The Weekly Smile for the 25th of October, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Yes, I am on time this week, after missing it and posting on Tuesday last week. Overall, despite being super busy, this was a good week with plenty of smiles.

After a bout of very warm weather, we had a very typical October weekend. It was cool but very sunny. At last I got to see those October Blue Skies I love so much! The color of the sky on a brisk yet sunny October day is a color not seen any other time of the year – I can spend all day just watching it.

There is a field near my house and it seems that every bird of prey in the county stopped by to fly over it this weekend. OK, I saw the eagle near the field, not over it, but several species of hawks were out there, as well as a falcon and, of course, the ever present vultures. The ravens seemed to think they owned the place and there were a few scuffles between them and some of the smaller hawks. At one point a raven sat in a tree above my head and made the cutest cooing noises imaginable. A murder of crows made quick appearances, but seemed to leave the field to the larger birds.

My other big smile was finishing a major music project. You can see my post about it here, or go directly to the video here. It was a fun project, and it is always both exciting and depressing to see a project like this come to an end.

So those are my two biggest smiles for the week, enjoying the seasonable October weather over the weekend and finishing my music project.

What made you smile?

(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).


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.

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).  Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.

36 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 25th of October, 2021 #weeklysmile

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  5. Prior...

    Hi Trent – your song came out so cool
    -and around the 2:40 mark it has that nice layer and ends with some richness – not sure how to describe it but your art side was busy with that huh?
    And the field you describe sounds really interesting

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Yvette. The idea of fugue is to have each lien completely independent and interesting yet fit together in a way that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, which Bach did better than anyone else. I think at 2:40 it must be one of the times where my performance was able to bring that out better – I may do another recording of this to try to bring out more places like that.
      The field is a large hill side with trees in the middle. They recently mowed and baled a large part of it, and for some reason it seems to have attracted every bird of prey around… Maybe because the ground is more visible? It is a nice place on my walks.
      Hope you are having a great week!

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      1. Prior...

        Hi – thanks for explaining a bit – and part of the charm of around the 2:40 mark was leading us to there so if there was more of it I am not sure it would have the same interest – this is not music I would want to listen to every day – and so it was probably really good for my brain (cause we are supposed to help are brain out with variety and change and use – right?) and so as it played I liked how there were layers and you led us up to the ending – if that makes sense

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I could describe what happens at 2:40, but it would be very technical! Easy, but still technical, description is that it is the start of a “recapitulation” (a later term to describe later music) in the key of the subdominant, which is an area of peace and rest. After this bit of rest, it hits another very turbulent spot before then returning to the tonic, the home key, the area of greatest rest – which is that last chord. And, again, me playing, but Bach wrote this and it is usually played on a big organ.

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  7. Emille

    Hey I didn’t know you also published:) You should ask more for your book – at least double!
    My smile this week are the enormous clouds at the end of my post. Fortunately I live at the end of the suburb, so I silll can get enormous sky views. Have a great week!


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      OK, that is odd – Amazon must be doing a promotion without telling me – I do ask double that price! Funny, this happened once before, and by the time I put up a blog post telling people to check out the lower price, they jacked it back up.
      Anyway, I’ll stop by in a few minutes to check it out.

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