Share Six: January 2017: Music

Hard to believe that it is 2017.  The past year just flew by. Katherine of Cobert Photography has chosen Music as the theme for January. Tough one for me.  I am not a musician, we have no musical instruments in the house and I have not been to any events recently where music was involved.  Unless I photograph Richard setting up his playlists for his phone to play through his new blue tooth speaker. There is nothing musical about that. However, I was reminded of an event we had a couple of years ago when I first started out taking photos.  So I pulled them up and went through a re-edit process.

One staff luncheon we were treated to a hour of musical delight. My work colleague and her husband are musicians.  Jane does a lot of “Elvis” cruises with a prominent cruise line, and Dave is a quiet soul, whom if you met him, would not make you think that he had this stunning voices that range from Elvis, to Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, to my all time favorite UB40.  They also have a ministry of visiting the elderly and singing to them.  I love that this brings great joy not only to Dave and Jane but also those that they minister to.  Jane mentioned to me at the time that they do not have an opportunity to change their costumes, so they interchange with hats and sunglasses, scarves and such items.

Here is my share on the topic Music.  I look forward to seeing yours.

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They started off with an all time favorite of mine “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole. With the piano music starting out, almost big band in the background, add the smoothness of Dave’s voice and the pure joy on their faces and you know that you are in for a treat.

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Then moving on to “Fly me to the Moon”, by Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra., and I am reminded of the days when I pulled out my mother’s vinyl LP’s and enjoyed this type of music.  I loved the feeling of being brought just a little closer to my folks memories in that moment.

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“You’ll never find” by Lou Ralls has Dave’s voice dropping to a crooning and you are drawn into this jazzy style of music with a bit of an upbeat background.  Throw in a little bit of Stevie Wonder with this song “You are the sunshine of my life”, and your feet are tapping and your head is nodding, and the audience’s faces have lightened up and their smiles are beaming.  Looking at Dave and Jane, you can surely feel that this is what Dave is feeling.  Jane is in fact a bundle of sunshine, who will light up a room as she walks into it.

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The highlight of the day was when Jane picked up the saxophone and treated us to an amazing rendition of “Moonglow”  Wow!! Big Band and sax  – what can I say.  What a pleasure to listen to.  I knew she played the sax but it took my breath away.  She was amazing.

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One of my all time favorites was and Elvis Presley song.  I am really familiar with it sung by UB40.  “I can’t help falling in love with you”  With the deep voice of Elvis, add the sunglasses and the sparkly jacket and I am there rocking side to side and just loving hearing this beautiful song.  I am reminded that my version that I grew up with had a slightly reggae feel to it.

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“Take my hand, my whole life to because I can’t help falling in love with you”                     (Elvis Presley & UB40)

What a coup!  Young and old, we were all entranced in the performance, the versatility, and the love that these two amazing people share.  It is definitely time to stop by and listen to them again.

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30 Minutes in the Life: April 2016

So apparently I must live under a rock.  I have lived in this area for 15 years and have never heard of this event, or better yet, been to it.  So when a friend asked me whether I would like to go to the Delray Affair, I was a litte confused as to what it was.

Much to my surprise it was far bigger than I anticipated and we walked, and walked.  From the top end of Atlantic Avenue down to the Intracoastal, cars were prevented from traveling, and this became one major big flea market.  I have to give them credit.  It was planned very well.  We walked down one side of the road and back up the other.

So did I go crazy shopping? – no, I guess I could have but I really do not want to spend unnecessary money right now.  Although I did purchase one thing.  I love almond soap, and was delighted when I found some.

There were jewelry stands, art stand, incredible art stands, stands where folk did not seem to mind if you took photos, and there were stands with big signs saying do not take photo’s.  I got to chat with people about what they were selling and find out a little bit more about them. I got to enjoy time with my friend, and I got to walk out in the beautiful fresh air that Florida is having just lately.

I definitely went over my 30 minutes but I will split it up, I just cannot help sharing some of this incredible talent. Here are some of my favorites seen that day.

My disclaimer:   The images are mine, which is why they have my logo on. The artwork itself is done by incredibly talented artists, whose names I do not know.

Street Market

Street Market

Incredible artwork made with pencils.

Stunning artwork made with pencils.

The hair is made with pencils. Amazing artwork

The hair is made with pencils. I fell in love with these two pencil pieces immediately.

It appears that if you want pink crochet stetsons this is the place to get them.

It appears that if you want pink crochet stetsons this is the place to get them.

So true :)

So true – I keep telling Richard the same thing, I am just not sure he believes me.

Wine bottle stoppers

Wine bottle stoppers in a variety of styles.  These came with the most interesting sales pitch and demonstration using a full champagne bottle.  The champagne bottle was heavy and he held it by the cork.  Apparently they held a lifetime warranty and if for any reason the stopper was not working one could send it back in and it would be recorked.

Any one of these could fit in out bar.

Any one of these could fit in out bar.  I was kind of leaning towards it is 5 o’clock somewhere.  Some days that could be an answer to prayer lol.

Since taking trainlines is not advised due to danger, this was a good day to get my trainline fix.

Since taking train tracks is not advised due to danger, this was a good day to get my train track fix.

