Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Soccer NationWorldCup2014

I guess I am part of the phenomenon this summer. The World Cup games have been burning through the June weekend hours especially, but I tell myself it is almost too hot to do anything else (okay, except write—but watching the Cup trumps writing for the moment as I justify it as “together time” with my husband who loves the game too ;-)). Anyway, so sorry to see Mexico eliminated today. The guy below – Memo Ochoa – was my pick since the Brazil match for MVP of this tournament. And even though the Dutch are an amazing team and I usually root for them as well, the last minute penalty kick and yellow cards calls did a lot to shut down the game that had been going Mexico’s way. Meme_Ochoa

7/1/14 Update: The most heart-racing games of this Cup seem to have goalies with superman powers. Tim Howard for Team USA!Tim Howard

Sunday, May 18, 2014

My New Li'l Project

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Muscle Shoals and the Magic of a River that Sings

Muscle Shoals, Alabama might need to go on my bucket list. I had never heard of it before I watched the powerful documentary, but I had to wonder about the magic that was happening for years when artist after artist recorded there and found the groove of a hit record. Aretha Franklin’s story alone will amaze as one realizes she arrived in Muscle Shoals after CBS could not market/support her correctly and dumped her after five years of trying. There she cut “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You” in fifteen to twenty minutes after an all white studio backup band of teenage Alabama country boys brainstormed the first chords. Racial and non-conformist tension was high in the small town of Muscle Shoals in the sixties and seventies, and yet black and white musicians gathered together there and cut some of the most influential rhythm and blues and southern rock tracks of all time.

Muscle Shoals Documentary Consider this list: Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Bob Segar, Paul Simon, Jimmy Cliff, Percy Sledge, Alicia Keys, Etta James, Clarence Carter, Bob Dylan, Leon Russel, JJ Cale, Dire Straights, Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood all recorded some of their greatest and most soulful hits there.

WC Handy and Helen Keller are from the Muscle Shoals area. Sam Phillips, founder of the more well known and other seminal recording studio of the South — Sun Records —also grew up in a nearby town. The documentary will tell you the place is known for a native American Yuchie legend about a river that runs through it – a river that sings like a beautiful lost woman of their tribe. Certainly the power of the legend has only been enhanced by the energy all of these recording artists have borrowed from it. I’d like to feel the inspiration these artists found in Muscle Shoals in person myself some day. Maybe I’d even write a song.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Writer Self-Indulgence

On a weekend morning, I sometimes browse through other writer blogs to see what's on their minds. A writer can learn a lot from her peers, and I often think writers or aspiring writers make up the biggest portion of the population who actually pick up a book or click through a blog to just read for pleasure every once in a while. So, I believe it's a good thing that so many people want to write and that everyone has a book in them, because it is nature's way of keeping the reading population healthy.

Betsy LernerBetsy Lerner's blog is one I have perused in the past as much for her biting sarcasm as her emotional insight into the writing process. She is an writer/agent, like so many agents, or writers who were once agents, are. Below is something she wrote about Tom Clancy, golf and writing that I just found this weekend that made me laugh out loud. It starts like this:

And then she goes on to remember playing golf as a child, the advice her father once gave her about it, and whether there is such thing as a Muse. This then leads her to free-associate working with Patti Smith, playfully pun on the concept of Mad Men and sum it all up with the joy of "did I pull that out of my ass or what?"

Before you click over to her blog though, I feel like I should offer a warning : Read in small doses, especially if you are a writer, because she packs a punch that can knock you down. Writer loneliness and self-loathing are her specialities.

Back to work for me!