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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Music That Makes Me Want to Cry

 

I got thoroughly hooked on Arahant’s Friday post about music that makes you want to dance. All it takes is one dance song, and I’m in that mindset; it’s not hard to conjure track after track to keep the party going. Not every song in the thread did it for me, and I’m sure some of mine would keep most folks in their seats, but it was still a great thread and a great Friday playlist.

Music can transport me in a hurry. It’s similar for other moods. I have go-to hymns for getting into a more spiritual frame of mind. K-Pop existed when I lived in Korea, but it’s more traditional Korean music that takes me back to the streets of Seoul. But when I think of Ireland, I’m more likely to think of the Saw Doctors or U2 than “Danny Boy” and trad. Blues standards can take me back to times I was feeling low and the songs that gave me comfort.

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Okay, Ricochet, this is your chance to shine. I only have a few offerings in this category, so it will be heavily dependent on you. Here’s what I’ve got. Start with something obvious:

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There has been a great deal of good writing over the years, inspired by monthly theme cues. Maybe you missed some, or joined more recently. Instead of searching on tags, just bookmark this post. This index will capture all of them in one post, updated monthly. A big thank-you to past keepers of the themes; […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Sound of Melancholy and Nostalgia

 

Released in 1962, “Champa Battambang” was a big hit for the composer/lyricist/vocalist Sinn Sisamouth. But the song would be immortalized in the Khmer psyche in the years following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. We’ll get to that part in a moment, but first the song and its title: champa is the name of a flower (magnolia champaca) and Battambang is the name of a province in northeast Cambodia.

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Proceed at your own risk. Some of these tunes will stick with you all day, for various reasons. What follows is a small and eclectic cut of songs that are styled children’s music. Some childrens’ music is meant as a calming or amusement source for children. Other songs are songs that children have long made […]

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During the folk boom of the early 1960s, I was practicing on my guitar one day when I thought, “Why don’t I share my talent with the world by rambling around the cities of Europe playing my guitar and singing. Marie would collect the coins that people would throw my way, and we could live off […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Music that Makes Me…Happy

 

We have a lot of things to stress out about right now. To initiate the new topic Clifford Brown has for June Group Writing, I thought it might be good to start with things that make me happy. We can set aside our cares for a few minutes and listen to bouncy, silly, or inane music. So, here’s to you, Ricochet. Does it make you smile?

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 There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, managed by @arahant. This is the other project, in which Ricochet members claim one day of the coming month to write on a proposed theme. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Grandpa Reminisces about Homonyms He’s Crossed

 

Ever start thinking about a subject and have your brain reply to a thought with an eyeroll and, “Yes, Grandpa, you have told us about that before.” I was thinking about homonyms, never mind why, and thinking how they must be the bane of most writers’ existences. They are certainly mine.

Now, everyone who writes knows to watch for the common combinations. They’re the ones people get berated for most often on Farcebook and Twender. You know the ones: they’re/there/their and your/you’re/yore. (In days or you’re we used that word a lot.) But there are so many more homonyms that writers stumble over. It’s (ooh, another pair: its/it’s) just the way the brain works while we are composing a bit of text. Once we learn to type at a decent speed, the brain starts to go on semi-automatic. Pull the trigger by thinking of a word and the hands type it out. Or they type something like the word out. Usually it is a homophone.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. May Merriment: Three Slices of Happiness

 

On the way to more serious content, I ran across three very different but equally, quietly, joyful YouTube videos. Enjoy three great slices of Americana:

  •  A woman making cheeseburger pie, with camera work by her husband of many years.
  • A woman and her heavy Chevy.
  • The ice cream man and the truly diverse community he serves.

The cooking video is one of a series, shot in a couple’s kitchen. To be completely accurate, it is clearly the woman’s kitchen, and her husband is there in support and in appreciation of her cooking. How could you not like Mae Mae’s Happy Table? You will surely gain five pounds just watching, but the video is worth the weight.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: Wait, Is This Guy Real?

 

The best sorts of parodies and fun are the ones where at first, you think it might be real. As you’re watching for awhile, a few clues start to pop up. I’m thinking about things like the show Fishing with John. Have you never seen Fishing with John? Why not? It’s time you find it and see it. In the first episode where John Lurie goes shark fishing with a friend, it’s a little odd. When I first saw it I thought, well, modern productions by modern musicians, whatever. But with each episode, it got stranger. Tom Waits sticking a live fish in his shorts, well it’s believable. But then Lurie and Willem Dafoe die in the ice fishing wilderness … or so the narrator claims. By that episode, one is already under the impression that the narrator may be unreliable.

So it also was when I first started seeing some of J. P. Sears works. Was this guy for real? Well, no, but he is really funny:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: The Old Master

 

When we speak of parody, there is a very long history, and considering our topic for Group Writing for the month of May is all about such foolishness, I knew I could go to only one source:

The Old Master

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So, Staying Alive, Accidentally Merry Musical Mayhem, and now A Cagey Take on Schubert. Proof positive I have a very deep well of material of, well, some quality. I am way past disco balls and the Charmin Bears, although I would not hesitate to go back by the outhouse again. There are plenty of days […]

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Your occasional musical correspondent was perambulating though the all too quiet streets of his metropolis, if a jumped up small town street may be so called. The quiet was on account of the orders from our state’s great lord Ducey. Into the silence sprang the musical muse. “What of Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony in B minor, […]

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There is planned, skillful comedy, including parody, and then there are instances of art gone painfully wrong, so wrong it passes from a bit embarrassing to howlingly funny. Or, at least it is mildly amusing. Your mirth milage may vary. Start with a talented quartet from England, who came to dominate the globe musically, even […]

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In which your humble correspondent breaks out the disco ball, and then things take a strange turn. The Bee Gees were an Australian trio of brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. They could actually carry a tune and sing in three part harmony without computer assistance. Their signature falsetto lead was quite distinctive. One of […]

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Earlier in the week, I shared “Classy Music from a Garden.” The wind kicked up, so we get a view out into Xuefei Yang’s garden from a sunlit room with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in a vase, and some light music from Andrew Lloyd Webber: More

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For two years, the president’s pick to lead the agency that supervises Voice of America has been frozen out and denied confirmation despite a sterling, top-level career in non-fiction filmmaking and broadcast decision-making. He’s got a resume so strong that even his opponents don’t challenge it. He’s been sitting in bureaucratic limbo simply because Democrats in Congress despise the president who wants to appoint him. No other reason. This guy deserves to have a great documentary filmmaker follow him through the political and media circus to expose this hypocrisy. The only problem is…

…He is a great documentary filmmaker. He’s Michael Pack, director of this year’s film, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words. For more than 30 years, he’s been a rare conservative voice at the top ranks of historical film and public broadcasting. He’s a crusader for truth, not for a partisan point of view, even ours. It just so happens that he manages to uncover a lot of true stories that others choose to ignore. Over a week ago, President Trump mentioned Pack by name as someone whose leadership VOA and the country need now, coming at a time when Voice Of America has been much criticized for its coverage of China and C19. Trump says that if forced by Congress, he’ll make a recess appointment.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Classy Music from a Garden in Spring

 

My new favorite classical guitarist, Xuefei Yang, has taken to playing short pieces for us from her garden. It is very professionally done, the guitar coming through perfectly along with a bubbling fountain and birds chirping. The camera looks through the branches of a tree, blossoming in spring. Enjoy!

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So smile for a while and let’s be jollyLove shouldn’t be so melancholyCome along and share the good times while we can — Lynn Anderson, “Rose Garden” More

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