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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Bass icks

Bass icks

For no reason except that I want to I have started to take singing lessons.

At the first meeting with my teacher I chased notes up and down the piano keyboard.  My teacher informed me that I am a bass.  I knew I was not a tenor but I had always thought of myself as a baritone.  What did I know?  It was true that I could pursue notes in the lower range better than I could in the upper range. 

I had music in school but the subject was taught by a variety of strange teachers.  They had more musical skills than teaching skills.  I didn’t learn to read music. The experience by and large was unpleasant.  I played percussion in the junior high and high school bands.  I learned something about rhythm but not about tone.

On the advice of my brother-in-law who teaches opera singers, I bought an electronic keyboard and practiced for two or three months before starting music lessons.  I learned to read music at a level equivalent to a child reading English one letter at a time. 

I joined a church choir so I had one lesson, one rehearsal and one performance each week.  Now the choir is about to take the summer off. I may decide to take two lessons a week.

My teacher is about half my age.  Lots of people are these days.  He is positive and encouraging.  He’s pleased when I can surround a note and finally hit it.  It’s sort of like the way artillery used to shoot over and under a target to find the correct range.

I haven’t sung enough to develop any bad habits, which is an advantage.  I can hear when I am off although I may not be certain about how to correct my tone.  I talked to a friend of mine who told me he took lessons but didn’t learn to sing.  He said he could not tell if his singing was off or not.   

All of my siblings sing well. One sister is a tenured faculty member who teachers choral teachers.  My nephews and a brother-in-law (not the one mentioned above) have sung in operas.  If I don’t learn to sing now, when will I?  I’d rather try and succeed or fail than to think if only…  


Jim Jackson said...


I am technically a baritone, however whenever there is a divisi in choir I take the bass part since I have those low notes.

I find singing in the choir a unique experience. I can go into a rehearsal tired and cranky and will invariably come out of the rehearsal in a better mood.

What’s your favorite kind of music to sing?

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I sang in the school chorus as a second alto. Even in junior high my voice was low for a female. I enjoyed it at the time, but I have enough pursuits that take me away from writing. This is a full-time job along with my "real" life!

KM Rockwood said...

I'm totally ignorant about music (except for listening!) I wouldn't know where to start learning about it.

Several of my friends have taken up instruments in their middle ages, one the ukulele and one the banjo.

I hope you have a great time with your new interest!

Unknown said...

You have the right attitude. Have fun with it!

Warren Bull said...


I enjoy music that comes in layers of sound. It's fun to watch how it all gets put together.

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Warren! It's never too late to try something new. I've always loved music and used to sing more than I do now, but I still love singing in church or when I'm attending a concert and the performers have an audience sing along part.


Kara Cerise said...

I wish I could sing, but It's best if I do that in a car with the windows closed. Enjoy your lessons, Warren!