Posts with tag: music/art/film/design

Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday

Just. Wow.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year |  

Photo by Sergey Gorshkov – Adult Grand Title Winner 2020

These photos are beautiful and ugly, inspiring and heartbreaking. We should be grateful for the skill and dedication of these photographers.

Let’s not give up on this amazing planet. Whatever changes it takes, let’s make them.


Here’s some rare video footage of Art Tatum. When you watch it, you realize it’s a real shame there isn’t more.


Today is the birthday of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

I use heavy strings, tune low, play hard, and floor it. Floor it … that’s technical talk.

—S.R.V.

As a commenter notes, “Sometimes, as you wander through YouTube there’s a moment of grace.”


Kingfisher

Kingfisher, Kyra Mills, 2020, gouache.
Kingfisher, Kyra Mills, 2020, gouache.

Wildlife conservationist Kyra Mills does wonderful paintings of her favorite subjects.


Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Everything about this performance is just astounding. From the train station venue to Tharpe’s prescient playing at the dawn of Rock and Roll.

Jaw dropping performance. Listen to this and then listen to everything else YouTube has of her. You … the rest “Sister Rosetta Tharpe”


Bill Evans would have been 91 today.

I have a lot of gratitude for all the beauty and healing this man has provided me over the course of my life.

Here he is with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian.


Laid All the Way Back

Louis Bellson, Zoot Sims, Harry “Sweets” Edison (?), Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis.

Today I was able to track down electronic versions of some recordings that have been sitting on my shelf trapped on vinyl for years. After all this time, what a joy to listen to these albums I first heard back … the rest “Laid All the Way Back”


Otter in watercolor by Kyra Mills
Turning the otter cheek.

A talented friend sent this image on my birthday. I think it’s otterly beautiful.

When you turn sixty, the dad-jokes shift to otter nonsense.


Sweet Relief

Emmy Raver-Lampman & Tom Hopper

Being home by myself a lot, I’ve been watching (too much) TV on my computer. I gravitate toward the science-fiction shows pretty immediately when presented with all the choices.

Most of the shows I’ve been watching this last year have … the rest “Sweet Relief”


Freshly painted vegetables always taste better than store-bought.

Kyra Mills, Garden Color, 2020
Kyra Mills, Garden Color, 2020

Manhatta (1921) |  

Still capture from Manhatta (1921)
Still capture from Manhatta (1921)

Walt Whitman’s poetry frames scenes from 1920s New York in this film classic.

Billed as ‘a study of the modern Babylon-on-the-Hudson’, the short film Manhatta (1921) captures the rapidly developing cityscape of New York in the early 1920s. Made in … the rest “Manhatta (1921)”


Happy 4th of July

Bald Eagle, Kyra Mills, 2020
Bald Eagle, Kyra Mills, 2020

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.”

—Stephen King

Thanks to Kyra Mills for sharing her beautiful artwork.


Color Joy

watercolor of fox
Fox, Kyra Mills, 2020

We all have talented people in our lives. I feel particularly lucky to know so many. Musicians, artists, poets, healers. All of them making my life richer by association.

Recently, a friend of mine began painting with watercolors and sharing … the rest “Color Joy”