Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – #Music, Nessie, #Thai Curry Pastes, New Books, #Reviews, #Health and #Humour


Welcome to the round up of the week’s posts. It only seems a couple of days since I posted the last one! However, we have had a busy week with plenty going on off screen including the renovation of the front garden. All the tree stumps are now all dug up and David survived the process. I have been supervising…. and providing sustenance of course in a timely fashion. He has also dug over all the ground, removed smaller roots and raked it over.

Hopefully the lawn man who promised to come in a couple of weeks a month ago will appreciate that 75% of the job he quoted for is now done and he only has to lay the lawn.

We are also waiting on the guy to come and fix our electronic gate.. He said Wednesday but neglected to tell us which Wednesday. It is frustrating when people say that they will turn up and then do not bother. We have stayed in three times now in the last couple of weeks in anticipation and it is disappointing and frankly unprofessional. The papers are full of how business is not as good as it should be…. I wonder why!

Anyway.. sorry for the little rant!  One thing I can never complain about, is the consistency and commitment by those who contribute to the blog each week with columns and to those of you who tune in regularly to like, comment and share. I really am very grateful.

Time to share the posts from the week that you might have missed…..

The Music Column with William Price King – Josh Groban Part Four.

More hits from this exceptional artist with some of his most recognisable hits that William has provided background to.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-josh-groban-part-four/

Paul Andruss – Writer in Residence.

No post from Paul this week but I always like to reblog from his own site as it is always interesting.. this week.. Nessie… the Loch Ness Monster has been the subject of many scientific studies.. but it is it a myth or a reality?

From the film ‘The Water Horse- Legend of the Deep’

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/smorgasbord-reblog-fantastic-beasts-where-to-5-nessie-by-paul-andruss/

The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor – Thai curry pastes from scratch.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-thai-curry-pastes-and-recipes/

The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – Blast Off! – Memorable first lines of books.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-literary-column-blast-off-opening-lines-by-jessica-norrie/

Getting to Know You Sunday Interview with Annette Rochelle Aben

Welcome to Getting to Know You where guests pick five questions that reveal a little more about their personality and background. This week my guest is Miss Personality as far as I am concerned. You don’t have to be in the same room with Annette Rochelle Aben to know that she is funny, compassionate, empathetic and generous. That all shines through in her blog posts, social media comments and radio podcasts. And as you will find out… it also shines bright as day in her interview.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-with-annette-rochelle-aben/

Personal Stuff – Odd Jobs and Characters

I leave my job as housekeeper/cook of the boarding school and hop a train all the way to North Wales where I start a new position at a swanky hotel. Arriving late at night at this gothic mansion was not the best start to a new job I have had!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-hotel-senior-receptionist-ghostly-arrival-and-a-quick-promotion/

Letters from America – 100 degrees, Key Lime Pie and Adverts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-texas-1985-1987-100-degrees-key-lime-pie-and-adverts/

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story – Serialisation

Chapter One – In the Beginning

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-one-in-the-beginning-by-sally-cronin/

Chapter Two – My New Home.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-two-my-new-home-by-sally-cronin/

A new story written as a guest post for Noelle Granger’s blog – Charlie the Junkyard Dog.

Charlie was a junkyard dog and had the scars to prove it. He was head of security of this fenced off mass of scrap metal, dotted with mounds of old tyres he called home, and he took his job very seriously. During the day, he was chained up next to the beat-up old trailer, where his human would shout loudly at other humans; sometimes throwing things at the thin metal walls. In bad weather Charlie would retreat into a rough scrap wood shelter; resting his bony body on a ragged old corn sack on the hard concrete floor as the water dripped in through the roof.

https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/charlie-the-junkyard-dog-by-sally-cronin/

Poetry – Haiku

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-the-daredevil-with-tofino-photography/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – 1974

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-1974-tiger-feet-by-mud-devil-gate-drive-by-suzi-quatro/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-contract-by-john-w-howell-and-gwen-m-plano/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-cusp-of-night-hodes-hill-series-by-mae-clair/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-extra-innings-can-you-go-home-again-by-don-massenzio/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-secret-dumfries-by-mary-smith-and-photographer-keith-kirk/

Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-tony-riches-jane-risdon-and-brigid-p-gallagher/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-karen-ingalls-deborah-jay-and-alethea-kehas/

Meet the Reviewers

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-reviewers-james-j-cudney-for-angie-dokos-judith-barrow-rbrt-for-jj-toner-and-m-j-mallon-for-carrot-ranch-anthology/

Smorgasbord Health Column – The Summer Fruit Salad

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/smorgasbord-health-column-make-the-most-of-summer-fruit-salad/

The Candida Albicans Shopping List

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/smorgasbord-health-column-candida-albicans-the-shopping-list/

Alternative Therapies – The Alexander Technique

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/smorgasbord-health-column-alternative-therapies-the-alexander-technique-part-three-standing-sitting-and-walking-correctly/

Humour and Afternoon Videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sports-the-waterskiing-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-romance-bars-golf-and-irish-pub-signs/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sport-highdiving-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-pearly-gate-dilemmas-finding-the-fs-and-passwords/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sport-skateboarding-bulldog/

 

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Josh Groban – Part Four


Josh Groban is an extremely talented singer, songwriter and actor, who has wowed audiences around the world with his distinctive baritone voice.

