The Weekly Smile for the 23rd of December, 2019 #weeklysmile


Hello!  I had quite a bit to smile about last week.  Not a stellar week, but pretty good over all.  Thinking of one thing in particular to write about, without sounding like a broken record, was difficult.

So, do any of you under 40 understand what “sounding like a broken record” means?  Back in the dark ages music came on these platters called “records”.  They were made a vinyl.  No, I’m not joking.  If there were scratches in the vinyl, the record would skip. Sometimes the scratches were just right so that it would enter an infinite loop and the same clip would play over and over and over again.

Thinking of music, you may have noticed that I have been playing a lot of music lately.  I don’t mean streaming it, using an mp3 player, or even ancient vinyl.  I’m talking about I have turned on my electronic music instruments (or sat down at the piano) and played. The studio reorg (see here) helped kick off the latest music wave.  I have posted two videos recently, The Coventry Carol and Vivaldi’s Winter  performed on a synthesizer. Besides these two pieces of music, I have been workign on a few other music projects, some which might see the light of day, as well as just “jamming”.

OK, I’ll admit that part of it is that I have not been writing outside of my blog for a few months, so music has become my creative outlet, but it is still nice.

That is my smile for the week, playing music.

What made you smile?


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! :)

25 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 23rd of December, 2019 #weeklysmile

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  4. dprastka

    LOVE your smile this week! Love music, and it’s great for the creative mind. I remember fondly the vinyl records and my hubby and I still have our collection after all these years. They actually are coming back in small volumes. My daughter bought a record player some years ago and just bought 2 new records at Target. She mostly enjoys classical music…. We have all genre’s on vinyl! 😉😄🎹🎵🎼🎶

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do need to buy a new turntable as mine is broken… I still have my collection stashed away and have seen the return of vinyl, mostly in indie bands. Kind of cool. I have all genre on vinyl, but not quite like digital where I have the history of music from chant to today in every genre they have at a record store… if a record store still exists….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is funny how times have changed, and yet vinyl has become popular again! Some indie bands only release on vinyl these days. And, of course, DJs have to use vinyl for the effects they do – as Beck said, two turntables and a microphone. Hope your day is going well. Merry Christmas, god Jul!

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong

    First, vinyl is back in fashion as are turntables. No kidding! I wish I hadn’t given away all my albums like 20 years ago! My son collects 78 rpms. There is something so sweet hearing Beethoven’s 6th on a 78.

    We survived the year. I managed to feed the birds so they will survive (I believe) one more year. Broken things are slowly getting fixed. And I am holding a tiny drop of hope that somehow, it’s going to be okay.

    That’s pretty good for a really rough year!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      There is some music that I like that is available only on vinyl! It seems odd these days, but some indie artists and purists love vinyl, not to mention DJs. I still have my collection, but my turntable is broken and I don’t feel like buying a new one to play music I have mostly replaced in digital anyway.

      Surviving a year like last year is always a plus, and having broken things fixed is even better. I hope 2020 is a better year (I know if the election goes how I wan t it will be much better!!)


      1. Marilyn Armstrong

        A couple of my best friends were (prior to retirement) audio engineers. There IS a difference in the sound you hear between a CD and a vinyl record — and I can’t understand how you can listen to serious or even not-so-serious music on a telephone! In the end, I think there will always be ways to listen to music that gives a fuller range of sound. WHAT gives the fuller range of sound always makes a good argument among the sound engineers of my life.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Listening to music on a phone is just… Back in the early 90s they came out with new technology to make digital audio much better than CD quality, but then mp3s appeared and people wanted cheap (free) and convenient over quality and so the better standards never took off and are now only used for the recording end, not the play back end.


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I hope you do get a chance to join :) Yeah, we may occasionally get a little nostalgic for “the good old days”, but some things are so much better today! I do not miss scratchy records or low quality tape hiss…

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