Benny Goodman and his clarinet. Public Domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I'm in need of some good music this weekend. Those of you who visit regularly might recall that I received the offer of a new teaching position for next school year, one which would require my family to move to Wisconsin. After a… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Sing, Sing, Sing”
"Little girl by radio" Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain, cropped from the original. Music is powerful. Even a quick study of how it affects the brain is fascinating, but it doesn't take a degree to see the way that shared music creates connections between people. Music inspires, gives… Continue reading Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”
I first shared this post in 2018, but as "Jeannie's" story is nearly ready for launch (and is currently up for pre-order!) it seemed like a good time to share it again. Launch Date: Nov 1, 2021! Choosing the right name is a difficult task- at least it is for me. As a child, the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”
"Bing Crosby, stage, screen and radio star, sings to Allied troops at the opening of the London stage door canteen in Piccadilly, London, England." Pearson, August 31, 1944. 111-SC-193249.Source: NARA World War II Photos - ARC Identifier: 531210 Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Every year, the day after Thanksgiving brings changes in the Clare household. First the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
With all of the extra time my family's been spending at home this summer, I've become aware of how addicted I am to good music. Every day in my house has a soundtrack. Heavy cleaning days require something loud and peppy—one of the many 80's mixes on CD shelf will usually do (yes, I still… Continue reading Musical Interlude: Artie Shaw’s “Star Dust”
It has been common for armies in history to adopt songs as their own- almost as "theme songs" for their particular group or war. War songs range in tone and topic from the American Civil War's "Battle Hymn of the Republic", to "Over There"-George M. Cohan's rally cry to American troops, to Britain's WWI "It's… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Lili Marlene”
It's almost a week out from the release of my first novel into the wild, and friends, I won't lie- my brain still feels about as mushy as the strawberry jam my kids and I have been making. Maybe it's a good thing that today's blog post was ready-made and waiting for me. Fantasy author… Continue reading Author Jean Lee Interviews…Me!
Well, here's another "later in the day than intended" post! My internet's still down, so I typed the first half of this in my van while simultaneously trying to sort out one last pre-publishing formatting glitch with my formatter who's currently travelling. Ah, the glamourous writing life! Still, complications or no, the countdown to this… Continue reading Musical Interlude “Sentimental Journey”
Well, a battle with a stubborn upper-respiratory bug and enormous stacks of music to learn, lead, and perform over this Holy Week kept me from giving "The Naptime Author" all of the attention I meant to. However, I had to sign on today to wish all of you a very Happy Easter! I hope it… Continue reading Happy Easter to You!