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Children's Books Documentaries Reading

April 15 . Issue #139

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. In this week’s newsletter, music, books, documentaries and more …

1.  The music of bassist Charnett Moffett was on my turntable this week. Charnett Moffett, June 10, 1967 – April 11, 2022, he made his first appearance on record with Branford Marsalis, Scenes in the City, at the age of 16, his playing turned some heads.

I was excited to see Charnett Moffett in a performance with the great pianist McCoy Tyner and some very special guests. A 2006 Toronto Jazz Festival concert that I will remember as one of the best I ever witnessed. And you can read my take on it ‘Enlightenment’ at The Live Music Report (writing as Paul J. Youngman).

2. My recent ARC, Advanced Reader Copy of Scratchy the Squirrel is now complete and my ARC manager has sent me a message: “Hopefully the experience was positive and we see you come back in the future for another ARC, or for any of our other popular author services!

As you may or may not know, one of the things we ask from our readers is if they want to leave any optional comments for the author about their book.  Here are the comments left for your book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  Thanks again!

  • Brilliant
  • Thank you!!!!!
  • I absolutely love everything about this book!
  • I enjoyed your story very much. I wish I had had your book when my own kids were early chapter book readers. They would have loved it!

I am very happy with the end result for Scratchy the Squirrel. If any readers would like to become an ARC reader for my next book you can sign up at Hidden Gems or simply drop me a line.

3. I have signed up for the Hot Docs Festival and I am looking forward to watching some of the amazing documentaries running from April 28 to May 8, 2022. This week I watched the award-winning animated documentary Flee.

4. My reading this week has been all about humour and the continuing adventures of the charming Isabel Dalhousie. The 5th book in the series by Alexander McCall Smith, The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday.

5. Should you be in the Collingwood area be sure to check the book store, Read it Again, on the main street and ask for my book, Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. 

So far, my new children’s early reader chapter book is selling on Amazon, Indigo and a few other high-end book stores.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read my newsletter please share it with them.

If you are looking for a great children’s book check out one of my books, including my new children’s early reader chapter book, now available at Indigo/Chapters Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time.

Or one of my other children’s picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve. Or you may enjoy Samba in Brazil or the Brazilian/Portuguese version Samba no Brasil.

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Children's Books Documentaries Music Awards

April 8 . Issue #138

Embrace the changes in your life. Release what you no longer need and welcome the seeds of new experiences.

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This is the place to check-in and check out what I’ve been up to during the week. This week it’s mostly music with a dash of animated feature films and documentaries.

The featured photo is a collage of some of the fantastic illustrations created by Joshua Miller for my new children’s book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time For Friends.

1. The Grammy Awards – the biggest music awards show took place on Sunday. Jon Batiste, one of my favourite New Orleans jazz musicians came away loaded down with awards.

Other musicians who came out with Grammy hardware, are Esmeralda Spalding, Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Jazmine Sullivan to name but a few.

2. I have inherited a chromatic harmonica from one of my students. He can’t play it anymore and apparently never played it that much. I spent 2 hours taking it apart and cleaning it up with a quality disinfectant, it’s in great shape.

I have purchased a songbook, The Easy Jazz Standards Fake Book: 100 Songs in the Key of C.

3. The acclaimed Canadian conductor Boris Brott died tragically on Tuesday, the victim of a hit and run in Hamilton, Ontario. Rest in Power Maestro Brott.

All-day Wednesday tributes for Maestro Brott poured in to my radio station, the radio station I listen to in my Grey Highlands location Classical.Fm broadcasting out of Collingwood. On, on 102.9, the FM dial.

4. I’m back to teaching, in class and in the park. Great fun! My in class session was with a private student and we worked on Jo-do and Iai-do, short staff and Japanese sword.

The park training was for children, mother nature intervened and we ended up in a small studio/dojo managed by one of the participant’s parents.  Basic martial arts training, mostly Shotokan karate techniques.

5. I watched the animated feature film Encanto this week and I thought it was awesome. Incredible animation, vibrant colours, wonderful characterization and an excellent soundtrack. Check out the behind the scenes video I share in the link above.

The show reminds me of a Broadway play, the timing, the staging and the singing are all reminiscent of something you might see on Broadway.

If you are looking for a great children’s book check out one of my books, including my new children’s early reader chapter book, now available at Indigo/Chapters Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time.

Or one of my other children’s picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve. Or you may enjoy Samba in Brazil or the Brazilian/Portuguese version Samba no Brasil.

All of my books are now available and on sale at BookShop.org, (only U.S. shipping) plus you will support local bookstores with your online purchase.

I am hard at work on the next children’s book and would be eternally grateful if you could buy me a coffee. All donations are gladly accepted at my Kofi.com/pauly page.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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Art Books Music

April 1 . Issue #137

“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.”  Will Rogers 1879 – 1935

The featured image, Ideal Balance – Yin and Yang by Sharon Cummings speaks to me about the way and balance, something I’ve been working on this week.

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal, a place for me to share with you 5 points of interest. The things that got me some joy, inspired me, motivated me and kept me going. This week a look at the Oscar winners, my ear and eye candy, and more…

1. Two films I picked as Oscar winners came out on top. Summer of Soul and Encanto. Summer of Soul winning best documentary, all about a music festival that coincided with Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969.

Encanto won for the best-animated feature film for Disney Animation Studios. I haven’t watched this film yet, hopefully, this weekend I’ll fix that.

2. The composer Vangelis had a birthday this week, March 29th, his 79th. Naturally, I had to help celebrate and listening to his Oscar-winning soundtrack for Chariots of Fire was just the ticket. The soundtrack from the film 1492 – Conquest of Paradise is inspirational as well.

Speaking of Oscar-winning soundtracks I had to check out Hans Zimmer and his Oscar-winning score for the film Dune.

3. I watched a wonderful movie about bringing people together through family and music, the Pixar animated feature film, Coco.

The actor Gael Garcia Bernal is the voice of one of the lead characters, Hector. I wonder if he would consider doing an audible book? His voice is great, he would make a magnificent Latin American Scratchy the Squirrel.

4. This week I’m reading another McCall Smith book, he has so many, this one from The Sunday Philosophy Club Series, The Careful Use of Compliments. Also known as the Isabel Dalhousie series of books of which there are sixteen in this series.

5. Outdoor training: the weather is starting to warm up and I have taken my training outdoors. This week I practised many of my karate forms on my deck.

I took some videos and shared them with my karate group on Facebook. It’s a private group so I can’t share it with you.

But I have a clip here that I can share, this is Seipai. A form I like a lot because of its flowing nature.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read my newsletter please share it with them.

If you are looking for a great children’s book check out one of my books, including my new children’s early reader chapter book, now available at Indigo/Chapters Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time.

 

Or one of my other children’s picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve. Or you may enjoy Samba in Brazil or the Brazilian/Portuguese version Samba no Brasil.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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