Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday- Splash Of Autumn

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

Early attempts at effects.  Bot sure, but this may be back in my pre-Photoshop Elements days (andbody remember MGI Photosuite?)...

This was taken during a lunchtime excursion to Silver Lake Park, back when I worked in Highland Illinois.  Early fall, when the leaves were starting to turn.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Triumvirat - Startacus

 For many years, I’ve had a thing about less known musical artists.  Maybe it is the elitist snob in me…  Or just an appreciation for sounds that are a little less well know.  (Not to imply that I don’t like things that are popular, anybody who has seem my Top 40 posts knows that’s not true).
Anyway, I thought I’d start a series on some of the lesser known music in my collection  And for the first entry, I’ll select  a new addition to my collect, but an oldie:  Triumvirat – Spartacus. 

 I’ll rate this one pretty high on the “obscure” scale.  After all, their biography on Allmusic is 8 words” German '70s art rock band à la Focus”   Triumvirat was a progressive rock band, in the spirit of Emerson Lake And Palmer.  A trio (as the name would suggest) very focused on keyboards.
My introduction to Triumvirat came through one of my friends (Rob Posner – RIP) with the Spartacus album.  I don’t remember if the album was his, or belonged to one of his brothers, but I remember listening to it at his house when I was around 15 years old.  At some point through high school / college, I had forgotten about them.  Then it took a while for me to remember their name (“you know, that prog-rock band with a mouse in a light bulb on the record cover…  Tri-something”). I think I found them through an internet site on greatest prog rock bands of all time.  And not long ago, I decided to look for a listen on the internet.  And then a buy!  Other than remembering the band name, it is all so much easier than it was in the 70’s and 80’s!

So, bottom line:  If you like ELP, you’ll probably like Triumvirate.  In fact, lots of Spartacus sounds (to me) like ELP music sung by Peter Gabriel!  And that’s not a bad thing.  Good Stuff!

So, check it out:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Sunset, Edwardsville, IL

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

Another WAY back, probably 2004.  When my younger daughter was in high school and doing color guard.  Taken during band camp before the start of the school year.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

209 / 211

Just a little something I saw while cruising around one lunchtime.  I liked the "compare and contrast" aspect of this.  The 2 doors are the same, yet different.... 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Additional Parking...

So last night (Saturday) we went to a wedding reception at Mills Apple Farm, in Marine, IL.  Naturally, I found a little time to wander around,and found a few interesting images.  This was in a disused area, not part of the action...  of course.  But it's the kind of thing that catches my eye.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Ves Fatigue Every-Where

So, yesterday my wife needed me to make a lunchtime run to Belleville, to pick up some baking supplies.  While there, I took some time to wander (in car) around some of the side streets.  I found several interesting sports, but this was my favorite...

Another spot on the same wall is (or will shortly be) over at Happenstance...

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Jacksonville Beach

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

From a business trip to Jacksonville Florida, back in the early 2000's...  We were driving back to teh Jacksonville airport from a conference in Ponte Vedra (IIRC), and stopped to see the ocean.  I spotted this gentleman fishing, seen through the posts of a washed-away peir.

Again, from my oh-so-humble Kodak DC210 digital camera...

Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful Sunday - Grafton, IL

From the Outlook Point  scenic overlook above Pere Marquette Lodge
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From the Eagle Roost scenic overlook
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From the parking lot of Aerie's Winery, Grafton...
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Sailboat along the Mississippi, between Alton and Grafton

Fin Inn... Again!

There's a restaurant in Grafton, IL called the Fin Inn...  Looking at the internet, it's been there 35 years.  One of those local landmarks, a fun place with Fishtanks at your table.  We used to go there occasionally when the kids were younger, but it's prbably been at least a dozen years since the last time.

Anyway, we were making an excursion up to Pere Marquette yesterday, and decided to have lunch there.  Still seems pretty popular, still a fun spot.

Top post is the fish at our table, just an iPhone snap.  And below is the exterior, coutesy of my wife...