He has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. In 2005 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for ‘You Raise Me Up’. 2009 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for ‘Noel’, which was also nominated for International Album of the Year in 2008 for the Juno Awards. 2016 Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for ‘Stages’ and again in 2017 for ‘Stages Live’

In 2017 Josh was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance of an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812′

Josh Groban has released 7 Studio Albums, 4 Live Albums and 30 singles with over 30 million records sold worldwide. Josh Groban Discography

You can catch up with the story and hits so far in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

In May 2011, Groban appeared as a mystery guest star on the season 12 finale of “Dancing with the Stars” to surprise Petra Nemcova by singing “You Raise Me Up” to her dance. When she saw that it was he who was actually singing and not one of the usual performers, she momentarily was too stunned to continue dancing.

Groban’s sixth studio album, “All That Echoes” was released in February 2013, debuting at number one by selling 141,000 copies. Groban promoted the album with the “All That Echoes World Tour” in 2013.

“She Moved Through The Fair,” from the album, is a traditional Irish folk song. The narrator sees his lover move away from him through the fair, after telling him that since her family will approve, “it will not be long, love, ’til our wedding day”. She returns as a ghost at night, and repeats the words “it will not be long, love, ’til our wedding day,” intimating her own tragic death (possibly at the hands of her disapproving family), as well as the couple’s potential reunion in the afterlife. The melody is in mixolydian mode.*

i.e. mixolydian mode – The mixolydian mode is one of the modal scales. They are all origins of ancient Greek music and are used in modern music like jazz and funk.

“Un Alma Más,” from the album “All That Echoes” (2013) featuring Cuban born trumpet player Arturo Sandoval was written by Josh Groban, who sings this flamenco flavored song in Spanish.

“Hollow Talk” is a cover of a 2009 song by the Norwegian Choir of Young Believers. It was
Warner Music International marketing executive Dion Singer who brought the tune to Groban’s attention. “It’s such a cinematic song,” Groban said at a listening party at the Sunset Towers in West Hollywood, adding that producer Rob Cavallo told him “I feel there is a cityscape in it. So we went out on Sunset Boulevard and recorded traffic.” “Hollow Talk” was written by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, Anders Rhedin, and Fridolin Schojldan

In April 2016 Groban released his seventh studio album, “Stages” – a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time, which Groban describes as “gorgeously arranged songs that have stood the test of time,” and which he was drawn to because of their combination of “incredible melody with an incredible story.”

The gold-certified “Stages” was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

“Bring Him Home” from the musical “Les Miserables” featured on on the album, is the timeless story of revolution, redemption, and love, touching hearts around the globe. The famous song “Bring Him Home,” perfectly captures the musical’s emotion and beauty. Groban’s rendition will give you chills.

What makes one love this version of “Bring Him Home” even more is its simplicity. The only instrument accompanying Groban’s voice is a piano and the minimalism of it makes it even better! “Stages,” consisting of songs from Broadway musicals, was released in April 2015 and received a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Read the reviews and buy the music of Josh Groban US: https://www.amazon.com/Josh-Groban/e/B000APOD76

Read the reviews and buy the music of Josh Groban UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Josh-Groban/e/B000APOD76

Find out more about Josh Groban and tour information: http://www.joshgroban.com/

Other sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Groban

About William Price King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with William

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/

and all the previous posts on jazz, classical and contemporary artists here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

My thanks to William for another wonderful post and thank you for dropping in today and please tune in again next week for the final part of the Josh Groban series.

If you have a favourite Josh Groban song that you would like us to feature at the end of next week’s post them please put the title in the comments.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Weekly Round Up – Josh Groban, Legendary Irises, Lucious Lamb and Shark Diving!


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed. Another week of beautiful weather here and apart from taking time out to sit and read in the sunshine…David has been removing the stumps left after the tree felling last summer, so that we can lay a lawn. It will change the whole aspect of the front garden. We then have wall repairs and new fencing and another major job off the list. We have been in the house two years next week and it has certainly been an amazing time. The biggest problem with renovating a property here in Ireland is the weather, especially for the outside work. Hats off to the tradespeople who have to contend with all the time.

Newsflash

Delighted to welcome author D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) as the latest regular contributor to the blog. I am sure many of you will have enjoyed Debby’s travel archive posts, and like me read and reviewed her book Have Bags Will Travel. Now she will be sharing her expertise with a monthly Travel Column. To get the column off to a flying start (or should I say sailing!)…

Debby will post three articles on cruising the high seas beginning 18th June with parts 2 and 3 going out every fortnight.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-coming-soon-the-travel-column-by-debby-gies-and-happy-birthday/

As always my thanks to the other contributors who provide wonderful content and bring such variety to the blog.

On with the rest of the posts.

The Music Column with William Price King.

William  shares the hits of the early to mid 2000s of the phenomenon that is Josh Groban.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-josh-groban-part-three/

The Gardening Column with Paul Andruss

This week Paul brings us the beauty and legend of the Iris.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-taste-the-rainbow-irises/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor

More fabulous recipes from Carol Taylor and this week her focus was on lucious lamb.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-lucious-lamb/

The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You with author D.Wallace Peach

Diana Peach is my guest today on Getting to Know You.. She shares her fashion sense, encounters with sharks (the ones with fins not legs!) Waterskiing, and her love of country life… head over and discover more about her.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-with-author-d-wallace-peach/

Personal Stuff – Letters from America

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-hawaiian-luau-and-trash-can-punch/

Odd Jobs and Characters – Some of my quirky employment opportunities – This week I cook 3000 meals a week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/smorgasbord-short-stories-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-boarding-school-housekeeping-and-caterer/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-carly-simon-and-david-bowie/

