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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.

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Golden Gate

4 Mar

A thing to do when in San Francisco is to rent a bike and cycle to Sausalito over the Golden Gate bridge. This picture was taken after crossing the bridge and is from the north side. I like the composition with the flowers – the name of them I do not know. What is interesting is that there is a bee flitting amongst the flowers. I did not notice the bee until looking at the photos much later.

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A trip to China (pt. 3)

1 Mar

There’s a billion or more people in China. They all have to move from places to place.
There are many interesting vehicles there – many electric. We saw Teslas and other e-cars but I mostly photographed things that I would not see here at home in Canada. There are a lot of electric scooters zipping around as well carrying lots of cargo and people.
Enjoy the video / slideshow.

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.