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.

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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.