Friday, October 17, 2014

5 on Friday -- Set 245 -- Writers' Retreat Edition



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Just arrived at the cottage with Kelly Boyce for our annual writing retreat on Nova Scotia's gloriously red-orange-gold-brown-green South Shore. We made it here just as the hurricane started acting up a bit -- now that we're safely off the highway and our bottles of wine and prosecco are all lined up on the bar, it's showtime, folks. 

Here's to Retreat Number 10!


1 - Red, Red Wine -- UB40








2 - Food, Glorious Food -- Oliver! -- 1994 cast








3 - We're Here For a Good Time (Not a Long Time)  -- Trooper








4 - By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea  -- Billy Murray and the Heidelberg Quintet









5 - Kodachrome  -- Paul Simon




Thursday, October 9, 2014

5 on Friday -- Set 244 -- The Thanksgiving Edition


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This weekend is all about giving thanks here in The Great White North.


To all of my readers, friends and family -- I wish you many blessings on this Thanksgiving.



1The Green, Green Grass of Home -- Tom Jones









2 - Thank You -- Led Zeppelin








3Thank You For the Music  -- ABBA








4Counting My Blessings  -- Bing Crosby









5 - How Great Thou Art  -- Elvis Presley







Friday, October 3, 2014

5 on Friday -- Set 243



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Now that October has arrived, it's time for my monthly feature for 5 on Friday -- The Hit Makers.

Once a month I'm going to feature the songs that launched careers. I'll be looking at different musical styles and the groups or singers from those styles who I love the best.

Here are five of my favorite Australian bands and artists, and the songs that brought them to the masses.


1 - Highway to Hell  -- AC/DC -- 1979

Ten years ago, if you had asked me whether AC/DC would be on my list of favorite bands, I would have looked at you as if you'd lost your mind.

The Supernatural soundtrack changed all of that.








2 - Who Can it Be Now -- Men at Work -- 1981







3 - Original Sin -- INXS -- 1983


Oh, how I love INXS and Michael Hutchence.








4 - Don't Dream It's Over  -- Crowded House  --  1986


As someone who loves collage, it's no wonder I was highly attracted to this mixed-media video when it first came out.








5 - Spinning Around  -- Kylie Minogue -- 2000


Although technically Kylie came to prominence with her Loco-Motion cover in 1987, her career did a bit of side-tracking for awhile. Her current dance-club music career really launched with this 2000 hit.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Friday, September 26, 2014

5 on Friday -- Set 242



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My writers' group had a busy weekend last week, making our second appearance at Word on the Street in Halifax. That's me above with fellow Romance of Atlantic Canada authors Jennie Marsland and Donna Alward at the opening reception, which took place at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design's Institute of Applied Creativity on Saturday night.



As I was heading out following the reception -- just before the East Coast literary awards were about to start -- I bumped into Stephen and Jeanie Kimber. If you can seriously believe it's been basically 30 years ago, I was the Kimber's nanny (mostly for their youngest, who is now 30!) Stephen went on to win the Evelyn Richardson Non-fiction award for What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five




On Sunday, RWAC prez Taryn Blackthorne and I set up our table which was then run by rotating teams from our group. Thanks to everyone who took part!

This week's set is dedicated to writers everywhere as we carry on, shaping our stories no matter that there are only 24 hours in a day, unexpected emergencies, day jobs and unco-operative fictional characters that won't behave while we're trying to get our word counts. 


1 - One Way or Another  -- Blondie








2 - Hit Me With Your Best Shot -- Pat Benatar







3 - Tubthumping -- Chumbawamba









4 - I Won't Back Down  -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers








5 - Follow That Dream  -- Elvis Presley



Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Friday, September 19, 2014

5 on Friday -- Set 241



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I'm still in a ballet state of mind -- music from my favorite ballets has been going through my head all week as I readjust to being back in the office at my day job.

All pieces feature my favorite Russian dancer Vladimir Shklyarov from the Mariinsky Ballet.

So -- let's get seated, watch the lights go down, the curtain go up -- and on with the show.


1 - Adagio -- Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K488 from Le Parc --  composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This lovely piece of music has definitely been going through my head this week. Mozart is mainly associated with lighter music, but I've always been a fan of his darker, more emotional pieces.

I absolutely love the 'high-flying kiss' section of this dance piece, which starts at the 6:15 mark and ends at the 7:00 mark.







2The Young Prince and The Young Princess from Scheherazade -- composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Another beautifully sensual pas de deux...sigh...






3First Galop of the Prince from Cinderella -- composed by Sergei Prokofiev

And now for something completely different. The piece I'm referring to begins at the 17:08 mark and ends at the 18:19 mark.

It's the perfect rushing-around music.

Of course, if you also wanted to check out the romantic closing pas de deux beginning at the 39:25 mark and ending at the 44:35 mark, I wouldn't discourage you. 








4 - Pas de deux from the Le Corsaire -- composed by Adolphe Adam






5 - Finale from Etudes -- composed by Carl Czerny