Fight the night

24 Jul

As I night person, I have never have problems getting to sleep.
I would just keep on doing things until sleep found me.
This might be a good strategy when you are young – although medical professionals tend to frown on this.
I’ve never had a problem pulling all-nighters, to finish working on a project, sitting around with friends, taking available light photography at night – etc.
I pulled a all-nighter a few days ago and am still feeling the ill effects. On one hand, I guess I should not do this anymore but I really feel that I am simply out of shape.
Time to get back on it and fight the night.

Kids and Ruins

23 Jul


It will be a beutifull park soon. Just wait thill they remove the ruins of a generating plant.

Weekly Vinyl – Marimba-mania

21 Jul

Baja Marimba Band
Baja Marimba Band
(year)

This is a tacky album. I think this is one of those that I picked up in Switzerland many years ago. It is an Austrian pressing.
There is really nothing to this music except fake Mexican pastiche. It is rather szmaltzy and overblown. IT is cheap and uninteresting.
The only thing that makes me want to listen to side two is the hear the song The Portuguese Washerwoman. I want to hear this because I am drinking a rather bad cheap bottle of Portuguese wine at the moment and want to see if the song will make the wine palatable or the wine will make the music sound better.
Nope.
Bad Song. Bad Wine.
Time to move on.

Weekly Wine – Vila Regia

19 Jul

Sogrape Vila Regia Douro
2015
Portugal
750ml
12.5% ABV
$8.30 (LCBO)

This wine comes with a cork.
This alone sets it apart – especially for those without a corkscrew.
But I have many that are stashed in and around the house – so this was not a problem nor an obstacle for me. Out popped the corked and the wine started to flow.
This is Portuguese wine – so the first impression is an earthy flavour. It is like biting into a fertile field. There is a melange of flavours – berries, apples, pears even a hint of vanilla.
This is not an idle wine that one drinks and casually forgets it. You take a sip and you instinctively look at the glass if just to see if the wine is looking back at you.
I like this wine even though I know it is not for everyone. Some will comment that the earthiness is a sign of a cheap and unrefined wine. But so what – this is a great hones wine that is a bit different.
I reviewed this wine over two years ago. It was a 2013 vintage. I liked it then and I like it now.

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.