So. Due to cirucmstances and on account of becuase, I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole yesterday. Boone kept LG up most of the night and when he got me up at 4:45 (Boone, not LG), I just stayed up. After dealing with the outdoor critters, making coffee, and two potty breaks for Boone and a bark break for Jake, I got Boone settled under my desk. LG managed to fall asleep on the couch so I postponed my Wallyworld trip (I’m probably there as you read this) and settled in with coffee and my blog roll. I have certain blogs and sites that I visit when there are fresh posts. One of them was a cat video, which is how I ended up on YouTube. I really liked the underlying instrumental so I went to check if the poster had listed the music. Turns out it’s a song called “Hooky and Sloane” by Bird Creek and it’s part of the YouTube Audio Library. I have no clue what that means but I’ll be checking it out. Anyway, the next video that popped up was a compilation of The Voice blind auditions from around the world. Who knew The Voice is in like EVERY country!
Time to backtrack. I use music for inpisration. A lot. COWGIRLS DON’T CRY was written after listening to Reba McIntire’s song of the same title. All the books of my Penumbra Papers series has a soundtrack. I have a whole list of possibilities in a file and I carry a little notebook around to jot down songs and artists when they strike a chord. No pun intended.
So, to the present now. I’m watching this 2-hour long video of all these singers in all these countries. Surprisingly, there were quite a few from Ukraine. And I got to wondering. There was some female Ukrainian star (TV or movie, I think, not a singer but it’s been a while) who died in the bombing of Kyiv. So I wodered about the Ukrainian judges and the contestants and figure I’ll never really know until the war is over and there’s new vidoes uploaded that were filmed AFTER the war. But my brain went there. I think most of you know that CROSSFIRE, the current Hard Target WIP is set in Ukraine. The team and the kids they are rescuing have a few run ins with good guys and bad along the way. Well, one of the good guys is going to be a famous Ukrainian singer who is with a military unit. As an English teacher once told me, don’t ever let a good inspiration go to waste. And for your treat today, here’s the video that kicked my brain into gear. Do you listen to music when you read or write? Pssst I dare you not to fall down the same rabbit hole. 😉