Strange Mr. Satie

Listen as you read on.

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Walking through the streets of Paris a hundred years ago, Erik Satie could not have looked more normal in his black bowler hat and tie. But Mr. Satie was dreaming of music no one had heard before – music like ancient chants and modern circus tunes rolled into one. A friend of poets, puppeteers, magicians, great painters like Picasso, and the Surrealists, Satie was at the center of a world where sense was nonsense, and the imagination ruled supreme.

Award-winning author M. T. Anderson recounts the story of the irreverent French composer in a biography that is witty, accessible, and endlessly surprising, while Petra Mathers’s magical illustrations capture all the vibrancy that was Erik Satie’s topsy-turvy world.

M.T. Anderson on twitter

M. T. Anderson

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Delightful illustrations are by Petra Mathers.

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Buy it at your local indie bookshop or Amazon.




So that the heart may be gladdened!


The Life of Saint Benedict

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The Life of Saint Benedict for Children


Also, the

Marian Chant from Norcia

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Watch and listen.


In the 8th century an oratory was built so pilgrims could pray at the place of St. Benedict’s birth. Monks came to Norcia in the 10th century, and remained in one form or another until 1810, when they were forced to flee under the new laws . . .

The current Benedictine community was founded in Rome on September 3, 1998, without being conditioned by previous historical circumstances.

These original monks transferred from Rome to Norcia on December 2, 2000, in the great Jubilee Year, becoming The Benedictine Monks of Norcia.

They were charged by Rome to care for the Basilica of San Benedetto (built over the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica) and for the many visiting pilgrims. (wiki)

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You can also find the book on Amazon.

Here is the album on Amazon.


Also beer,

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Brewery site here.

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Kubo and the Two Strings

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Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron

are the familiar voices you will hear in the new movie from




Watch the official trailer here.


(Also starring are Rooney Mara, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes and George Takei!)


Do you recognize the musical theme?


Listen to this musical tribute to George Harrison.

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(The answer, of course is The Beatles’ George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps.)

Listen to George Harrison and Eric Clapton here.

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Kubo and the Two Strings hits theaters Aug. 19.


Today’s assignment: What is your project’s theme song?


I’ll See You in My Dreams

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I was afraid this movie would just be about old women, but it’s not. It has a delightful

story that appeals to all ages.


Martin Starr, playing Lloyd, studied poetry in college and now earns his living as a pool boy. In the story he writes this beautiful tune, sung in the end credits by Keegan DeWitt.

Listen: Keegan DeWitt

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Today’s assignment:

1. Watch this movie.

2.Follow along with the screenplay. (here.)


Aesop for Inspiration has Aesop’s Fables available. One of the short tales is:

The Farmer and the Snake

ONE WINTER a Farmer found a Snake stiff and frozen with cold. He had compassion on it, and taking it up, placed it in his bosom. The Snake was quickly revived by the warmth, and resuming its natural instincts, bit its benefactor, inflicting on him a mortal wound. “Oh,” cried the Farmer with his last breath, “I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel.”

The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.


The Snake” is a song and single by American singer Al Wilson, written by Oscar Brown in 1963. The lyrics tell a story inspired by Aesop’s fable of The Farmer and the Viper. (wiki)


Al Wilson at youtube.

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On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Poor thing,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had been revived
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
“I saved you,” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die.”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
Today’s Assignment:
Write down your interpretation of the lyrics to Al Wilson’s song.
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(available on Netflix)