du Jazz’s Django Reinhardt Prize for “French musician of the year” in 1993.

Libertango” is a composition by tango composer Astor Piazzolla, recorded and published in 1974 in Milan. The title is a *portmanteau merging “Libertad” (Spanish for liberty) and “Tango,” symbolizing Piazzolla’s break from Classiscal Tango to Tango Nuevo. In this piece, Galliano proves himself a sophisticated, spirited, and free-flowing improviser armed with a formidable piano technique and a vivid harmonic vocabulary, tinted with classical harmonies but grounded firmly in the tango tradition.

*portmanteau is a linguistic blend of words, in which parts of multiple words or their sounds are combined into a new word.

In 1996 Richard Galliano went to the United States and recorded “New York Tango” with George Mraz (jazz bassist and alto saxophonist), Al Foster (jazz drummer) and Biréli Lagrène (French Jazz guitarist), a disc that later won him a Victoire de la Musique prize.

This has led to an outstanding international reputation collaborating with musicians from all music fields including classical, performing with orchestras, as a solo performer and a recording artist.

He is also the author, with his father of a training method for the accordion which won an SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music) prize in 2009.

During his long and prolific career, Richard Galliano Biography recorded more than 50 albums under his name. He also collaborates with an impressive number of prestigious artists and musicians, including Astor Piazolla, George Mraz, Brigitte Fontaine, Al Foster, Juliette Greco, Charles Aznavour, Ron Carter, Chet Baker, Enrico Rava, Martial Solal, Miroslav Vitouš, Trilok Gurtu, Jan Garbarek, Michel Petrucciani, Michel Portal, Eddy Louiss, Biréli Lagrène, Sylvain Luc, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Ivan Paduart, Anouar Brahem, Wynton Marsalis, and Toots Thielemans.

Autumn Leaves,” originally “Les Feuilles Mortes”(literally “The Dead Leaves”), with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma and lyrics by French poet Jacques Prévert, was adapted into English by Johnny Mercer. This is a very special and deeply musical performance by the Richard Galliano Tangaria Quartet, played with joy, abandon and much virtuosity. The fluidity of this quartet’s technique, the depth of its tone and the intellectual sophistication of its improvisations firmly established this quartet, with Galliano as its leader, as an accomplished and polished jazz act. Moreover, Galliano demonstrates mastery in executing beautiful and intricate changes full of jazz feeling.

Buy the music of Richard Galliano: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B000APXA7U

Official Website: http://www.richardgalliano.com/en/biography/
YouTube Channel: Richard Galliano YouTube
Additional sources : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Galliano
https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/artist/galliano/biography

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 with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, 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

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thank you for dropping in and hope you will tune in again next week for another Jazz instrumentalist.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Update – Music, Cookery, Travel, Health and Books


Welcome to the weekly round up and a catch up on the week’s events here on the blog.

Most of you will know that as of August 1st – our Facebook profiles are not longer linked automatically. In itself it is not a problem because it offers an opportunity to personalise the post when sharing to FB. However, many of my posts, including the columns that are written by William Price King, Carol Taylor, D.G. Kaye and Jessica Norrie, are scheduled to go out at just after midnight. Around 65% of my readers are from North America and they are usually checking the WordPress reader, and also their email notifications during those overnight hours. With the loss of the link to Facebook where I have a substantial amount of followers, this meant that the post would not be seen until the following night, and would most likely be long lost in timelines and on the WP reader.

Despite my reluctance to have two accounts with FB… I have weighed up the pros and cons and have established a page, which by the new rules is linked directly. A great many of my posts are author and blog promotions, and I want to achieve the most effective reach I can for those I promote. I hope that this will help me do that. I have sent invitations out to my current FB followers, but if you are not connected there, perhaps you would like to head over to the new page and join me there: https://www.facebook.com/smorgasbordblogmagazine/

In September I will be introducing new promotional posts and I am also very interested in developing new collaborations in the form of monthly, fortnightly or weekly columns to join the already established Health, Music, Cookery, Literary and Health posts.

There are a number of options to think about. Do you have an expertise in a particular area of writing, publishing, film or a hobby that you are passionate about? If you write about health you can write under the Health Column umbrella as a guest.  You may have a series of posts on a particular subject that you have already published on your blog in the past and would now like to share with a new audience.

