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Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada! October 8, 2018

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Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

Woke up to a relatively chilly day here in the Ottawa valley (around 8oC, about 46.4oF), actually weather that’s about normal for this time of year.

I want to wish all my Canadian friends a very good day, and one that is filled with all sorts of reasons for being thankful.

To honour this day, I thought I would just share a bit of Canadian music from Nova Scotia musician Melanie Doane…

To all my Canadian friends and peeps, here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

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RPGaDay in August – August 19th: What Music Enhances Your Game? August 19, 2018

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We continue on with #RPGaDay in August.

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#RPGaDay

Day 19 – What music enhances your game?

Urggh… Tough one for me to answer.

While I listen to music that suits the mood of the game that I’m writing a scenario or other material for, I don’t tend to have music in the background, even at low volume, when I’m running the game as it tends to distract from the game itself (and this is something that my players have said they’re appreciative of). That said, I will have some music appropriate to the game playing in the background as the players arrive for the gaming session and while we set up for the game play.

As a last thought, the music that enhances the game(s) for me tends to be music appropriate to the genre. As I read the game I’m currently working through, I’ve been listening to some very good traditional and more modern Middle Eastern music. Lovely stuff! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Ian Anderson! August 10, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Ian Anderson! 🙂

Ian Anderson, the lead singer of the British progressive rock group Jethro Tull, celebrates his 69th birthday today. I have long been a fan of Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson’s solo work, and am delighted that Ian is celebrating another birthday.

::singing::
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Ian,
Happy Birthday to you!
::stop singing::

Best wishes, Ian. 🙂

Oh, and for those who want to learn more about Ian’s work and Jethro Tull, just follow the link. 🙂

Happy Birthday, Kate Bush! July 30, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Kate Bush!

One of my favourite musicians of all-time, Kate Bush, celebrates her 60th (!!) birthday today!

I first started listening to the music of Kate Bush back in 1978 or 1979, with her first album, The Kick Inside (1978), a brilliant progressive rock album, with tracks such as “Wuthering Heights”, “James and the Cold Gun”, “Oh, To Be in Love”, “Them Heavy People” (a track I adore), and the title track. I can’t explain what it was about the album and her voice that made me fall for the singer and want to hear more of her work. The follow-up album, Lionheart (1978) (though I don’t think I heard this album until a year later, being in Canada as I was), was…remarkable, superb, and even better than her first one. “Symphony in Blue”, “In Search of Peter Pan”, “Kashka From Baghdad”, “Coffee Homeground” still resonate with me.

Anyway, I’ve been listening to Kate’s music since she started, and am still a huge fan. I was also lucky enough to see her in concert back in the mid-1980s, and she is even better live. Enough already. To celebrate Kate’s birthday, here’s the video for one of my favourite tracks.

Here’s wishing Kate Bush a very Happy Birthday! May she have a healthy, happy, prosperous, and blessed year ahead, and may a warm breeze always blow at her back.

Oh, and keep rollin’ the ball! 🙂

Important Subject If You’re Going to GenCon July 28, 2018

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I’ve been giving some thought to all things GenCon Indy at the moment, given that the convention is just about a week away. Thought that I would pass along a simple piece of advice: Remember the 5/3, 2, 1 Rule of GenCon. This means that in every 24 hours, get at least 5 (or 3) hours of sleep a night, 2 meals per day (at least one of them should be hot), and take 1 shower per day. And these are minimums, folks, bare minimums (at least for some people).

Following this basic guideline will keep you alive through the convention, maximise your time for gaming, and allow for the comfort of those with whom you are gaming. Please, please, please take a shower and use deodorant, folks. Oh, and no matter what you think, cologne/perfume cannot and does not make up for the lack of showering.

And here, to put the whole showering thing into perspective, is Savage Gypsy:

Some Orinoco Flow June 24, 2018

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Had a toss and turn night last night, but other than feeling somewhat tired, I’m doing all right today.

Thought I’d share one of my favourite live performances of “Orinoco Flow” with folks today.

Enjoy! 🙂

A Version of “La Bamba” April 11, 2018

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Am having a busy day of it. This includes some editing, but a lot of chores and housework.

Thought I’d post this video for the fun of it. (The actual video starts about 1:42 into the video.)

Some Strawbs Sounds February 16, 2018

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In the aftermath of yesterday’s event, the death of my friend, DavidM, I’ve been listening to a lot of Strawbs CDs and music.

So here I present a track that I really like at the moment, from the Ghosts (1975) CD.

A Fun Flash Mob (German) January 15, 2018

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Thought I would start the week off by posting the link and video to one of my favourite flash mob bits, this one from a German mall. It’s in German, but I’ve included the translation of the sung song below.

*****
ROCK ME
by
Voxxclub

Rock Me
When the Maypole stands in the village square again
And everything revolves around the girls
When they wear their hot traditional dresses
And we guys are rubbing our eyes

Here we go, now it’s that time again
Here we go, today nothing is regretted

Chorus
Come, show me a bit more
I want to know a bit more
Rock me tonight
Dance a little shuffle
Or whatever you prefer
Rock me tonight
Look me in the eyes, little one,
you are really fine
Rock me tonight
Twirl around and twirl around
Until the dance floor crashes

And now the night really begins
Every girl grabs herself a guy, yes
Then the feeling of insanity heats up in us
Because everybody wants to know

Here we go, now it’s that time again
Here we go, today nothing is regretted

Chorus (2x)
*****

Jethro Tull: “A Christmas Song” December 25, 2017

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Seeing as it’s Christmas, I thought I would post up this Jethro Tull Christmas video. Fits the season, for sure. 🙂