Now I understand….

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….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)

 

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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.

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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.

Chills…..

 

Sunday’s Soundtrack for Surfing: Boozoo Bajou

….Satta.

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

Funky.

Cool.

Way cooler than me.

Probably cooler than you.

Dig.

It.

Big.

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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.”)…

…Enjoy…