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Give Me The Roses While I Live – Tommy Thompson, Mike Craver, Jim Watson, by Jill Kuhel

I’ve spent a bit of time in nursing homes over the last several years. There are two things I find especially fascinating. First is what people bring with them to this one little room. The condensing down of all worldly goods to the very most meaningful. The second is the deathbed gathering of relatives. . . . → Read More: Give Me The Roses While I Live – Tommy Thompson, Mike Craver, Jim Watson, by Jill Kuhel

Van Morrison – Transformation

After 72 years, Sir George Ivan “Van” Morrison is still wandering through buttercup summers and playing new games down in the hollow. “Transformation,” (above) a song from his upcoming album, his 37th, forms his latest summer into fall meditation.

It’s gold baby, this “Transformation,” and it comes to us just as northern . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Transformation

After Waiting 35 Years, I Finally Get to See Two-Tone Legends the Selecter but Trek to Portland to Do It, by Holly Homan

Thirty-five years ago I discovered ska music – in particular, Two-Tone ska music. The Selecter was one of those Two-Tone bands who were my first real introduction to ska music. As far as I know they never played Seattle – not since I’ve known of them. Really, they’ve barely set foot on US . . . → Read More: After Waiting 35 Years, I Finally Get to See Two-Tone Legends the Selecter but Trek to Portland to Do It, by Holly Homan

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Nasturtiums, by Jill Kuhel

Tuesday eating from your yard tip~nasturtiums add color and a little taste of black pepper to your food. The leaves, flowers and seeds are edible. I have not eaten the seeds, but I have been told you can pickle them to substitute for capers. There is nothing tricky about eating nasturtiums you can eat . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Nasturtiums, by Jill Kuhel

Images Of Charlottesville From A More Peaceful Time, by Chuck Strom

In July 2014, I had the privilege of visiting Charlottesville, VA to see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia. I remember the visit fondly, but now my memory has to take into account the events of this past weekend. I attach these photos to remind myself that, in more peaceful times, it . . . → Read More: Images Of Charlottesville From A More Peaceful Time, by Chuck Strom

Up Close and Personal: A View of the Oakland A’s from Behind The Plate, by Chuck Strom

Last Thursday evening, courtesy of a generous friend in the right place, I had the privilege of seeing the Oakland A’s three rows up from home plate. I’ve had some good seats in the past, but nothing nearly as up close and personal with major league ball players as this. The seats, in . . . → Read More: Up Close and Personal: A View of the Oakland A’s from Behind The Plate, by Chuck Strom

The Blow – The Greatest Love of All

The sonic fireworks for this song start at 1:02. Be sure to stick with it at least that far.

The Blow’s new album, Brand New Abyss, is a lightning rod. A wild assembly of frequencies produced out of a thrust of electroacoustic punk energy, the album is a search for a new sound . . . → Read More: The Blow – The Greatest Love of All

Nicky Hopkins Should be in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, by Mark Erickson

Nicky Hopkins with Keith Richards at Nellcote while the Stones were recording Exile on Main Street.

Last weekend my wife and I went to Northwestern University to attend the musical, Tommy, by The Who. Undergraduate students performed with a nine piece band, including a french horn. I retrieved my Tommy album upon return to . . . → Read More: Nicky Hopkins Should be in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, by Mark Erickson

Eating from your yard tip – Elderberries, by Jill Kuhel

Standing next to an elderberry bush wearing a silk scarf I dyed with elderberries.

Tuesday eating from your yard tip~ Elderberries (Sambucus canadensis) are not a berry you pick and pop in your mouth. While birds can eat elderberry off the bush, it is best for us humans to remove the seed and heat . . . → Read More: Eating from your yard tip – Elderberries, by Jill Kuhel

Seafair Weekend Ends with at El Corazon for a Night of Punk Rock Featuring the Bombpops, by Holly Homan

After spending the fifth and sixth of August watching the Blue Angels fly, I ended the weekend with yet another trip to El Corazon. This time it was to see a group called the Bombpops. This quartet from Ocean City, CA, has two very charming young women fronting the band. They shared lead vocals . . . → Read More: Seafair Weekend Ends with at El Corazon for a Night of Punk Rock Featuring the Bombpops, by Holly Homan

A Steamy Hot Night at Seattle’s El Corazon Brings Hard Core Starring He Is Legend, By Holly Homan

On the night of August third I ventured out to one of my favorite haunts, El Corazon. This time it was a hard core punk show with He Is Legend headlining.

