Date added: 16.4.2015
From Talkswithmusic.com--the website of tiny stories with beautiful music for busy people--comes the text for ten of these tales. In some kindness is repaid, in others individuality is rewarded, and in still others, magical (and sometimesMoreFrom Talkswithmusic.com--the website of tiny stories with beautiful music for busy people--comes the text for ten of these tales. In some kindness is repaid, in others individuality is rewarded, and in still others, magical (and sometimes frightening) things happen.Why...in fact, to give you a taste, heres one of the stories now:LAIKAAs any dog can tell you, the alleged November 3, 1957 space flight of the mixed breed Husky Laika—which historians cite as the first time humans put a living thing in orbit—was a fake.
The mission was a rush job, designed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the November 17th 1917 Bolshevik revolution. Due to the time constraints, it was impossible to build a craft in which an animal would live out the mission.
Shortly before the launch, a team of Siberian Huskies snuck Laika out of the space capsule, and took her to a vast secret underground soundstage beneath the frozen tundra, on which they had built a replica of Laika’s ship. Once there, they diverted signals so that they travelled not between Soviet Mission Control and the spacecraft, but instead between mission control and this clandestine location. Laika, a superb actress, did a highly convincing death scene, and many in Soviet Mission Control wept openly.
Over time, the story of Laika’s rescue has, with each successive telling, become legend. Now, across the globe, dogs tell their pups the story of the brilliant, industrious canines who saved Laika from her terrible fate. And as the goodwill of the story chases away all chances of a nightmare disturbing the little one’s sleep, these parents kiss the brows of their children, and whisper that no matter what happens, they will be there, keeping them safe from all harm.Admittedly, a complete rewriting of history, but isnt it nice, just for a moment, to imagine that this really happened? Isnt it a beautiful thing to have a moment in which you imagine a world in which the rules of reality shift ever so slightly?So enjoy the giddy feeling of seeing the world for a slightly different perspective.Read about a woman who has a most intimate--and disturbing--relationship with bees.Read about Jandek, a cult figure in modern music, and the unknown facet of his work that has been the best-kept secret in all the performing arts…until now.And, of course, read the title story, about a cat with an artists soul who befriends a bird who is helplessly in love.The exquisite cover art is by Julian Parker-Burns, and you can see much more of his work at www.julianparkerburns.com. Check it out. Youll be glad you did.My goodness. Weve given you a story. Weve told you about a website where you can listen to glorious things and be dizzyingly happy. Weve told you about another site where you can see shimmering artwork.Weve run out of adjectives.So make your Kindle happy. Fill it with stories from Talks With Music. Then your Kindle will make you happy.Trust us. We know this. Were professionals. The Cat Who Taught the Starling to Draw: Stories from Talks With Music, Volume One by Derek Leif