Archive for September, 2015
Near Floyd, Virginia
I have a friend who started playing guitar (and some bass), specifically because of the Seattle sound, and the rise of grunge. This was back when Pearl Jam was big, Nirvana ruled the airwaves, Soundgarden was everywhere,
He talked up the soundtrack for Singles, which actually had tracks from most of the eventual heavy hitters out of that era, including this track from Alice in Chains.
Taken during a visit to Denver in May/June 2010. We did a lot of driving around that week (around Denver proper, down to Colorado Springs, over to Golden. This was taken while driving one of those highways (I was the passenger, not the driver).
The source labels this as a “Saturniid moth.” What if it were bigger, say, about the size of a small child, and some degree of sentience? How would they communicate? What’s their social structure like?
Seems I’ve only mentioned Pearl Jam, I’ve never featured one of their videos. And, I’m not going for the obvious one, here (Jeremy), since it can touch a nerve, these days.
Instead, here’s a live performance of Better Man (from 2010), off their third album, but it’s one that was never officially released as a single.
My first trip to New York was tentatively going to be a school related thing in the fall of 2001. For obvious reasons, that did not happen. Instead, we went the next year. This was at “Ground Zero.” Signs and memorials were still up on the fence around the churchyard across the street.
(Sharing this, as a reference photo. This actually fits most of a mental image I have for part of a novel I’m working on. Just bulldoze a lot of trees, land cleared and turned into a human settlement, with ends of the lake opened for ware/river movement…)
The Beatles. So many great songs, and such an impact on both cultural and musical landscapes that, over 50 years later, they are still relevant. Seriously, have you tried picking through some of Paul’s walking bass lines? Lady Madonna comes to mind as a tricksy beast… Then there’s this one. It’s not one of their “staples,” and it’s likely one that gets missed by casual listeners, but I think it’s a rock gem – from the layering, percussive rhythm at the opening, through the licks in the chorus.