Smorgasbord Nature Reserve – When Starlings hit the swimming pool.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/smorgasbord-nature-reserve-when-starlings-hit-the-swimming-pool/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-death-in-a-mudflat-rhe-brewster-mystery-by-n-a-granger/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelvesthe-gemini-connection-by-teri-polen-ya-sc-fi/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-sir-chocolate-and-the-sugar-crystal-cave-story-and-cookbook-by-robbie-and-michael-cheadle/

Meet the #Reviewers

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-book-reviewers-chuck-jackson-for-paul-kalanithi-olga-nunez-miret-for-guillermo-stitch-and-robbie-cheadle-for-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-linda-g-hill-lyn-horner-and-chuck-jackson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-vashti-quiroz-vega-marcia-meara-and-paul-cude/

Smorgasbord Short Stories – The Sewing Circle Part three and four – Flights of Fancy

Part Three

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-the-sewing-circle-part-three-by-sally-cronin/

Part Four

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-the-sewing-circle-part-four-by-sally-cronin/

Albert the Perfect Candidate

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-albert-the-perfect-candidate-by-sally-cronin/

The Psychic Parrot

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-the-psychic-parrot-by-sally-cronin/

Health Column – The Alexander Technique – #Posture, #Backpain #Ergonomics

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/smorgasbord-health-column-alternative-healing-the-alexander-technique-part-two-posture-backpain-ergonomics/

Candida Albicans Series

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/smorgasbord-health-column-candida-albicans-part-one-the-opportunistic-pathogen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/smorgasbord-health-column-candida-albicans-part-two-sugars-and-yeast-free-bread/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/smorgasbord-health-column-candida-albicans-pass-the-mushrooms-and-cheese/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/smorgasbord-health-column-candida-albicans-milk-allergy-lactose-intolerance-leaky-gut/

Humour and Afternoon Videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-dogs-and-cars/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-more-one-liners-and-some-snippets/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-dogs-and-cars-two/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-more-one-liners-and-snippets-jokes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-dogs-and-cars-three/

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Josh Groban- Part Three


Welcome to part three of the Josh Groban story, and William Price King shares more of his chart hits and albums from the first part of the 2000s.  You can catch up with the story and hits so far in this directory.

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

“Let Me Fall” from the Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” is another gem from the album “Josh Groban,” and was penned by James Corcoran and Benoît Jutras. The Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun or Sun Circus) is a Canadian entertainment company. It is the largest theatrical producer in the world. Situated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul on 7 July 1984, by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix. “Quidam” was the ninth stage show produced by the “Cirque du Soleil.”

In 2003, he received the Billboard Music Award for No. 1 Classical Crossover Artist of the Year. Some of Groban’s musical influences have been Radiohead, Steve Perry, Paul Simon, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Freddie Mercury, and Bjork. He cites as vocal influences “anyone who told a story with their songs,” including “Mandy Patinkin, Klaus Nomi, George Hearn, and Luciano Pavarotti.

You Raise Me Up” is from Groban’s second studio album “Closer,” released in 2003. David Foster decided to produce this song after being introduced to it by Frank Petrone of Peermusic, the song’s publisher. He chose Groban to record the song, which was accompanied by the tenor Craig Von Vennik of the Establishment. Groban’s version made it to #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart in early 2004 and remained there for six weeks. This version also peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, his first single to do so, and was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award. Groban performed the song in a special NASA commemoration for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. A special surprise performance by Groban, for Oprah Winfrey’s 50th birthday, also gave “You Raise Me Up” massive international prominence.

The song was originally composed as an instrumental piece and titled “Silent Story.” Some have claimed there is a strong resemblance to the traditional Irish tune “Londonderry Air,” to which Løvland has commented: “There are similarities but no plagiarism. When I made “You Raise Me Up” I asked myself – what is the inner essence of Irish music?” Løvland later approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody, after reading Graham’s novels.

“Remember When It Rained,” written by Groban and Eric Mouquet, is from the album “Closer” and also on the live album “Live at the Greek” (2004). When he plays the piano on this piece, he is outstanding. He performs with a freedom and expression that is engaging, as if the instrument were feeding his emotional core. This is an incredible performance.

Groban said that he believed that this second album was a better reflection of him, and that his audience would be able to get a better idea of his personality from listening to it.
What most people know about me, they know through my music. This time, I’ve tried to open that door as wide as possible. These songs are a giant step closer to who I really am and what my music is all about. Hence the title.”

In the summer of 2004, Groban returned to Interlochen, Great Performances” special on PBS. Also in 2004, Groban performed “Remember When It Rained,” backed by a full orchestra, at the American Music Awards, where he was nominated for Favorite Male Artist in the pop category; he was also nominated for a People’s Choice Award in that year.

Groban earned his first Grammy nomination in 2005 for his single “You Raise Me Up” in the “Best Male pop Vocal Performance category.

“You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” is the second track and the first single from Groban’s third album, “Awake,” released in November 2006. The song’s music and lyrics were written by Tawgs Salter. The single peaked at #9 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The music video was directed by Meiert Avis. This song was featured in the TV series “The Simpsons,” episode “Lisa the Drama Queen” where Lisa and Juliet sing this piece while on the playground at their school.

Groban’s “Awake” world tour visited 71 cities between February and August 2007, and toured Australia and the Philippines with Lani Misalucha as his special guest in October 2007.

As to his future, Groban was open to a plethora of possibilities. He said, “I am fortunate enough to have had many really big moments in my career. I think the mistake a lot of people in my position make is to always search for the next big thing. I am looking forward to playing some small theaters. I’m looking forward to writing more. I want to delve further into my acting career and explore some of the film and TV opportunities that I haven’t had time for. My outlook is to expect the unexpected. And when the next step comes, I’m prepared to take it.”

