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Halo on MVM

Deep Blue Something… They are best known for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” but the album it’s from (their 2nd, actually, which I don’t think I knew until putting this together), Home, has several other tracks that still hold up for me, twenty-some years after the album’s release.

This one is not only the next track on the album after BaT, but it’s also the only other charting single (such as it was… #102).

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Creepin Up the Backstairs on MVM

I’ve mentioned my affinity for The Fratellis’ music before. (In fact, almost a year after their last album dropped, I’m still playing it all day on repeat while at work.)

This track is off of their first album.

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Eat You Alive on MVM

This was the lead single from their Results May Vary album. Despite the less than stellar reviews, I actually liked the album – specifically because of the reasons critics seemed not to. I’ve always seen the album as an attempt to try different things, musically…as an artistic growth album, you might say. A decade on, I’m most likely to still actually listen to this one all the way through.

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American Baby on MVM

I will admit that it did take a little bit for this Dave Matthews Band track to grow on me when I first heard it (like, 5-6 listens as I picked at the lyrics). It’s actually one I did not know there was a video for at the time, but find on odd (read “good”) resonance with the visuals to coincide with today’s holiday here in the states.

We should be a collective, inclusive country… that’s part of of what’s etched on the the big green lady’s tablet off the coast of NYC.  If more people would remember that, then we’ll be able to “Stay American, Baby.”

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The Infamous Question

If you’ve been anywhere near Facebook for the last couple of weeks, and especially if you have any writer-minded friends (and, really, to be honest, who doesn’t), you’ve likely seen or at least heard referenced a recent interview between George RR Martin & Stephen King. King is on tour for his latest book [End of Watch], and the final question of the conversation is that infamous one about writing speed.

Here’s the full video… the question is asked at about the 50 minute mark.

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Sanderson Lectures

I am on record as being a pro-Writing Excuses person. On more than one occasion I’ve suggested particular episodes to fellow writers/crit partners for something they’ve had trouble with, or just spread the gospel of “you should listen.” Several episodes happened to hit at just the right time while I was completing my MFA that forced me to think about aspects of my thesis as I was moving from finishing my first draft and facing down the revisions. A central part of that comes down to Brandon Sanderson.

Outside of his active writing career, he also teaches a writing class at BYU. Sanderson recently posted this on his website:

Several years back, grad student Scott Ashton asked me if he could record my BYU lectures and post them for an online curriculum as part of a project he was doing. I said yes, and it was never supposed to be “a thing,” not really. It was a student doing a project, and using my lectures as a way to explore online education.

Well, since that time, those lectures (which are collected at Scott’s site, which he called Write About Dragons) have been viewed tens of thousands of times, and become one of the big hallmarks of my web presence, at least as far as writing education goes. I’ve been blown away by the reception to them. At the same time, I’ve been keenly aware that the recording was subpar. This isn’t Scott’s fault—he actually did an excellent job, considering his background. But the lectures are at times difficult to hear, and the filming was handled on a single amateur camera.

For years, I’ve been wanting to do something better. And this year I had my chance. My good friend Earl is a semiprofessional filmmaker, and was looking for a new project. I pitched a better-recorded set of lectures, filmed this year in my class, and he jumped at the idea.

The TL;DR of his post, in case you couldn’t guess from where I ended the copy, is that he has a “newly recorded” set of lectures that will be posted over the next few months. Since I have, in the past, watched several clips and pointed writer friends to the above Dragons site (and with an interest in teaching this stuff, myself), I’m stoked to be able to check these out.

Here’s the first lecture, so you can start checking them out yourself.

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Call Me on MVM

Blondie had come and gone by the time I was discovering music as a kid. Sure, there may have been some radio singles that I might have heard, but I have no clear memory of being exposed to their music when I was growing up. I’ve heard it since, of course (even if it’s generally just been the big singles).

I have been known, when receiving texts that read “call me” from close friends, to say, “Hello, Blondie” when I’ve called them back.

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