A Progress Report (October 18, 2016)

Orthometry has been up a month.  It has 17 followers and more than 120 posts (almost all of which are reblogs of poetry).  Tonight the blog broke 500 “likes” which inspired me to write this short note.  To each of you: your work helps me think about words and wordsmithing.  I have especially been looking at Don McLean’s lyrics in the old classic “American Pie.”  These have come to the forefront again for (at least) three reasons: (1) McLean’s original notes (16 pages), which had been held in a vault for years, were recently auctioned for over a million dollars; (2) we all knew that the first part of the song is about the death of Buddy Holly (and more, since McLean points out that, in his opinion, this ended the 1950’s and heraled a major shift in direction for the United States), but we (most of us) did NOT know that the “Jester” in the song was meant to be Bob Dylan; (3) Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first time a lyrcist has done so for popular songs.

The intricate twists and turns of “American Pie” remind me of the ever so nuanced “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.  I can see, now, that this is truly a remarkable work.

Thanks, again, for the 500+ likes and your wonderful content!


Author: Grandtrines

Like so many people, I am a paradox. I am a politically conservative vegetarian. I am from a Christian background, and still tend to like those values, but am a metaphysical astrologer trained in science who has an interest in the magic of ancient Egypt and a weird belief that some piece of our essence can live on a server. I live in Texas, but like chatting with my international Wordpress pals the best. I learn by teaching. Technically, I am a "Leo," but I am very, very Aquarian with a dose of Scorpio. I bitterly complain about Algol (and Algol personaliites), yet it is the one star that defines me most (other than Regulus). (Which, oddly, makes me an Algol personality.) I am a reclusive lover of peace and quiet who has the Ascendant in the Via Combusta (the most conflict ridden part of the zodiac). I am an incredibly private person with a blog with over 800 followers and 50 to 150 regular daily visitors. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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