16-06-15 Public Service Announcement – Music Edition

Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia – heading your way this week…Midwest in August and back to the Northeast in September


Last week I went to Joe’s Pub to hear Abbie Gardner and Jesse Terry on their Joyful Noise Tour.

An excellent night of music.


3-28-13 Wrong Location – Wrong Lens – Who Cares – Great Concert

“I guess you had to be there, she said, you had to be
She handed me a yellowed photograph
And then said, See
This was my greatest love, my one and only love
And this is me
Back when we were beautiful, see

I don’t feel very different, she said, I know it’s strange
I guess I’ve gotten used to these little aches and pains
But I still love to dance, you know we used to dance
The night away
Back when we were beautiful, beautiful, yes

I hate it when they say
I’m aging gracefully
I fight it every day
I guess they never see
I don’t like this at all
What’s happening to me
To me

But I really love my grandkids, she said, they’re sweet to hold
They would have loved their grandpa
Those awful jokes he told
You know sometimes for a laugh, the two of us would act
Like we were old
Back when we were beautiful, beautiful, yes

But I guess you had to be there…”
Matraca Berg

They wouldn’t let me bring my zoom lens with me to the Richard Thompson and Emmylou HarrisRodney Crowell concert at the Beacon Theater last night so these shot are strictly for documentary purposes…It was a great concert. I don’t know who thought of the idea of this double bill but it certainly worked.

Just a few of the high points: Richard singing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning with just his acoustic guitar; Richard joining Emmylou and Rodney and their band on “Ain’t Living Long Like This”; Emmylou and Rodney singing the Matraca Berg song above; and Emmylou doing “Boulder To Birmingham” with Rodney singing harmony.




2-27-13 Travel Theme: Bridges Redux

“Well, you walk into the room
Like a camel and then you frown
You put your eyes in your pocket
And your nose on the ground
There ought to be a law
Against you comin’ around
You should be made
To wear earphones.”

Bob Dylan

For whatever reason I have been listening obsessively to Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited and Leonard Cohen‘s Live From London over the past few weeks.  As I thought about Ailsa’s Bridge Theme, it occurred to me that the music I am listening to is a 44 year bridge of time. If you prefer, they are a bridge to 91 years of writing and performance time.

Here are two more of New York’s Bridges.

I believe this is The Manhattan Bridge but it could be The Brooklyn.

Bridges v2-1

“They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
I’m guided by a signal in the heavens
I’m guided by this birthmark on my skin
I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin”

Leonard Cohen

Spuyten Duyvil Bridge (open)

Spuyten Duyvil Bridge (open)

For a different view…http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/02/25/travel-theme-bridges/