A Night in the Lonesome October

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~~~ The other night, as I was out walking, I got a phone call from a friend, letting me know that one of my songs, Ship of Stone*, had won this year's Pegasus Award for Best Classic Filk** Song.
~~~ Hard, dry winds had been shaking the trees so strongly that many had lost branches, and drifts of fallen autumn leaves were scuttling about; the hills were dark due to an emergency power shutdown, and the air was faintly smokey from wildfires near and far. It was very late; only occasional cars passed, and a few cyclists and skateboarders. In the darkness of one front yard, a deer that had snuck down from the hills was grazing, watching me warily as I went by.
~~~ I had just recently celebrated my eighty-first birthday at another friend's usual Sunday Afternoon Tea, so the news was a wonderful addition to the occasion. It was a delight to get the award, though (as I have said elsewhere) all the people who have sung and recorded the song, all the people who have enjoyed it, are the real reward. But the thing that struck right to my heart was that a large group had assembled to sing it in four part harmony at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival, which is where the awards are presented. Wow!
~~~ Tears of joy.

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*A nice review of the song, with links:
mdlbear.dreamwidth.org/1649658…
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**What filk music is, with links:
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filk_m…
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ArianodHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so you write music too? Impressive! 
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I write a lot of songs (and poems), and I can sing them well enough for other people to learn them, but I can't read or write musical notation, or identify the name of a note that I hear. And the only instruments I can play are percussion ones. So I carve rattles and other such things, though I would like to be able to make ocarinas.
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That's nice! I couldn't make music if my life depended on it.
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It took me a lot of work to get what few skills I have. I mostly write songs for my own enjoyment, and the quality varies a lot, but I have one song that is a hit with people who share my interests, and that makes me very happy. :)
keight's avatar
Congratulations, Don!!! I loved the description of your walk.

By the way, we've been indulging in our family tradition of reading Zelazney's "A Night in the Lonesome October", a chapter a night, all month.
DonSimpson's avatar
:)

I've read a lot of Zelazny's works, but not that one.
keight's avatar
It is his last book, rather fittingly.
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I'll need to track it down. 
keight's avatar
Amazon carries it. It is on their secondary vendor list.
DonSimpson's avatar
Thank you. :)
keight's avatar
Not a problem. I went looking a couple of weeks ago because our paperback copy's cover is cracking and breaking.
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Congratulations!
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