Post written and copyright 2014 by Doris McCraw
The summer vacation season is almost over, and while I love the visitors, and the paycheck, I also miss my research and sharing new information. I also miss having the time to read and write. I will be sharing my love of history soon, but I want to talk a bit about music, harmony, writing and the unexpected. A current video hit making the rounds on You Tube brought home how harmony, writing and the unexpected are a big part in keeping life, music and writing fun. Here is the link :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l3dsHCScxU&list=TLCTv2gqQYyxU1ruheyvEFki-hEcdIGJMK
As a child, music was always a big part of life. My father, grandfather and uncle all had lovely voices, but were afraid to sing in public. That did not prevent them from sharing their love of music which included Hogey Charmichael, Benny Goodman, Eddie Arnold and many others. Somehow in all of this a love of harmony, probably from playing piano from an early age and singing, became important to me. Despite being a soprano, the harmony parts were intriguing and I worked to add that to my repertoire. I still remember Roy and Dale’s harmony on “Happy Trails”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcYsO890YJY
Life can be enjoyable when things run smoothly, but they can also get boring. Add the unexpected will help us enjoy the normal. Think O’Henry stories.
With writing, the formulas work well, but to make the story your own, add the unexpected elements or turn the story on its head. Whether is works or not, it mixes things up, gives a new perspective and perhaps new joy to something that has gotten a bit stale. Many are trying to genre’s, new experiences in our lives. The one thing all the research has taught is those who were the explorers, the inventors and pioneers learned to understand the rules and how to do the unexpected. Here is to living with great harmony and doing the unexpected with the normal.
Just for fun, a country take on a current popular tune: The original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCkvCPvDXk
The unexpected version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuyGVhQFLbs&list=RDBuyGVhQFLbs#t=0
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