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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.

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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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The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter: 10th Anniversary

The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter: 10th Anniversary

Today is the 10th anniversary of the 5th album by Josh RitterThe Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. I thought you might enjoy listening to it again — it’s as good as ever!

Album

The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter by Josh Ritter (2007) – 14 songs, 42 min

 

New Singles

He has a new album Gathering to be released on Sep 22, along with another tour (Oct – Feb), including here in Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater on Jan 12th. He says “It’s a record of joy and sadness and laughter and lightning”. Here are several singles from that upcoming album.

Showboat (2017) – 4 min 22 sec

 

Thunderbolt’s Goodnight (2017) – 4 min 5 sec

 

Playlist

Here is my playlist of his songs.

Josh Ritter (Playlist) – 56 songs, 3 hr 29 min

 

Listen to more of his music at my Josh Ritter post with additional albums, videos, and links.

Photo credit: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter @ Amazon (album cover)

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Aug 17

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Aug 17

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 #107 – ECLIPSIN’ (8/17/2017) – 54 min

Playing tracks by The Arcs, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Greg Ashley, Hamjam, Public Access T.V. and more.

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • Grizzly Bear — Losing All Sense
  • The Walkmen — Heartbreaker
  • Nice as Fuck — Angel
  • Martin Courtney — Awake
  • Greg Ashley — Awkward Affections
  • Hamjam — Lean
  • Cotillon — Yesterday’s Shoes
  • The Arcs — Rosie (Ooh La La)
  • Public Access T.V. — Careful
  • Rat Boy — I’ll Be Waiting
  • WOODS — The Other Side
  • Day Wave — Bring You Down
  • J. Roddy Walston & The Business — The Wanting
  • The War on Drugs — Holding On

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Glen Campbell: Adios

Glen Campbell: Adios

Listen to country music by the legendary Glen Campbell on his final (64th) studio album Adios after a career that spanned 50 years including six Grammy awards. Last week he died from Alzheimer’s in Nashville at age 81 where he had been receiving care at a memory care facility since 2011.

His diagnosis was followed by an extended “Goodbye Tour” during 2012-13 along with its accompanying documentary film and soundtrack album in 2014, the latter of which featured “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” his last moment in a recording studio. 

Final Album

This was recorded in 2012 at Nashville following his “Goodbye Tour”.

Adios (2017) – 12 songs, 37 min

 

Videos

Arkansas Farmboy on Adios – Recorded In-Studio – 1 min 54 sec

 

Adiós on Adios (2017) – 3 min 9 sec

 

I’m Not Gonna Miss You on I’ll Be Me Soundtrack (2015) – 2 min 56 sec

 

I’ll Be Me – Movie Trailer (2014) – 3 min 0 sec

 

Remembering (Single Version) by Ashley Campbell (2016) – 3 min 46 sec

 
Watch the five videos at The Tennessean about his Alzheimer’s shared by his wife Kim Campbell.

I initially created a post about love, memory, and music as I was thinking about my Mom who has Alzheimer’s. With Glen Campbell receiving the Grammy award for his last song I’m Not Gonna Miss You, from the documentary I’ll Be Me filmed during his Goodbye Tour, it made me also think about his similar struggle with Alzheimers over the previous four years. I also created another related music post on The Band Perry which features Glen Campbell’s song Gentle On My Mind.

There are reviews at Rolling Stone. Here’s a Rolling Stone interview with his daughter Ashley Campbell, and another article from last year.

Photo Credit: Adios @ Amazon (album cover)

 

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Aug 10

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Aug 10

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 #106 (8/10/2017) – 58 min

Playing tracks by Brendan Canning, Bully, Harlem, Tomorrows Tulips, SKATERS and more.

