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Music Reading Writing

June 18 . Issue #96

“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” Aretha Franklin

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal.  Here are 5 things that I thought were worth sharing this week.

1. Genius: Aretha, All Hail The Queen, starring Cynthia Erivo; a National Geographic film released in March 2021 and something I have been binge-watching this week.

Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansmanInside ManMalcolm X) composed original music for the series. Raphael Saadiq (InsecureStep)  is the executive music producer, responsible for producing, arranging and recording all of the original song elements within the series featuring live performances.

There are moments in this series that I felt like I was watching a documentary. This is a very good series and pays due respect to the Queen of Soul.

2. Soul music or R&B, (rhythm and blues music) is one of my first musical loves and this week I found myself listening to some of my favourites. Names like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole and Roberta Flack to name just a few.

3. This week I started reading Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell.

4. I have found some awesome ‘Beta Readers’ and they have given me great advice for my new manuscript. The comments they provide relate mostly to the narration with suggestions that aid the flow of the story.

Through the help of one of my marketing research books, I borrowed an idea to get young volunteer readers through the help of one of my local library reading groups.

5. The featured photo is of the Feversham Gorge a short walk from my writing sanctuary, a place of beauty and great energy. I haven’t had a chance to do any serious exploring. At the end of this week, I will be going up there again; hoping to go fishing or meditating.

 

Thank you for reading. If you think someone you know would enjoy my newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a great children’s book check out my new book, Samba in Brazil;  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time.

Or one of my other books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve.

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

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Children Activities Music Reading

March 26 . Issue #83

“Instructions for Living a Life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I find a chance to get back to some park training with friends, tour a new rural area and more …

1. The perfect writer’s mantra. Last week I found myself really paying attention. I was completely astonished and now I find myself telling you about it.

Writing sanctuary’s. Do you think such a thing exists? I am in search of the perfect writing sanctuary. I went to visit this potential site; three hours northeast of Toronto on a six-acre wood lot overlooking a beautiful lake.

Friday I am going in the other direction, about 3 hours northwest of Toronto on a small lake and with less property. It’s all about the energy for me.

2. Celebrating with David Suzuki on March 24th, Happy Birthday David, and may you be blessed with many more.

The virtual birthday bash took place on Wednesday and I was invited to attend the surprise birthday party the following day. Great fun.

3. I have children’s writing workshops coming up in April. The Markham Public Library will be hosting the event. This is a Zoom virtual event that you can register your children to attend and explore creativity with me.

I’ll be doing a reading from a little known Japanese fairy tale and from my new book Samba in Brazil.

Children’s Writing Workshop: A Storytelling and an Exploration of How We Arrive at Creativity.

4. My listening pleasure this week, all about the award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his rendition of Leonard Cohens’, “Hallelujah” joined in this performance by Didier Osindero, Alinka Rowe and Yong Jun Lee.

And Sheku with his family performing Redemption Song. What an amazingly talented family, Isata (piano), Jeneba  (violin), Braimah  (violin), Konya  (violin), Aminata  (violin), Sheku  (cello), Mariatu (piano).

5. This week my nighttime reading are the inspirational words of Thich Nhat Hanh from his classic Present Moment Wonderful Moment.

When I have a chance in the morning I am reading Bakemono Yashiki, The Haunted House.

My friends at Old Mate Media have a new release for the children, something to keep them happy and occupied during the upcoming Easter holiday. Ultimate At-Home Activities for Kids. The first eight pages of this great book of activities are free.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone you know would enjoy my newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a great children’s book check out my new book, Samba in Brazil; on sale for a limited time.

Or one of my other books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve.

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

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Mindfulness Music Reading

February 12 . Issue #77

“There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I spent time with Thich Nhat Hanh, checked out the Japan Film Festival, listening to Quist, Corea, McFerrin and more…

1. My reading pleasure came from Thich Nhat Hanh. I am reading Present Moment Wonderful Moment; I am in the moment!

2. I am listening to Quist and using his fantastic backing tracks to jam with my harmonicas in many different keys.

3. The Japan Foundation is putting on a film festival and I am watching animated features.

4. Palouse Mindfulness offers a free mindfulness course. I have completed the course and I revisit it often. The sessions have gone virtual, like everything else these days, the January session of this year set me the right path.

Speaking of virtual, a shout out to Audrey Thomas-Ashman of Ashman Assistance. Audrey and her firm pointed me in the right direction when I first got involved in social media. Their focus is on food bloggers now. I highly recommend Audrey Thomas-Ashman.

5. I just heard the news that Chick Corea passed away and I felt deep sorrow; RIP maestro. I spent many weekends jamming with Chick during his living room sessions.

Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin jamming to Armando’s Rhumba #2.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them.

If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day, Samba em um Dia de Neve or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

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

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