“Petit Papa Noël” (literally Little Father Christmas) from Groban’s album “Noël,” is a 1946 song originally recorded by French singer Tino Rossi. Written by Raymond Vincy and Henri Martinet, this song was performed by Rossi in Richard Pottier’s film “Destins.” It is currently the best-selling single of all time in France, with over 5,711,000 units sold. “Noël is Groban’s Christmas and fourth studio album, which was released in October 2007. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 3,699,000 copies in 2007 after its release, making it the overall best-selling album in the US for all of 2007.

Read the reviews and buy the music of Josh Groban US: https://www.amazon.com/Josh-Groban/e/B000APOD76

Read the reviews and buy the music of Josh Groban UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Josh-Groban/e/B000APOD76

Find out more about Josh Groban and tour information: http://www.joshgroban.com/

Other sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Groban

About William Price King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with William

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/

and all the previous posts on jazz, classical and contemporary artists here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

Thank you for dropping in today and please tune in again next week for part four of the Josh Groban series.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – With friends – William Price King, Paul Andruss, Carol Taylor, Esme, Billy Ray Chitwood and other brilliant writers.


Welcome to the weekly round up and the posts that you might have missed.  I am finding it hard to believe we are into June already and I have to say we have had an amazing week as far as weather is concerned here in the south east of Ireland. A little overcast today but we have been spared the terrible thunderstorms and flash flooding suffered by our friends across the Irish Sea. Our first crop of sparrow babies is now fledged and that usually means that mum and dad will be producing a second clutch of eggs. Judging my the noise they are making at dawn, they have already made a start on that project!

We have a water bath for the birds and the starlings take full advantage, and no sooner than I have refilled it (several times a day) they are in their splashing and preening. The bird feeding tree and bath were our joint Christmas presents to each other this year, and I have to say that it is a gift that keeps giving. The view from our kitchen window is entertaining and heart warming.

As always a massive thank you to the regular contributors who share their expertise with us.  And to you for dropping in and showing your support by liking, commenting and sharing.

Here are the posts from the week.

William Price King shares the early successes of Josh Groban who won the hearts of his fans and stormed up the charts within months of his debut album being released.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-josh-groban-part-two/

Paul Andruss our Writer in Residence, with a post on his own blog which is well worth you reading, especially if you are a classical music lover… Frederick Delius

Please head over and read on Paul’s blog: http://www.paul-andruss.com/freds-amanuensis/

Carol Taylor took one of our most popular proteins and gave Chicken a makeover in her weekly column.. Thai Basil, Lemon, Jerk seasoning and Tarragon are the stars.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-a-veritable-feast-of-chicken/

Esme’s Party Piece – Predictions for June

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/smorgasborg-blog-magazine-esmes-party-piece-monthly-forecast-june-2018/

Getting to Know You – Sunday Interview with Billy Ray Chitwood.

Welcome to the Sunday interview and this week my guest is author Billy Ray Chitwood.  Before we find out which of the questions Billy Ray has chosen to respond to including something he lost, his favourite music, Mountains or Beach and his alternative career path.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-author-billy-ray-chitwood/comment-page-1/#comment-147305

Personal Stuff..

Odd Jobs and Characters – some of the jobs that were featured in my novel Just an Odd Job Girl. This week, I am  the landlady of a pub at the entrance to Cowes Harbour… Saturday nights the booze cruises would come over from Southampton with interesting results.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-ch-pub-landlady-saturday-night-shenanigans-cowesaracters/

Letters from America – July 1985 – and a visit to Hanna Barbara Land with three young children and lilo racing!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-hanna-barbara-land-bbq-and-lilo-races/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist. – 1972.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-1972-elton-john-and-johnny-nash/

Sally’s Cafe and BookstoreNew on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-scout-pilot-of-the-free-union-spaceopera-by-will-macmillan-jones/

Author Update – Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-stevie-turner-d-g-kaye-terry-tyler-and-bette-a-stevens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-teri-polen-marina-osipova-amy-m-reade-and-pamela-s-wight/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

Flights of Fancy – The Sewing Circle  Part one and Two.

A group of elderly women have formed a sewing circle that meet regularly. They offer support, friendship and love to each other on an estate that is being plagued by hooligans.

Part One

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-the-sewing-circle-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Part Two

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-the-sewing-circle-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

Health Column

The five part digestive system series.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/smorgasbord-health-column-the-digestive-system-part-one-it-begins-in-the-mouth-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/smorgasbord-health-column-the-digestive-system-part-two-the-oesophagus-acid-reflux-and-stomach-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/smorgasbord-health-column-the-digestive-system-part-three-the-liver-largest-waste-organ-inside-the-body/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/smorgasbord-health-column-the-digestive-system-part-four-liver-diseases/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/smorgasbord-health-column-the-digestive-system-the-pancreas-gallbladder-and-intestines/

Nutrients the body needs – Vitamin E.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-vitamin-e-tocopheral-brain-health-circulatory-and-immune-systems/

Food in the news – Research is showing that you do need the good carbohydrates that are whole grain and contain essential nutrients.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/smorgasbord-health-column-food-in-the-news-carbs-dont-throw-out-the-good-ones/

Alternative Therapies – The Alexander Technique – Introduction.

