Some, er, music and poetry writing for a change

Recently someone pointed out that despite our having a category on HTWB for music and poetry, posts on these topics have been thin on the ground recently. Grovelling apologies.

Some, er, music and poetry writing for a change

This is dedicated to the victims of the UK’s Cumbria floods and I hope it might give you a small smile, despite the terrible experience you have had just before Christmas. xx

To make up for it I thought – given the time of year – I should re-write the lyrics to a few favorite Christmas songs which I think count as (basic) poetry and can be sung to these popular tunes. Having got started on these three I was longing to keep going, and I have to say I love writing funny poetry, but I stopped at this selection…  [Read more…]

Why you mustn’t let accountants meddle with music…

“If music be the food of love, play on,” said Willy Shakespeare in his play, Twelfth Night. Just as well they didn’t have major corporate companies in those days, driven by lawyers, accountants and finance fiends. The following anecdote demonstrates why (original author unknown).

Why you mustn't let accountants meddle with music...

Surely someone knows an accountant who understands music?

The CEO of a large healthcare company was also chairman of the board of his community’s symphony orchestra.

Finding he could not go to one of their concerts, he gave the tickets to the head of the company’s auditors, a respected accountant and business consultant. [Read more…]

A man walks into a (musicians’) bar …

A man walks into a (musicians') bar...

If you don’t know what this is, you could be in for a whole load of treble…

Delighted to welcome back the one and only, multi-talented Rhiannon Daniel, this time with some very clever and funny musicians’ gags she wrote the other day on Twitter. See if you can come up with some more … [Read more…]

Fed up with Christmas carols? Boogie with me and Pentatonix

…here are some natty little numbers from my favorite (a capella) band of the moment and after their wonderful sharing of Christmas songs, now (in this post, anyway!) they’re not singing anything about Christmas or New Years.

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A capella band extraordinaire … and not singing Christmas songs

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Are Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” words a sign of happier times?

pharrell williams,happy,song,music,Suzan St Maur,,how to write better,wordsSongs and their lyrics – like Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy” – often reflect the mood of a country or now, given our “global village” technology, large chunks of the world. Released in November 2013 and used as a soundtrack for the movie Despicable Me 2, Pharrell Williams‘ song has become an anthem picked up by millions. [Read more…]

How a healthy lifestyle saved a Christmas turkey from the chop

Welcome to Christmas week here on HTWB! No writing or work for these few days, but just some fun for the Holidays – so stay tuned…

Deadly December

turkey,Christmas,healthy,writing,Suzan St Maur,,how to write betterWhen I was a young turkey, new to the coop,

My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop,

Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow, [Read more…]