WordPress now has a plugin for Google Docs and — brave soulless soul that I am — I’m trying it out. The first thing I noticed is the lack of support for Grammarly. Actually, the other way around. Grammarly does not currently support Google Docs. Not a big deal that because often Grammarly gets its undergarments all in a bunch when I use . . . my signature ellipsis.
So, while here, I should be able to insert photos . . .
I’m not sure how the photo will translate into the WordPress theme I’m using. I’ll know when I transfer the draft and I’ll add a comment at the end of the post.
By the way, that mural is on a bank wall in Waimea. I went down a side road so I could capture a photo of the observatories and snow atop Mauna Kea, and noticed it.
The building forms an “L” . . . here is the part that’s difficult to see in the above photo.
Here’s the back wall slightly enlarged.
Since this is a test, I’ll just add a few more photos . . . of the moon. These two photos were captured on the same night at 2000mm zoom and processed slightly differently.
These are two photos were taken the night before the above shots . . .
I’m still impressed with the capability of the P900 at maximum zoom.
I had not heard the song for a while and came across it during the finale of Newsroom, the HBO series that ran from 2012 to 2014. I won’t give any spoilers, but it plays at a poignant moment in the show. I think the following is the version played in the show.
There is a live version by the same singer that is pretty good.
I searched a bunch of versions looking for a rendition by a male singer but could not find one I liked.
I did find a couple of instrumental versions I liked.
The violin seems to me — given the age of the song — an appropriate instrument for playing it.
I like the pacing of the above . . . sorry; I think it’s called “tempo”.
I listened to a lot of choir versions . . . did not like most of them. Some were passable, but I thought this next one was good.
Honestly, until watching these, I did not know all of the words. Not only did not know the words but also did not realize until now what the song is about (a couple of the videos I watched had the lyrics). I always listened to the vocals as if they were just another instrument. I used to do that with the Moody Blues, as well. Come to think of it, I do that with a lot of songs. When it comes to me, songwriters don’t really get a whole lot of recognition . . . except for choruses. Those words usually imprint and I know them.
Anyway, one other thing with this song . . . when done right, it chokes me up. It has a mournful sound that elicits sadness and a sense of loss.
. . . perhaps it will one day be our new National Anthem.
None of the above versions are quite the tempo I would like and most introduce little stuff here and there that takes me out of the pure enjoyment of it. I know it’s supposed to show the mastery of the performers and to give their performance a unique sound, but I would prefer a straight rendition of it. Like I said, I’ve not found “the one” and so my search will continue.
Well, here’s the big moment, when I transfer this to WordPress . . .
No, wait, I have to append all my disclaimers and stuff . . . OK, done. Now to transfer.
WordPress Google Docs Plugin (first impressions):
OK, I don’t think I’ll be using that plugin from Google Docs. I ended up having to format stuff and the photos did not come in the way I wanted them, so I had to reinsert them all.
I don’t see a big advantage to this up unless I’m writing a story in Google Docs and want to transfer it here . . . but then, the ole Cntrl-C/Cntrl-V works just as well if not better.
Anyway, it was worth trying it and the exercise allowed me share a few things. The above photos were added to THIS SmugMug Gallery.
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