Wednesday, April 16, 2014

corner view: something to celebrate

Corner View is a weekly appointment - each Wednesday - created by Jane (Spain) and curated by Francesca (Italy), where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.  The theme this week is "something to celebrate", and comes from Ibabe (Basque Country).

We have so many reasons to get together and celebrate!  It can be to enjoy a common heritage or musical interest...

...to celebrate a common hobby or to relive a happy time in our lives with fellow revelers.
 
We love to celebrate our love for our animals...
 
 ...our love for our community...
 ...and we enjoy celebrating our differences...together.
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

tunes on tuesday 4-15: the war on drugs, mandolin orange, the kinks, shooglenifty, devil in a woodpile

Tunes on Tuesday is a fun project. Each week I'll try to bring you five videos or audio files, each one focusing on a song, group or collaboration that just might pique your interest! If you have someone for possible spotlight then shoot me a private e-mail and we'll give it a listen. Hope you enjoy Tunes on Tuesday! 


NOTE: All videos may be expanded to full screen. Hit play then click on the icon at lower right.



NEWER RELEASE 

The War on Drugs, Lost in a Dream, from their album of the same name, released in March of this year. An indie-rock band from Philly, their music seems to have a heavy Dylan/Springsteen influence though loaded with effects and dream-like ambience.  This is War on Drugs' 3rd album release.






NEWER ARTIST / REGIONAL / UP & COMER

Another fun group to come out of Chapel Hill, NC is Mandolin Orange. A sweet mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk, pop and whatever else inspires, this Americana duo is quickly growing in popularity and traveling to play for audiences farther afield, always with great reviews. Here they perform Turtle Dove and the Crow off their 3rd album, which was just recently released. To find out where they'll be next, check out their website at www.mandolinorange.com.



CLASSIC

A Well Respected Man was released on 45 rpm in the US in 1965. Written by Ray Davies for his band The Kinks, it was a reaction to the band's perception of the upper-class guests at the luxury hotel where they were staying and the song became a sort of an anthem for the class frustrations going on in England at that time. It reached #13 on the US charts. The Kinks (original 4 members) were inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and also into the UK Music Hall of Fame in that same year.  






WORLD

Shooglenifty is a six member band from Edinburgh, Scotland that played regularly at a local pub and now busily tours internationally. They describe their music as  "hypno-folkadelic ambitent traditional", and if you sit and listen to a selection of their songs you'll see why. There are traces of international music throughout but always with a Scottish backbone.  This really high-energy performance of Tammienorrie is infectious!







INTERESTING COLLABORATION OR COVER 






Devil in a Woodpile created a really upbeat, fun version of Led Zepplin's Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. Though this Chicago based group disbanded several years ago, they produced 3 albums of mainly jazz, blues and ragtime cover songs reimagined in their own funky style.




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Friday, April 11, 2014

play!

Do you want to make the very best use of your time this weekend? Then play! I'm not talking about planning something complicated or involved, something that needs a lot of preparation or that is expensive. I mean just play! Find a pretty spot outdoors, bring a friend, bring along your camera and just hang out. See what comes of allowing yourself complete downtime. Let your imagination soar! As kids we played all the time and without even giving it a second thought. As adults we get so caught up in grown-up chores and responsibilities that we forget how great it feels to just let go and let loose. You don't need a reason, you don't need a purpose. You're going to be surprised at the ideas that come your way, the inspiration that results and just how completely recharged you are at the end of your own personal playdate. So do it: unplug, have fun, hack around, let go...play!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

corner view: rejuvenation

Corner View is a weekly appointment - each Wednesday - created by Jane (Spain) and curated by Francesca (Italy), where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.  The theme this week is  "rejuvenation", and comes from Bonnie.

"When spring knocks at your door, regardless of the time of year or season of our lives, run, do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon, and say, "Yes! Yes, come in!"
~Jeffrey R Anderson

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

tunes on tuesday 4-8: the head and the heart, big ron hunter, the hollies, yann tiersen, johnny cash

Tunes on Tuesday is a fun project. Each week I'll try to bring you five videos or audio files, each one focusing on a song, group or collaboration that just might pique your interest! If you have someone for possible spotlight then shoot me a private e-mail and we'll give it a listen. Hope you enjoy Tunes on Tuesday! 


