Tag Archives: Music

When Creative People Don’t Fit In

Today I rerun an essay from my Facebook page, originally published about three years ago, when I was still a Methodist, attending a church undergoing severe upheaval. Our music minister, Bill White, was fired suddenly, for no apparent reason. Below … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 7: What’s in a Name?

Verse 7: And my name is on the cover of my book. Yes, my name is on the cover of my book. Although I hate to tell it, the publisher misspelled it, but my name is on the cover of … Continue reading

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Perfect Music

Of late I’ve been listening to my playlists of comfort and escape music, which includes what I think of as Perfect Pieces. I’ve always loved music. I took piano for a couple years as a kid and loved it, but … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover of My Book: Verse One

To celebrate having an honest-to-God bimbo on the cover of a book—one who was specifically designed to be there, I’m rerunning the Bimbo series from 2011, which takes a humorous and sometimes terrifying look at the things that end up … Continue reading

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Always Coming Home to Spain

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Spanish guitarist and composer Àlvaro Barriuso has been setting some of the songs and dances from Always Coming Home, using the Spanish translation of the poems. The 12″ vinyl and digital download are now available for pre-order. He recorded this teaser with friends. — UKL Continue reading

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Writing Life: Putting It into Words
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Ursula LeGuin has said that the writer’s job is to “put into words what cannot be put into words.”  Writers of fiction—mainstream, horror, magic realism and fantasy as well as science fiction—have cheerfully (or not so cheerfully) accepted this job … Continue reading

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Earworm

It really doesn’t qualify as an earworm unless you find yourself humming along with the track in your sleep. Or, if it comes on the radio in the car, you fail to scream loudly and change the station, but instead sit there, experiencing a not-entirely-unpleasant sinking sensation, saying to yourself as the familiar sounds paralyze your fight-or-flight response, “Well, it really is a good song,” and then bursting loudly into the chorus, hating yourself, yet feeling weirdly complete, like a brainwash victim actually feeling rewarded for being unable to run away. Continue reading

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In Celebration of The Hobbit #3

by Brenda W. Clough  The third and final Hobbit movie is out today! Holiday pressures force me to postpone seeing the movie for a while — when I do I will post a review. But to celebrate, I give you … Continue reading

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Writing to the Music

Ah, the music. The music that fuels the fugue state when I’m writing. Never has music been more important to my writing process than now, because music is a magical gift, a power and a weapon. So of course, I … Continue reading

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Murder at the Opera: An Aria of Omens by Patrice Greenwood

Patrice Greenwood returns readers to the cozy Wisteria Tearoom with a new mystery set against the dramatic backdrop of Santa Fe’s world-famous Opera. Wisteria Tearoom owner Ellen Rosings coaxes Detective Tony Aragón to go with her to the Santa Fe … Continue reading

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