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September 11 . Issue # 55

September 11 . Issue #55

In this weeks newsletter: reminiscing on a day of infamy, listening to trio music, preparing a creative writing course and more…

A Week In My Life

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. This week like every week around this time I reminisce about a day of infamy. Something I will never forget; that day that will live on — 9/11, September 11, 2001, the attack on the USA. Other dates which will live in infamy; December 7, 1941; the date very quickly became shorthand for the Pearl Harbor attack, in much the same way that November 22, 1963, became associated with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

2. My children’s book is now available at a leading Canadian bookstore; Indigo/ Chapters has my book, Samba on a Snowy Day, available for you to order in paperback and hardcover versions. I hope to have some physical copies available in the stores in the very near future.

3. My listening pleasure this week: good music that runs the gamut; from blues to classical, with everything in between. I played in a power rock trio once, Snowaxe. I love trio music, the heavy rock trios, like Hendrix and Cream and the heavy jazz trios like Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette and Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. The great bassist Gary Peacock passed away September 4, 2020; age 85; Rest in Power maestro.   

4. My eye candy this week is all about TIFF – the Toronto International Film Festival and some of the best bets for awards and feature films. I have always wanted to attend and this year it’s so easy, less crowded and no mask required if I watch from home.

5. I am working on developing a program for children to help fire the creative juices. Kindle Creativity: a workshop for children authors; a chance to develop stories, to have fun and to create wonderful fiction.

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September 4 . Issue #54

A Week In My Life

September 4 . Issue #54

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

This week I look at methods for coping with a pandemic, listen to Jazz Icon Charlie Parker “Bird”, study owls and more…

Here are the five things I found interesting this week and I want to share with you all.

1. Legendary jazz musician Charlie Parker, nicknamed “Bird” or “Yardbird”, was born Charles Christopher Parker Jr. on August 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas. This week I celebrated the birth of one of the greatest originators. And my favorite recording, perhaps the greatest jazz concert of all time, Jazz at Massey Hall featuring “The Quintet” made up of five of the superstars of Bebop: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Recorded Live, May 15, 1953. Some reviews from the evening care of Massey Hall.

2. Have you found some methods to effectively cope with the pandemic? I have tried Ikebana the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The featured image is one of my creations. My reference book for inspiration, Ikebana with Living Plants by Ichiba Ashida.

3. Walking through the forest this week during dusk, I heard the strangest of sounds. A bag of kittens abandoned in the woods? That thought crossed my mind as I aimed my iPhones powerful camera light into the bush. A creature flew up out of the noise and perched above me in a tree. Still making this, awesome, screechy, purring, crying kind of noise. According to Nature Canada the sound I heard, the short-eared owl.

4. One of my favorite instruments is the guitar. My cousin Joe Yanuziello happens to be a luthier, a master guitar maker.  I don’t play the guitar, but I would love to own one of these guitars. It has my name on it for goodness sakes. In this Ted Talks video, watch and listen to contemporary master Bill Frisell, performing on his custom Yanuziello guitar

5. Do schools kill creativity? Check out the most viewed Ted talk ever presented by Sir Ken Robinson. I am reading a book by  Sir Ken Robinson, and he certainly thinks so and I fully agree. 

I’m also reading a fun mob book, Disorganized Crime by Alex A King.

 

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day

Please consider a contribution to our next book project by buying me a coffee (in a ceramic mug), swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee helps out during these challenging times.

Check out my blog, follow the link, sign in. Get the weekly newsletter in your inbox, no spam I promise.

Copyright © 2020 Paul Yanuziello, All rights reserved.