A technique used by performers all over the world to improve their posture and open up their lungs and strengthen muscles.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/smorgasbord-health-columns-alternative-healing-therapies-the-alexander-technique-part-one-backpain-headaches-posture/

Humour and Afternoon Videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-lets-all-have-a-mud-bath/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-one-liners-marathon-part-two-31-60/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-a-compilation-of-unusual-animal-friendships/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-one-liners-part-three-feel-free-to-groan/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-anyone-for-table-tennis-the-cats-whiskers/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The #Music Column with William Price King – Josh Groban Part Two.


Josh Groban is an extremely talented singer, songwriter and actor, who has wowed audiences around the world with his distinctive baritone voice.

He has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. In 2005 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for ‘You Raise Me Up’. 2009 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for ‘Noel’, which was also nominated for International Album of the Year in 2008 for the Juno Awards. 2016 Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for ‘Stages’ and again in 2017 for ‘Stages Live’

In 2017 Josh was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance of an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812′

Josh Groban has released 7 Studio Albums, 4 Live Albums and 30 singles with over 30 million records sold worldwide. Josh Groban Discography

Time to hand over to William Price King to take us through Josh Groban’s meteroric rise to fame and his early hits.

Josh Groban was offered a recording contract at Warner Bros. Records through Foster’s 143 Records imprint. Avnet told HitQuarters that Warner initially proved resistant to the deal because “They were afraid they wouldn’t be able to get a voice like that on radio.”

Explaining his reasons for signing the artist, Foster said: “I love his natural ability in the pop and rock arena, but I love his sense of classics even more. He’s a true musical force to be reckoned with.” Under Foster’s influence, Groban’s first album focused more on classics such as “Gira Con Me Questa Notte” and “Alla Luce Del Sole.”

“Gira con Me” is a slow ballad that sounds like it may have come from a minor opera, but in fact was composed by David Foster and songwriter/producer Walter Afanasieff (best-known for his work with Mariah Carey). For this piece Foster composed music that sounds classical to the ears of non-classical fans, with lyrics in Italian to complete the effect. This song is from the 2001 album “Josh Groban.”

Groban performed “There For Me” with Sarah Brightman on her 2000–01 “La Luna World Tour,” and was featured on her “La Luna” concert DVD.

“For Always” is a theme song from the 2001 movie “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,” that Josh Groban performed with Belgian-Canadian singer Lara Fabian. The song’s music was written by John Williams with lyrics by Cynthia Weil, produced and arranged by David Foster. The soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. “For Always” is also featured on the “Josh Groban in Concert” album (2002).

“You’re Still You,” adapted from “Malèna” and written by Ennio Morricone and Linda Thompson-Jenner is from the first studio album Groban recorded. It charted at #10 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. “Malèna” is a 2000 Italian romantic drama film starring Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Sulfaro.

What makes this song really special is that it was sung by Groban when he stunned the world with his performance on “Ally McBeal,” a sitcom that ran on Fox from 1997-2002. This was a very spectacular musical debut, similar to that of Susan Boyle’s from Britain’s Got Talent. After the then unknown Groban sang “You’re Still You” on the season finale of “Ally McBeal,” the show was swamped with as many as 10,000 e-mails, many from people who wanted to know if the voice they heard was really his or if was dubbed. Well, it was certainly Groban’s voice. The rest is history.

In November 2001, his self-titled debut album was released, and rapidly the buying public responded to his talent and the album went double platinum. Josh Groban was in demand in the US and signed up for his own PBS special, but he also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway, and performed with Charlotte Church at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

“To Where You Are,” also from the album “Josh Groban,” was written by Richard Marx and Linda Thompson, and produced by Marx. When released as a single in 2002, the song “bubbled under” the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #116 in September of that year. It was more successful on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, where it entered the chart in April 2002 and eventually spent two weeks atop the listing in August. It remained on this chart for 36 weeks. In November 2008, the song spent a week on the UK Singles Chart at #94. The song appears on his first two live albums, “Josh Groban in Concert” and “Live at the Greek,” as well as on his 2008 greatest hits release, “A Collection.”

Read the reviews and buy the music of Josh Groban US: https://www.amazon.com/Josh-Groban/e/B000APOD76

Read the reviews and buy the music of Josh Groban UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Josh-Groban/e/B000APOD76

Find out more about Josh Groban and tour information: http://www.joshgroban.com/

Other sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Groban

About William Price King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with William

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/

and all the previous posts on jazz, classical and contemporary artists here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

Thank you for dropping in today and please tune in again next week for the part three of the Josh Groban series.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Josh Groban, Getting to Know Carol Taylor and Barbara Villiers unveiled.


Welcome to the weekly round up and to get you in the mood, I thought I would kick things off with the wonderful new teaser from William Price King and his new musical collaborator, guitarist Manolis. Really looking forward to sharing the full videos with you over the next few months.

It has been a glorious week here up to yesterday, so I have been in the garden.. Fiddling I think it is called… adding some new plants here and there and I have now been banned from going to the garden centre. I keep coming back with the multi-coloured pots that are so much more decorative than the plain brown ones… blues, purples, pinks to complement my colour scheme this year. Trouble is pots need plants!

We are having our lawn laid in the next couple of weeks and if we get a run of dry weather, the wall which is cracked will be repaired and then brand new fencing. We have been in the house two years next month and we knew we had a job on our hands!  Delighted to only have a couple of inside jobs to do and then the house is finished. Hopefully that will not signal itchy feet as we do like a project.

Anyway, in the meantime I have managed to post a few (I know I bend the rules and post too many!) but hopefully out of the collection you will find one or two that are of interest to you. The reason for creating this as a magazine is that it opens it up to several topics and if you would like to see more than the current offerings let me know.

