Heh

I empathize.  (Click the image to be taken to a larger view at the comic’s Web site.) After walking and squats at the gym this morning, I’m tempted to try Pig’s recipe! Peter

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Sunday morning music

Here’s a group guaranteed to get your toes tappin’ and your fingers slappin’.  It’s a Belorussian medieval folk group, Stary Olsa.  They’ve been around for 20 years, and have established quite the following in Europe. Here’s a studio recording of one of their songs, “Vitaut” (which Google Translate doesn’t recognize, so I can’t tell you what it means, but the video theme suggests it’s a martial number). Where the group shines is in live performances, where they string together several songs or instrumental numbers into a medley.  Here are two such lengthy pieces. Last, but by no means least, the group

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Sunday morning music

Last week I put up half a dozen songs that were iconic, representative of their performers, in a way that makes the one forever identified with the other.  It’s a symbiotic relationship.  I invited readers to contribute their own suggestions for pieces like that, and several of you responded.  Rather than continue with my own selections today, I thought I’d pick half a dozen of your choices that I also like, and put them up instead. From 1973, here’s Strawbs, one of my favorite rock groups of all time, with their three-part masterpiece “Autumn“, one of my favorite progressive rock pieces of

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Soldier Of Fortune, unplugged

While David Coverdale was lead vocalist of the rock band Deep Purple, he recorded several songs that have become indelibly associated with his voice.  One of them, perhaps the most iconic of all, is “Soldier Of Fortune” from the 1975 album “Stormbringer“.  You can listen to that original version here. After leaving Deep Purple, Coverdale founded the group Whitesnake, which is still active.  In 2015 the group recorded “The Purple Album“, featuring songs Coverdale had performed while with Deep Purple.  It included a very good rendition of “Soldier Of Fortune”, which has become my favorite version of the song.  (The entire album makes for very

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Ye Gods and little Vikings!

Finland has just hosted the world’s first Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship.  Why it was hosted at all remains an open question! Fox News reports: The task was simple: Showcase your knitting skills while jamming out to heavy metal music. “It’s ridiculous but it’s so much fun,” said Heather McLaren, an engineering Ph.D. student who traveled to Joensuu, Finland, from Scotland for the competition. “When I saw there was a combination of heavy metal and knitting, I thought ‘that’s my niche.’” The competition drew about 200 people, including heavy metal fans in a country where the musical genre is very popular. “In

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Not quite Biblical

Stephan Pastis nails it again!  Click the image to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site. It may not be Biblical, but there’ve been times in my life when I’ve been sorely tempted (and may even have given in to the temptation) to follow Rat’s credo instead of the more orthodox version . . . Peter

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Sunday morning music

There are some songs, or musical works in general, that have come to define their composers and/or performers, rather than the other way around.  When we hear the music, we instantly think of the performer – it’s indelibly associated with them, and no amount of performances by other artists can break the mental link between “this song” and “that performer”.  They define each other, as it were. I thought that today, I’d pick half a dozen of those pieces that are fixed in my memory from the days of my distant youth.  I can’t hear them without thinking of their

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Getting his priorities straight . . . sort of

I giggled at this edition of “The Whiteboard“.  Click the image to be taken to the cartoon’s Web page for a larger view. If you aren’t already setting aside time in your day to read that comic strip, may I suggest you do so? It’s a lot of fun. I’ve known people with exactly that attitude.  As a matter of fact, many military veterans exemplify it! Peter

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Look what’s coming!

The third Western novel in my Ames Archives series is almost ready for publication.  All the editing and corrections have been completed, and it remains only to format it for e-book and print editions.  I’m also re-issuing the e-book editions of the first two books in the series, “Brings The Lightning” and “Rocky Mountain Retribution”.  I’ll do them first, with the third book to follow.  All three should be out within the next couple of weeks, God and Amazon.com willing. To whet your appetite, here’s the cover for the third book. The cover image is cropped from Frederic Sackrider Remington‘s 1889 painting, “A

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Sunday morning music

I’m going to try an experiment this morning, and I’d appreciate it if you, dear readers, would please let me know whether you like it.  I’ll decide whether to continue this in future posts based on your responses. I’ve long enjoyed foreign-language singers and songs, even if I don’t always understand their lyrics.  Having learned French at school and as a student with Alliance Française, I listened to French folk and popular singers in my younger years.  I still do so from time to time.  One of them was a young lady named Marie Laforêt.  Her heyday was in the 1960’s, contemporaneous

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