Archive | March, 2020

Time… not enough

29 Mar

Seems I never have enough time to do what I want.
Perhaps I want to do too much.
Perhaps I’m not as organized as I should be.
Perhaps…
Perhaps…
Perhaps…
Here’s a video of busy bees.

 

George Thorogood

27 Mar

Move it on Over
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Year: 1978

This is a fun album. Seriously fun.

There is some serious music here. Serious blues music.

But man, what fun it is to listen to this album.
George Thorogood was just about peaking at this time – this was his second album released, and the guitar playing is fantastic. The album songs are mostly blues standards – by the like of Willie Dixon, Elmore James, James Moore (better known as Slim Harpo), Bo Diddley. But there is also a Hank Williams tune and Cocaine Blues a Johnny Cash standard that was written by T.J. Arnall.
The main thing that that cements this album together is the energy that Mr. Thorogood and his Destroyers unleash in every song. Whether it is an up-tempo piece like the Chuck Berry tune It wasn’t Me or the slower Elmore James classic, The Sky is Crying, the music is makes you want to groove – makes you want to go out and see some blues in a club …

One Cloud

25 Mar


This image of a solitary cloud was taken on the Beartooth Highway which snakes just south of the Wyoming and Montana border. The landscapes are breathtaking. There will be more images to follow.

2112

20 Mar

2112
Rush
Year: 1977
This album had disappeared from my collection for many years. Most of my Rush albums had vanished along with others. I must have lent them out – but to whom?
I’m listening to Rush’s 2112 because I stumbled across it in a thrift store. Good buy at two bucks. The album is in fairly good conditions so there are no problems there.
After many years of not hearing the music I was quite taken aback by the songs here – they are a lot heavier than what I remember them being. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart were masters at combining hard rock with progressive rock and nothing shows this more than the title track which takes up the whole first side of the album and clocks in at a healthy 20 minutes and 36 seconds. It is a nice piece but it differs considerably from other epic long length songs from such progressive stalwarts such as Yes or Genesis. Those bands had a more pastoral and flowing feeling to their music. Rush has a hard edge born in the age of industry. Even the quiet-contemplative bits telegraph a jarring reality that is not heard in any other prog-rock outfit. Is it Lee’s voice? Is it Peart’s brilliant drumming? Is it Lifeson’s guitar? It is Rush being Rush and being excellent at that.

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Glacier – not yet gone

18 Mar


It was August and it was freezing at the Columbia Icefields. The clouds were low and the visibility was very sparce. This shot was taken when the clouds broake apart momentarily. There was a wicked wind and rain was coming in sideways. One might be tempted to dismiss climate change then but coming here, even when it was very cold at the height of summer, is one of the best places to see te effects of global warming. We are about 200 meters from the toe of the glacier. When I was here last, in 1995, the toe was about where we were standing. The first time I came in 1978 the toe was a short hike from the highway – now it is a drive and a bit of a hike. Go visit this place while you still can.

 

A trip to China (pt.5)

15 Mar

I was in awe of the residential buildings in China. They are huge. There are quite plain and unattractive I must add. I was unable to get close to them because of the restrictions you have when on a package tour. I would love to see how people actually live in these monumental edifices. Many of them look new but are really rough around the edges and some, as you can see in the pictures, are falling apart. Enjoy the video/slideshow and music…

 

Country Lovers

13 Mar

Country Hits for Lovers
Various/Unknown
Year: 1970

I have no idea why I have this album.
I remember buying it a few years ago at a thrift store. I think it cost 25 cents.
This is a album for people who like a genre of music, in this case country, but don’t care about the artists who create the music. There are no musicians listed on the album, just a list of artists who made the songs popular but do not appear on the disk. This is a total studio driven project and as it was recorded in Nashville in the late sixties, most likely. There were some very good studio musicians in Nashville so the music here is slick and well executed.
Listening to this album I can close my eyes and imagine myself in a bar in the southern United States. Closing time was half an hour ago, the place is emptying but the lights are still low. Two drunken couples are still in a dance embrace on the dance floor, with this music playing, and the bartender is mopping up the spilled beer with a rag that gets washed once a week whether it needs it or not.
That is the atmosphere of this album.

Brilliant.



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Winter Kite

11 Mar

I was walking in the park with my camera but was not feeling to inspired for photography until I saw people trying to skate using a large kite/sail. It looked amazing but they were not making too much progress.

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A Trip to China (pt. 4)

8 Mar

There are lots of signs in China – many informative and amusing. Enjoy this video/slideshow. I wrote a cool tune for the video.

RockBottom Blues

7 Mar

Rock Bottom
Various
Year: unknown – probably early 70s

This is a great double album compilation of classic blues recordings compiled by a Canadian blues guy, King Biscuit Boy, and an Australian blues guy (who was living in Canada), Ritchie Yorke.
I gather that this is a Canadian only pressing
There is no information about this album ion the Internet except for someone selling it for $29.79 US on Ebay. I got it at a garage sale for much less.
But this is not about prices of rare and/or obscure records. The music here is quite impressive You have recordings by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Clifton Chenier, Billy Stewart, Howlin’ Wolf, Lowell Fulson, Elmor James, John Brim, Robert Nighthawk and Little Milton. There are 24 tracks on these two disks and there are a bunch that I’ve never heard before.
In the fold of this album, both Yorke and King Biscuit Boy wrote well paced notes as to why they included each track in this compilation.
It makes for fascinating reading while listening to great blues.