Category - photography
Just my luck to be seated on the LEFT side of the plane as it headed up the Hudson toward LaGuardia – the Manhattan skyline shining through the windows on the RIGHT side of the plane. I was seated well behind the wing, too, and so couldn’t really see what was coming; Liberty Island was already behind me before I even realized it was there. I’ve never actually been to Liberty Island, I think I’ll put that on the itinerary…
Remember when I was writing about “Music 3.0“?
Of course you don’t, that was almost 10 years ago, before I folded “celestialjukebox.org” into one of the archived elements of this CohesionArts website.
My idea of “Music 3.0” (there are others, but they’re not nearly as prescient or comprehensive… 😜) was the culmination of what I still occasional refer to as my “Grand Nebulous Theory of The Future of Music” – a concept both “grand” and “nebulous” because, while I think the historical trajectory offers some useful clues, I don’t really have a solid grasp of the ultimate destination.
Whatever the ultimate destination, I think I walked into a fresh landmark along the route this past Saturday when I spent the afternoon at the City Winery in Nashville for something called the “Guitar Mash.”
The concept is hard to describe, but is summed up in the project’s stated mission to “change the way you experience music.” Follow this link to get a better idea of the concept (simplified version here).
As I wrote in a Facebook post the following day:
I got to be present for – and photograph – a rather extraordinary event yesterday at City Winery.
It’s called the “Guitar Mash.”
It starts with a “house band” of A-List musicians – like Jerry Douglas on dobro, Mark Stewart (musical director for Paul Simon, among other things), Victor Krauss on bass, Larry Atamanuik on drums and John Deaderick on keys.
As the afternoon unfolded, the band was joined on stage by featured players including the likes of Brent Mason, Keb Mo, and John Oates.
But the really unique feature is: the audience is encouraged to bring their own instruments and… ohmigod… play along with the stars! Chord-and-lyric charts are displayed on the video screens and “Chord Coaches” (from the W.O. Smith School) wander the audience helping the guests suss out what they’re trying to play.
There will be more to come after I’ve sorted through all the files, but this morning I want to share this one shot of MV Gauthier, as she performs Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and looks out at a venue full of people playing and singing along with her. Her reaction here captures the entire essence of the event. Long story short, it was a blast for every one.
While technology continues to disrupt the “virtual” music business, I felt like this was an indication of what’s possible in the “real” world of music: empowering more people to make music themselves. I kinda think Mary is catching that spirit in this moment and realizing what a wonderful thing that could be.
It oddly frustrates me sometimes when I go to a concert or a club, and there is so little for the audience to do. The performers put their best effort into a song, and the rest of us sit there and repetitiously flap our hands together in appreciation. Rinse and repeat. I don’t know that there is any viable alternative to that, but here’s a venue full of people doing something other than waiting for their chance to applaud:
Digital Caveats re: the above slideshow: I’m having some issues with ZenFolio – my web gallery/service provider – over their continued reliance on Adobe Flash for these slide shows. 10 years after Steve Jobs wrote the epitaph on Flash, ZenFolio only lets me create an “embeddable” slideshow if I use Adobe Flash. HTML5 has been the de-facto standard for nearly a decade, but when I try to embed the HTML5 version of this slideshow in my WordPress post, only half of the images appear in an otherwise half-black screen. I love ZenFolio, but this one rates a big WTFF? I don’t have Flash on my new MacBook Pro, so I have no idea if the embed above works or not. If not, follow this link to see the entire gallery; there is a button to display the HTML5 slideshow in the upper right corner of the gallery page.
…lays down some sonic textures for Maya De Vitry at The Basement in Nashville – March 26, 2018.
Uh, Honey? I don’t think the GPS is gonna be much good in another mile or so… .
Over the next few weeks I’ll be digging into my “Portals of Stone” collection, a series of composite images that blend “the infinite and eternal with the ancient and ruined.”
The series was inspired by a visit to southern Scotland and Northern England in the spring of 2013. When I wandered among the ruins, I felt “the pull of time and space.” When I wanted to convey that experience in the two dimensions of a photo, I struck on the idea of blending my photos with starscapes from the Hubble Telescope (which, conveniently are all public domain!).
“At sunrise, everything is luminous but not clear.”
from A River Runs Through It
–– with Pru Clearwater, from the bluffs overlooking the Cumberland River behind Jeff Thorneycrofts’s house, one frosty November morning…
For some reason, this is one of my favorite “keepers” from my photo-safari through the UK in the spring of 2017.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most dominant features on the London Skyline. After the original Gothic structure was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, it was rebuilt by the great Christopher Wren in a baroque style with a great dome instead of a spired central tower.
Maybe I like this shot because of the asymmetry the concentric circles from this vantage point beneath the dome. Or maybe I just like some of the colors that I pulled out with a variety of software (Luminar) and Lightroom presets.
Or maybe I just like it for its defiance: photography is strictly prohibited within the confines of the Cathedral. So, of course, I have no idea how this shot found its way into my camera… 😜 .
It actually snowed last night here in West Bumfuque, so it’s seems like a good idea to post a reminder that spring is indeed just around the corner.
For this occasion, I returned to the Sea of Daffodils with the lovely Kayte_Colwell (she was Kayte Charlier at the time…) and photo-co-conspirator Ken Gray to add a touch of human beauty to the pretty flowers.
The date on this photo is March 22, 2015. That year, the daffodils were still in full bloom during the first week of actual spring. Today is only March 12, and the daffodils – at least the ones in my front yard – have already bloomed and died. What’s going on with the weather this year?