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I didn’t intend doing another song for the challenge, but this popped up from nowhere, but when you’ve listened to it, you might say “You can’t be Sirius (serious)” LOL, but stick with it... it IS about space.
I initially wanted to do a song about Sirius when I did my other MJ Space CH.song
http://www.macjams.com/song/70581, because as I say in this poem/ monologue, I have always had an affinity with this blue star; it always caught my eye from being very young, when I would look at the stars with my Mother, through the bedroom window, as the sky lit up with what we thought at the time were fireworks, but sadly, it was the bombing of Liverpool that was lighting up the sky.
I looked for images of Sirius on the internet, but all I could find was a boring photo of a bluish light with rays coming from it; not a very inspiring image.
Hence i recalled how i’d first noticed the star and began writing. It then turned into this Monologue, which really is a true account (though much abbreviated) of small parts of my life and how I always seemed to look over my shoulder and the star was there, whenever nights were clear.
I really do wonder if mankind or some of Earths races, could have originally come from Sirius, because to back up my inner feelings, the Dogon tribe in Africa, who have no written language, have passed down knowledge mouth to mouth, of a time when they came from Sirius, which is also known as the ‘Dog Star’ (Dog = Dogon?). In fact I think they worship it as their true home.
I got the sounds; running, crackling fire and clock from Freesound., but I used the midi for the Plane and the air-raid siren, which even today gives me chills and slight feelings of panic...... I must have got the sound right, because I went a bit panicky and my eyes watered as I recorded it.
So do we return to our origins eventually? You need to listen to this to find out... OOOooooeeeeeeeeeooooooowwwwwwww!
(It’s strange how ‘Carina’, which sounds like a full orchestra was only four tracks in GB and yet this, ‘Sirius’, sounding so sparse with mainly just a clock and crackling fire, is eight tracks)
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Sirius.

Eeh! it was round about 1942, I was five or six years old,
While the fire in the hearth burned warm and bright,
Outside the nights were cold,
I’d stand at the bedroom window, counting stars on these clearest nights,
But one thing that always caught my eye, was that blue star shining bright.

In the evening dusk on those ‘nippy’ nights, as we played for the last half hour,
German Bombers overhead would drone,; everyone would cower,
We’d play at ‘Tag’ and ‘Tap-the-Latch’,
But the wailing sound of air-raid sirens would fill the night with fear,
Even when i heard that sound today, it still opens mental scars that sear,
To the air-raid shelters we’d all run and stay till the coast was clear,
Then we’d all emerge when the siren sounded, easing all our fear.
And as our breathing hung on the cold night air,
My bright blue star would appear.

Through the years when night time comes, on cloudless night I peer,
Toward the South and to the East, where the blue star draws me near,
I learned it’s name is ‘Sirius’; it strangely feels like home,
That feeling growing ever stronger, I feel it in my bones.

I’m getting older now and still, the blue star calls to me,
It’s getting stronger every year and it seems to follow me,
This closeness and affinity with a place that’s oh, so far,
It’s pulling on my senses so, i feel I know this star,
I also feel it knows me too, the older that I grow,
And I have this feeling when I die, to that star is where I’ll go

Now why’s the clock stopped?... And what’s that sound?
Why is the light all blue?.........Everything is going blurred,
And I can hear music too.
The room is full of this blue light; the same colour of that star
It’s ...er... like somebody threw a veil over everything I see,
....and there’s someone standing over there, beckoning me....
And I can just make out behind themmmm.....O my God!
It’s everyone I know..... they all ‘passed over’ years ago,
I think they’re wanting me to go... wanting me to go, go, to go gogogogo.....

Maurice Vizard Nov. 2011
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ic42 said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
starry story
mesmerized by the story telling, the wonderful pacing, perfectly placed sound effects (the drone of the plane and air raid sirens were perhaps a bit too realistic, drawing beads of sweat on me too as I listened.) And the poignant ending made me almost audibly say "no, don't go!"

Thank you for orbiting back for another offering, we are much richer with your gifts.

ttfn,
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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Eduard
I can't say how pleased I am that you enjoyed this so much.... thanks so much...... and I didn't really 'go' on this occasion, but I'm afraid ....one day......... I just hope i'm going to Sirius LOL, regards M
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SmokeyVW said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Sirius
you know i love this!

thanks
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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Yes Bill
I think I do know..... really glad you called. I was a bit wary that people might give this a miss, being 'Spoken-Word', regards M
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MidiOrleans said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Sirius
Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Your work always brings a smile to the day. Excellent work.

