Archive | February, 2020

Weekly Vinyl – Singing and Yodeling

28 Feb

Apres-ski (potpourri) Singing and Yodeling
Franz and Toni
Year: 1972(ish)

I bought this album for the cover.
No doubt.
I love skiing and have always wanted to go ski in the Alps.
I’m assuming this is an Austrian because of the banner in front of the ski hut.
The album itself is a collection of 15 songs. The first one is the coolest…
Auf der Hutt’n is a jaunty little dirge that will get you to sing along – “Hey,hey,hey,hey… Ho,ho,ho,ho.” You gotta hear it to believe it. My daughter cringes when I put this album on, or others like it, but she does groove to the opening tune. Now if I could convince her to do a TikTok video to it.
The rest of the album is OK. Music that you would hear in a ski chalet in a German speaking part of the world. I think, never been. Waltzes, polkas and such styles abound. My one complaint is that there is not enough yodeling. There is some – but not enough to meet my expectation given the subhead of the album’s title. I was expecting it to be chock-a-block with yodeling. I was expecting a yodelocalypse.
There is some yodeling.
It is nice yodeling.
It is just not enough yodeling.

Sedona

26 Feb

Hiking near Sedona, Arizona we were skirting the airport and a plane came in to land. you can see it in the upper left corner. Its hard to take a bad picture in this place.

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A trip to China (pt.2)

22 Feb

The nights in some cities in China are spectacular. Beijing was great and Shanghai was wonderful but the few hours we had in the evening in Chongquing were amazing. I wish we had one or two more evenings. This slideshow video features night shots form, in order, Beijing, Chonquing, the yangtse including a bridge in Badong, and Shanghai. It is well and truly lit up.

Enjoy the video and music.

Organization

22 Feb

Have been working on a static welcome page that will direct people to various sites with what I do. It has been fun … not. Ended up with a half done wordpress page. Its ok but still will need tweaking. See it at http://www.tonalsurge.com

A trip to China (pt.1)

17 Feb

As the most populated country in the world China is frequently mentioned in various quarters.
It is really a subject of discussion in the opening moths of 2020 because of the outbreak of the coronavirus – COVID-19.
I was on a trip in China just before the outbreak in early November 2019 so just missed this.
Below is a general slideshow/video of the trip.
The place is fascinating …
On one hand the technological prowess and advancement is proudly displayed to its citizens and visitors. But a closer look reveals that this is just a veneer. 10 to 20 year old buildings are crumbling. These are just brief observations made from a tour bus and river cruise. There was no time to look closer. I would love to go back to see some of these apartment complexes and towns in more detail.

There will be more videos posted centred on themes – buildings, people, cars, etc.

Enjoy the video. The music was composed one evening with just a guitar and some effect pedals.

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Back again

14 Feb

Took a little break… well a little bit longer than a little.
I figured this blog needed a rethink.
I felt it was to regimented.
It started to resemble the drudgery of work as opposed to the creative liberty.
I was running out of sub ten dollar wines.
So I took some time off from the blog.
I travelled here and there and worked on other stuff.
Mostly music.
Here’s a video with original music of an icy lake shore.
I shot this a year or two ago and created the music last year.
I’ve been doing lots of experimenting with ambient sound and music.

Enjoy the video and I will be posting more often now.