BEGINNINGS. Happy Birthday Glenda, Gwendolyn & America!

Glenda and Gwendolyn were born on July 4, 2020. This marks their first birthday on the same day we Americans celebrate our Country’s 245th Birthday.

I finished the song BEGINNINGS that I have been working on for a while, and since the song is based on a Saga that includes a creation story, I thought it was a good background for a music video with photographs and video of Glenda and Gwendolyn to celebrate their first birthday. There’s a video of fireworks at the end of the video to celebrate the 4th of July.

By Timothy Price

Based on the Saga


Before there began
Allfather God of gods was
The ruler of twelve

Lord of Hosts is Host
Spear-Lord Nikarr after Host
Next the Striker strikes

Knows of many things
Fulfiller of Wishes wished
The Far-Speaking One

The Burner burneth
Shaker puts armies to flight
Destroyer destroys

Protector protects
The last of these is Gelding
Twelve names of Ásgard

In the beginning
There was a Beguiling
Our origin told

Licked rime with rough tongue
Made by primordial cow
Udder’s milk life flowed

Odin, his brothers
Killed the Rime-Giant, Ymir
Into yawning void

His blood became sea
Of his flesh the land was made
Gravel, stones from teeth

His skull made heaven
Set it up to cover earth
The corners sits dwarfs

Way points are their names
North, and South, and East and West
No one will get lost

They raised up his brows
And they called the place Midgard
From his brains made clouds

Earth and Heaven made
The sun and constellations
Division made days

When the sons of Borr
Found and took up two trees
They shaped men from these

First spirit and life
Second wit and feelings
Third speech, hearing, sight

Clothing, names they gave
The male was called Askr
The female Embla

Mankind begotten
They dwell under Midgard
Creation tale told

59 thoughts on “BEGINNINGS. Happy Birthday Glenda, Gwendolyn & America!

    • Thanks, Lavinia. I’m happy you liked the song. It’s a strange exercise in verse, meter, and time signature. I’m not sure I like the results all that much, but it was a lot of work, so I thought I should use it for the kitten’s video.

  1. I’m one day to late but still want to wish a happy birthday to Glenda and Gwendolyn !
    I also hope that you had a great 4th op july yesterday.

  2. Wonderful video Tim! I enjoyed the song, the kitties and the fireworks. I watched lots of fireworks from America last night!
    On Canada day we had no fireworks, as we are just opening stage 2. The earliest we will see a large outdoor group event will be mid-September.
    OMG! G&G are 1 year already! They are amazing adorable!
    Haha, Spunkie-Poo πŸ’‹ is quite smart! He can see what’s going on on the computer screen. Jeep sometimes does, but mostly she just wants to clean her mouth on the corner, snuggle up to the warmth and sneak stretch a paw onto the keyboard.
    Happy Birthday America!

    • Thanks, Resa. Did you notice the kittens scratched Spunks nose through the screen? Spunk loves watching videos on the computer. He often interacts with things on the screen. Sasha and Marble do the mouth cleaning on the corner of the screen. All the kitties like doing cat-like typing on the keyboard.

      • Lol… no actually, but I think Spunkie-Poo πŸ’‹ did. I find it hard to take my eyes off of Spunkie-Poo πŸ’‹. When I visit again, I’ll check that out!

  3. Wow great video with the babies, I especially love it when the other cat is watching the birthday cats of the computer, they are precious. Loved the ending too. Great lyrics and music on the new song, and what a firework show, well done Tim, pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. Hugs and love, Joni

    • Thanks, Joni. I’m happy you liked it. I had to fit in a little of everything between the kittens and the 4th.

  4. Great Song and celebration video to Glenda and Gwendolyn on their 1st birthday and America too. They are adorable and loved Spunks wanting to get in on the action 😹 Soo cute. There eyes were so awesome against the green leave…. Oh sooo cute and what a firework show.. I was waiting for that scary cat face again at the end.. πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’– Take a cat bowπŸ’–

    • We got them in August when they we 8 weeks old, but I remember when my cat dealer told me about the litter that was born and abandoned on 4th of July and I said I’d take the two black kittens.

    • G&G thanks Ruger. BTW Does Ruger have a caliber? I remember the first time I shot a Ruger Blackhawk .44 Magnum. The western style pistol grip made it very uncomfortable. I much prefer my S&W Model 29 like Dirty Harry used.

      • Thinking at this young age Ruger is more of the classic 10/22. Not a lot of bite, but a lot of fun to play with. Haven’t fired a .44 Ruger yet – for the most part I’m a Sig guy although I definitely like my S&W 1917 9mm and my CC is a Shield also chambered in 9mm. For the bigger rounds I pull out the trusty Sigs (they know how to put a handle on you can hold ha!) Did get some play time with the S&W .50 hand cannon – holy cow that will put a hurt on your shoulders (and a smile on your face)

      • I have shot a .50 cal Desert Eagle and a 45/70 revolver. The Desert Eagles wasn’t too bad, the 45/70 had an awful lot of recoil.

      • I forgot. I also shot a compact full-auto AK-47. It was tough keeping the muzzle down on that little beast. I also shot an M60 like Rambo uses in First Blood. Machine guns are fun, but they really blow through the ammo.

      • Seen many a hilarious (and dangerous) videos of people not strong enough to keep their muzzles down on auto – I always take extra steps back when I see someone flip that lever to full. Haven’t had the thrill of an M60 yet.

  5. Happy birthday Gwendolyn and Glenda!!! Very creative song lyrics, Tim, love the video, they are beautiful cats!! Since I didn’t see any fireworks this year, it was great of you to share yours! πŸ˜πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸ˜»

    • Thanks, Tiffany. Your local police were not blowing up trucks with illegal fireworks in your neighborhood? Lucky you. I’m happy you got to see some, safely in the video.

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