He Is Legend is a five-piece from Wilmington, NC with lots of hair. They are fronted by the very energetic and dynamic . . . → Read More: A Steamy Hot Night at Seattle’s El Corazon Brings Hard Core Starring He Is Legend, By Holly Homan

There’s No Rule That Says That A Miserable Situation Has To End, by Chuck Strom

Great Politico podcast on the current catastrophe in Venezuela, which has flown under the radar a bit with all of the other international noise going on. You know things are bad when, as a journalist, you get picked up by the secret police and regard the situation with relief.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/07/democracy-die-venezuela-implosion-hannah-dreier-215467

– Chuck . . . → Read More: There’s No Rule That Says That A Miserable Situation Has To End, by Chuck Strom

Paul Simon – Peace Like a River, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am not going to lie to you. I have listened to ‘Peace Like A River’ seven times tonight. This song is so beautiful it’s cutting me.

“You can beat us with wires, you can beat us with chains, you can run out your rules, but you know can’t outrun the history train”

This . . . → Read More: Paul Simon – Peace Like a River, by Davin Michael Stedman

Colin Kaepernick: Potentially Losing Career but Winning History by a Landslide, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Colin Kaepernick story is one of the most fascinating stories of our generation. Most people didn’t even realize he was part African American until the media promoted his heartwarming adoption story, which explained why his parents were not Sicilian or Latin.

Once he switched out his dooshy baseball flat brimmed cap and grew . . . → Read More: Colin Kaepernick: Potentially Losing Career but Winning History by a Landslide, by Davin Michael Stedman

Yogoman Burning Band With Winston Jarrett Fill Seattle’s Pono Ranch Lounge with Succulent Reggae, Ska Sounds, By Holly Homan

It was a warm Saturday night when I ventured out to a place I’d never been before called Pono Ranch. Nestled under the Ballard Bridge on the north side of Seattle’s Ship Canal (a canal that separates north and south Seattle). This time I was taking in some more ska/reggae put forth by Seattle’s . . . → Read More: Yogoman Burning Band With Winston Jarrett Fill Seattle’s Pono Ranch Lounge with Succulent Reggae, Ska Sounds, By Holly Homan

Robyn Hitchcock’s New Self-Titled Album May Be His Best Yet, by Tom Fredrickson

Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock (Yep Roc)

Is it possible that, at the midpoint of his seventh decade, Robyn Hitchcock has delivered his finest album? Certainly, it is his strongest sounding work in decades. Taking nothing away from his excellent past collaborations with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Peter Buck, and Scott McCaughey, much credit . . . → Read More: Robyn Hitchcock’s New Self-Titled Album May Be His Best Yet, by Tom Fredrickson

Eating From Your Yard Tip: What to Do With the Glorious Glut of Tomatoes? by Jill Kuhel

Eating from your yard tip~what to do with the glorious glut of tomatoes? Tomatoes are in most dishes we prepare, but after you have eaten your fill of fresh tomatoes on your BLTs, in bruschetta, sliced tomatoes served with basil and balsamic vinegar or put them in your egg casseroles, green and pasta salads . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: What to Do With the Glorious Glut of Tomatoes? by Jill Kuhel

Alex Morgan vs. Christen Press: Who Should Start for United States Women’s National Team? by Knute Rimkus

My niece and I recently attended the double header soccer game of the national women’s teams, Japan vs Brazil then US vs Australia.

It was interesting to watch the game between Avani, my nine-year-old niece who, like many in the stadium, is a big Alex Morgan fan, and a pair of serious women soccer . . . → Read More: Alex Morgan vs. Christen Press: Who Should Start for United States Women’s National Team? by Knute Rimkus

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker Interview With Anthony Scaramucci

This interview speaks for itself, other than to confirm that, yes, this is Donald Trump’s communications director.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-unload-about-white-house-leakers-reince-priebus-and-steve-bannon

– Vino Knight-Trane

Bookends: Getting Old Beats the Alternative, by Knute Rimkus

Just listened to Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends. So many things anachronistic about the activity — 1967 album, listening to a whole album, actually was an LP I digitized. And I’m not the first to observe the weirdness of Paul Simon, who sings “how terribly strange to be 70” being over 70 now.

I think . . . → Read More: Bookends: Getting Old Beats the Alternative, by Knute Rimkus