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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Hi Scotty
Thank you for the kind words.... I'm just pleased that you understand my Lancashire dialect, regards M
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Abraxas said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
A Boy and his Star
Warmth in blue light,
Humanity in the star-filled night.
A lifetime of wonder
Touching the heart...
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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Ah!
you listened and found the best part of the story and put it into a poem of your own, filled with emotion .... a bit like making a silk purse out of a sows ear LOL.... thanks Abraxas for listening, regards M
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Narad said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Sirius
This is an absolutely outstanding work filled with pure poetry and overwhelming charm !!!!!!!!!!!! A blue and rare gem !
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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Harald
I so much appreciate those very kind words..... thank you for calling in to listen, regards M
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Henke said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Wonderful
Maurice, this is beyond what words can say. It's beautiful, moving and professionally performed, all in one. I heard myself talking and commenting the story as it went, as if you were sitting in this room and read. This is one of only a handful of literary accomplishments that actually brings tears to my eyes. A really big thank you. Do I need to say I downloaded and fav'd :-)

Take good care now,

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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Thanks Henke
It's very flattering of you to say you were so 'moved' by this piece..... that means a lot to me, that this was able to touch a nerve so deep, regards M
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davajonah said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Just fantastic
is all. Outstanding work Maurice. How did you come up with this? Sirius is one of our nearest neighbours I believe. Imagine eh?

There is also a book called "Sirius", penned by an early Sci-fi writer called Olaf Stapledon, who was born around these parts in the late 19th century. Nothing to do with this at all really; it's all about a genetically modified dog with the intelligence of a human, but with canine instincts, and the conflict that this brings. It's a great book!

Anyway, I digress. This is an excellent monologue indeed.
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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
As I said
above Dave, I've always had a thing about the Blue Star (and the Moon) and yet there were no 'nice' images of Sirius for me to write some music to, so i started to write and this just all took shape by itself as I recalled what it was like at that time. I hadn't a clue about the ending and it all sort of fell into place. I still couldn't find an image to suit, so I drew the art work with my mouse in SketchBookExpress. That siren is the thing though.... I never realised how much it must have affected me, but just listening to this brings it all back.
Afraid i haven't heard of the book though as i don't read much these days... due to my eyes getting tired; one sentence and i'm going to sleep LOL... though I'll bet it makes for an interesting read, cheers M
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digitalnirvana9 said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Bright Star
Maurice, you are the bright, blue, star of MacJams. We are so lucky to be able to hear your wisdom and insight. And when you talk about Space, you are not kidding.. 8-) I love the concept and the way it was executed.. Pro all the way. But most of all is was the depth of your great heart that you shared with us, and what more can one ask for than that... Peace to you brother in the Light.. Norman
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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Very
warming comment Norman..... I'm really pleased it comes across in the way you describe; thank you, I appreciate it greatly, regards M
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Ex_Silentio said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Dog star
Magnificent. I think your speaking voice lends itself well to your poem. Well, a perfect match, actually. Granted, I'm partial to the British accent (what accent? you may say hahaha). The subject matter -- the childhood fears and wonders, right up to sensing the afterlife -- is a trip through a life. Well captured, well written, well delivered. Bravo.
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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Thank you Ex
very pleased you approve of what I did here, even with my (are you listening?) Lancashire (ha ha) accent. As I said, i'm pleased you enjoyed my life-trip, abbreviated though it is..... thanks again for listening, Cheers M
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egobandit said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Blue Star
I was totally taken into this story, very creative it was like watching a story unfold inside my mind very trippy ending Bravo on another great one!
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Moviz said 2053 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Thanks Tim
Glad you got engrossed in the story, which of course, apart from the ending part (which we don't know about yet LOL) was true and very scary at the time..... so glad you came along, regards M
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richard13 said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
Gobsmacked!
In case you don't know what that means, I am (almost) speechless, stunned, amazed. You are a real talent Mo. And you say that art work is yours as well? Gobsmacked again. Wonderful poem and delivery. Cheers.
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Moviz said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
I know
what it means Richard LOL, I've been smacked in the gob many a time LOL..... thanks for giving it a listen...... I'll bet you were wondering what this has to do with 'Space' at first LOL..... well maybe we're all going there eventually, regards `M
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richard13 said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)

I was pretty sure you would know ;-)
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Bowman said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
H.G. Wells
Has an H. G. Wells quality to it Maurice. Totally captivating. Wonderful story telling augmented by a perfect soundscape.
I loved this Maurice.
Cheers,
Charlie

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Moviz said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
I wouldn't
have thought about H.G. Wells, but now you mention it... LOL Thanks Charlie, glad you enjoyed it, Cheers M
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
Fantastic storytelling!
What compelling narration, and masterful use of sound effects. Love it. Love it. Love it.
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Moviz said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
Glad you
liked it .... thanks so much for the great comment Adam, regards M
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Soundhound said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
Really nice project.....
Love the depth of the clock ticking, very cool good story as well.....

