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“Life Was Transformed…”

Hey there.

This may be way too philosophical for most of us, but we love to entertain ideas that are profound. Say, LIFE for example. Here goes.

Ever thought about some of the things we take for granted that have been part of human existence for multi-millennia and before?

Cell phones? No.

Computers? No.

Automobiles? Uh, no!

The internal combustion engine? The telephone? The shoe? Still no, no, no!

I’m talking like, rope and knots. Paper and ink. The fulcrum, blocks and tackle. The wheel. How far does the wheel go back?

Who knows? But here’s another set of objects that have been around almost as long as the wheel and continues to change our lives everyday. Thing as common as “a hollow log, pithy reed tubes and dried animal intestines.” (From A Door to New Worlds, by F.D. Sutherland, p. 5.)

Drums were discovered when ancient humans realized that a hollow log made an interesting sound that could be used for long distance communication. And for stimulation and relaxation.

Bamboo, that hollow grass that grows all over the world in abundance, and other plants that, can be hollowed into a tube to be fashioned into whistle-like objects that can make wonderfully soothing sounds.

Animal intestines that have been stretched and dried into strings that, when plucked, the vibrations can make miracles happen in the ears of discerning humans. Yes! We’re talking Music!

Music is as ancient as humans. It is possible, maybe likely, that musical instruments in their most primitive forms were discovered by humans maybe even before they realized the concept of a round rock that could help them be more efficient. (I said ‘Maybe’ for effect.)

Hmm. Makes one wonder doesn’t it? Just how powerful the simplest things are in our world may be. Take the wheel. Was that revolutionary or what? How about the shoe? Paper and ink? Blocks and tackle?

What about a Beethoven symphony? As the great master used to say, “Never give up Music!” It is a powerful expression of what lies deep within the heart and soul of all of us.

“Life was transformed when humans realized their uniqueness. They were more than plant and animal. Their thinking and reasoning surpassed the rest of creation. They saw beauty in the world. Then they discovered aesthetic uses for hollow logs, pithy reed tubes and dried animal intestines.” (A Door to New Worlds, F.D. Sutherland, p. 5)

Bye for now.

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A Door to Old Worlds: Now Available on Amazon!

Hey there!

Yes, you heard correctly.

FD Sutherland’s newest book (Well, actually it’s only his 2nd book, but hey, you gotta start somewhere, eh?) is now live on Amazon Kindle.

A Door to Old Worlds is the second in a series beginning with A Door to New Worlds, released in 2017.

This series for children, starting around age 10, and adults, is designed to engage readers in music history, while set in an appealing, current time story.

Go to Amazon.com and search for FD Sutherland. Both books will pop up available in digital and paperback format with one slight caveat. Book 2, A Door to Old Worlds is so new that, although it is available in digital on Kindle, will not be available in paperback for a couple of days yet. Keep checking and we’ll let you know when it’s a Go for paperback.

Bye for now.

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“…art must be propagated ceaselessly.” Beethoven

Hey there!

Hope you are well on this fine hot August evening.

In researching for writing my Premiere Series of books highlighting great composers from the past, and since Ludwig van Beethoven is a prominent character in all of them so far, I ran across an interesting account of a lock of his hair which now resides in the United States.

The book Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin, published by Broadway Books, New York, 2000, is a well researched and well told saga about a lock of hair cut from the great composer’s head the day after his agonizing death.

Weeks before, one of the great master’s good friends from earlier and healthier years came to visit. Johann Hummel brought his student as well, Ferdinand Hiller who was able to converse with the composer as he was feeling relatively well on that day, March 8, 1827, just sixteen days before his death. Beethoven was actually able to sit up and enjoy his visitors.

After reuniting with his friend Hummel for several minutes, Beethoven’s attention turned to young Hiller. He asked him about his studies and marveled about how wonderful it was to see his good friend bringing his student to visit him. It reminded Beethoven of when his teacher, Joseph Haydn did the same with him, taking him to visit the musical genius Mozart, after which the dying Beethoven made an astute observation. He said to Hiller, “…art must be propagated ceaselessly.”

It is good for us now to have that statement from one who had every reason to know what he was saying. It is fortunate for us that Herr Hiller wrote it in his journal as he recounted his visits with one of the greatest of all composers. It was also good that in the ensuing days, Ferdinand would return to visit the old dying master several more times, the last of which, the day after the master died, March 27, 1827, when he bravely cut a lock of the dead man’s hair.

So how did that lock of hair get from Beethoven’s 1827 apartment in Vienna, Austria to San Jose, California where it resides in 2019? Read the book. It is a great story!

By for now.

FD Sutherland

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This Is It!

Hey there!

Yes, this is it. This next week I will release my new book, A Door To Old Worlds.

My first book, A Door To New Worlds was released a little over two years ago. You can view and read it on Amazon Kindle. Just enter my name, F.D.Sutherland and it will come up. After this week, both books will come up. Here’s a preview of #2:

Ted, Terri and Diane are gifted students from Murray, a small college town in western Kentucky.  When the three are awarded a unique experience journey in a mid-19th century Austro-German world, their “best friends” relationships are strained since they at times struggle with each other and within themselves.  The world famous musicians they get to meet on their journey lead them through unknown worlds around them and within them, helping them secure an appropriate course for their gifted future lives.

Check both books out. I hope you will LIKE them in as many places as possible!

See you later.

FD Sutherland

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A Door To Old Worlds: F.D. Has Done It Again

Hi there.

Yes, F.D. Sutherland has a new book coming out in August 2019. However, you may not have read his first book A Door To New Worlds, published on Amazon Kindle in March 2017. Both books are historical fictions for middle age to adult readers about modern day school students meeting great musicians from the past.

Book 1, A Door To New Worlds is about students from 21st century Minnesota meeting the great Czech composer Antonin Dvorak at an 1893 setting of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, and then traveling with him by train all the way to New York city, again based on the real facts, to experience one of the most important historical events in the world of music.

Book 2, A Door To Old Worlds, similarly explores mid-19th century Europe where modern day students from the United States meet one of the most significant composer of the Romantic Period of music history.

All the books in this series are and will be designed to teach real historical facts in a real life story with a bit of fantasy thrown in. F.D. Sutherland spends much time researching and getting his facts straight so that children and adults who read these books can know that they are reading real, historical musical life.

See below for a link to Book 1, and please don’t forget to let us know what you thought.

A Real Life Story with Real Historical Facts and a Bit of Fantasy Thrown In

Check back later.

Bye for now.