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The Photo Gallery highlights some of my photos, including a lovely panoramic full Morning Rainbow. My 10 most popular photo posts are listed in Favorite Photos. A Photo 101 Calendar displays all 21 photo blog posts during the Photography 101: A Photo a Day workshop in Nov 2014, organized in calendar format with day of week, date, and theme/title. There’s a Photo Summary that lists all photos in reverse date order.

Travel

Travel posts feature photos from an 8-day Viking Rhine Cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands, as well as an extended 2-week Germany Trip with visits to Munich, Salzburg (Austria), Romantic Road (Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl, Rothenberg ob der Tauber), Leipzig, and Berlin.

Writing

Writing posts includes my Poetry assignments in the Writing 201: Poetry course in Feb 2015. Best Stories features a few articles with stories, short quotes, and thoughts about my grandchildren, children, and parents.

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SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine (ACL 2017) – Oct 11

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine (ACL 2017) – Oct 11

Listen to Americana music on the Bearded Sunshine SXSWfm specialty radio show stream that is now available on MixCloud. The award winning and revolutionary SXSWfm Americana music show “Bearded Sunshine“ is hosted by resident musical scholar and SXSW staffer Matt Small. Join Matt weekly as he dives into the aforementioned Americana music, current events, humor and other listener favorite topics. This is the opposite of every show you’ve ever liked.

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SXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Last year its 30th anniversary was celebrated in Austin, Texas with over 2,200 official performers from more than 67 countries and happened again recently from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 40 – ACL 2017 (10/11/2017) – 1 hr 2 min

Playing tracks by Vance Joy, Angel Olsen, The Head and the Heart, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carson McHone and more.

 

Matt talks about the top stories from ACL 2017 as well as debuts a playlist where every song was performed at this year’s ACL event.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Joseph – White Flag
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise – Devil Like Me
  • First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The Waiting
  • Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
  • Angel Olsen – Never Be Mine
  • The Head and the Heart – Don’t Dream It’s Over
  • The Band of Heathens – All I’m Asking
  • James Vincent McMorrow – We Don’t Eat
  • Benjamin Booker – Motivation
  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Find Yourself
  • Vance Joy – Lay It on Me
  • Carson McHone – Bouquet

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Henrik Janson

Henrik Janson

Listen to classical guitar music by Henrik Janson, who is a Swedish music arranger, guitarist, record producer and songwriter.

Album

Enjoy a recent album.

Classical Classics (2016) – 32 songs, 1 hr 31 min

 

Playlist

Listen to my custom playlist of his singles and EP.

Henrik Janson – Singles (Playlist) – 9 songs, 23 min

 

Photo credit: Classical Classics @ Amazon (album cover).

Michael Logozar: Starlight

Michael Logozar: Starlight

Listen to solo piano music by Michael Logozar on his latest (7th) album Starlight.

Absolutely wonderful! The best of many great albums. My favorite song on this album is Dream of You. I feel so fortunate to have attended most of his house concerts over the past few years.

New Album

Starlight (2017) – 14 songs, 58 min

 

Playlist

Enjoy my playlist of his songs.

Michael Logozar (Playlist) – 37 songs, 2 hr 31 min

 

Listen to more music by Michael Logozar with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album will be included there as well, along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Starlight @ CD Baby (album cover)

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Oct 5

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Oct 5

The Middle Biscuit is a weekly SXSWfm specialty radio show stream, hosted by Elizabeth Spruiell on MixCloud, which focuses on indie/pop/rock music gems (about an hour long).

SXSWfm_biggerSXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas recently held from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

This is how Elizabeth describes her weekly show every Thursday at 12 & 6 CT.

What is the Middle Biscuit? Literally speaking, it is the warm, highly-coveted, center, perfect biscuit my brothers and I fought over when our Mom set down a pan of her homemade fare. Figuratively, the middle biscuit is a symbol representing any thing that is elite compared to those that surround it. Tune in weekly to feast on what I consider middle biscuit tracks and middle biscuit artists from the massive universe of indie-pop-rock. Mostly new stuff, sometimes classic, either way, you’ll get your fill.

Middle Biscuit #109 – Believe (10/5/2017) – 57 min

Playing tracks by Broncho, Ariel Pink, Chad VanGaalen, Smith Westerns, Benjamin Booker and more.

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • Same Evian — Sleep Easy
  • The Dears — End of Tour
  • Hollow Everdaze — Catastrophe
  • Frank Ocean — Crack Rock
  • The Districts — Fat Kiddo
  • Mister Heavenly — Beat Down
  • ROSTAM — Bike Dream
  • Kid Cudi — Ghost!
  • Ariel Pink — Another Weekend
  • Declan McKenna — Mind
  • Smith Westerns — White Oath
  • Broncho — Get In My Car
  • Chad VanGaalen — Old Heads
  • Benjamin Booker — Believe

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SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Oct 4

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Oct 4

Listen to Americana music on the Bearded Sunshine SXSWfm specialty radio show stream that is now available on MixCloud. The award winning and revolutionary SXSWfm Americana music show “Bearded Sunshine“ is hosted by resident musical scholar and SXSW staffer Matt Small. Join Matt weekly as he dives into the aforementioned Americana music, current events, humor and other listener favorite topics. This is the opposite of every show you’ve ever liked.

SXSWfm_bigger

SXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Last year its 30th anniversary was celebrated in Austin, Texas with over 2,200 official performers from more than 67 countries and happened again recently from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 39 – Boston Strong (10/4/2017) – 1 hr

Playing tracks by The Paper Kites, Sharon Van Etten, Wye Oak, Foy Vance, Bowerbirds and more.

 

Matt shares tales from his adventure to Boston and we talk about the passing of the great Tom Petty.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Foy Vance – Where Everybody Knows Your Name
  • Tom Petty – A Higher Place
  • Bunt – Coming Home
  • Wye Oak – Hot As Day
  • Stu Larsen – Chicago Song
  • The Paper Kites – Bloom
  • The Staves – Facing West
  • Slow Club – Christmas TV
  • Roo Panes – Tiger Striped Sky
  • Matthew and the Atlas – I Followed Fires
  • Johnny Flynn – Detectorists
  • Bowerbirds – Human Hands
  • Sharon Van Etten – Every Time the Sun Comes Up
  • Nathaniel Rateliff – Liverpool

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Dan Chadburn: Held in the Light

Dan Chadburn: Held in the Light

Listen to solo piano music by Dan Chadburn on his 7th album Held in the Light. There is a nice review of the new album by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com. Dan describes the background of his album like this:

Dedicated to my Mom and Dad, Held in the Light is my new solo piano album. Comprised of thirteen piano improvisations, it includes meditations on ten of my parents’ favorite hymns as well as three original improvisations recorded at Piano Haven Studios in Sedona, AZ.

New Album

Held in the Light (2017) – 13 songs, 56 min

 

Video

Breath of Life (In-concert improvisation #1) on Held in the Light (2017) – 3 min 2 sec

 

Listen to more music by Dan Chadburn with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album will be  included there as well, along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Held in the Light @ Amazon (album cover)