Wow!! The following songs all made their chart debuts on this day (3/31) in 1973:
..Steveie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" (reached #1)
..Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" (reached #5)
..Stealers Wheel, with "Stuck In Te Middle With You" (reached #6)
..Skylark, with "Wildfire" (reached #9)
..Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" (reached #16)
A pretty impressive list! 4 of these 5 songs grace my music collection.......
Thursday, March 31, 2005
I was sitting on this bench, with my 5 year old son, enjoying the Florida morning sunshine, after a 2 day drive from Illinois. Suddenly this little fellow poped out of this pipe that came through the board. Seemed like a nice enough guy, but he ran off when we tried to get too close! Nikon D70
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
On the car stereo today: Elvin Bishop’s album “Struttin’ My Stuff”. This is a fun southern rock offering from 1975. Dubbed to tape from my original vinyl. Despite the laid back hit “Fooled Around and Fell In Love”, this album has a very funky swinging sound, somewhat reminiscent of Capricorn Records stable-mate Wet Willie. There’s a great up-tempo cover of the Tempations’ “My Girl”, but also the rather crude “Slick Titty Boom”. Trivia notes: Mickey Thomas was lead singer on “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”. Mickey went on to join Jefferson Starship in 1979.
Making it's Top 40 debut this day (3/29) in 1975: "Tangled Up In Blue" from Bob Dylan. This masterpiece song, from Dylan's Masterpiece album "Blood On The Tracks", only made it as far as #31 on the pop charts. But it clearly outclasses, and has certainly outlasted, the eventual #1 song that debuted the same day: "He dont love you like I love you" by Tony Orlando and Dawn.....
During our recent vacation to Disney World, we decided to do a nice dinner on-site. We didn't realize that you can't get same-day reservations at any of the sit-down restaurants in the park...... BUT, the nice fellow at guest services (a Syracuse student; Jeff, maybe?), suggested the buffet over at the Fort Wilderness Resort. So we were on the 5:15 shuttle across the Lake.... Turned out to be a good meal (love that fried chicken!) and a good price, and a nice, more-relaxed, atmosphere. And we made it back with just enough time to use our flash-passes on the Buzz Lightyear ride, then catch the fireworks.
Monday, March 28, 2005
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I had a layover in Denver this week, and actually, it’s one of the better places to spend a few hours. Clean and open (by airport standards), with a good selection of foods and shops on the concourse (though I usually opt for the food-court “Steak Escape”, and grab a good-and-greasy steak sandwich. But there’s a Wolfgang Puck Express if that’s more your style. One of the highlights for me is the “Images of Nature” galleries, featuring the photography of Thomas Mangelsen. Some really outstanding images, and it’s always impressive to see photographs blown up 29x90” (among the redwoods) or 30x45 (true patriot)!! My budget allows a couple of the note card size, though. One of my favorite things about DIA? There’re lots and lots of power outlets. So you can recharge your computer batteries while you wait. Chicago (ORD), by contrast has very few outlets, which were very hard to find. Also, Denver International is served wireless, by ATT, I think it was. Something like $9.99 per day, too much for this 2 hour sojourn, but it least it was an option. I couldn’t find anything during my recent 5 hour layover in Chicago.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Link to Today's Photo........
sorry, having a glitch with my ftp server, will try and update later.
The area around Pullman WA / Moscow ID is called the Palouse region, lots of rolling hills. If you have a chance to drive south, after 30 miles or so, you come aound a bend and suddenly there's this great drop off. They call it Lewiston Hill, but it's a 2000' dropoff!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
3/15/1975, Charlie Daniels Band debuted on the Top 40 with their Southern Rock anthem "The South's Gonna Do It". Although it peaked at 29 on the pop charts, it was, and is, a rebel classic. The song calls out 9 southern rock artists / bands, how many do YOU remember?
Founded in 1928, The Varsity bills themselves as the Worlds largest Drive-In Restaurant. Just off Ga. Tech's campus, in downtown Atlanta. Photo was taken shortly after dusk, available light, handheld (with bracing). Levels adjustment in PSE2.0, and a tiny bit of Simplifier filter.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Saturday, March 12, 2005
One of the best known songs of the seventies, The Eagles' "Hotel California" hit the charts today (3/12) back in 1977. It reaced #1 (of course), and spent 15 weeks on the charts. Hotel California was one of five #1 songs for the Eagles (through 1982, at least), and was the second #1 from the Hotel California album.
Weedon Island Preserve, on the west side of Tampa Bay. After a day of meetings (1/2004), I dashed across the bay to Weedon, I'd seen the "brown sign" while looking for a restaurant the day before. Had a little time to walk around, and enjoy the "natural" Florida. I think this is a Blue Herron, but I'm no expert on such things......
Friday, March 11, 2005
J.J. Cale had his first and only Top 40 hit with "Crazy Mama", which entered the charts 3/11/1972. This laid back number made it to #22. J.J. Cale is the renouned songwriter and master of the laid back guitar style that inspired Eric Clapton during his "Lay Down Sally" era. JJ Cale is one of the more influential unknowns, he's been covered by just about everyone, including: Clapton (4 times), Poco, Santana, Gatemouth Brown, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd (twice), the Band, Waylon Jennings, and more.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
On this day (3/10) in 1979, the instrumental "Chase", by Giorgio Moroder entered the Top 40. This is the song from the movie "Midnight Express", which I saw on my first "real" date with my wife, 25+ years ago. This is a great song to play in the car on a drizzly, night, zooming through the reflections...........
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Sometimes we forget the mood of the land in the 1975. Post Watergate, the fall of Saigon, Stagflation, cities like New York going bankrupt.... In the midst of this, the band Chicago relaesed "Harry Truman", a nosalgic cry to a past president: "America's calling, Harry Truman, Harry you know what to do. The world is turnin' round and losin' lots of ground, Oh Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love..." "Harry Truman" hit the Top 40 today (3/8) back in 1975, and peaked at lucky 13 on the charts.
This month's theme at BetterPhoto.com is "Planes Trains and Automobiles". This is a plane. Taken last 4th of July during the airshow at the St.Louis Arch. This was the stuntplane that had the wing-walker, though she was still in the plane at this point. I' never seen such a thing "live" before, it was kinda cool...
Monday, March 07, 2005
Yep, today is a Holiday in our school district to celebrate Kasmir Pulaski. I'm not positive, but I believe KP was a Polish immigrant who fought in the revolutionary war. It seems to be an Illinois only holiday, just another excuse for the schools to be off.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Friday, March 04, 2005
Yes's classic hit "Roundabout" hit the Top 40 today (3/4) in 1972. One of the great keyboard songs of the 70's, with Rick Wakeman's flying fingers......
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
3/2/1974, Rick Derringer's "Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo" hit the charts. This was his only hit as a solo artist (after Hang On Sloopy with the McCoys), but the All American Boy was a force in mid-70s rock, including associations with Edger and Johnny Winter, Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, and more . Derringer is one of my favorite underrated guitarists, a real guilty pleasure.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
"Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind creat the tree" William Faulkner. Shadow of a tree, cast across the frozen lake. Part of an ongoing project using "one-shot" cameras. Not my Nikon D70!