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Singing Along Again

Some of you let me know you enjoyed singing/reading along with my song The Way Things Go from my album Lounge Act In Heaven, and one of you asked for the lyrics to my song Really Really You from my album Through the Fire.

So here are links to Really Really You on YouTube, Pandora, Apple, and Amazon, and here are the lyrics to the song.

Really Really You

I’ve always liked lizards, feel lucky when I see one

I like pelicans, too. In fact, I’d like to be one.

I like hummingbirds, and I like chickadees, too

I like walking on the beach

And I really really like you

I like hanging out with little kids, they hunger for the truth

I like spending time with teenagers,

they take me back to my youth

Yeah, they take me back to when I was seventeen

My life stretched out before me, no end to be seen

Oooh chorus

I love women, I do. I like men

I’m pretty much a Taoist, with a little touch of zen

I like your sister, she’s cool, and I like your brother, too

And I really really really really really really really like you

I’ve always liked lizards, feel lucky when I see one

I like pelicans, too. In fact, I’d like to be one.

I like koala bears, and I like kangaroos

I like walking in the woods

And I really really like you

Ooh chorus

I love women, I do. I like men

I’m pretty much a Taoist, with a splash of cayenne

I like your sister, she’s jazz, and I like your brother, too

And I really really like you

I really really like you

Happy Solstice!

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Sing Along

Ricky and Kathy were lovers in high school, then Ricky went away to war

I recently heard from three people (unbeknownst to each other) who told me they really like my song The Way Things Go from my album Lounge Act In Heaven, and could I provide them with the lyrics?

Happily I could. Their interest inspired me to listen to the song for the first time in quite a while. What a neato song!

Here are the lyrics followed by links to the recording of the song should you want to listen as you read the lyrics

The Way Things Go

Ricky and Kathy were lovers in high school

Then Ricky went away to war

Kathy fell in love with a used car salesman

Five kids by 24

Ricky came back from Afghanistan

He didn’t know how to be,

So he wandered down to Hollywood

Landed in a situation comedy

I’m not making this up

Chorus: That’s the way things go

The way things start is never how they finish

I thought you’d like to know

That’s the way things go

Now Ricky played the part of Larry Dorfman

A guy with a checkered past

Larry’s wife Camille a stewardess,

teenagers Lisa and Chaz

And as long as he was Larry Dorfman

Ricky knew how to be

But away from the set of the sit-com

He was all at sea

This is all completely true

Chorus

Well the show ran for seven seasons

And Ricky became a big star

Mansion in Malibu, New York penthouse

Million-dollar car

Then they made him a super hero

in a billion-dollar flick

He fell madly in love with his co-star Vicky

Otherwise known as Vick

This is all completely true

Chorus

Now Vicky as it happened was a mystical master

with a bent for Psychology

And she knew from the minute she met him

Ricky didn’t know how to be

But she loved the size and the color of his aura,

loved the way they clicked in the sack

So she made it her life’s work to heal him, yeah

To bring old Ricky back

This is all the truth

Chorus

Now the irony of Vicky healing Ricky

Was that once Ricky knew how to be

He quit making movies and bought a farm

And started planting trees

He and Vicky had a baby named Venus,

They adopted another three

Tino, Gina, and Esmeralda

And they all learned how to be

from their mom and dad,

some pretty good ways, such as

Be loving and kind to each other,

share what you have to spend,

make love not war, use solar power,

treat the earth as your mother and friend.

Yeah that’s the way to go. Yeah that’s the way to go.

Start things right, you’ll have a good finish,

At least I hope that’s so

But you never know

Links to The Way Things Go on YouTube and Spotify and Pandora.

You can also stream the song on Apple, Amazon, etc.

Happy Holidays!

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Brief History of Audio Books

Todd with the third draft of Volume Two of the Healing Weintraub Adventures, several more drafts to go

As I gleefully reported in my previous post, the audio book of Good With Dogs and Cats: The Adventures of Healing Weintraub has debuted along with the handsome paperback. Hurray!

Several readers have inquired about downloading the audio book without having to join Audible. You can! The audio book is also available through Apple Books.

These inquiries got me thinking about the history of audio books.

In the beginning there were no audio books or any books for that matter, or even much paper. People told stories to each other for thousands of years. That was the state of the technology until someone, possibly a woman named Myra, came up with the idea of memorizing stories. Humans had memorized songs, some of them really long songs about hunting antelopes, for thousands of years, so why not stories?

Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey were preserved for generations as memorized texts until some brilliant person, possibly a man named Demetrius, got the idea of writing those scintillating adventures down, in ancient Greek no less.

Fast forward to the invention of LPs, otherwise known as long-playing records. Plays by Shakespeare came out on vinyl and were used ineffectively in public schools. And, of course, many of us grew up listening to the multi-record rendition of Winnie-the-Pooh with an accompanying illustrated book. We knew to turn the page when Winnie sang Rum-tum-tiddle-liddle, rum-tum-tum.

Then came the invention of cassette tape players. A few hundred mega-bestselling books came out in multi-cassette audio book editions. This development ushered in the era of people listening to audio books while driving.

Then came CDs. It still required several CDs to hold several hours of someone narrating a book, and only hugely popular books became audio books. People, while driving, would search desperately through piles of CDs for the one with the best sex scene in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, causing accidents and needless deaths.

Now we are in The Age of Digital Audio Books. At the outset of this age there were several audio book companies. Soon thereafter Amazon/Audible bought all the other audio book companies (except for Apple) and became the primary source for audio books and requires people to join Audible to download audio books. Not so Apple Books.

In related news: E-book editions of Good With Dogs and Cats: The Adventures of Healing Weintraub are coming out even as I post this.

Happy Holidaze!

todd

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Healing Speaks!

Joyful news! The audio book of Good With Dogs and Cats: The Adventures of Healing Weintraub is now available from Audible and Apple Books and other audio book purveyors.

I’m especially excited about this audio book because it is my first narration of one of my books in thirteen years and I had SO much fun playing all the characters in the Healing Saga.

When Peter Temple and I listened to my first rendering of Chapter One in Peter’s studio, the dialogue sounded good to me, but the narration felt wrong. So I read the chapter again with a little more gusto, we listened again, and the narrator’s voice still wasn’t quite right.

And then it struck me that the voice I was using for the narrator was not the voice I’d heard speaking the words when I wrote them down to create the book. That voice had a mild British accent. It took hearing Todd reading the story, after working on the opus for fourteen months, before I realized that the Third Person narrator of The Adventures of Healing Weintraub is none other than Healing Weintraub himself!

So I read the first chapter again in Healing’s voice, we listened again, and voila, there was the voice from whence the story sprang.

You can listen to an enticing five-minute sample from the first chapter of the audio book on the book’s Audible page and see if you want to hear more.

Handsome paperback copies of the opus are orderable from your favorite actual bookstores, and available online from Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, and Amazon.

Now back to rewriting Volume Two of the saga.

Cheerio!

Todd

P.S. E-book editions coming soon.

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There Comes A Moment

there comes a moment when our strength departs

and we can no longer walk against the ferocious wind.

So we change direction and our nemesis becomes our

loving friend, the great obstacle now a source of joy.

Everything we fought so hard against turns out to be

what we wanted all along.

todd walton December 2023