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • Shout Out Louds — Oh Oh
  • Bully — Too Tough
  • Deer Tick — The Bump
  • Tomorrows Tulips — Surplus Store
  • Harlem — Be Your Baby
  • The Drums — Skippin’ Town
  • Benjamin Gibbard — Metal Baby
  • Twin Peaks — Tossing Tears
  • SKATERS — I’m Not a Punk
  • Brendan Benson — Get It Together
  • Childhood — Too Old For My Tears
  • Brendan Canning — Once I Was a Runner
  • Ducktails — Map to the Stars
  • Spoon — Metal Detektor
  • Father John Misty — Things That Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before the Revolution
  • Azure Ray — Displaced

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Spectacular Scandanavia and its Fjords

Spectacular Scandanavia and its Fjords

Sorry for not posting over the past few weeks, but I’ve been enjoying Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. We just completed a wonderful 16-day Spectacular Scandanavia and its Fjords tour with Insight Vacations from July 28 to August 11.

The included excursions were interesting, and the scenery was magnificent and varied. I took lots of photos and they will be included in posts as I review, edit, organize, and upload them. On this trip, I decided not to share while traveling, but instead do it afterwards. We stayed at lovely hotels in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Falun, Lillehammer, Geiranger, Leikanger, Bergen, and Oslo.  We also selected several optional excursions: North Zealand Castle Tour, Lillehammer Ski Jump and Brewery Experience, The Troll’s Road, and Europe’s Highest Fjord at Dalsnibba,

This was a special opportunity to celebrate our recent 50th wedding anniversary. Also we’ve been trying to see our ancestral countries – Norway, Germany, Scotland, and England. We have wanted to visit there since my wife’s maternal Olsen grandfather emigrated from Norway. Her maternal Queck grandmother came from Germany, which we visited two years ago on a trip, preceded by a Viking Rhine river cruise.

In 2000 we had visited Scotland where her paternal grandparents originated (Dunlop, Campbell, MacDonald, and MacKinnon), from places such as Whycogomah, East Lake Ainsley, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Eigg.  On that same trip we also did a tour of England, including the area around York where my maternal grandfather’s Kaye (Kay) family were from, and Cornwall where my paternal grandfather (Warren) was born and grandmother’s family (Paull) was from.My maternal grandmother’s Bryant ancestors from England arrived in 1630 at Plymouth Colony after sailing on the Handmaid.

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jul 19

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jul 19

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 35 – Shall We Begin? (7/19/2017) – 1 h 12 min

Playing tracks by Penny & Sparrow, Fruition, Kelly Dalton, Rayland Baxter, Joan Shelley and more.

 

Bearded Sunshine Episode 35 celebrates the triumphant return of GoT! We also talk about swords, contact lenses and O.J. Simpson and R. Kelly’s big week. All of this and new songs from new albums will be played on the show!

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Birdtalker – One
  • Deer Tick – Baltimore Blues No. 1
  • Lord Huron – Love Like Ghosts
  • Penny & Sparrow – Finery
  • Offa Rex – The Old Churchyard
  • Rayland Baxter – Oh My Captain
  • Zach Lupetin and the Dustbowl Revival – Devil
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – If We Were Vampires
  • Josh Ritter – Homecoming
  • Kelly Dalton – I’m on Fire
  • Fruition – The Meaning
  • Sammy Brue – I Never Said
  • Joan Shelley – Stay On My Shore

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Hearts Embrace by Reneé Michele

Hearts Embrace by Reneé Michele

Enjoy instrumental and solo piano music by Reneé Michele.

Song

Listen to one of my favorite solo piano songs by Reneé Michele.

Hearts Embrace by Reneé Michele on Seasons of the Heart (2014) – 5 min 16 sec

 

Album

Here is the album with that song.

Seasons of the Heart (2014) by Reneé Michele – 10 songs, 51 min

 

Playlist

This is my new playlist of music by Reneé Michele.

Reneé Michele – 30 songs, 2 hr 25 min

 

Artist

Listen to more of her music at my Reneé Michele post for more albums, videos, and links.

Photo credit: Seasons of the Heart @ Amazon (album cover)