Saturday, July 23, 2016

WAPO takes a courageous stand

Yesterday, the Washington Post's editorial board took an extraordinary step, publishing a full-page piece warning that Donald Trump is a "unique threat to American democracy."  It is a thoughtful and powerful indictment, saying what needs to be said right now, not a week before the election.  I consider it required reading.  Please take the time to read it right here.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Now Munich?!

Just flipped on the TV.  6 dead (so far) in Munich shootings by up to 3 individuals.  I am so sick of these senseless evil acts.  More later when I find out exactly what the situation is.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stills - Treetop Flyer

I was checking out and organizing some songs that I have saved to my hard drive when I ran across one of the great tracks of all time.  Stephen Stills doing an acoustic solo of a totally cool song he wrote:  "Treetop Flyer."  Read about it here.  And listen to it here.  Ain't nothing quite like it.   So enjoy.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Vacation begins..

We are taking about 10 days off and spending them at our place at Tahoe/Donner.  We got up here on Thursday afternoon.  Yesterday, took a little hike on the Nature Trail loop, which I can access by just walking across the road.  It was a warm and mellow day so I took some pictures along the way.  I'll share some of them with you (don't forget to click to enlarge the photos):

Lots of patches of wildflowers along the way....

Over the years we have owned our place the beavers have been extending their ponds.  Here is a shot of their latest effort.

One of my favorite parts of this hike is the boardwalk that allows one to walk through the whole flooded complex of beaver ponds and creeks that are located in the area.  Needless to say, the area is teeming with all sorts of life.

Later on I walk for quite a ways with a beautiful creek running beside me ...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Some Monday Wes

For some reason I started thinking about the late Wes Montgomery.  He was, and still remains, one of my favorite jazz guitar players.  Everything about him was great, but I think the thing that set him apart was that he never used a pick -- it was always just his thumb.  This of course gave him the most mellow guitar sound imaginable.  Yet, when the tune called for a hard edge or a cookin' riff he could lay it down with the best of guys who use a pick.  If you've got some Wes laying around in your CD collection, pull one out and take a listen -- a great way to start your week.  In the meantime, you might want to check out this wonderful live version of "Twisted Blues." Wes with some superb fellow musicians: Arthur Harper on bass, Harold Mabern on piano, and Jimmy Lovelace on drums.  Bass and piano solos are right up there with Wes' lead.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Elizabeth Warren tell it like it is

I've been enjoying Elizabeth Warren's carpet bombing of Trump.  She really gets under his skin.  Her latest salvo deals with his taxes and his claim that he is super-rich (or is he?).    You don't want to miss this one.  Check it out right here.  Love that Lizzy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Missy Higgins

I just realized it has been a long time since I posted anything.  So, for lack of anything better, I guess I'll share one of my recent discoveries.  While listening to Pandora a few days ago on a jog with the dog, a song came on that I had never heard before by a vocalist I immediately connected to.  I really liked the sound of her voice as well as the arrangement of the tune, and her phrasing and dynamics.  I had to stop and haul out my music player to see who the singer was.  Her name is Missy Higgins, another of many fine Australian musicians.  You can read about her here.  The particular song I first heard is called "Where I Stood."  Check out the "official video" here. Although the video is a bit hokey, the music is very much to my liking.  Enjoy.