Thursday, February 01, 2007

The First Of February

It's the first day of February, and that means you get new pictures, even in the middle of the week! The shot above is from the 2007 calendar I gave my Grandmother this most recent Christmas. This great blue heron grabbed this fish from a fisherman on the North Jetty in Venice. I guess it was too small for him to keep, but the bird thought it was a great catch. The shot below is from the calendar I gave Nanny in 2005, but it's also for this week. That's the Anna Maria City Pier, which is a favorite subject of mine. Do a quick search through the blog here, and you'll see dozens of shots of that same pier.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Two For Tuesday-Part V

There's something about the music of The Beatles that turned the music world upside down. Everybody wanted to sing their songs. Everybody. So tonight I've got a couple of slightly off-beat Beatle covers for you, both from a Warner Brothers promo LP circa 1969. I'm sure they both came out on albums by the respective artists, but I got them from this LP. The first track is the rarely covered Piggies by Theodore Bikel. (Looks like this one saw light of day more recently on volume 4 of Rhino's excellent Golden Throats series.) Track two is also a seldom covered song, Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, and this one is by the great Fats Domino. Blueberry Hill this ain't. (And for whatever reason, this one is in mono...) As I mentioned, both hail from the double LP The 1969 Warner Reprise Record Show (Warner Bros PRO 336, 1969). Back in the day, you could have gotten this LP directly from the record company for $2, just by sending in a coupon found on the inner sleeve of most Warner Bros. or Reprise releases. There's a whole series of these things, going on for much of the late 60's and early 70's. Each one has great album tracks, and the occasional rarity, like live tracks, or b-sides or even music from commercials done by WB artists. But that's all a subject for another post. Go get these two great tracks, and remember, all you need is love!

The End Of January

Well, here it is Tuesday, and I haven't posted anything since last Wednesday. How lazy can I get... Don't tempt me, please. So I'm trying to get caught up a little bit. Here are the calendar pages for this last bit of February. The shot above is a sunset from 2005 that I stuck in the 2006 calendar, which has now rolled on over into 2007. I think I shot this from the Siesta Drive bridge, which means you're looking out over Siesta Key here in Sarasota. There are always cool sunsets out on the islands. Well, not always. Like tonight for instance. It's all overcast and raining, so there's no cool sunset tonight. The shot below is an F-14 putting the pedal to the metal and lighting off the afterburner. I just love those rings of flame in the exhaust. I caught this at the Sun-N-Fun airshow last year. I'm thinking that it's coming up again this year pretty soon now, so I'm sort of looking forward to that.