Sunday, September 04, 2016

SOOC - Schon Park

SOOC = Straight Of Of Camera...  meaning no post processing.  No crop, not burn and dodge, nothing.  And it is something that you will rarely see from me.  Really really rarely...

But here's an example, straightv from my iPhone.  Just something I shot to IM to my wife, to let her know where I was.  I rather liked it, so I posted to Facebook.  And now, here.

Of course, looking at it on my computer screen, I'm not sure I can resist tweaking.

Must....  resist....   must...  resist...

Ok, just a quick tweak (operative word = "quick")

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Throwback Thursday - North To Alaska

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

Near Saxman, Alaska.  Just a bit south of Ketchikan.  From a business trip back in early 2002, IIRC.   We finished up a little early and drove down the coast for a little sightseeing.  This is from my first digital camera, the Kodak DC210.

Alaska is one on many places that I've been to only on business, and would like to vistit in tourist mode.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Old Folks Boogie.... New Music from Old People

So I've been looking for some new music lately, but not too far from my comfort zone.  So that's led me to look at people from the '60's / '70's / '80's who are still churning out music.  And thanks to places like Amazon Prime Music, Spotify (and even YouTube), it's easy to explore.  And, if great, purchase.   Here's some stuff I've been listening to lately:

  • Joe Jackson - Fast Forward  (Released October 2015).   I'm really liking this one, purchased it outright.  There's some really super songs, almost everything is really solid.  Maybe 2-3that are... ... less good.  But the album is 16 songs and clocks in at just over 71 minutes, it's perhaps a bit long...  I agree with review on Allmusic: "a set of intelligent, sophisticated pop numbers that also leave room for him to experiment with a range of stylistic approaches ...  above all, this sounds like Joe Jackson, complete with his arch wit, polished songcraft, and intelligence that only occasionally dips into stuffiness"...  Joe Jackson is a comparative youngster at 62...
  • Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch 2 (Released May, 2016).  The second album from Tom Petty's "one-off" reformation of his original band.  It's very much a Tom Petty album, but has a nice loose feeling, the same kind of casual charm found on Travelling Wilburys.  Again, quoting Allmusic:  " the main charm ... is their casualness. Nobody here is attempting a major statement; they're simply laying back and tossing off songs".  And that's not a bad thing.  Tom Petty is 65....
  • Jeff Lynn's ELO  - Alone In The Universe (Released November 2015).  I became aware of this when Lynn performed "When I Was A Boy" on The Tonight Show.  I grabbed it on Prime not long after.   Jeff Lynn is 68.
  • Monkees - Good Times! (Released May 2016) - A surprisingly good album.  I initially dismissed, since I found 1996's Justice to be quite mediocre...  and Davy's passed on.  But this is a sold record.  As Allmusic puts it:  "...a joyous revival of the cheerful jangle that characterized the group's big '60s hits ... a buoyant love letter to everything that made the group".  Michael Nesmith is 73!
  • Graham Nash - This Path Tonight (Released April 2016).  just found this last night, and am really digging it on first listen.    I was a little worried, Nash has always seems a little pretentious to me, and overtly political.  But I'm not getting that feel here.   Really full sound, his voice is strong and clear, the songs are compelling.  One I've listened some more, I expect I'll purchase this one. Graham Nash is 74!

Anybody have any other suggestions?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Album Cover Challenge - Jaun's Apologist

I've posted "mock" album covers before, here's the latest.  This is for the Album Cover Challenge over at 365project.  Using randomly selected band name and album name, create an album cover.  Details of the challenge here,

For this version of the challenge:
My Band Name: Juan's Apologist. I took a little creative license, my random wikipedia page was "Juan Carrasco (apologist)". I wanted to tweak it into something more interesting.

Album title: "those who can do nothing else." from the Cyrus H. Curtis quote "here are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

In The Husk...

It's not too long till the harvest comes... but not yet! 

From one of the small corn fields interspersed with Illinois suburbia, just a couple hundred yards from my office.