YouTube weird?

This morning, my Post included three YouTube links relating to “Black Horse and Cherry Tree”. The final link (on Carol’s iPad) shows KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See” video!

I went back to my PC to check and I am showing “Black Horse and Cherry Tree”, so I have no idea why the inconsistency between devices.  Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated but, in the meantime, you may have to search YouTube if you want to see KT Tunstall using technology for “Black Horse and Cherry Tree”.

“Black Horse and Cherry Tree”

KT Tunstall recorded “Black Horse & Cherry Tree”, and presents it live with the use of a loop machine (aka looper). This is a wonderful piece of modern technology. Below are 3 links associated with this song which I  will summarize here so that you can select which one(s) are of interest to you.

Below, in sequence, are:

Part 1 of KT Tunstall’s tutorial of how to use a looper. She presents very naturally and has a good sense of humour. If you create music and would like to explore the concept of creating a fuller sound, while getting a laugh … this link is for you!

Part 2 of KT Tunstall’s tutorial which wraps up the song. Again, it will be of interest to anybody who is interested in “looping” and who enjoys her presentation style!

The final link is KT Tunstall performing “Black Horse & Cherry Tree” live. I have no idea what this song is about, but it is a great foot-tapping few minutes and her manufactured one-girl band is impressive!

A big decision!

That subject was from my perspective and impacts me, so the rest of you can relax and get on with your days without any additional pressures! 🙂

So what was my decision? It was/is to back off from blogging for a while. As has been my pattern over many years, I have (once again) stretched myself over more than 24 hours/day which obviously doesn’t work. On the negative side, that means I have to scale back on some activities but, on the plus side, I can look back on a very productive, educational and interesting life … so it has its good points!

I will still be reading Blog Posts, and will still Comment if I feel I can offer something, but my own Posts will be limited for a few months.

So what caused this?  A number of poems in my “Just Thinking” book were written as songs.  Quite a few years ago now, I used to write songs and, with the assistance of a number of guitars; an electronic keyboard and some recording equipment, had a lot of fun. I really miss those days, and need to get back into my music.

Quite a few years ago now,  I used to coach a long distance running group, and ran many races from 5Km to the Marathon.  While I do not particularly miss the discipline necessary to race those distances, I do miss the overall feeling of being active with all the appropriate health benefits.

Quite a few years ago now, I started to organize photographs (that go back to the late 1800s). I got that project started but, what with the advent of digital photography and the years that have flown by, I have made minimal progress. I want to have all the photographs in binders by this year end. That will include explanatory notes, background stories, and anything else of interest. The end result is that one day, when I am no longer around, the binders will mean more than just a collection of photographs. There will be stories around the who, what, when, where and why thoughts of the reader.

Quite a few years ago now, my interest in model railways was being handicapped by aging eyes, such that modelling became a frustrating challenge … but then I discovered a train simulator, which offered much more than a model railway and I was soon creating my own routes etc. My routes are now on the simulator company’s download station for anybody interested, and are  proving to be well respected.  I have a number of projects in that area awaiting completion.

On top of that, I still have to accommodate, the lovely Ray; the lovely Carol, and various maintenance projects around my lovely home!

Finally, I still have to come up with creative ways of promoting:

“Who Said I was up for Adoption?” (The story of  Ray)

“The Odessa Chronicles” (Many short stories about a Barn Owl, a Jackalope, a cat, and a human who share a small farm, and who slowly figure out how they can actually live together!)

“Just Thinking” (A book of poetic verses, many of which have a personal component!).

All 3 books can be seen, with reviews, at

Those of you of my general age range will no doubt agree that time passes so quickly now, but it also seems that there is a distinct correlation between that and having far less than 24 hours in a day.

I feel quite exhausted already, but must get going.

The “Odessa” Evaluation.

Getting any book ready for publishing is challenging for many reasons, but one key one is simply the thought “Is it good enough for publishing?” I have heard of a number of writers who just blindly go ahead, but I really thought that there were considerable potential benefits with having the manuscript professionally evaluated.

We subsequently submitted “The Odessa Chronicles” to Friesen Press … and waited! Continue reading