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Universal Harmonics

Christie Stratos, my editor for Harmony’s Song, asked me to write a guest post. I’m very happy with the result, and I hope you will enjoy the piece as well. My thanks to Christie for the opportunity to share a piece of my writing process with her readers.

And, incidentally, if you’re looking for a fantastic editor for a writing project, it’d be tough to do better than Proof Positive. I couldn’t be happier with Christie’s work.


Music of the Masters of the Universe

As many of you know, I’m a long time fan of Masters of the Universe. The franchise has had its ups and downs, but it has always had a special place in my heart.

I would argue that few animated series, if any, especially in the 1980s, had a musical score as memorable as Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The melodies used were lyrical and powerful, and they worked wonders to invoke an atmosphere of mystery and magic.

So I was very excited when it was announced that a two CD, remastered, limited edition sound track for the series was being released by LalaLandRecords.

A few days ago, I ran across this fan-made version of the main theme, arranged for a full orchestra. Enjoy!


” … just make up anything you want and I won’t deny it … “”

It’s worth reading every single word of this piece. The glimpse we see into Tom Lehrer’s life is fleeting, sweet, wondrous, and a little sad. He is a comic genius whose work has touched millions, including myself. Here’s a taste.

Ben Smith writes:

“Is this Tom Lehrer?” Morris asked over the phone, working to hide his nervousness.

“Yes,” replied a voice some 1,000 miles away.

“The Tom Lehrer who teaches math?”

“Yes.”

“The Tom Lehrer that did some records in the ’50s and ’60s?”

“Yes.”

Morris apologetically explained his school assignment, worried that Lehrer wouldn’t want to speak to him and self-conscious for having interrupted his day. The retired performer listened patiently to his request.

“Rather than talk to me for very long, just make up anything you want and I won’t deny it.”


Harry Potter — Sorted This Way

The link above will take you to the YouTube video to this awesome parody of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way by Not Literally Productions. Enjoy.

Lyric excerpt:

The Sorting Hat told me as a first year,

I would be in Hufflepuff.

Some students laughed at me as I sat down,

I thought I wasn’t good enough.

There’s nothing wrong with having badger pride,

Cuz it’s the house where I belong.

So hold you head up kid and don’t you cry,

The Sorting hat it never wrong.

I’m Hufflepuff and I’m proud,

No I’m not one of the crowd.

I’m in the right house baby,

I was sorted this way!


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