NOTE: All videos may be expanded to full screen. Hit play then click on the icon at lower right.


NEWER RELEASE


The Head and the Heart is a group from Seattle and here is Shake from their second album, Let’s Be Still which was released in the end of 2013.  According to band member Josiah Johnson,  the story behind the name of the band is that "your head is telling you to be stable and find a good job, you know in your heart that this [the band] is what you're supposed to do even if it's crazy." 





NEWER ARTIST / REGIONAL / UP & COMER

Big Ron Hunter is the son of an NC sharecropper who taught the young Ron how to play the guitar. Like many musicians, Ron developed his sound all while raising a family and working a day job. Big Ron is one of the fabulous Music Maker Relief artists, a group that works to support elderly, often empoverished American Roots musicians and to preserve their sound before it disappears. My band and I (Graymatter) had the fantastic opportunity to open for Big Ron Hunter last summer at a club in Hillsborough and we thoroughly enjoyed playing for him as his sat, clapping and singing along at a front row table. Here is Big Ron performing his song, Goin' For Myself.


CLASSIC

Recorded at Abbey Road studios and released in 1967, On a Carousel was the second single that came to us from The Hollies. The group was formed by elementary school pals, Alan Clarke and Graham Nash who began playing together in the 1950's. They came up with the name for their band just before beginning a gig in honor of one of their idols, Buddy Holly. On a Carousel hit #4 in the singles charts in the UK and #11 in the US.








WORLD MUSIC

Yann Tiersen is a French singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who is probably best known in this country as the composer of the soundtrack for the movie Amélie, which was actually a collection of songs pulled from his first four albums and just one of several movie soundtracks to his credit. Yann has released 8 studio albums, 3 live albums and several EP and shorter length recordings. He also does a lot of collaborating and guesting with other artists on their own albums. Here is a live video/recording of Yann and his band performing Le Banquet.



INTERESTING COLLABORATION OR COVER

One of the last recordings we have from Johnny Cash is a Nine Inch Nails song, written by Trent Reznor, entitled Hurt. This video, which won Best Video of The Year at the Grammys and the CMA's, features images of Cash's life and appearances by his wife, June Carter Cash. Even if you're not a fan, the performance is so emotional that it will give you goosebumps and probably make you a little teary too. Johnny was definitely expanding his musical vision when he released this single with the B-side Personal Jesus, a Depeche Mode cover.



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Friday, April 4, 2014

(not so) great expectations

It's a strange human phenomenon. We often overlook, or take for granted, the people that we are closest to. I've heard different explanations for this but, in my mind, reasoning it away doesn't make it any better or make it ok. It's also pretty common, fair or not, that our expectations of people closest to us are a lot higher than the expectations we have for other friends or common acquaintances. Shouldn't the exact opposite be true? Shouldn't we be showing extra kindness, patience and a bit more understanding to those closest to us?

We really can't change other people, no matter how much we may want to mold them into someone we think they should be or to change their behaviors. We can, however, change how we think about them, how we look at them and their actions. We can change our own behavior and pay better attention to how we treat our loved ones. At some point they will no longer be in our lives and what a shame it will be when they're gone and we are left with regrets about events we missed, about things we wish we'd done differently or about words left unsaid.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

corner view: inspiration

Corner View is a weekly appointment - each Wednesday - created by Jane (Spain) and curated by Francesca (Italy), where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.  The theme this week is  "inspiration", and comes from  Ö (France).

There are a lot of artists, musicians, writers, photographers and other creatives that inspire me. I was introduced to the life and works of Georgia O'Keefe when I was a student at ASU and I've been a fan ever since. One of her paintings is displayed at the NC Museum of Art and I get to enjoy it a couple of times each year. Now there's a traveling exhibit just an hour from me... I can't wait to see it!

 
 
 
 
It occurs to me that from time to time I must subconsciously be recalling the spirit of Georgia when I'm pointing my camera lens.
 



Top four images are the works of Georgia O'Keefe:  1) Autumn Leaves, Lake George, 1924 2) A White Camelia, 1938 3) Series 1, no. 4, 1918 4) Single Calla Lily (Red), 1928. Bottom four photos are mine.