On with the week…..starting with the regular columnists.

William Price King begins a new series about the American singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban and in the the first post shares this very talented artist’s early years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-josh-groban-the-early-years/

Writer in residence Paul Andruss with Part Two of the Barbara Villier’s Story

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-barbara-villiers-part-2-uncrowned-queen-by-paul-andruss/

This week the Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor has rather a different ingredient.. Carol herself as I decided to share her Getting to Know You in her regular spot. She has quite the stories to tell and my advice….. don’t get in a lift with her!!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-getting-to-know-you/

Getting to Know You – Sunday Interview

Delighted to welcome author Lucinda E. Clarke to the blog today, sharing her experiences of life and work in Africa, with some hair raising moments.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-with-author-lucinda-e-clarke/

Personal Stuff.

I continue my letters to my parents from Texas in 1985, having just celebrated our first July 4th.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-july-4th-celebrations-mechanical-bulls-and-tennis/

The final in my Get Caught Getting Reading month and this week Bernard Cornwell, a long time favourite historical author of mine. I have read all of the Saxon Chronicle so far, but review the first The Last Kingdom.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-writers-who-have-inspired-me-bernard-cornwell-and-a-review/

Another background story to my book Just an Odd Job Girl… and this week a ghost and counting peas in the Steak House part two.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-steak-house-counting-peas-and-a-ghost-story-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive Time #Playlist – My 18th Birthday and HMS. Belfast

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-from-the-year-i-was-18-hms-belfastrod-stewart-and-diana-ross/

Another story from my collection Flights of Fancy… Curtains – An old woman recalls her life and reflects on the changing patterns and colours of her bedroom curtains.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-curtains-by-sally-cronin/

And the second story this weekend from the collection features a woman whose marriage has ended and she has escaped to southern Spain to lick her wounds.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-manana-manana-by-sally-cronin-2/

 

A Haiku with image by Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-sun-bows-in-respect-tofino-photography/

Posts from Your Archives – Travel

Author and Financial expert Sharon Marchisello steers us through the complex Cuban currency exchange.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-navigating-cuban-currency-by-sharon-marchisello/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-over-my-dead-body-murder-at-eurovision-a-bebe-bollinger-murder-mystery-by-christoph-fischer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tallis-steelyard-and-the-sedan-chair-caper-by-jim-webster/

Cafe and Bookstore author update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-lorinda-j-taylor-j-e-spina-heather-kindt-and-paulette-mahurin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-frank-parker-gigi-sedlmayer-sally-cronin-and-andrew-joyce/

Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Reviewers

A celebration of the book reviewers who support authors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-book-reviewers-barb-taub-for-judith-barrow-m-j-mallon-for-annette-rochelle-aben-linda-hill-for-katherine-clements-and-liz-lloyd-rbrt-for-rachel-walkley/

Health column

The difference between an allergy and an intolerance and some of the culprit foods.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/smorgasbord-health-column-food-allergies-or-intolerances-the-difference/

There is a great deal of research going on around the effects of a Vitamin D deficiency which is linked to autism, brain disease, IBS, and cancer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/smorgasbord-health-column-vitamin-d-deficiency-links-to-cancer-hormone-balance-sad-autism-and-ibs/

Crash dieting does your body no good, in the short or the long term… avoid the blandishments of the magazine headlines and the latest celebrity diet and ease yourself into your swimsuit healthily and nutritionally.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/smorgasbord-health-column-forget-crash-diets-ease-your-body-into-that-swimsuit-this-summer/

Humour and afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-lassie-in-slow-motion/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-fifty-sheds-of-grey-tree-hugging-and-one-liners/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-a-few-irish-jokes-and-one-liners-part-one-1-30/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-three-cats-in-discussion-about-the-neighbours-i-think/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Josh Groban – The Early Years.


Welcome to the new series and over the next few weeks we will be sharing the career and music of Josh Groban.

Today an introduction to this extremely talented singer, songwriter and actor, who has wowed audiences around the world with his distinctive baritone voice.   I will hand over to William now to take us through his early years.

Josh Groban was born in Los Angeles in 1981 into a musical family. His mother Lindy was a school teacher and his father Jack a businessman and also an accomplished pianist. One of his grandmothers began to teach piano to Josh at age three and his parents introduced him to a wide variety of musical styles from opera to pop. A trait echoed in his own music years later, Groban has said that he was drawn to musicians “who decided not to settle into one particular musical style.”

It was not long before Josh was performing on stage when his music teacher chose him to sing the George Gershwin song ‘S’wonderful’ from the Broadway hit ‘Funny Face’. At that time Josh was more focused on his acting and performed in his high school’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

In 1997 and 1998 Josh attended the Interlochen Centre for the Arts summer camp in Michigan, majoring in music theater and taking vocal lessons.

Seth Riggs, Josh’s vocal coach, happened to be a friend of David Foster, a Grammy-winning producer, writer and arranger as well as Brian Avnet who was to become his manager and introduced them in 1998. This introduction led to Josh Groban acting as a rehearsal singer at some high-profile events including the 1999 Grammy Awards, where as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli, he rehearsed David Foster’s ‘The Prayer’ with Celine Dion.  Although nervous at the prospect, Josh was so impressive that the host of the event Rosie O’Donnell, asked him to appear on her show the following week, leading to an appearance on ‘Ally McBeal’.

