Unblocked and uncorked

17 Jul

I realized that the cause of my inability to post and write was that I wrote a review of a wine and forgot to take a picture of that wine. The stores in my area were sold out of that bottle.
I was looking for it and dealing with other work and neglected the blog.
I finally found the bottle so the stars aligned and got me back on track
Good days ahead.

Niagara Falls from the air

16 Jul


I was flying into Toronto a few years ago and as I gazed out my window I caught a good look of Niagara Falls.

Weekly Vinyl – Manfred

14 Jul

Chance
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
(1980)

The liner notes at the rear of the alum say a lot about the music that is on the vinyl disk.
It lists the producer, Manfred Mann, first. Then the rest of the engineering crew. Then the locations it was recorded, London England and Portugal, and then the musicians involved.
I have no problems giving due credit to the engineering people who work on recorded music. Their work is frequently overlooked.
In this case the producer and musician is one and the same – Manfred Mann. He wrote some of the songs – One is by Bruce Springsteen incidentally.
But like the liner notes emphasise the production crew before getting to the musician’s, the music contained here is heavily over produced and very much lacking in passion. There are pop hooks all over and each song is trying to be a hit, but they all fall flat because they are overproduced.

Weekly Wine – Candidato (again)

12 Jul

Candidato Oro Tempranillo Garnacha, Vdt Castilla
2013
Spain
750ml
13% ABV
$7.65 (LCBO)

I reviewed this wine three years ago.
Nearly to the day in fact.
A lot has happened in the past three years – the most notable is that this wine is five (5) cents cheaper.
Very little has gotten less expensive in the past three years. Yet this wine is less expensive. \

It is Spanish wine. From Spain.
A few years ago I was confused because it was so cheap and yet quite good.
Cheap it still is – even cheaper.
Taste wise – it is quite pronounced. It is dry. Acidic. Spicy – the result of tepranillo and garnacha grapes.
But I am not as enthralled by this wine now as I was back then. Is it the vintage – perhaps. But I feel that it is the essence of the wine.
This is a good wine. An interesting wine. It is a wine that is honest – it is meant to be drunk – in a field, in a café, with friends. This is not a wine with airs of pretention. It is a bit rough around the edges – but it is a good wine.
It is meant to be had and enjoyed.

 

New work

10 Jul

New opportunities tend to unblock the lack of inertia in me.
My garage is clean(er) and relativly more organized.
There are several projects on the tool bench and several new projects on my computer.
Time to get to work.

Planters

9 Jul


These planters are waiting patiently for the plants.
The are also waiting for the patio to be open.
As was I and the people I was with.

Weekly Vinyl – Yes Songs

7 Jul

Yessongs
Yes
(1973)

This is a great live album of Yes performing at the height of its mastery.
How do I know this was the pinnacle of YES as a band? Their drummer Bill Bruford said so – he left Yes at this point because he felt that the band achieved all it could artistically and went on to join King Crimson. Bruford appears on three tracks of this album and if you listen well you can hear his distinct drumming. Yes had a few interesting compositions after this album but in reality, looking back, this was their peak.

What I love about this album is that it is rather unpolished – it is a good depiction of what they most likely sounded like live. Some of the mixes are muddled. There are a few instances where you can hear that the band is not 100 per-cent together – this should be expected as they are playing with a new drummer. I love this as it is raw and real. Prog rock is supposed to be refined symphony-like perfection. This album shows that it is still rock.