Since I hate forgetting stuff, I did this: “One day you’ll leave this world behind So live a life you will remember.” Heard a variant of the tune for Avicii’s “The Nights” in the background of a show about a big Missouri family doing some homesteading …and I was haunted. “I KNOW THAT SONG… WHAT *IS* THAT SONG?” Took a few minutes to find it. [All I could remember “leave this world behind” and “life you will remember”]. For some reason I thought it was a traditional Irish song or something because I’ve heard it chanted by large crowds of people on videos, or thought I did. So I found it. So I wouldn’t forget, I did a quick creative thing : Found a royalty-free backing track and set a few text to speech voices (that I don’t already have on my computer) to it, just for something different. I love the last voice. “Will (Bad Guy)” – I’d almost pay for that TTS voice. I know its not “how the song goes” – it’s how I remember it.

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When I was learning Russian (trying to) back in 1999-2000, I got a satellite dish and rented two Russian channels. I couldn’t make holes n the roof at that house, so I ran a long wire to the backyard and attached it to a box. One of my favorite shows was a Spanish novella with Russian voiceovers and poorly written English subtitles. I got to use a little of my Spanish high school learning, upped my Russian a tiny bit but mostly it just messed with my head.

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