Nicely Done......
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Moviz said 2051 days ago (November 10th, 2011)
Thanks Soundhound
This must be one of the most weird posts in this category I know, but I'm glad you enjoyed it, regards M
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MotherofMeursault said 2052 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
I like this one, too.
It would appear you have 'many notes in your trumpet', and I'm the poorer for not having known that before now. I have a lot of catching up to do.
I am very close to someone who has had these experiences that you talk about here. He speaks of his childhood with a similar coolness vs. pathos. Quite a time it must have been. This is really lovely.

Much love,

MoM
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Moviz said 2051 days ago (November 10th, 2011)
Love that
expression " notes in my trumpet' LOL, but yes I suppose i do; i'm very eclectic music wise.
There were many war children with these same experiences, some far far worse than others and it's surprising how the emotions stay hidden beneath a veneer all ones life, but they're still there all the same.
Thank you once again for listening and taking time to comment.... much appreciated, regards M
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Sir Bass said 2051 days ago (November 10th, 2011)
Very
inspiring
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Moviz said 2051 days ago (November 10th, 2011)
Glad
you were able to drop in Sir.... thank you for your comment, regards M
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aRcTip said 2051 days ago (November 10th, 2011)
Siriously
Excellent piece of work, M! Good use of sounds, it must have been fun creating it (except for the memories the sirens bring back). Fantastic artwork too!
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Moviz said 2051 days ago (November 10th, 2011)
So pleased
with your comment aRcTip..... my main thing was thinking about and searching for sounds to give this a certain atmosphere and yes, it was fun when they worked, though i used midi for the siren and bomber...... and when I found the right tone for the Siren it really did affect me it sounded so real, especially when i played it back. Thanks so much for the compliments, regards M
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TracyVosh said 2051 days ago (November 10th, 2011)
Story time
This story telling is soooooo amazing!!! Your voice gives me goosebumps, the story is entrancing. I love, love this M!!
Moviz said 2051 days ago (November 10th, 2011)
Thanks Tracy
It's so good to receive a comment like that.........really do appreciate those words, regards M.
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Jarvoid said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Hey ...I was
going to do the "you cannot be Sirius gag" ...lol

This could be come a classic Aardman Animation fillum...it's a pretty good radio show as it is ...nice job,very poignant.

Cheers

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Moviz said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
I beat you
to it Chris...... glad you enjoyed my little 'Radio Show'..... I'll have to apply to Aardman Animation Studios but I might be bit too late LOL, Cheers M
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PatriciaGirl said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Blue star above...
Great story M! Some people have the gift to tell stories and to recite poetry and you're one of them for sure. When I was little I had someone like that in my life to fill my imagination with great imagery like this. I especially felt the emotion on the parts when the germans were bombing Liverpool. What terror that must of been for everyone. But I am glad you found solace in that blue star.

Thanks for another great submission and for sharing.
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Moviz said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Hi Patty
Glad you enjoyed my recitation.... you know, when i was performing I would never speak between my songs, because i hated the sound of my voice..... and now people seem to like it, though i can't say I'm thrilled with how old I sound LOL. I'm really pleased that the emotions came across too.... regards M
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dave_b said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Sirius (MJ Space Challenge)
You're a natural storyteller. I think you could do voice-overs. Siriusly cool :)
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Moviz said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Glad you
enjoyed it Dave.... yes, I thought I'd give my singing voice a bit of a rest. My son is an Art Director in advertising and I've asked him about voice overs, but it's a case of if you're not already famous, you don't get the job. It's the same in publishing too; if you write a book it's 99% easier to get published than if you're famous than if you're not, regards M
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alackbass said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Sirius (MJ Space Challenge)
Simply brilliant! What a story teller you are! And excellent use of sound effects!
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Moviz said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Thanks Andrew
I'm so pleased with the response this got...... so encouraging, regards M
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five_extra_arms said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Wanting me to go....gogogogogogo
You are an amazing story teller!

