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Puzzles and Presentations

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo 
July 17, 2017
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In this Issue
o  Puzzles and Presentations
o  Say Something Good
o  Points To Ponder
o  A Little Humor
o  Quote
o  To Subscribe 

It was something like baking a cake...

Puzzles and Presentations
I made a presentation yesterday afternoon and this morning I am still examining how I put that talk together. I worked on it for a week and when I arrived at the site I was carrying a heavy boom box and a tan bag loaded with my 5 different CD's, books and about six or seven smaller notebooks of my poems and such. Certainly enough to go on for about four hours I guess. Those CD's had recordings of over 50 songs I had written, recorded by Greg Brayton and me. I'd worked out some opening lines and knew what I wanted to close with. It was the stuff in the middle I hadn't settled on.  I've done something like this for years. I generally engage an audience personally after an introduction by a host and then get on with it. Then I let my material compete in my subconscious mind to get into the mix.  This might sound like I am completely disorganized and too lazy to do the preparation but just the opposite is true.  My goal in any presentation is to engage every attendee so that their attention is held all the way.  I know that after fifty some years of making presentations my process works and I present just as if the ideas are new and fresh and I am excited about sharing them.

I did about 80 minutes I guess.  We began early and so I finished on time. I used about a dozen poems, five or six recorded songs. I sang other parts of songs off key as is my manner. 

It was something like baking a cake but not deciding what kind of cake you are mixing until it goes into the oven. A little humor, some pathos and a whole lot of energy and love. We laughed together, shared a tear or two and felt much better for it.

I made that presentation yesterday afternoon and this morning I feel tremendous. That group  was wonderful.

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Say Something Good
Poetry. I discovered an old book in my office library titled The Best Loved Poems of the American People. It was first published in 1936 and my copy was from the 37th printing in June, 1960. Lately I have been exploring the power of songs and poems in influencing history.  As I thumbed through the books' 650 pages I discovered two poems that had been turned into songs. There might have been hundreds of them. One was Joyce Kilmer's wonderful poem, "Trees".  

 I will never forget the day I saw Duke Ellington's orchestra when Duke led a blind man to the floor mike at the Paradise Theatre in Detroit. It was Al Hibbler and he sang "Trees". What a memory. I googled it and what a thrill, now to hear Al Hibbler sing it once again. The other poem that became a song was "The Man On The Flying Trapeze" and the author was listed as "unknown". As a song the author is listed as whoever recorded it... Spike Jones, Eddie Cantor. 

You can say what you want to about but the old songs I find, recorded by the original artist, bogs my mind. You might ask an elderly person about their favorite song from their youth and then pull it up on your phone and play it for them.  It might become an awesome moment for both of you.

May God Bless America and bring us world peace.  

Points To Ponder
The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.George S. Patton

A Little Humor
the bumble bee a simple soul
does not believe in Birth Control
and that is why, in times like these
we have so many sons of bees. 

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln

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