Music Monday: Two Versions of “Sure to Fall”


Hi, everyone.  I’m still doing a lot of research and reading on the early Memphis music business.  One of the people I’m studying is the late Carl Perkins.  His popularity was eclipsed by Elvis Presley … even when it came to Perkins’ own “Blue Suede Shoes!”  People thought Perkins was covering Presley instead of the other way around.

A dejected Perkins eventually traveled to England for a show … where he found that he was greatly revered by the young musicians there.  In particular, he recalled George Harrison approaching him and asking how he’d played a particular section of “Matchbox” … and then telling his bandmates that they’d been doing it wrong.

Here are Carl Perkins and the Silver Beatles (as they were then calling themselves), each doing “Sure to Fall.”



I agree with this. Different bloggers have different purposes in mind and, yes, different intended audience. If a given blog is not your cuppa, guess what? You simply need not read it. As the kids are wont to say, “You do you.”

Jenny in Neverland

I read a blog post the other day… And I didn’t like it. And I didn’t like some of the things which were said. I won’t name and shame and this isn’t a “reaction” type post; I don’t think I’d ever go through the effort of doing one of those. But it did prompt me to want to write my own post about this topic – a topic which was rather contradictory in the original post and a topic which I think needs to be emphasised more.

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Are you a Writer or an Author?

A nice blast from the past shared today by fellow author Lori King. I didn’t call myself an author until my first book was published, either.

Lori King Books

Are you a writer or an author?

Recently I was visiting with a group of lovely ladies who have read my first book, and requested that I have coffee with them to discuss it. One of the questions that came up was: are you a writer or an author? There seemed to be some confusion as to what to call me, and I thought that I would bring the discussion back to my blog.

Here is my take on it. Call me Lori first of all. That’s my title, and that’s how I hope my readers see me. I’m a writer who happens to be an author. I’ve been a writer since I was able to grip a pencil and form words on a page. I still have a grade card from elementary school that has a note from the teacher:

“Lori possesses an unlimited store of creativity, and never…

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Looking to Be Interviewed?

Great opportunity here! I know I plan to take advantage; how about you?

Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar

Fellow authors, come hither!I have a site that I must tell you about.

I recently had the pleasure of connecting with The Contents Page, a site dedicated to helping authors promote their books. The Contents Page offers authors the opportunity to be interviewed. What better way to reach new readers? 😀

Their publications look amazing — very aesthetically pleasing! Don’t just take my word for it, though. Click here and see for yourself.

If you’re interested in working with The Contents Page, I invite you to click here and fill out their contact form. To read through their various posts and learn about upcoming writing competitions, click here.

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There’s a Difference Between Talent and Skill — Do You Need Both?

There’s a Difference Between Talent and Skill — Do You Need Both?

My first journalism instructor said that she wasn’t there to make anyone into a writer; she maintained that you either could or could not do it. She said she was there to teach people to write for the newspaper, which was a specific skill set. Fully half of the class dropped out.

Writing may come naturally to you, or it may be a struggle. Nevertheless, like anything else, practice and study will always improve your skill set.

Novelty Revisions

Has anyone ever called you “talented”?

Have you ever really stopped to think about what this means?

Most people who compliment you on your writing — especially as an adult — they’re actually complimenting your skill. They mean to say, “Wow. You’ve worked so hard, and it shows!”

The reason I cringe at even the thought of these interactions is because regardless of whether you’re “gifted” or not, writing takes a lot of work. And saying someone has a lot of natural talent … that almost implies they’ve gotten as far as they have without effort. And that’s not cool.

Yes, talent and skill are two very different things, even in terms of writing.

Talent refers to your natural ability to do something.

Skill refers to your acquired ability to do something well.

Talent is effortless.

Skill can only be developed through active practice and long-term buildup of discipline and…

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