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As I head out on vacation, I leave you with “Poupi’s incredible adventures !” by Komiku

I’m heading out on vacation, so I’ll see ya the week of Feb. 5!

Until then, (1) you’re in good hands with Amanda flying solo, and (2) I leave you with “Poupi’s incredible adventures !” by Komiku, which I stumbled across today while searching for public domain music for videos. It’s 70 songs of glory, tagged on the Free Music Archive as folk/soundtrack/chiptune/instrumental, and I am all about it.

From the album description, which goes on for a very long time after this: “It’s the story of Poupi (they/them/their), a cute little non gendered doggo. They know that their is a prophecy that they have to work on, and they can only work on one week before the prophecy is achieved.” Along their adventures, Poupi works with Mister Paillettes (Mister Glitters), a “handsome glitter with a crooner voice,” competes in a dance contest with a gang of alley cats, “chills a bit” with Prince Cheese Burger, and more.

Their Bandcamp is also very good and fun. The only rule for using their music is to not be oppressive.

The Hartland song, The Pilgrims’ new video and now, Poupi. Don’t say I never did nothin’ for ya!

Happy Friday, y’all, and have a good week.

The Hartland remix of “I’ve Been Everywhere” is here, and it’s really well done

Thank you to Doug Linnell, who works in the listers’ office, and Dan Morancy, who works on the road crew, for letting us host their song on our Soundcloud! They originally shared the mp3 via the Hartland listserve, but it was getting downloaded so many times, people were having a hard time accessing it. I guess that’s what you’d call “Hartland viral.”

Here is the message that they wrote to accompany the song’s worldwide debut:

Fellow Hartlanders,


We, Doug Linnell and Dan Morancy, have been playing music together in one way or another for a few years now. As Town of Hartland employees we have traveled far and wide in the line of duty and gotten to know this place we call home. We recorded a song last Saturday that we would like to share with you to help offset the mid-winter weather blues.


The original was written by written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959 and has been covered by many artists (perhaps most notably Johnny Cash) since then.


Many thanks to David Baldwin for his miracles of modern audio technology.

When I asked Doug for a copy of the song, he gladly obliged. “We were just having a bit of fun,” he said.

(BTW, the image we chose for the Soundcloud is by Shawn Braley, as part of his 46 Upper Valley town posters from a couple years ago!)

Hartland poster by Valley News illustrator Shawn Braley. Click the image to purchase a reprint.

Audio: Dartmouth College sing-ins honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; free MLK celebration tonight at the Hop

A little snippet of song for MLK Day.

FULL STORY: Dartmouth Sing-Ins Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dartmouth alumna and singer-songwriter Tyné Freeman sings during a sing-in at the Paddock Music Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, on Jan. 5, 2018. Jim Schley of Strafford, Vt., sings behind her. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


The Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight tonight

A meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Geminids meteor shower over an Orthodox church on the local cemetery near the village of Zagorie, some 110 km ( 69 miles) west of capital Minsk, Belarus, late Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Meteorologist Mark Breen, in today’s edition of Eye on the Night Sky, calls it “likely the best meteor shower you’ve never seen.” He says you might see some Geminid meteors early tomorrow morning between 6 and 6:30. (Listen to his full report via Soundcloud below.)

Via Eye on the Night Sky, which is a production of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium and Vermont Public Radio:

The Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight tonight. This is the year’s most prolific displays of meteors, producing up to 100 shooting stars per hour. In addition, the position of the constellation of Gemini, where they appear to radiate from, climbs into the evening sky, so mete-ors will be seen earlier, and the waning Crescent Moon won’t rise until late at night.

Also, FWIW: My high school science teacher, an astronomy enthusiast, said on Facebook that “if there was ever a night to observe meteors tonight may be it.” (!)