Josh majored in theater at The Los Angeles High School for the Arts and graduated in 1999. Following four months of the first semester at Carnegie Mellon University studying musical theater, Josh Groban left after being offered a recording contract, and the start of his meteoric singing career.

Creator David E. Kelley created character Malcolm Wyatt for Groban in the season finale of ‘Ally McBeal’ aired in May 2001. The character of Malcolm Wyatt was so popular, prompting 8,000 emails from viewers, that Groban was asked to return the next season to reprise his role and perform “To Where You Are.” Avnet claims this sequence of events effectively got Groban’s career off the ground

Some of the prestigious nominations for Josh Groban’s work.

Josh Groban has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. In 2005 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for ‘You Raise Me Up’. 2009 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for ‘Noel’, which was also nominated for International Album of the Year in 2008 for the Juno Awards. 2016 Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for ‘Stages’ and again in 2017 for ‘Stages Live’

In 2017 Josh was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance of an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812′

Josh Groban has released 7 Studio Albums, 4 Live Albums and 30 singles with over 30 million records sold worldwide. Josh Groban Discography

Here is how it all began….. Celine Dion shares how she first met Josh Groban and they then perform ‘The Prayer’.

Read the reviews and buy the music of Josh Groban US: https://www.amazon.com/Josh-Groban/e/B000APOD76

Read the reviews and buy the music of Josh Groban UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Josh-Groban/e/B000APOD76

Find out more about Josh Groban and tour information: http://www.joshgroban.com/

Other sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Groban

About William Price King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with William

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

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will tune in again next week for part two of the Josh Groban series.

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

and all the previous posts on jazz, classical and contemporary artists here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Personal thoughts on the week’s events and Jazz, Tulips, Pork, Reading and the Himalayas


Welcome to the weekly round up and it has been a week of two extremes. The sadness and horror of more young people killed in a place where they should all feel safe in Texas, and the opulence and joy of a royal wedding.

The first is a problem that is not just confined to the United States, as violence and bullying in schools seems to be universal. We keep applying plasters to the symptoms, but do not seem to be able to resolve the underlying root cause of such anger, and the inability to communicate without aggression. I have no answers; only ideas, but surely some of the brightest minds in the world could get together, and come up with some constructive ways to prevent this sort of tragedy from happening in any of our educational establishments.

The royal wedding yesterday was an example of how centuries of tradition and customs that have been passed down within a constitution, can be modified and amended to enable new and more relevant inclusions which work. Proclamations and edicts issued 500 years ago and amendments to constitutions written in 1791 had their relevance in those times. Change is necessary and for those young people that are paying the price for our alleged ‘rights’, it cannot come soon enough. And that applies in the UK where our own capital has now become a murder hotspot, with acid and knives being the weapons of choice.

That change needs to take place not just in schools, and the way that we teach children, but in the home, where the fundamentals of socialisation need to be established by good parenting. How we achieve that will require a massive social and educational shift. I know from experience that there are amazing teachers and parents who inspire, motivate and prepare their pupils and children to enter the world as responsible adults. Many of them are bloggers here on WordPress sharing their expertise and ideas. Sharing their posts with your own readers is a very good start to the change process.

And the most important element for me towards this change, is that we need to stop giving those who perpetuate these acts of violence their 15 minutes of fame, and instead take every opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the millions of young people, who are inspiring and motivating.

Along with the usual videos of music and humour; I am going to share some videos of amazing young people.

I don’t often use my blog as a platform to share my views on politics or other social issues, but today I felt that I could not mention my enjoyment of the royal wedding without paying respect to the young people and their families in Texas, where David and I were so warmly welcomed back in the 1980s.

Now on with this week’s round up of contributors, guests and of course, not forgetting those of you who have kindly been in to like, comment and share.

On that subject, with the GDPR coming into force on the 25th, you will find a note at the end of each post about the subject.

Because of the actions of a few of the large Internet players, we are now all being held responsible for their actions. Our privacy online is a very hot issue. We all know that when we are online and interact with a website, that our data is being collected. With the responsible websites, such as WordPress, this is to ensure the smooth running of the platform.

I have a privacy statement in the menu: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/privacy-statement-please-read/

This contains the links to both Jetpack and Automatic who provide services to WordPress, outlining what information is gathered and how it is used.

I have also added my assurances that I will not pass on your information to a third party, or misuse.

I do hope that this new regulation will not result in readers of blogs from leaving feedback on posts. It is one of the fundamental elements of blogging that allows interaction and communication between us all. Something we need more of and not less in this world.

Thank you for taking the time to read my views today… your visit is appreciated and here are the posts from the week you might have missed.

The Music Column with William Price King –

So far on the Music Column this year, William has featured Bono and U2, Madonna, Johnny Mathis and Aretha Franklin. Next week a new series with the music of Josh Groban.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/william-price-king-music-column-the-artists-so-far-bono-and-u2-madonna-johnny-mathis-and-aretha-franklin/

Paul Andruss – The Gardening Column.

Paul Andruss treated us to an extra post this week with the history and varieties of the beautiful Tulip.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-gardening-column-extra-tulipmania-by-paul-andruss/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor who shares a sure fired way to crisp up that crackling on your roast pork and other fabulous recipes.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-pork-perfect/

The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie

For various reasons we can find ourselves in a reading desert.. too much going on at work, relationships and online! It can be tough to leap back into reading novels.. but Jessica offers hope in how we can revive that reading feeling…..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-youve-lost-that-reading-feeling/

The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You – Balroop Singh

This week my special guest is author, poet, book reviewer and blogger Balroop Singh.  Balroop is a wonderful supporter of other writers and I have been delighted to share her insightful and constructive reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-author-poet-and-book-reviewer-balroop-singh/

 

Personal Stuff.