I fell in love with this piece of artwork. I could easily see it up on my wall.

I fell in love with this piece of artwork. I could easily see it up on my wall. The vibrant colors and and details just really appealed to me.

Another incredibly talented artist.

Another incredibly talented artist.  I loved this image and the one below.  It makes me think of a previous blog that I did for 30 minutes.  The one on the boat I found on the beach and the story I put together of the Cuban refugees that never managed to get close enough to place their feet on US soil.

This image intrigues me and the fish in the paino makes me think of the Pink Floyd song "Wish you were here" We are two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year"

This image intrigues me and the fish in the piano makes me think of the Pink Floyd song “Wish you were here” We are two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year”.  Added to that I am always drawn to clowns.

As kids one tends to not appreciate the gift of a teacher. I had a few that I was happy to escape, but there are a few that engage in your lives and encourage you to do what you need to do to be that better person. There are a few that I have had over the years, but facebook has brought back into my life two of my teachers, this time as peers. I have loved connecting with both of them. I have loved the shift from Student to Friend. From the English Class, to the darkroom photography, to the speech and drama, both these teachers have been there. This week I just agreed to collaborate with one of them to work towards a book of encouragement. Teachers are a gift, treasure them.

As kids one tends to not appreciate the gift of a teacher. I had a few that I was happy to escape, but there are a few that engage in your lives and encourage you to do what you need to do to be that better person. There are a few that I have had over the years, but Facebook has brought back into my life two of my teachers, this time as peers. I have loved connecting with both of them. I have loved the shift from Student to Friend. From the English Class, to the darkroom photography, to the speech and drama, both these teachers have been there. This week I just agreed to collaborate with one of them to work towards creating a book of encouragement. Teachers are a gift, treasure them.

Hanging basket bling.

Hanging basket bling.  While I am not a pink fan, I definitely could see the turquoise hanging outside in my deck area.  I think it is a very attractive and clever idea.  Now to actually keep the plants alive.

This painting screams serenity at me. I love what this talented artist has created.

This painting screams serenity at me. I love what this talented artist has created.

Beyond this image I head past my 30 minutes, but I did want to share what else I got to see that really appealed to me.

I am crazy in love with this piece of artwork.

I am crazy in love with this piece of artwork.  Jazz , music, old vinyl records, what a fun piece of work.

Pieces of drift wood carved into amazing sea life.

Pieces of drift wood carved into beautiful sea life.  It always amazes me how people can look at a piece of wood and find a life inside it, or as depicted below, stone and create something as incredible as an African Elephant.

Beautiful African Elephant Carvings that tug at the heartstrings and remind me of another home.

Beautiful African Elephant Carvings that tug at the heartstrings and remind me of another home.

I came across this interesting fella out on the streets

I came across this interesting fella out on the streets.  He was doing his rounds and entertaining the kids.

I took advantage of the freedom to take the train tracks again on our return journey.

I took advantage of the freedom to take the train tracks again on our return journey.

Another interesting character that I am quite convinced depicts the actual size of mosquitos in South Florida. (Or close to :) )

Another interesting character that I am quite convinced depicts the actual size of mosquitos in South Florida. (Or close to) Although they are not as colorful as what we see here.  No we have the sneaky black kind that slip in when it is dark.  Before you know it you are covered in bumps and soooo itchy.

Rickloweart.com These pieces of work were painted on canvas and covered with a number of layers of resin. The effect was stunning.

Rickloweart.com Rick Lowe uses colors, textures and resin to create the piece above and the two below.  I got chatting to Rick when I first looked at the top image.  It reminded me of my scuba diving days and the beautiful colors of the ocean.

Rickloweart.com These pieces of work were painted on canvas and covered with a number of layers of resin. The effect was stunning.

Rickloweart.com These pieces of work were painted on canvas and covered with a number of layers of resin. The effect was stunning.

This was one of the sweetest sights I saw.

This was one of the sweetest sights I saw.  I spotted her walking ahead with her father.  I love all the beads and braids in her hair.

Cities in Color: Pink: I love soaps, in particular almond soap, and when I stopped by this pink soap really stood out.

I love soaps, in particular almond soap, and I was pretty excited when they said they actually had almonds soap.  I tend to have difficulty finding it.   The soap bars are all the size of the pink one and I purchased 4 bars.  I am hoping that it will last a fair while.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 minutes.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my fellow blogger Liz Godfrey Photography | CT  and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

30 Minutes recently changed their name to Journey to an Artist.  If you want to know more about Journey to an Artist head over to their Facebook page, or to the blog page.  There is new and exciting happenings going on with the group Journey to an Artist that you are sure to want to check it out.

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Noah E: 12 days old..

I have had the privilege of knowing his mother for some years, his father a little less and now this little man.

This is the first time I have attempted to take photographs of a baby so young other than Noah’s first 48 hour photo’s.  One thing I have learned from this short session, is that babies move and photo’s blur.  They also do not like to be moved around a lot.  Noah seemed to be more comfortable on his back and so most of his photo’s are taken that way.

Here is Noah at 12 days old..

 

12 days old

12 days old

Before you were born,

we dreamed of you, imagined you,

we prayed for you.

Now that you are here, 

we hope for you, we love you

we thank God for you.  

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