#Musical Monday Review #22 Fiddler on the Roof

Overview: A Jewish family living in a poor village, just trying to live their lives. Tavye, the patriarch has five girls to we’d and give a dowry to but he just sells milk and delivers it with a lame horse and trailer. The oldest daughter is able to marry the man she loves, while a Yente tries to fix the younger girls up with eligible bachelors. They rebel their suitors and break tradition, a very powerful thing Tavye holds very dear. All while fearing the Czar doesn’t invade their little Russian town.

Opinion: I first watched this in high school, and instantly fell in love with it. Tavye is such a great dad, wanting the best for his daughters as long as it follows tradition. He is also funny! I respect the traditional dances but to an uncultured high schooler, his shimmying (can’t believe that’s an actual word) during my favorite song, “Rich Man” is hilarious.

It’s not just the dancing that he does that is funny, but some things he says or the way he says it. I particularly enjoy his questioning of God, without actually questioning his existence. It’s something I’ve always been told not to do. If you believe in God, you can’t question his actions…or in-actions.

Another favorite song is “Matchmaker.” It is the Yente’s job to find husband’s for girls. However this Yente has a problem of making matches the girls don’t like. The girls go from wanting her to find them a match to not being in a big hurry.

Tzeital, the eldest daughter, reminds me so much of Barbara Streisand. However i find the middle daughter’s voice sounds clearer.

Comedy aside, I see the tragedy of losing special traditions and tearing a family apart as the result. My family has always been close but never as close or held many traditions as those of any faith let alone the Jewish faith.

I love the choreography of the Russian dancers during “L’chaim To Life.”

May #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 21 of 65 and 30 of 65 books read. I really need to start reading books from my TBR pile again! But I have the next Night School preordered and an ARC of RSVP From Heaven to read as well. I am a failure at diving into my long list of TBR.

May books:

Night School: Resistance

Pines non-CLTBR

Wayward non-CLTBR

The Last Town non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 6 non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 7 non-CLTBR

My Camp NanoWrimo book, #LoveandDrugs has been sent off to a Beta Reader (no word back yet). If there is anyone interested in Beta Reading it, I would happily send you a copy for honest feedback!

lad

I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is still open for new clients. Sadly I think my guest post author has backed out, but if anyone else would like to step up send me a message and we can talk. Any topic you would like, I don’t mind. Also still taking author interviews!

As you saw there have been some posts from my creative writing class and I’ll continue to post them. I have also posted my poems and there may be more in the future…I’m not sure as I don’t write them that often.

April #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 20 of 65 and 24 of 65 books read.

April Books:

Spearwood Academy Vol 3

Spearwood Academy Vol 4

Spearwood Academy Vol 5

Murderous Little Darlings: Non-TBR

Night School: Genesis

Night School: Legacy

Night School: Fracture

In other news, my Camp NaNoWriMo was somewhat of a failure and kind of not. I wrote 23,892 words out of a goal of 30,000. So I failed to make my goal but came very close to finishing. Can’t wait to see what I can do in July!

I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is working with a second author already and still open for new clients. I also announced Guest Posts this month, but have not heard back from the one who contacted me yet. I am opening that spot up to anyone who would be interested, any topic you would like. Classes are going ok but I have just been out of it the last two weeks. I was really sick one day and haven’t caught up yet. Iit’s been a lazy, feel like “blah” last two weeks. I hope it gets better.

Let’s have a good May!

#Musical Monday Review #10: White Christmas

Sorry it’s a day late, I’ve been busy and completely forgot. Here it is though.

Overview: 2 army buddies decide to start a singing duo and after a few years, they become big time producers. While auditioning acts for their show, they meet a couple of sisters who have gotten themselves in a bit of a bind with the sheriff. Davis, the more outgoing of the two, decides to help the girls out and gives them the boys’ train tickets to New York, so they can make their next gig in Vermont and get away from the sheriff. Giving them time to make their getaway, the boys dress up and dance the girls’ last number and then literally run onto the train. Having to buy new tickets, Davis talks Wallace into unknowingly follow the girls to Vermont, where they find their beloved old general running an abandoned ski lodge. It might be the middle of winter with Christmas right around the corner, but there’s been no snow since Thanksgiving so business is bad. The boys decide to help out, and bring their whole show down from New York and hold it there. In the beginning there was some attraction between the boys and the sisters, and as time wore on they grew closer, falling for one another in the end. The show is a big hit, it packs in the patrons, and a miracle happens: it begins to snow.

Review: I know its not Christmas, but I love watching Christmas movies out of season. And I’ve always had a thing for Irving Berlin’s deep voice, so of course I’m in love with this musical. It is a bit dry in places but still great. The songs and dancing are so elegant and refined compared to some of the works put out today. The sets can be a bit hokey, like in 7 Brides for 7Brothers, but still beautiful for the time period it was made in. Plus the army has always held a small part of my heart, that’s where my great-grandpa spent WWII. I guess each family picks their favorite branch of the military, but I digress.

In “Choreography,” we get a look at the differences between dance and choreography. It gives us a bit of the contemporary dance and how dance evolved from tap and…show tunes (for lack of the term I cannot think of, maybe it’s Broadway).