If you are interested in talking further then please email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com with a view to posting at the end of September either monthly, fortnightly or weekly.

Posts from Your Archives – Blogger promotion

Earlier in the year I featured over 200 posts from your archives. I will be bringing this feature back from October and so I am giving you plenty of time to check your archives and find posts that you feel could use some more attention.

If you would like to participate in this series of Posts from your Archives here are the details.

All of us have posts that sit idle in our archive with perhaps a handful of visits from readers who are browsing on our blog. But I would like to offer you the opportunity to share some of your posts that you feel would be enjoyed by a different audience.. Mine.

I am happy to share posts on any subject including short stories, writing, publishing, pets, health, personal experiences with life and events, films and music. If you have travel posts that have a great many photos, then I will feature those as a reblog post with up to four of the photos and then a link to go to your blog to read the rest.

Apart from sharing your post, I will of course share your bio, any book links, social media and of course your blog so that readers can head over and enjoy your more recent hard work. Currently my readership across the blog and Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest is 36,000, many of whom are readers and authors.

If you are interested all I need is the links to four posts you are interested in sharing and then I will take it from there. Most of you have already sent me your links but if we have just met I may come back to you. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Okay.. time to get on with the posts from the week that you might have missed.

The Music Column with William Price King – Diana Krall the Finale – New series on Jazz Instrumentalists beginning next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-diana-krall-the-finale/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-diana-krall-the-finale/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor

Carol mentions the ‘C’ word this week as she shares the recipe to make your own version of the festive classis, sweet mincemeat.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-columncarol-taylor-cooks-sweet-mincemeat/

The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye

Off to Mexico in the company of travel expert Debby Gies – Where it is safe, shopping wining and dining, excursions, accommodation and health. Read before you book, and get the most out of your holiday.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kayetraveling-to-mexico/

Getting to know you – Sunday Interview – With N.A. (Noelle Granger)

I had the pleasure of meeting my guest today at the Bloggers Bash in 2017 and discovered a delightfully charming person and also had the privilege of meeting her husband. Noelle Granger is the author of the Rhe Brewster crime thriller series and has recently published Death in a Mudflat

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-with-author-n-a-granger/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Nutrients the body needs to be healthy – Zinc

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-zinc-the-immune-system-acne-infertility-prostate/

The blood – oxygen distribution and waste disposal.

red blood cells

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/smorgasbord-health-column-the-blood-oxygen-distribution-waste-disposal-andanaemia/

Personal Stuff…Letters from America – my parent’s visit in November 1985 and our trip to The Alamo in San Antonio and the deep and amazing Natural Bridge Caverns.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/letters-from-america-1985-1987-my-parents-visit-the-alamo-and-natural-bridge-caverns/

What’s in a Name? – Short Stories

Celia – A Crisis of Faith

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-celia-a-crisis-of-faith/

Clive – The Debt

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-nameclive-the-debt-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-a-heaven-for-toasters-sci-fi-romance-crime-by-nicholas-c-rossis/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-in-the-shadow-of-lies-an-oliver-wright-ww-ii-mystery-by-mary-adler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-sci-fi-andorra-pett-and-the-oort-cloud-cafe-by-richard-dee/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-scathed-grafton-county-series-by-sue-coletta/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Reviews.

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-geoff-le-pard-jan-sikes-bette-a-stevens-and-audrey-driscoll/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-olga-nunez-miret-d-g-kaye-and-linda-swain-bethea/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-13th-august-2018-sue-vincent-aethelflaed-jennie-fitzkee-millys-legacy-learning-from-dogs-dog-flu-alert/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-14th-august-2018-something-to-think-about-with-leslie-tate-jan-sikes-and-beetley-pete/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-15th-august-2018-mary-smith-olga-nunez-miret-and-rebecca-bryn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-august-16th-2018-lucinda-e-clarke-amy-reade-and-teri-polen-with-mae-clair/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-17th-august-2018-de-cluttering-antisocial-media-and-aretha-franklin/

Humour and Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-naval-intelligence-and-tell-it-to-the-marines/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-truisms-and-lifes-little-wrinkles/