Music Monday

<note to self>

PassengerpigeonSpecies rise, and all species eventually will die. Species death is known as extinction. That in itself is normal. But it’s the current rate of extinction that’s cause for alarm. The world is changing so quickly that many species can’t keep up. They die out prematurely. Take the passenger pigeon, for example. Less than a hundred and fifty years ago, there were billions. Now there are none. Will the monarch butterfly soon follow? When will it be our turn? Will it happen prematurely too?

Music

Bach faceMy favourite decomposing composer, born 1685-04-30. (My other favourite, Pete Seeger, born 1919-05-03, is below.)

.

.

Tony Rice UnitAnd now for something completely different: Tony Rice Unit, Tipper.

.
.

Alison Krauss CropAlison Krauss And Union Station, Down To The River To Pray.

.

.

.
.

heart30f-2-webAnn And Nancy Wilson, The Battle of Evermore (tx, rb)

.
.

Led Zeppelin acoustic 1973Led Zeppelin, Going To California (tx, rb)

.

.
ian-mcdougall-playing-the-tromboneIan McDougall, composer, trombonist with The Boss Brass. (tx, tt).

.
.

banana-treeOne of Hawksley Workman’s favourites; mine too. Watching an interview.

.

.
.

mike-cado-screencap-by-pklMike Cado (tx, tt).

.

.
.

phil-nimmons-from-woodwinds.daddario.comPhil Nimmons, Islands: The Atlantic Suite.

.

.
.

Horace SilverHorace Silver Quintet, Song For My Father

.

.

.
.

Art Blakey al CapolineaArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Moanin’

.
.

Tuesday, 2015 April 28

Terry Pratchett at Powell's 2007-croppedTerry Pratchett, born today 67 years ago, wrote, ‘Don’t think of it as dying…. Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.’ He left early a few weeks ago.

.

.
.

brucepenn9watched the water brothers (tidal power), a park for all seasons (bruce/fathom five), and the agenda (political correctness–the left).

Wednesday, 2015 April 29

Eugene_Shoemaker-from-wcAnd, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
–From Romeo And Juliet, engraved on a capsule on
the Moon containing the remains of
comet-discoverer Eugene Shoemaker.

Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La-screencap-by-pklwatched swimming with killer whales and mystery monkeys of shangri-la.
.

Thursday, 2015 April 30

IMND poster ENG near final R32When is International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)? In 2015, in much of the Northern hemispere, it’s May 9. ‘Because birds do not migrate on the same day, IMBD is celebrated on different dates’. 2015’s theme is restoring habitats, especially wetlands. Mark your calendars. Get out and about!

the_agenda_logowatched the agenda (outrage and offence). reading about ‘the desert mothers, ‘christian ascetics living in the desert of egypt, palestine, and syria in the 4th and 5th centuries’.

Friday, 2015 May 1

The_Social_Animal_(David_Brooks_book)‘She couldn’t forget the fact that people are weirder and more complex than we can ever know.’–The Social Animal, David Brooks.

.

.

researching monarchs. a fore-taste Milkweed_Asclepias_syriaca_Plant_2000px-from-wc can be distasteful: ‘monarch butterflies feed primarily on milkweed, and milkweed toxins collect in their bodies. birds poisoned by eating monarch butterflies have learned to avoid them. so the toxic properties of milkweed help to protect monarchs during their migration.’ later, played trivial pursuit.
.

Saturday, 2015 May 2

wa-logoThe Writer’s Almanac notes that ‘Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time on this day in 1885…. Its tests raised concerns about smoking, overeating, and preservatives before anyone else.’

nuclear-at-Susquehanna_steam_electric_station-by-usgov-from-wpreading nuclear power: totally unqualified to combat climate change. even al gore has reversed his once pro-nuclear stance. what’s so bad about nuclear power? isn’t it carbon-free (unlike fossil-fuelled power)? the power-source itself may be carbon-free, but not the building of the reactor, nor the infrastructure, nor the mining and milling. and we haven’t yet figured out what to do with the highly radioactive spent fuel. except to make weapons, which may proliferate. also, no nuclear plant (which take decades to plan and build and Fukushima I reactor unit 3 by Digital Globethus no help to our immediate climate change concerns) has ever been built within schedule and without exceeding budget. none. it’s telltale that private business won’t invest in it, but it does invest in renewables. moreover, the costs to life are astronomical. nuclear power isn’t so free, after all.
(←fire at reactor unit 3, fukushima)

Sunday, 2015 May 3

Kollektoranlagemore about nuclear power: with wind or solar, it used to be that when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine, no power is generated. but now we can store that power in hydrogen fuel cells. also, some renewables can be sited locally (like right on your roof), thus avoiding loss due to transmission lines (sometimes 40%). as well, susan heard about jane’s walk, so we strolled and rolled about. coffees at gc. bj here. reading the social animal. listening to the yellow-rumped warbler. today is the first birthday without one of my heroes, pete seeger.

Monday, 2015 May 4

0906 Kreuzfahrt Norwegen 0842Today is Music Monday! Whether it’s a guitar or piano, YouTube or radio, CDs or concerts, be thankful for music in your life.

.

cantina-bandOn a less serious note, it’s the worst pun in the world day: May the fourth be with you! But wait! There’s music for that too. And this….

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s