Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.50. We made to a half century! Who’d have thought? Thanks to everyone who keeps writing and commenting and making this a fun place to be.
I’ve got something musical for you this week. Have fun:
Perfect pitch is the ability to recreate a musical note without the benefit of a reference tone. It is a relatively rare phenomenon present in around 1 in 10,000 people. Someone with perfect pitch (like this boy) may be able to name individual notes played on various instruments, identify individual notes in a chord, sing in a given pitch without first hunting for the correct pitch, and name the pitches of everyday sounds such as car alarms. Unlike relative pitch (the ability to identify or re-create a given note by comparing it to a reference note) which can be learnt in adulthood, perfect pitch cannot be learnt after a critical period of auditory development in early childhood.
Dame Julie Andrews, who celebrates her eightieth birthday today, possesses perfect pitch and a talent for music that some critics have called freakish. As a child, her vocal range spanned four octaves and on visiting a throat specialist was told she had an almost adult larynx which could account for her singing ability. Andrews is of course best known for her roles in the musical films The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Andrews underwent surgery in 1997 to remove nodules from her throat, a procedure that ruined her singing voice. In 1999 she filed a malpractice suit against the doctors who had operated on her after they assured her the procedure was routine and would not affect her voice. The lawsuit was settled in September 2000 for an undisclosed amount.
Join me in a rendition of Do-Re-Mi with this week’s photo prompt:
Judging this week’s contest is me!
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with PERFECT and ending with PITCH and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘Who is the author?’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation, including hyphens and apostrophes, is allowed) will be eligible to win.