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This October’s group writing theme is October Surprise. You are invited to play off of “surprise,” “October,” or both. There are many ways this might play out. As customary, hereafter find a little music to set the mood or spark some creative responses. We start in the folk genre with “October Song:” Preview Open

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As has become my wont, herein a brief play list, a sound track for your musings and inspiration towards posting on the September group writing theme: “Best and Worst.” You might well take from this the inspiration to post any of a number of other musical posts, in which the best and worst versions of […]

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Group Writing themes help generate conversations that are not necessarily about politics or current events. For August, our theme is “A day in the life.” All you need do is write a short post to start the conversation. Perhaps you could ask a question or two to get the conversation flowing. Here are a few tunes to accompany or stimulate […]

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The summer monsoon rains finally broke through the heat shield in the Valley of the Sun Thursday evening, July 22. Until now we had rain on the hilltops, rain on the trees, but not on the valley. The monsoon rains bring with them the usual warnings about flash flooding and the stupid motorist law. When […]

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There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, managed by @she. 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 a bit of accountability […]

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To set the tone for June’s group writing theme, “Journeys,” here is a short playlist of songs about journeys. I look forward to Ricochet members’ additions to the list in the comments below. Whatever your journey or travel plans, do stop by and sign up now for June’s theme: “Journeys.” Let’s start off upbeat, with […]

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What do April showers bring to you? Thanks to Ricochet member @RushBabe49 for suggesting this topic, untouched in the history of this group writing project. To set the mood and tempo for the month, let’s start off with a sound track, a playlist playing off the theme “April Showers Bring . . . .” Climbing […]

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William Shatner Rock Steady at 90, Still Not Blowin’ in the Wind

 

William Shatner Major TomAt the beginning of March, I left deep discussion of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to others. True, I included Peter, Paul, and Mary’s rendition on “A Breezy Playlist.” It is also true that I issued the standard warnings about the possibility of disco and bears if postings did not pick up along the way. However, this, this never crossed my mind. Blame @arahant who, in a comment on @prestonstorm’s “A Millenial’s Appreciation of Star Trek,” pointed out William Shatner singing to George Lucas.

That is like a laser pointer to a cat for me. What follows is the result of my mental cat running the computer mouse all over as the little green dot danced away. Enjoy some culture and cornbread heading into the weekend. Courtesy of the American Film Institute:

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Music featuring wind instruments has never been central to my home catalog. Yet, a series of performers and pieces, across genres, stand out over the decades of my life. This is the windy music soundtrack of my life. My mother likes jazz, while my father does not. So, us kids got early exposure to jazz […]

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A Cornucopia of Thanks Songs

 

 gramophone cornucopiaIn keeping with the approaching season, I offer an early post, a playlist of songs about thanks. Turn that frown upside down and let your toes start tapping through the madness of the moment. Feel free to add to the list in the comment section.

We start with a 1942 song from Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby sings “I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For.”

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Not nearly as nice as Christmas in July, but here we are. July 15 became Tax Day this year as part of the national panic theater. After all, if the IRS employees were all essential and tax returns absolutely positively had to get through on time, the great shutdown would have been an even more […]

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There are plenty of songs from the late 1960s to early 1970s about urban unrest that turned to looting and street violence. There are lots of songs about fire. That is not this list. This list is about beauty and human excellence.  Here’s we get a break in the storm clouds and a clean shot […]

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It’s Halloween!  There’s no point in trying to watch a movie tonight, what with all trick-or-treaters ringing the doorbell off the hook. As for music, unless you’re a serious classical music buff, there’s only so many times you can here Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and […]

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