Books, Film, History Class, Music, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”

"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”

History Class, Music, Publishing, Storytelling, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”

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”

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I

Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

"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”

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2

Musical Interlude: Artie Shaw’s “Star Dust”

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”

History Class, Music, Poetry, Uncategorized, World War 2

Musical Interlude: “Lili Marlene”

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”

Music, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Musical Interlude “Sentimental Journey”

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”

Family History, History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2

Musical Interlude: “Onward Christian Soldiers”

It's amazing what strong associations music can forge in memory. "I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair" always reminds me of my grandma. The third verse of "Away in a Manger" will always be the bed-time prayer Dad sang with me, which I now sing with my children. And the thumping, march-y beat… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Onward Christian Soldiers”

History Class, Music, Poetry, Uncategorized

Musical Interlude: “Auld Lang Syne”

Can it really be New Year's Eve? My 2018 has moved past so quickly that I can hardly believe it's in its final hours, but my calendar tells me it's so. Ah well, we're prepared, with a stock of board games, junk food, and good intentions to make it till twelve o'clock. (And, if midnight… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Auld Lang Syne”

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Inspiration

Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair”

Choosing the right name is a difficult task- at least it is for me. As a child, the internal debate over what to name our dog forced me to look for outside opinions to finally make a decision. More recently, it took the threat of an extra night in the hospital to force my husband… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair”