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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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2 Hours of SXSW 2017 Artists – Feb 13

2 Hours of SXSW 2017 Artists – Feb 13

Listen to 2 hours of non-stop indie, pop, rock, alternative, and international music from a wide variety of showcasing artists who will perform at the 2017 SXSW Music Festival during March 13-19, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

2 Hours of SXSW 2017 Artists (2/13/2017) – 2 hr 32 min

 

Lynn Yew Evers

Lynn Yew Evers

Listen to instrumental piano music by Lynn Yew Evers on her latest album Elysian. There are nice reviews by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com of both albums, Elysian and Dawn of Peace.

Albums

These are her albums.

Elysian (2016) – 13 songs, 53 min

 

Dawn of Peace (2012) – 11 songs, 53 min

 

Single

Here is a single.

Without Words (2015) – 1 song, 3 min 53 sec

 

Videos

Here are some videos from her albums.

Elysian on Elysian (2016) – 4 min 37 sec

 

Without Words on Without Words (2015) – 3 min 54 sec

 

Unspoken Tale on Dawn of Peace (2012) – 5 min 10 sec

 

Lyrical Mood on Dawn of Peace (2012) – 5 min 32 sec

 

A Fleeting Moment on Dawn of Peace (2012) – 4 min 44 sec

 

Links

These are links to her website, social media, and general information.

These are links to artist pages at popular music players and music stores.

Photo credit: Elysian @ Amazon (album cover)

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine 20 – Feb 15

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine 20 – Feb 15

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 it will happen again from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 20 – Extravaganza (2/15/2017) – 1 hr 2 min

 

Bearded Sunshine is in uncharted territory by reaching episode number 20!! Matt celebrates by bringing you Americana covers in this week’s playlist. Many other fun surprises are also in store for this historic episode.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Catfish And The Bottlemen – Read My Mind
  • The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  • Band of Horses – The Great Salt Lake
  • James Bay – Forever
  • Bear’s Den – Above the Clouds of Pompeii
  • Black Prairie – How Do You Ruin Me?
  • Mumford and Sons – Tessellate
  • Lord Huron – Ends of the Earth
  • Boy & Bear – Feeding Line
  • The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning
  • Paper Aeroplanes – Race You Home
  • Real Estate – Talking Backwards
  • Angel Olsen – The Waiting
SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Feb 16

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Feb 16

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 which celebrated its 30th anniversary in Austin, Texas from March 15-20, 2016. 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 #93 – Keep It Low (2/16/2017) – 1 hr 7 min

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • SKATERS – In Your Head
  • Angel Olsen – Never Be Mine
  • Generationals – Keep It Low
  • Jesse Woods – Hazy Horse
  • Hippo Campus – The Way It Goes
  • Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
  • The Molochs – You and Me
  • The Lemon Twigs – These Words
  • Cold War Kids – Love Is Mystical
  • Father John Misty – Ballad of a Dying Man
  • POP ETC – Please Don’t Forget About Me
  • Temples – Certainty
  • M.I.A. – POWA
  • The Last Shadow Puppets – Pattern
  • People Flavor – Shake Well
Alison Krauss: Windy City

Alison Krauss: Windy City

Listen to classic country music by Alison Krauss on her new album Windy City. She is the most awarded female artist in Grammy history (27 awards including Album of the Year in 2009). Her first solo album in 18 years is a collection of older covers from artists Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Eddy Arnold, Bill Monroe, Roger Miller, The Osborne Brothers, and Ray Charles.

Album

Enjoy her new album just released today.

Windy City (Deluxe) (2017) – 14 songs, 47 min

 

Playlist

For more of her music, listen to this playlist created by Spotify with the essential tracks.

This Is: Alison Krauss (Playlist) – 48 songs, 2 hr 58 min

 

Videos

Watch these videos for her new album.

Losing You – 2 min 54 sec

 

Windy City Trailer – 4 min 21 sec

 

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

Photo credit: Windy City @ Amazon (album cover)

Lynn Tredeau

Lynn Tredeau

Listen to solo piano music by Lynn Tredeau from Idaho on her latest album A New Dream.

She composes original piano music to tell life’s stories, inspired by nature and love of family. There are nice reviews of all of her albums by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com: A New Dream, Echoes of Life, and Snowlight (A Christmas Memory).

Albums

These are her albums.

A New Dream (2016) – 13 songs, 47 min

 

Echoes of Life (2015) – 12 songs, 43 min

 

Christmas

Here is a Christmas album, which won 2016 Best Holiday Album of the Year at Enlightened Piano Radio.

Snowlight (A Christmas Memory) (2014) – 14 songs, 47 min

 

Videos

Here are some videos for songs from her new album.

Dream a New Dream – Live at Concert Window (2016) – 3 min 51 sec

 

Ocean of Tears – Live at 2016 Enlightened Piano Radio Awards Concert (with Sherry Finzer) – 3 min 25 sec

 

Links

These are links to her website, social media, music players and stores.

Photo credit: A New Dream @ Amazon (album cover)

Janice Lacy Project

Janice Lacy Project

Listen to instrumental piano music by Janice Lacy Project from Los Angeles on their debut album Sanctuary for the Soul.

Fronted by pianist/composer Janice Lacy, the other Project members are Rob Mullins (piano and keyboards), Jeness (cello), Larry Antonino (bass), and Tony Braunagel (drums and percussion) – all artists in their own right. All fourteen tracks on the album were composed by Lacy, motivated by this goal:

I want my music to serve as a sanctuary, a refuge, a place of safety, peace, healing and joy, where listeners can go when they need to escape from the pressures and stress of the world around them.

There’s a nice review by Kathy Parsons at MainPiano.com.

Album

Enjoy their debut album.

Sanctuary for the Soul (2016) – 14 songs, 47 min


 

Links

These are links to her website, social media, music players, and music stores.

Photo credit: Sanctuary for the Soul @ Amazon (album cover)