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Some comedian, I think it was Richard Jeni had a bit about playing that song when you want to clear out a party. I do like it though, the Dandy Warhols cover is good.

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I applaud your knowledge of Canadian history! They don't even teach that here (on Planet Canada) in our history classes; we only listen to the same song by our "legend" Gordon Lightfoot as you do. At least in Quebec, which doesn't want to know much about the Rest of Canada.

Hi from Isolation btw. My husband and I tested positive for C19 on Sunday (we're newbies, it's our first time!!). At least we got to enjoy our vacation.

Rest assured that my husband and I both feel fine. I'm grateful to be able to work, and knowing that I might not have full capacity at any time is quite the motivator to get as much work done while I can (but it's been a steady upturn in symptoms).

PS I like "If you could read my mind" (also Lightfoot) better

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Ha @ impossible to dance to. Got a question for you on the pathos/bathos thing you mentioned in a comment to me a while ago. I’m working on a really emotional moment with my protagonist where he’s pretty devastated, life is absolutely destroyed, etc. I’m putting his feelings into physical actions for the most part and trying my best to avoid ambiguous emotional words. That said, I’m still not sure if it’s too heavy and needs to have a quick cut to something humorous or if I did that it would actually undercut the seriousness of the moment?

Tyler Durden saying “Cool” to a nasty fight scene with a guy’s face getting pummeled is serious, and it works great to sort of parody the craziness/tension of that part. But it’s not a heavy emotional moment. I keep going back to what I hate about Marvel movies (besides them being the same plot every time), which is that in something like Spider-Man or whatever they will have a serious moment and then cut to a joke and all the sudden, for me at least, it feels like I can’t take the character seriously. Thoughts?

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Love me a good story song, and unintentionally wrote a lot of them.

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It’s not dancing, but rather, dramatic re-enactment which is required.

My MC in the novel I am writing has a penchant for playing opera when he is in a bad mood and then signing along (to lyrics he does not know, in a language he does not know) ...at the top of his lungs and re-enactmenting what he thinks it could be about / making poor life choices.

I’m not sure of those scenes will make it very far, there are far too many of them to include them all, but just the joy of writing about singing and performing ballads with the lack of knowledge of the whole thing is enjoyable.

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There is always a song in my head. I feel like when I'm writing it's like playing the piano. I was taught to play by Grace Drysdale, an entertainer that toured with Bob Hope and had been super-famous. She never ever let fame or success change her.

Other than my Mom and some teachers, she was the only one who said I was talented and it meant the world to me.

You get to pick your confirmation name. Of course I picked Karie Grace, who was a shining example of the kind of person I want to be.

I got 13 wonderful years with her.

Karie Grace

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Chuck, I contacted Karyn at Hindsight to get the dates and I'm planning to come in December but haven't decided on the dates yet. Will be nice to see you again and I promise no crying this time and no AIRBNBs either....like ever.

I don't think I will survive a 4th AIRBNB.

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I dunno Chuck, I could really dig dancing to Alice’s Restaurant

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The Punch Brothers just released their version of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on their Church Street Blues album and it is amazing. I got to hear it played live at The Moore Theater it was such a surprise to hear it since I grew up listening to the Gordon Lightfoot version as a kid. Being a sailor I am a sucker for maritime songs. The Punch Brothers version of Another New World is amazing and it tells such a good story. I would say it is even better than The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Give a listen to it here: https://youtu.be/87OXw7r44zQ

My first ECCC in 2018. I went to a panel on storytelling. Just because Johnathan Coulton was on the panel and they each gave their version of a story that inspired them to be better storytellers and the only musician on the 4 person panel gave this song. She said the story in the song was always slightly different in meaning to her everytime she heard it. I hope someday to write a story as good as the story in the song Another New World.

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Ballads and fast paced punk, there must be a balance somewhere, I guess. But looking at today, with the influence of video games, tiktok, trap music, the short attention spans, I feel people respond more to fiction paced on 300km per hour.

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Its Kurt Vonneguts 100th birthday. 11/11/22

So, when I realized it was Kurts 100th birthday, I looked at the Vonnegut museums website to see if they were having an event. They are, its a supafancy charity gala in a mansion. Tickets are $500, theyre auctioning off signed first editions, et cetera. So I decided to email the director to ask if theyd let me attend at a steep discount. And ill be damned if she didnt get right back to me with an invitation. So a valet will be parking my ancient, beat up Toyota at a mansion tomorrow night. This is going to be an experience.

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Chuck, I wanted to share one of my favorite ballads. I’m really big on song lyrics, I assume you are too. It’s “Name” by Goo Goo Dolls. Some people may like or hate that song as it’s very mainstream.

But I read an interview from the lead singer about what the song was about. He grew up in a family with an abusive alcoholic father. The guy was horrible from what I understand. A lot of people had misunderstood that the song was about an ex girlfriend or something. But it was actually about his sister and how growing up he did everything he could to protect her from him. The trauma that their dad imposed on him and her really destroyed her emotionally. I want to say that she ended up committing suicide, but I could be wrong on that. Anyway, the lyrics themselves tell a great story and I love how they are very personal, yet very open to interpretation.

https://genius.com/The-goo-goo-dolls-name-lyrics

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Hahahahaha yeah. Admitting to being touched by ballads is a really hard thing to do, even for me. I grew up in a house of women who were all strangely super comfortable with anger, but not vulnerability. Vulnerability, and dare I say... (gag)... a few tears... that shit'd get you the biggest shame-basting around. So ballads... the soft music of the heart... I remember my punk rock Mom hearing me listen to some of it once, and she called me a "queer-do" (rhymes with weirdo). This was before "queer" was claimed by the LGBTQ community, so she meant it in the way of just being odd and corny. Lol. The best days. I'm coming out and saying I have always been, and always will be, influenced by ballads. Thank you for bringing this to me.

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