Now I understand….


….why Claude was so enamored.

Possibly the most photogenic flower.

Water Lilies.

Took my one of my newest pieces of old glass (the Minolta 75-300mm, f3.5-4.5 [The “Big Beercan”]) to….

The Jewel Box, Forest Park, Saint Louis, Missouri.

A lot of images, I know, but I couldn’t help myself….they’re just so damned purty and the light was so soft and lovely….

(For larger views, on a nice, juicy dark background, just click on any image)



Monday’s Music Box: Live! Toe…..

,,,yes, Toe.

Just Toe.

From Japan.

I guess you’d call it post-post-rock.

Or something.

I dig it.

The drummer, man. The drummer.


Sunday’s Soundtrack for Surfing: Super Long Play Edition….

….From World Circuit Records, via Youtube, of course.

Their playlist of full albums.

Approximately twenty-eight hours of non-stop (and hopefully mostly commercial-free….) world class World music.

Let it be your soundtrack for the week.


You know the drill.

Press Play.

(But in this case….)

Go on about your week.


Monday’s Music Box: Live! The Silk Road Ensemble

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-national, inter-national and amazing world music project, playing

Arabian Waltz.

A piece by Lebanese-born composer Rabih Abou-Khalil,

(Who is, as it happens, [in the “It’s a small world after all…” tradition] is someone that I have been listening to for a long time)

(I used to have a couple of his albums on vinyl [yes….that long of a time…])

(…and, in the manner of musical ‘kismet’, I just came across this piece today…)

(…and I’ve been planning on sharing some of Abou-Khalil’s stuff for some time now, so…I guess you know what’s coming next week…)

Live at Park Avenue Armory in New York, NY.

I cannot recommend the work of The Silk Road Ensemble highly enough.



Sunday’s Soundtrack for Surfing: Boozoo Bajou


Don’t know nuthin’ about ’em ‘sept I fount ’em on Youtube and I dig the shit out of this.



Way cooler than me.

Probably cooler than you.





You know the drill.

(Plug some real speakers in this time)

(Preferably play it loud)

Press play.

Go on about your day.


Monday’s Music Box: DakhaBrakha….

…on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts…

…simply indefinable, unclassifiable, un-genre-able…

…but undeniably brilliant…

…(as Bob Boilen says, “…music that sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, with strands of everything I’ve ever heard.”)…