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Photos

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 – 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)

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Jul 14

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Jul 14

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 #104 –  I’m on the Grass (7/14/2017) – 1 hr 1 min

Playing tracks by Day Wave, Hovvdy, Dan Auerbach, WOODS, Lost Balloons and more.

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • J Roddy Walston & The Business — The Wanting
  • Lost Balloons — Paint
  • Dan Auerbach — Cherrybomb
  • WOODS — Lost in a Crowd
  • The Black Angels — Half Believing
  • Day Wave — Untitled
  • Cotillon — Promises
  • Summer Salt — Revvin’ my CJ7
  • Hovvdy — Can’t Wait
  • The Stevens — Chancer
  • Broken Social Scene — Halfway Home
  • Jonathan Fire Eater — When the Curtain Calls For You
  • Imperial Teen — Imperial Teen
  • R.E.M. — Crush with Eyeliner
  • Pavement — Father to a Sister of Thought

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People and Puddles by Isaac Shepard

People and Puddles by Isaac Shepard

Enjoy solo piano music by Isaac Shepard.

Song

Listen to one of my favorite songs by Isaac Shepard.

People and Puddles by Isaac Shepard on Awaken (2010) – 3 min 34 sec

 

Album

Here is the album with that song.

Awaken (2010) by Isaac Shepard – 11 songs, 40 min

 

Playlist

This is my playlist of music by Isaac Shepard.

Isaac Shepard – 37 songs, 2 hr 22 min

 

Artist

Listen to more of his music at my Isaac Shepard post for more albums, videos, and links.

Photo credit: Awaken @ Amazon (album cover)

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jul 5

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jul 5

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 34 – Day after the 4th show (7/5/2017) – 58 min

Playing tracks by John Moreland, Daniel Levi Goans, Dusty Heart, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Paper Aeroplanes and more.

 

Matt discusses America’s birthday AND we talk about a new band with a funny name that you can’t go another day without hearing! All of this plus…more, on Episode 34.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise – Cocaine Jesus
  • Henry Green – Electric Feel
  • Holly Macve – Heartbreak Blues
  • Daniel Levi Goans – Albatross
  • Justin Townes Earle – 15-25
  • Great Lake Swimmers – Zero in the City
  • Tom Petty – It’s Good to Be King
  • Paper Aeroplanes – Same Mistakes
  • John Moreland – Lies I Choose to Believe
  • John Joseph Brill – False Names
  • Jeffrey Foucault – Slow Talker
  • J. Tillman – Love No Less Worthy
  • Andrew Combs – Rainy Day Song
  • Dusty Heart – Timbre and Trail

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Louis Landon: Classic Pop Rock Solo Piano

Louis Landon: Classic Pop Rock Solo Piano

Listen to solo piano by Louis Landon on his new album Classic Pop Rock Solo Piano.

Classic Pop Rock Solo Piano (2017) – 12 songs, 51 min

 

Listen to more of his music at my Louis Landon post for more of his albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Classic Pop Rock Solo Piano @ Amazon (album cover)

Imagine Dragons: Evolve

Imagine Dragons: Evolve

Listen to rock music by Imagine Dragons on their new (3rd) album Evolve.

New Album

Evolve (2017) – 11 songs, 39 min

 

Videos

Here are several videos from the new album.

Believer – 3 min 36 sec

 

Thunder – 3 min 53 sec

 

See my original music post on Imagine Dragons if you want to listen to more of their music, view their videos, or access related links. This new album has also be incorporated directly into the Albums section of that post.

Photo credit: Evolve @ Amazon