15-06-16 Maybe This Time


Several days ago, for no apparent reason, I put all the music from my iTunes account onto my phone and set it to shuffle all. At what was apparently a key moment in my day the song “Maybe This Time” from the movie version of Cabaret came on my phone. Not the Liza Minnelli version but the Kristen Chenoweth – Lea Michele version from Glee!?!?!!?
I didn’t know I owned any songs from Glee but that is okay because I am a big Chenoweth fan.

That set me off on a hunt for as many versions as I could find on YouTube. Minnelli, of course, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, thousands of amateur nights and most heartbreaking, the extraordinary performance of Natasha Richardson from the 1998 Roundabout production.


Since that day (Saturday) I have been dreaming about Weimar Germany every night. I find it both bizarre and extraordinary.

I mean if you are talking Weimar you are looking at a quintessential good start hijacked and gone bad…very bad.


I don’t have an answer, not even sure I have a question but when I woke up this morning, (it) was on my mind.

6-20-14 Weekly Photo Challenge – Between –

This week’s challenge is very timely.

It is Between.

Today we left from here:RSJohnson_1406190416   and arrived here: RSJohnson_1406200311

but almost exactly between (80 miles)…













2-11-13 Travel Theme: Gaudy (Elvis Edition)

While looking through my old photos for inspiration for Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Gaudy

I came across some Graceland and Opry pictures from 16 years ago. As I was looking through them, this excellent Jenny Lewis song, Acid Tongue, popped into my head. I realized that in some ways it does connect with Elvis so…

I went to a cobbler to fix a hole in my shoe
He took one look at my face and said “I can fix that hole in you”
I beg your pardon I’m not looking for a cure
I’ve seen enough of my friends in the depths of the Godsick blues

You know I’m a liar
You know I’m a liar
Nobody helps a liar

Cause I’ve been down to Dixie and dropped acid on my tongue
Tripped upon the land till enough was enough
I was a little bit lighter
And adventure on my sleeve
I was a little drunk and looking for company
So I found myself a sweetheart with the softest of hands
We were unlucky in love but I’d do it all again

We built ourselves a fire
We built ourselves a fire
You know I’m a liar
You know I’m a liar
And you don’t know what I’ve done

And by the rolling river is exactly where I was
There was no snake or cure for unlucky in love
To be lonely is a habit like smoking or taking drugs
And I’ve quit them both but man was it rough

And now I am tired
It just made me tired
Lets build ourselves a fire
Lets build ourselves a fire

Ailsa started her challenge because a friend suggested it after reading about her trip to Vegas.  To me, Vegas and late Elvis have much in common so it seemed right to track down these old photos and try to make them work. (Graceland did not allow flash and it was very dimly lit).

The American Eagle Cape (Aloha 1973)

The American Eagle Cape (Aloha 1973)

The Gold Record Shrine

The Gold Record Shrine

The plane

The plane

Grand Ole Opry

At The Grand Ole Opry