I’m not sure if I could say I have a favorite, of course the title song is beautiful, but it’s cliche to say that it is my favorite. If I had to pick a favorite, I would have to go with “What can you do for a General?” It’s a sweet song about how when men, specifically generals, come home from war go unemployed because they don’t have much in the way of previous work history or civilian working skills. It is a short song but it shines some light to what our boys still go through. The song also reminds me of another favorite song from the “Sound of music,” How Do you Solve a Problem like Maria?

Now any song where the four sing together is sublime, they are probably the best quartet I’ve heard and I love barbershop quartets. It’s enough to give you goosebumps.

Discipline or Abuse?

A little while ago a TV show aired a miniseries about a man slapping a child. (Little clear up, I watched the Australian version.) Each episode gives a different point of view from those that were around at the time of the incident. The first episode sets the scene, it is Hector’s 40th birthday and his wife is throwing him a party with friends and family. Hector is having his own issues leading up to the infamous slap, and before he can have a nervous breakdown his cousin slaps a child that isn’t his.

This child in question is about four or five years old, single child and spoiled. His parents allow him to get away with anything and they display that through out the show. He is first in trouble for biting another child, then he breaks a video game controller. Hugo, the child, is then caught messing with CDs  and vinyl records, coating them in chocolate and chips as well as scratching them. The last incident before the slap is him being yelled at by his parents for repeatedly pulling up flowers from the roots. The mother’s response is to pick him up and breast feed him in front of the other children and Hector, who comes to sort out the arguing. The children went outside to play cricket, and the child has the bat/paddle thing. Playing by the rules, he was out and didn’t want to give up the bat. He starts swinging it around aiming for the surrounding kids, and that is when the cousin stepped in, took the bat and smacked him across the face.

His father is an argumentative sort, who finds problems with everyone and all of their choices. Obviously he really flies off the handle when his child is hit, especially when it was by a man he had been having a heated argument just seconds before.

First off I do not have children, but helped raise three sisters and grew up surrounded by little cousins as the oldest in the group. Secondly, I do not support child abuse, but I do believe in spankings. I want that clear.

I can understand where the cousin was coming from. Someone should have taken the child to task before it got that out of hand. Hugo was attacking his child and the other children with a bat, had no one stepped in someone was going to get hurt. Then the kid would have hurt someone and gotten away with it.

While I feel that action needed to taken, the approach was wrong. Children need discipline and to be taught right from wrong. Sitting in a chair and yelling at a child who obviously never listens, is not going to work. Babying him when he is so clearly in the wrong is detrimental to his social development. He is going to grow up feeling entitled and used to everyone giving him whatever he wants on a silver platter.

It drives me insane when children are not taught any manners, but to go around doing things they are not supposed to be doing is worse. It also shows the other children rebellion. If that kid doesn’t have to listen to his parents why do I? With unruly children, people wonder why the world is going psycho.

Reprimanding a child for wrong doing is completely fine, but slapping the child was wrong for different reasons. One you don’t slap a child, they need a spanking, time out or some sort of action that makes them realize they are doing wrong. Secondly it was not the cousins place to do it. The parents should have stepped in and done something. And I don’t mean breastfeeding, the kid was too old for that anyway, or separating him from the other children with the promise of explaining why he was wrong later. Discipline should be done in the moment so the child fully understands what he did wrong.

Am I wrong in thinking this? It seems like parents no longer care about their children or how they turn out. Then when the kids are all grown up, everyone expects them to act right, but how can they when they were never taught how? At the very least, if I did half the crap that kid did, I would have gotten a stern talking to and put in time out. That’s the least, at most I would have been spanked, told to say sorry and put in my room or some room alone to think about my actions.

I know I’m not the best example, but seriously people need to take control of their kids or not get upset when others do it for them.

Sanctuary Edits

Have a book that needs editing? Want to make sure all the kinks are worked out before publication? Here at Sanctuary Edits, we will read through your book looking for any and all typos. We will double check to make sure everything sounds smooth and inform you of any issues spotted.

In addition to our editing services, we will also have an honest review ready for you upon publication. The review will be posted to Books and More, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, Tumblr and Amazon (or Smashwords depending on where you publish). We will also include an Author Spotlight Interview on the Books and More blog. We can also put together a release post highlighting your book the day it is released.

At Sanctuary Edits, we do Substantive Editing and Copy Editing. Substantive Editing is problem solving and overall clarity or accuracy.
Copy Editing, is where we look at spelling, grammar, punctuation and word usage. Prices are $50-100 per manuscript. Price varies depending on size. Short story would be less than an epic novel.

March #WrapUp

First, a quick breakdown of books I’ve read for my Goodreads and CLTBRChallenge15 book reading challenges. Both goals are set for 65 books by the end of December.

January-Roots

Beauty and the Beast

Highland Blessings

Blockade Billy

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Earth Angel

February- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol 3

March- The Time Machine

3 AM Non-TBR Challenge

To the Gallows Non-TBR Challenge

The Glass House

The Dead Girls’ Dance

Spearwood Academy

Spearwood Academy Vol 2

            Chosen

Started an editing company, Sanctuary Edits, and landed my first client. I also started classes for my bachelor’s degree and will finish my first two classes sometime in April. I have prepped for my Camp NaNoWriMo session, and announced the name of the book I’m working on. Author Spotlight Interviews are still open and looking for authors. Musical Mondays will continue until I am out of them.