The Weekly Smile for the 9th of December, 2019 #weeklysmile

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It was an interesting week with some pretty good smiles, but I am going to back up a bit…. in a way.

I know many of you saw it, but I posted a video this week.  It is music I worked on in mid to late November.  I did mention it in a previous smile and said I would say more when it was finished and posted, so here it is: this week the smile is about posting it.

The video is The Coventry Carol. Very quick, so you can understand the video if you watch it, The Coventry Carol was part of a medieval mystery play is a lullaby to the doomed children of Bethlehem as the mothers wait for Herod’s men to murder all boys under 2 years old.  The music became a part of the holiday tradition during the Battle of Britain in WW2. It was played live on the BBC from the bombed out Coventry Cathedral on Christmas  day, 1940.

I tried to reflect that history in my all electronic version.

Here it is:

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

I hope you enjoyed!

My smile for this week was posting a music video for The Coventry Carol.

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)

43 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 9th of December, 2019 #weeklysmile

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          1. Prior...

            hahaha – but so nice to “be me” so to speak.
            I tried to get rid of my paper calendar on the side of the fridge – one that was marked up with colors and stickers when the kids were young and schedules were full – so one year without it and I was lost – went back to it – even though it barely gets used – and ten days into Dec I finally flipped it from November – ha

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I bought one of the first PDAs back in the 90s and put my calendar on telephone/address book on it and hated it. I understand 100% that the technology is much better, and I have tried a few times since then, but no think you, somethings are just better on paper (I am 50%-50% at work – I still put down important things on a paper calendar, but I put meetings, etc. down on my computer calendar.)

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              1. Prior...

                That makes sense to have some meetings on computer calendar – I hope to
                Start using the calendar feature more –
                I used to keep a small pocket datebook for many years –
                The monthly ones and I’d leave a little note everyday – I have mike from high school still

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          1. Prior...

            yes – trying to catch up still – but in a gentle way and not pressure. but “get to” – if that makes sense – and I am glad for my countdown idea to 2020 because it has given me a nice structure to follow. I have a photo post going up in a few minutes with some photos from my December walks…
            ttys

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong

    My cleaning woman came by and got all the dirt in the bathroom I couldn’t reach. I know that may not sound like much, but it’s not like I was working and I’m out of the house most of the time. I’m here ALL the time and not being able to properly maintain the place really gets on my nerves!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I did rad your post about the dirt and Garry’s inability to see it ;) We have someone come in about once a month, but it is opposite you – she straightens and organizes, she doesn’t clean “dirt”. I am sure having that cleaned is a big smile :)

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  6. dprastka

    I enjoyed your video, and I bet it takes some time to put this together! The sounds are haunting but beautiful. I heard harpsichord, flute and many other electronic versions of an orchestra! Thanks for sharing as it made me smile! 😁

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. It is pretty time consuming, particularly since I use very “old-school” methods of manually creating each sound using physical patch cords! (you can see a photo of the instrument on the original post from last Tuesday). I did try to recreate some more traditional sounds, though you can still tell they are electronic :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I have always loved the dark, medieval sound of The Coventry Carol, but grew even more fascinated by it after discovering the history. I’m glad you could hear that grim history in the recording.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m a little surprised you haven’t heard of it. The history, both from the medieval times and from WWII, is interesting – I talked a little more about it in the initial post. This isn’t a carol that “normal” people sing, but something you might hear a choir do, though I’ve only heard recordings. From the comments on the original post, it is a big tradition in many cathedrals in England, which of course goes back to that performance in 1940. It is a stark reminder of the cruelty of war, but it is also a Christmas carol that is on a very human level, one about normal people, not about holy people, and is relatable. That said, few people I know, at least here in the US, knew about the history until I told them. I’m sure it is different in the UK…

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It is odd how things “spread out” – although it isn’t really popular here, like White Christmas or Silent Night, most people have heard it and some people play it all of the time. But it is more recent – the oldest recording I have of it is from the late 80s. So possibly that is it, it became popular only in the last 20 or 30 years.

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