Get Caught Reading Month and another author who has inspired me.. Dorothy Parker was born before her time… and today I share two of her poems and some of her quotations that have inspired me to write.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-writers-who-inspired-me-dorothy-parker/

This week on Odd Jobs and Characters, I share the events that took place when I was in my management training programme with a steak house chain. ‘The Night of The Mouse’ and the aftermath.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-steak-house/

Short stories – another from my collection Flights of Fancy.

A woman in a farmhouse on a Welsh hillside offers kindness to another.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-trust-by-sally-cronin/

Letters From America – 1985 – 1987 – A baby arrives and I meet a new friend at the pool.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-a-new-baby-arrives-and-i-meet-debbie-around-the-pool/

Finally Spring has arrived in my garden… some of the colour that has erupted with a few days of sunshine.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-finally-spring-has-arrived-in-my-garden/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlists #Music to get the weekend started.

The last of the request shows… and back to the usual posts next Friday.  This week requests from Jacquie Biggar, John Rieber, Judy E. Martin and Janice Spina

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-your-weekend-started-requests-from-requests-from-jacquie-biggar-john-rieber-judy-e-martin-and-janice-spina/

Posts from your Archives – Travel

This week Debby Gies shares her photographs from her cruise to the Caribbean.. and coming back through Canadian Customs.. where they have a special lane.. just for her!

St. Kitts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-caribbean-and-canada-customs-by-d-g-kaye/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

This week Craig Boyack.. C.S. Boyack celebrates the release of his latest book. The Yak Guy Project.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-book-on-the-shelves-the-yak-guy-project-by-c-s-boyack/

Poet Ali Whitelock introduces us to her latest release – And my heart crumples like a coke can.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelvesand-my-heart-crumples-like-a-coke-can-by-ali-whitelock/

A warm welcome to novelist Elle Boca and her Weeia series of novels.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-gypsies-tramps-and-weeia-the-weeia-marshals-book-1-by-elle-boca/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Meet the Reviewers. 

A celebration of those who take the time to review our work and help us sell books.

Cathy Ryan

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-reviewers-judith-barrow-for-thorne-moore-balroop-singh-for-deborah-a-bowman-robbie-cheadle-for-john-w-howell-and-cathy-ryan-for-abigail-osborne/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Authors in the cafe with recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sue-coletta-vashti-quiroz-vega-geoff-le-pard-and-william-luvaas/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updatejacquie-biggar-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-sarah-brentyn-and-brigid-p-gallagher/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Food in the news… heart and stress – good news for dark chocolate lovers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-health-column-food-in-the-news-heart-and-stress-good-news-for-dark-chocolate-lovers/

Heart health and stress – strategies to help save your life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-health-column-heart-and-stress-strategies-to-help-save-your-life/

Vitamin D is a multi-functional nutrient that we need for some very important reactions with in the body to keep us health and our structure strong.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-vitamin-d-bones-immune-system-arthritis-and-hormones/

The next in the series of ancient healing therapies – Acupuncture..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-health-column-ancient-healing-therapies-acupuncture/

Humour and Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-whose-been-sleeping-in-my-bed-meow/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-last-wishes-quickies-and-sports-injuries/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-talking-dog-and-pizza-hut/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-pharmacists-and-side-effects/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-talking-dog-wants-an-award-and-he-should-have-one/

I hope that you have enjoyed the posts this week, and would of course love to hear from you. Thanks Sally

Before I finish I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Bloggers Bash Awards that took place in London yesterday. So sorry not to have been there but I hear it was a great day. I was very honoured to have been nominated in the Best Overall Blog Category.

If you would like to find out who the winners are in the various categories you can find them here: http://sachablack.co.uk/2018/05/19/the-winners-of-the-2018-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-are-bloggersbash/

and I will leave the last word to the Kid President 20 things we should say more often.

William Price King #Music Column – The artists so far – Bono and U2, Madonna, Johnny Mathis and Aretha Franklin


We began the William Price King Music Column in January of this year. And since we are on a week break before beginning the new series on Josh Groban next Wednesday, I thought today I would share the artists that have been featured so far with one of the tracks that hit the charts.

If you missed the series, or any of the episodes, just follow the links.

Bono and U2

Part one

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/william-price-king-music-column-bono-and-u2-meet-the-band/

Part two

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/william-price-king-music-column-bono-and-u2-part-two-the-early-years/

Part three

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-william-price-kings-music-column-bono-and-u2-part-three/

Part Four

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-william-price-kings-music-column-bono-and-u2-up-to-date/

Madonna

Part One

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazin-the-william-price-king-music-column-madonna-part-one-where-it-all-began/

Part Two

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-madonna-part-two-the-1980s/

Part Three

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-madonna-part-three/

Part Four

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-madonna-part-four/

Part Five

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-madonna-part-five/

Johnny Mathis

Part One

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-meet-johnny-mathis/

Part Two

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-johnny-mathis-the-early-hits/

Part Three

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-johnny-mathis-up-to-date/

Aretha Franklin

Part One.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-by-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-the-early-years/

Part Two

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-the-rise-to-fame/

Part Three

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-the-1970s/

Part Four

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-up-to-date/

To enjoy the Jazz, Classical and legend series of artists please follow this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends

About William Price King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with William

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

I hope you have enjoyed this catch up on the Music Column and will tune in next week for the start of the Josh Groban series.  Thanks Sally