Hello there inmates!

I hope that you’re all having a terrifically lovely day! The world has gone completely barmy right now hasn’t it? It truly is an asylum as I thought. First a near-war between certain nations, economies threatening to collapse, then a worldwide pandemic, then worldwide race riots. It’s enough to make anybody deranged. With that said, I do feel for those who have been affected by the recent events. The asylum has always stood for individuality in all forms, whether it be race, sexuality, beliefs, dressing style or simply interests. I have written a few so-called “social justice” poems recently, so I wanted this to be known. Me and the voices condemn racism and bigotry.

So, moving on, the asylum has been running quite well this week. I have found my sleeping pattern to be a little askew though, I must confess. I’m sleeping a tad too much I fear, even having naps in the middle of the day. I’m a little torn on if I like or loath this so far! Haha!

So, for the Harlequins writing music post today i’m going to be doing something i’ve only done once or twice so far. As you may know, it was D-day the other day (the 6th of June). I had another piece ready for that day so I didn’t create something specifically for it. So instead i’m going to share five songs from a specific band that I feel are a wonderful tribute to the soldiers and heroes in their own ways. This band is called Sabaton. They are a power metal band from Sweden who create songs mostly about the subject of war. They come across as quite cheesy and over the top in their lyrics at times. However, they do this in ways that are very respectful and in no way glorify violence. I even find some of their songs quite educational. They even have begun their own history documentary on Youtube! Having had family who fought in World War 2, I feel quite strongly about this. So, I felt it was a good tribute to those who fought on D-day to share this band! Lest we forget!

So join me as we delve into the heroic minds of Sabaton!

Sabaton – Primo Victoria

Sabaton – To Hell And Back

Sabaton – Bismarck

Sabaton – Aces In Excile

Sabaton – The Final Solution

So there we have it for yet another scribbling of the Harlequins writing music!

As always I’ll include the link to the bands website here. I hope you all give this band a chance even if metal music isn’t really your thing. They are really dedicated to honouring the soldiers and calling out evil. They also are very big on educating people about the various wars they cover. You could learn a lot! Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it after all!

So I have two different things to endorse today. Firstly, as always, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thank you so much! Secondly, I wanted to draw attention to a Facebook group that some creative friends and I created a short time ago. It’s called The Emotional Alchemist. It is a group for writers to share their work and just get support or advice about writing. No judgement, just mutual love for creating. If that sounds at all interesting to you, feel free to come join us!

So, that’s all for today so until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

  1. abykittiwakewrites says:

    Joined, and grateful.

  2. shauna says:

    My husband’s dad was in Japan in the Navy before WWII started. He had been discharged and reinlisted a month after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He drank heavily later in life and my mother in law was sure that he had flashbacks from the war. He died when my husband was 10. His mom remarried 5 years later after putting herself through nurse anesthetist training to support her little family. (He has one sister.) Her second husband had also fought in WWII but never talked about it until about a year before he passed away. Come to find out, he was in the second wave to land in Omaha beach the day after D day. His only comment was that he saw things no man should ever have to see. And he never drank. What a spectrum of experience just within that side of the family!
    Cheers. And thank you for sharing.

    • Osharlequin says:

      Oh wow, what fascinating tales. It’s such a shame such heroes had to endure so much. But we’re all thankful to be sure! My own grandad was a member of the Royal Signals and actually helped save some POWs during the war. I learned this all second hand, he never really spoke of his time in the military at all. You are most welcome my friend! 🙂

      The Oldschool Harlequin

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