What a fine piece of classic radio! I hit "download" just before the sirens sounded. You paint vivid imagery without over doing it with the sound effects. The clock stopping was so dramatic and moved me to the edge of my seat.

This is a truly perfect piece!

Thank you for the timeless story!

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Moviz said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
I'm really
thrilled with your comment Bob... to know from what you write that you were so engrossed in the story really excites me, like the siren and the clock stopping. I did wonder if people might get that the beeping which replaces the clock, is really the sound of Sirius, which is a Binary system with a smaller star orbiting the larger one. Maybe i should have mentioned that earlier, but..... we'll find out anyway when we get there LOL, Cheers Bob and thanks for listening, M
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papag said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Blue star story
Man you tell a great tale! I was totally wrapped up in your voice and could visualize each element you described. Thanks for sharing.

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Moviz said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Really pleased
you came along to hear this papag.... thanks so much for the nice and very welcome comment, regards M
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magnatone said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Sirius
what an interesting backstory - terrific work as usual sir - what a gift you are to MJ!
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Moviz said 2049 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Thank you
Thank you Karen, glad you came along to listen.... and to find the back story interesting ( you mean the part about the Dogon ?) as well as liking the post, regards M
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Sigmund said 2050 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Sirius
Maurice that was great! You have a warmth and style to your voice that makes me envious! Enjoyed!
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Moviz said 2049 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Very kind
of you to say that Sigmund I'm pleased you enjoyed the story, but with your talents (and looks) there's certainly no need for envy LOL, regards M
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crissew said 2049 days ago (November 12th, 2011)
Your speaking voice is
spectacular. Mesmerizing and soothing. Really well done. You could have a career in spoken word recording, seriously good job here. Definite download. Thanks.
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Moviz said 2049 days ago (November 12th, 2011)
That's
such a generous comment Charles and very much appreciated.... I'm just so pleased you and others have liked this... thank YOU, regards M
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RobLeBanc said 2049 days ago (November 12th, 2011)
Stunned
by the story telling of this piece of genius. Where to begin? Your voice is just perfect for the telling of this poem. I felt as if I was sitting cross legged on the floor with my chin in my hands riveted to the story being told by an elder family member. The recalled memories of our wisest generation are the key to surviving our own future, and perhaps someday, if we listen, mankind will live to see places like Sirius in person.

Thank you Maurice, you have made my morning!

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Moviz said 2049 days ago (November 12th, 2011)
Thank you too Rob
as I said to Charles... I'm so pleased that this went down so well. You're right too in mentioning that it is a first hand account of modern history, albeit in a small way; you can still get the feel of the horrors of war....... and yes maybe one day we will get to Sirius in one form or another.... thank you again for the really nice comment, regards M
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MJG said 2049 days ago (November 12th, 2011)
Well done!
Enjoyed my listen, really brought this excellent story to life :)
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Moviz said 2049 days ago (November 12th, 2011)
Thanks MjG
Very nice of you to call in and leave a comment..... glad you enjoyed it, cheers M
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bud said 2049 days ago (November 12th, 2011)
Great story
inspired reading and production. Excellent.
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Moviz said 2049 days ago (November 12th, 2011)
Great
to see you Bud..... thanks for dropping by to listen... much appreciated, regards M
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FEEL said 2047 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Gave me the creeps
Nicely done. You captured the feeling well. Loved the narrating. Synth adds a nice touch.
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Moviz said 2047 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Ha ha
I don't usually give people the creeps, but on this occasion I'm glad LOL...... thanks for listening John, regards M
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Daugrin said 2046 days ago (November 15th, 2011)
Thanks Mo...
I appreciate your work and envy the relationship you have with the Muse.

Daug
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Moviz said 2046 days ago (November 15th, 2011)
very kind
words there Daug.... thank you kindly,,,,,,, and for taking time to take a listen to this, regards M
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Doug Somers said 2034 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Touching
Finally I have been able to have a listen to this entry and it is a treat Maurice. Your story is really well told, and your reading voice is absolutely brilliant. I sincerely mean that. You must have trained at the Old Vic! The ending is really touching, and the sounds bring in the listener so closely we are part of the story. I hope that end is a long way off for you in any event!

Be well,
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Moviz said 2030 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Hi Doug
Sorry for the delay in my response (hol's) Glad you enjoyed my story telling and I thank you for the very welcome compliments.... no 'Old Vic' I'm afraid; I was even too self conscious of my accent to introduce my songs when I was performing LOL.... thank you too for your wishes for my longevity.... I too hope it's a way off, but I'm watching for that blue light, cheers M
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