Born this day in 1836, he was the librettist, the storytelling half of the famous Victorian-era theatrical duo known as Gilbert & Sullivan. Gilbert came up with the stories, Sullivan put them to music, and audiences still flock to the theater in droves. Even folks who haven't seen them know many of the plays by name - The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Patience, and of course, The Mikado. Here are two versions of "Three Little Maids from School Are We" - the original and the "hot" one.
Born in Budapest, Hungary on this day in 1899, this violin prodigy is best known for conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra and his many recordings featuring its signature sound. Here's a clip of Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a stunning visual presentation put together by Berka243.
Although it has its own page elsewhere on this website, thought I'd mention here that the finished version of my novella goes live on Amazon today. This is Part 4 of the HIDDEN CROW series, the one where Voodoo meets Catholicism in New Orleans on the eve of the Great Depression.
It is a late October day in 1929. If anyone had told the devoutly Catholic Claudine Trudeau that by the end of this day, she would be immersed in Voodoo, she would not have believed them. But there were few things this mother would not do to save the life of her child.
For five days now, eight-year-old Alma Trudeau has been suffering from a mysterious illness. The doctors can do nothing. They tell Claudine to call a priest.
But the girl’s father, known as “Lindy” after the famous pilot, is having none of it. He and his wife have different and conflicting ways of handling the crisis. She turns to prayer. He turns to the humid New Orleans night, where he drifts into a speakeasy carrying a gun, unable to shake the feeling that God is using his daughter’s illness to punish him for his own sins. There is the matter of an unsettled debt between Lindy and God, which continues to haunt him. His sins are complicated by a beautiful Haitian woman, Eva Gallard, who is not above taking matters into her own hands when it comes to getting the love she wants or keeping the one she has.
All of this takes a train ride from the above-ground cemeteries of New Orleans to an Atlanta that includes a lovely gardenia and the premiere of Gone with the Wind.
In Fever Girl, Part 4 of HIDDEN CROW, traditional religion has a run-in with the venerable African practice of Voodoo. God is watching. So is Rudolph Valentino. A child’s life and a family's future hang in the balance.
If you're interested, you can get a free sample of the story from Amazon here.