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The Twenty Three – Book 3 of the Promise Falls Trilogy

The Twenty Three - Linwood Barclay
Linwood Barclay  – The Promise Falls Trilogy

One of m favorite author over the last several years has been Linwood Barclay. His books are always very interesting and they are very character driven. Most times the story revolves around one main character who is thrust into an extraordinary situation. While Barclay’s book are considered stand alone thrillers Barclay has brought back characters for a second go-around. No Safe House was the second installment in the story of Terry Archer and his family. No Safe House picks up the story of the Archer family seven years after the events recounted in No Time for Goodbye

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A Great Trip to Tunes Used CD Store!

When I'm Free - Hot Rize a CD from Tunes

Five New Albums to Add to My Music Library from Tunes Used CD Store

Yesterday in the post re-introducing Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries I wrote that previously I had found a lot of music at Tunes in Marlton, NJ.That action reminded me that I still had a $15.00 Gift Card to Tunes that my son Peter had given me about a year ago. So…. after finishing the post and no Eagles game to watch I decided to make a trip to Tunes. I really haven’t been to Tunes much since my kids have grown and online music sources like Rhapsody and Spotify have come into existence.It’s really a lot easier to check out new music from the comfort of your own house.

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A Re-Introduction to Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries

Me, Myself Music and Mysteries - Two artists
A Re-Introduction to Me,Myself,Music and Mysteries!
I am Edward Karn, the Me in the blog title. I am a 65 year-old, semi-retired, liberal member of the Sanders- Warren wing of the Democratic Party. For 41 of those years, I have been happily married to Kathleen Clarke Karn. We are the proud parents of four children. Nicholas, Andrew, Peter and Elizabeth. We are also the equally proud grandparents of Oliver, son of Andrew and his wife Meaghan and Zoe daughter of Peter and Melissa. I’m telling you about them because you may read an occasional story about them
Part One – The Music
Mostly though I will be writing about the music that I listen to and the books that I read. Music is entwined in my daily life. Music often provides the soundtrack for a variety of the activities that keep me busy. It provides the soundtrack for my morning yoga, my runs and walks and most times when I’m reading. My music  also is with me on my way to my part-time job at Target,as well as, on various shopping trips! I love a wide variety of music including: Americana (folk, ,blues and bluegrass), jazz, New Age and progressive rock, as well as, classic rock. As a rule, I listen to certain genres while doing certain things. For example I listen to new age during my morning yoga or when I’m meditating. Jazz is for reading, while progressive rock (prog rock). Americana and Blues often become the soundtrack for my runs. Initially, I envisioned that the music I would write about would be my favorites that I have listened to since the 60s. and many of the posts that you find on this site are about those artists. You will find many posts about the music of folks like Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, John Prine, and Jerry Jeff Walker. But I don’t like to only listen to the same music over and over, yeah right, I also love to discover new music. I really started to do that when my two oldest sons became teenagers and we would visit Tunes in Marlton, NJ on a weekly basis I found tons and tons of new music and artist that I loved. The majority of those artists played music that was  either folk, blues or Americana. Many of them were Texas Country musicians like Pat Green, Jack Ingram and others. When I started this blog I continued to search out new artists. In addition to going to used CD stores I also started to scour music charts to find new music. The charts that I used ,and still continue to use, include: Roots Music Report, the Americana Music Chart, the Euro-Americana Music Chart and the Freeform Radio Music Chart (the FAR Charts) For me finding and artist on the chart and then going to Spotify and listening to their music is more exciting than getting a promo copy of an album in the mail.
Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries Expands
As the blog progressed I started to expand the genres that I listened to and started to explore both jazz and progressive rock. I started to use the Jazz birthdays at AllAboutJazz.com to explore jazz musicians new and old that I didn’t know. In addition I started to use the JazzWeek chart to find current music. Around the same time that I started to explore jazz in more depth I  also started to explore prog rock. Bottomline – what you will find here is a wide variety of music that I like. I try in my posts is to write a little about the artist and/or band. Then I write a little about the album. Finally, I tell you what I think about the album.My usual comment is, I liked it! duh! A video is usually provided at the end of a post to introduce the reader to the artist’s music.What you won’t find is a deep analysis of the music. My posts are more – here it is – check it out it’s good stuff! My ultimate wish is for you to check it out and maybe you’ll like it too! NEXT UP The Mysteries…… 

An Excellent Return to the Outer Hebrides in Peter May’s Coffin Road

Coffin Road - Peter May

Yesterday I finished Home by Harlan Coben, the 47th book I have read in 2016. It is also the fifth book that I have finished in November. My goal for the year was to read 60 books. To meet that goal I needed to read five books per month. Unfortunately there have been more than a few months where I came up short of that goal. So right now I would need to read 13 books over the next 4 plus weeks to get to 60! So I looks like that I will not reach my goal of 60 books. However, I will surpass 50 books and if I read five more books I will beat last years total of 51 books. Wish me luck!

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The Kept Woman Another Winner From Karin Slaughter

So I have not been able to write anything much since November 8th. Election Day the day America, as I know it, may have died! Anyway even through I haven’t been writing, I have been reading. As such, I have finish four books this month. The first one was Redemption Road by John Hart. I wrote about Redemption Road earlier in the month. The second was the latest Will Trent novel from Karin Slaughter The Kept Woman.

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Trump won’t be that bad! Yes, he will!

Just look at the People who are heading up the Trump  Transition Team

Ok so we, as Democrats lost and election but more importantly we as Americans lost a country. You can say all you want that we don’t know what Trump is going to do. But the truth is yes we do! Because they control the Senate and House. Trump and the Republicans will seek to gut every progressive reform that was been enacted in the last 70 years! That is not what the people  whose candidate actually won the election want to happen!

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Blind Ego’s Liquid Powers a Good Walk

Liquid - Blind Ego
The Walk (not the run!)

I know that I was supposed to run yesterday. But first we had to do some shopping before the Eagles game. Then after the end of that upsetting loss to the Giants I was in no mood to run. However, I didn’t want to totally avoid exercise so I decided to walk instead.

Along with  just not being  not in the mood to run I also knew that it was late enough that it would be getting dark before I finished my run.  I hate  the switch back to standard time in the fall It would be so nice if it stayed light out until 5:30 to 6:00 at night! I’ll put up with it being dark in the morning! Anyway, I read a good article about the switch in The Washington Post yesterday and I whole heartedly agree: Turning back the clock 1 hour takes a serious toll on your mental health

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October Reads and Reading Challenges Update!

The Second Life of Nick Mason - Steve Hamilton
Where DID October Go!

Ok I give up where did October go? Seems like the NFL season just began and now we’re at Week 8. The World Series is at Game 5 and both the NBA and NHL have begun their seasons. And yesterday the two colleges that I attended. As the Universities of Florida and Georgia renewed their heated rivalry.  I really don’t care which team wins most of the time. But it’s always nice when the team that needs it more gets the victory. Since the Gators stayed atop the SEC East with the victory, I was glad they won.

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October 27 – Happy World Day for Audiovisual Heritage!

October 27, 2016  – UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
Theme: “It’s Your Story – Don’t Lose It”

I learn new things in a variety of ways.  For example, I discovered at Wikipedia this morning, that today is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. Because I didn’t know anything about the day, I went to go to its page on Wikipedia. There I discovered that…..

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage takes place every 27 October. This commemorative day was chosen by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2005 to raise of awareness of the significance of and preservation risks recorded sound and audiovisual documents (films, sound and video recordings, radio and television programmes)

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