Hello all and welcome. Taking in all manner of festivals this week, listening to happy blues, thinking about school and more…
Here are the five things I found interesting this week and I want to share with you all.
1. The Stratford Summer Gala 2020, a performance art festival hosted by the city of Stratford.
Yorkshire Festival of Story continues and the talent is wonderful, this week I watched the fantastic storyteller, Mara Menzies weave her magic. Rebroadcast from a live show, similar to this one, done at the 2019 National Storytelling Festival.
2. For my listening and practising pleasure, harmonica, not drums, I found myself jamming with Gary Clark Jr., a great blues guitar player. Hopefully, I can catch him for real someday. I also listened to one of my favourite piano players, Oscar Peterson (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007), it’s coming up to the 95th anniversary of his birth. One of Oscar’s best albums, in my opinion, Night Train, check it out.
Back To School Blues
3. The days are getting shorter and thoughts of returning to school are on plenty of folks minds. Prior to the pandemic, I was teaching karate at a Montessori school. And not that I have been invited back to teach, but even if so, I am seriously questioning if I want to subject myself to a possible COVID 19 infection. The chances of me making a mistake and getting coughed on by my students, quite high. And from the Centre for disease control and prevention (CDC) — Your Back To School Decisions Guide, something I am paying close attention to.
4. My reading pleasure this week, all about children’s books. To read what I thought of the books I downloaded check out my book reviews.
So far I have downloaded Follow the Breadcrumbs by Chris Stead, Abigail and her pet Zombie – Spring, by Marie F. Crow, I actually received Zoo Day though, and Short or Tall, Doesn’t Matter At All by Asaf Rozanes.
The free book promo that I participated in “Celebrating Nature and the Outdoors” concludes this week, and I hope you had a chance to get a free E-Book. If you liked our book Samba on a Snowy Day it would mean the world to us if you would rate it and take a moment to leave a review.
5. Salome Bey, Canada’s first lady of the blues passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Born in the USA in October of 1933, she came to Toronto and made this her home for the past 56 years. Salome Bey wrote and starred in “Indigo”, a cabaret about the history of Black music. Rest in Peace Ms. Bey, we honour your memory and thank you for the many wonderful performances.
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