Thursday, August 31, 2017

Brain Bender (Six Sentence Story) and Mash Up (Good Fences)

"What are you two poring over?" Stacy asked, peeking over her father's and brother's shoulders, "another piece of music from an ambitious student trying to write the latest hit?"

They were sitting side by side on the piano bench, and Jonathan turned to look at his daughter and say, "Sorry, I didn't even hear you come in."

"This piece of music must be fascinating, then," she continued.

"It is, Dad will have to tell you about it, I've got to get to my evening class," Alec got up and noted, "but don't let him bend your brain on it too much, we've been at it all afternoon and I'm about done in."

"It's a musical puzzle or riddle of some kind from my head professor at college, and I have to solve it to figure out what he was getting at," Jonathan explained as Alec left and Stacy took his place on the piano bench.

"Riddle, or a message in musical code?" she asked as she riffled through the pages, to which he responded, "I hadn't thought about a musical code!"

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Bend.


Good Fences

Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.

There are four fences in a mash up here!

Today is:

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Thoughtful Thursday 

Blue Hill Fair -- Blue Hill, ME, US (beautiful "down to earth" country fair; through Labor Day)

Day of Solidarity and Freedom -- Poland (Anniversary of the 1980 August Agreement)

Eat Outside Day -- as long as you won't pass out from the heat

Eleusinia Games -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; 3 days of games with grain as prizes)

Festal Day -- Order of the Eastern Star

Invent A New Sandwich Day -- spread around the internet like good mayo; go ahead, have fun with this

Independence Day -- Kyrgyzstan(1991); Malaysia (Hari Kebangsaan/Freedom Day, 1957); Trinidad & Tobago(1962)

International Overdose Awareness Day -- prevention and remembrance 

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials -- Stamford, England (within the beautiful parklands of Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire; through Sunday)

Limba Noastra -- Moldova (Day of Our Language)

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and Fair -- Morgan City, LA, US (celebrating the importance of the shrimping and petroleum industries in Louisiana, it includes one of the most unique children's villages among such events and a Blessing of the Fleet; through Labor Day)

Love Litigating Lawyers Day -- yes, G-d tells us to love everybody, even litigation attorneys but He never said doing it would be easy; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Trail Mix Day

St. Raymond Nonnatus' Day (Patron of babies, childbirth, children, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, infants, midwives, newborn babies, obstetricians, and pregnant women; Baltoa, Dominican Republic; against fever)

The Masters -- Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB, Canada (The international horse show jumping competitions; through Saturday)

Umhlanga -- Swaziland (Reed Dance Public Holiday and final day, culmination of the Reed Dance Celebration begun last week and sponsored by the Royal Family)

Birthdays Today:

Jeff Hardy, 1977
Chris Tucker, 1972
Debbie Gibson, 1970
Glenn Tilbrook, 1957
Edwin Corley Moses, 1955
Richard Gere, 1949
Itzhak Perlman, 1945
Van Morrison, 1945
Jack Thompson, 1940
Marva Collins, 1936
Frank Robinson, 1935
James Coburn, 1928
Buddy Hackett, 1924
G.D. Spradlin, 1920
Alan Jay Lerner, 1918
William Saroyan, 1908
William Shawn, 1907
Arthur Godfrey, 1903
Maria Montessori, 1870

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Alice"(TV), 1976
"The Great Gildersleeve"(Radio), 1941
"The Threepenny Opera/Die Dreigroschenoper"(Play), 1928

Today in History:

Traditional date upon which Ayonwentah (Haiwatha) and Deganawidah (The Great Peacemaker) assist the Iroquois tribes in establishing the Confederation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy, or League of Five Nations), 1142
Lewis and Clark begin their expedition, 1803
A nuts and bolts machine is patented by Micah Rugg, 1842
The first professional football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1895
Edison patents the Kinetograph, 1897
Mrs. Adolph Landenburg, a horse rider, debuts the split skirt, 1902
Debut of Foghorn Leghorn, 1946
Solidarity Labor Union forms in Poland, 1980
Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris, 1997
Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police, 2006
In Sudan, the People's Liberation Army announces it will demobilize its child soldiers by the end of the year, 2010


  1. I wonder what his boss is trying to tell him? RIP Diana

  2. Good luck to them, no doubt there will be some clue left in the music that will seem obvious later.

  3. Wasn't there an album called Mindbender? Good use of cue. And RIP Diana, Princess of Wales

  4. Hey, that is an excellent idea, the concept of clues 'written' into music. The potential references are fairly huge, all the better to hide the information!

  5. I hope they will be able to solve the musical puzzle. Nice fence. Have a great day!

  6. The story reminds me of one of the early computer games called Myst where musical code was one of the clues!

  7. Welp, it might be for other reasons besides musical riddles, but I finally know what's wrong with me. My brain is bent! Thank you for the diagnosis, Dr. Mimi.

  8. Musical code. I like that. It could happen too.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  9. That was clever! good story, Mimi. I have been so busy with the minions, I have not been writing. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

  10. Beautiful dialog , Mimi.
    Love the idea of musical codes .

  11. Hello!:)How intriguing! Loved your story, and like the idea of encrypted music. Four in one fence photo, must be a record.:)

  12. I like this story. Will there be more to this story, or is this the 'coda'? :-)

  13. I like the idea of a musical code. - Fun fences, makes you wonder why they had so many different ones. - Here's the link to my fence post:

  14. My first creation was a kitchen island made from the decorative front panel on the piano.
    To view the island, see the older post.Upright pianos


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