Peter’s Published Press Past Presented

“Write about whatever you want to write about!” That simple sentence launched my tenure with “Don’t Believe A Word I Say” and got me started on this great journey. As I have written several times, I have always been in awe of the high standard of writing on this blog, and I still have a hard time believing my good luck.

Ideas for my “magnum opus” a) can come from anywhere, and in fact, Lois will often look at me and say “You’re thinking of an idea for a column right now, aren’t you?” (Timing is everything, however. It’s important to not be thinking of an idea for a column when one’s attention should be focussed elsewhere, for instance, while actively participating in a conversation with one’s beloved.) I also have a number of drafts, ideas for future columns, waiting patiently to be fleshed out like “The Sleepers” of ‘Captain America’ fame. When the opportunity to put my thoughts into words presents itself, I get on my trusty laptop and away I go! Of course, there are no 6 year old children residing at “Chez Montreuil”, and as I am a Luddite, I usually have to “fend for myself” when dealing with problems with my “confuser”, b) for example putting in some videos,  Once I’ve finished the “rough draft”, I’ll go over it very carefully, looking for errors of any kind. Then I’ll whip the column into shape and email it off to my editor.

Editor in Cheese…err…Chief

Generally he selects the photos which accompany the masterpiece, and a great job he does, even finding pictures of cats who look like CoCo and Reg. He always makes sense of my sometimes garbled prose as well. (One of my secrets of Life is surrounding myself with people who make me look a lot brighter than I really am!)

There’s always some excitement when I see that my work has been posted. “Yessir, that’s my baby!” I think for a while, glowing with pride and satisfaction at another job well done! I send a copy to my aunt Louise, and pass it on to a few other friends as well, but since the latest Facebook update, I am having the devil’s own time trying to send it on as a message. On further examination I sometimes notice errors that slipped through, and I also see places where I could have improved the finished product. That’s a good thing to me however, because complacency breeds sloppiness and disinterest, and you, my loyal reader, deserve the best that I can give you. Of course, it’s also not long before I realize that “I have to do it again next week!!”

Fortunately there is a lot to write about. One of the beauties of the Internet in general and Facebook in particular is that you can access so much great music, both old and new. It’s also nice to see bands getting out and about, for example “Vajra” went to Sweden recently and is currently in Europe. I met them last year at “indie week”, when they were on a bill with “Andre Pettipas and the Giants”. I saw Andre and the guys a couple of weeks back, and THEY are going to Sweden shortly too! Here is Andre Pettipas and the Giants with their tune “Answers” while I write of music and you read of it.

Between this great music and Cat’s birthdays and the whole “Tilt-A-Whirl” of Life, there will always be lots to write about, fear not, loyal reader. Also, please keep your videos coming, feel free to PM me with your latest work.

I want to thank the other writers on staff for their encouragement, and for pushing me to constantly try to do my best. I am proud to consider them all my good friends, and it is always a pleasure to run into them at a venue or talk via Messenger with them. We at DBAWIS strive to keep you informed, to give you things to think about, and I am proud to be a member of this group of writers.

Writers of the Storm

My first column was published on August 24th, 2017. It was pretty simple to write, just an introduction so people could know what to expect from me. I have since tried to stay on a fairly straight path, alternating columns devoted to music with columns on other aspects of Life. There is, however, no doubt that one of the biggest parts of this great blog is music, in its various forms. Boiling music down to its basics, Bach, Berlioz, Brahms, Berlin, Bono and Roes had/have 8 notes as the building blocks of their music. Let’s finish off with a sample of what  they each did with their 8 notes, et al.

Johann Sebastian Bach gave us a lot of great music, including 6 Brandenburg Concertos. Here is his Brandenburg Concerto Number One.                                             

This is “Le Corsaire Overture” by Hector Berlioz, the famous French composer.

You probably have heard this piece by Johannes Brahms before. Here it is again. “Hungarian Dance No 5”

Irving Berlin had an enormous effect on music in the 20th Century, but when you have talent this good singing music that good, it stands to reason that he would. Ella Fitzgerald singing  Blue Skies .Sit back and enjoy.

Disclaimer, I am not a big U2 fan, however, this is a song that Bono helped to compose and I put it in for symmetry.

While Luke Roes does not have a last name that starts with B, he is a damned good composer.  “Warpaint” is a great song with a great video.

So once again, a little bit of a change up with my column. I am grateful for the chance to do this, for the support I get from everyone in the gang and for the feedback I get from those who can stay awake long enough to finish reading my column. There is a lot more to come, trust me.

See you soon

  1. a) Roughly “Great feat”  (Latin)
  2. b) My “pet”name for my computer. I do have problems with it. One morning, for instance, I sat down to finish my nearly complete column only to find that I had somehow deleted the entire damned thing! I made my deadline, but the day was a little more hectic than usual on Hector Avenue 😉!

=PJM=

4 Responses to “Peter’s Published Press Past Presented”

  1. Teresa Coulter Says:

    Happy Anniversary Peter! You’ve had a great year and here’s to many more!

  2. June Pollard Says:

    Hi Peter! I am enjoying your column & especially the genres of music you have chosen! Almost every one has that similar thread of greatness going though it.
    Luke Roes’ “Warpaint” – the song, lyrics & performance were great & the video was – well, I watched it twice (that’s all I will admit to right now) just so I could see how the video was made & how well it flowed. Great video!
    U2 – Not an avid fan, lyrics were … but, I have enjoyed some of their music over the years & admire Bono & U2 greatly for their devotion to charity & helping the starving & less fortunate.
    Ella Fitzgerald “Blue Skies” One of my favourite songs & whats not to like – it’s Ella Fitzgerald! I’ve heard different versions over the years & in younger years on occasion – have sung it myself. I remember singing it in Port Carling at a dance & hearing my voice & the music echoing across the lake – just a different version for me but a memory I will never forget.
    Johannes Brahms – “Hungarian Dance #5 will always remain a favourite for me & every time I hear it, I recall the 1st time I experienced listening to it. Just amazing beautiful music.
    Well Peter, I just wanted you to know that I read your columns from beginning to end & thoroughly enjoy your wonderful stories, opinions & especially, your personal comments
    Keep on writing, you have convinced me that I would like to go to an air show someday! Maybe I should add it to my bucket list too!

    My next lines may be a little corny but the lyrics are definitely true & I genuinely mean them as a thank you to you for all the great music you post from new artists, different genres & different generations on occasion ❤
    So, in the words of an Abba song Peter, I would like to …
    'Thank you for the music, the songs they're singing, thanks for all the joy they're bringing, who can live without it, I ask in all honesty, What would life be…so I say 'Thank you for the music, for giving it to me'
    june/x0

  3. Peter Montreuil Says:

    I just read this, not sure hw I missed it, and I really needed to read something like this right now. Thank you so very much, Mary-June.

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