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Peter Gabriel at WOMAD 2009

Friday, 31st July 2009. Filed in Crunchy grooves, Photography5 Comments »

San Jacinto, Peter Gabriel @ WOMAD, 25/07/09

One evening when I was in high school, I remember sitting in our living room after dinner. My dad had some music on in the background and all of a sudden I was like, what IS this? I am sure I had heard “Sledgehammer” or “Big Time” previously, but my earliest actual memory of Peter Gabriel was the emotional cry in “Blood of Eden” shooting through me as I sat on the floor in front of our couch. For whatever reason at the moment of time, it just got me. (I had a happy childhood, I swear!) From there, I worked my way backward and then forward through his catalogue, and he’s been one of my all time favorites ever since, despite the fact that none of my friends listened to him, and in fact one of my best friends had a complete aversion to him. I’ve always liked how his music sounds, and I’ve always liked what it says, how it paints pictures in my mind, how it makes me feel.

So, when Peter Gabriel announced last month he was going to play WOMAD as a benefit concert for Witness, an organization he co-founded to promote the use of technology to document human rights abuses, it didn’t take long to find a way through work schedules to get to Saturday WOMAD this year. 

I thought I knew what the set list was likely to look like, as I’d seen what he recently played in South America. So, I was intrigued as we watched the crew set up for a string section center stage (all the while Crunchy husband excitedly whispering, “do you think he’ll do ‘Growing Up’, do you, do you?” I just shook my head, “dude, no. You missed your chance on that one.”)

Lucky us, first song out, as a surprise to me, we got a peek into the Scratch My Back covers project with his version of “The Boy in the Bubble”. (I can’t wait to hear what Paul Simon has covered of Peter Gabriel’s for the album.) I still prefer the faster-paced original, but this slow version was not bad. He continued with the string section for a couple more songs before getting into the more familiar formation with the ever-cool Tony Levin & Co. to knock out some “Steam” and “Games Without Frontiers,” etc.

Like I felt at David Byrne a few months ago, it’s interesting listening to the music of your life live, and feeling so much connection to so many different parts and times and what they mean – what they meant then and what they mean now. The imagery in “San Jacinto” always makes me think of traveling across the western part of the United States and Canada with my family on summer vacations, dusty hot air beating through the window, my sweaty legs sticking uncomfortably to the seat in our van. “Solsbury Hill” always takes me home – that jolt of excitement and relief when the airplane finally reconnects with earth and you know you are back where you belong.

The only fault of the show was that it felt way, way, way too short. (No “Sledgehammer” or “In Your Eyes”.) But then, I suppose the guy would have to play his full catalogue before I might begin to be ready to go home.

Steam, Peter Gabriel @ WOMAD, 25/07/09

Peter Gabriel @ WOMAD, 25/07/09

Melanie Gabriel, Tony Levin @ WOMAD, 25/07/09

Biko, Peter Gabriel @ WOMAD, 25/07/09

Views from the Lovebox 2009

Wednesday, 22nd July 2009. Filed in Crunchy grooves, PhotographyNo Comments »

Rokia Traore @ Lovebox, London 19/07/09
Rokia Traore and her beautiful guitar

Noah and the Whale @ Lovebox, London 19/07/09
Noah and the Whale (I think there were drugs involved)

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Lovebox, London 19/07/09
Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Lovebox, London 19/07/09
Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Lovebox, London 19/07/09
Rodrigo y Gabriela

Meedhupparu Island, Maldives

Wednesday, 1st April 2009. Filed in Photography2 Comments »

Sunrise over water villas, Meedhupparu Island, Maldives

Underwater in the Maldives

Sunrise, Meedhupparu Island, Maldives

Meedhupparu Island, Maldives

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – 4th October 2008

Saturday, 25th October 2008. Filed in Crunchy grooves, Photography1 Comment »

Trying hard not to think about the fact that I am not in California for tonight’s Bridge School Benefit (Sarah McLachlan and Jack Johnson – sob!), I’m taking a trip back in time to the beginning of October when I was lucky enough to get to spend a day with my family and the world’s favorite moose in the sunshine in Golden Gate Park listening to fun music. For free. Yay! (Only I hadn’t yet acquired my super telephoto lens, so the pics are kind of far back and there are a lot of the backs of tall guys’ heads.)

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Three Girls & Their Buddy @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, 04/10/08

Jerry Jeff Walker
Jerry Jeff Walker @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, 04/10/08

Asleep at the Wheel
Asleep at the Wheel @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, 04/10/08

Crunchy Moose
Crunchy Moose

Miles traveled for October’s 30-mile Challenge: 24 miles down, 6 to go

Once again, it’s time to bust out the bird book

Monday, 20th October 2008. Filed in Cross-training, Nature, Photography2 Comments »

Curlew

The only good thing about being in England during the cold fall and winter months is the birdlife here around the Thanet Coast. Well, okay I am sure there are other merits as well that I don’t properly appreciate, like dark mornings and gray, dreary afternoons, but the abundant waders are what we turn our attention to the most when this time of the year rolls around.

On Saturday, we set out across the fields and marshes to get to the River Stour in a completely new way. We ended up tromping through ditches and walking the perimeter of fields with no evident exits and well, never quite made it to the river. But hey, it was an adventure in our own backyard and exercise. However, contrary to what you might expect from the introduction to this post, we saw no birds. Psyche.

However, yesterday we hiked up the beach at Sandwich Bay, and boy, did we see birds! I got excited by my one spot of a curlew on the way up to the estuary, but I wasn’t really prepared for the magnitude of birds we would see around the bend. Ladies and gentlemen, the birds are back in town!

We saw curlew, grey herons, various plovers and oystercatchers in the hundreds. I even got some shots, though not very many good ones, with our new telephoto lens.

I believe it is time to investigate the new hide over at Pegwell Bay. Bring on winter, I’m armed and ready!

Miles traveled for October’s 30-mile Challenge: 18 miles down, 12 to go

Out to sea and back again

Monday, 15th September 2008. Filed in Photography3 Comments »

Ramsgate Harbour Sunset

Leaving Ramsgate

Sunset leaving Ramsgate

Leaving Ramsgate

Sunset with ferry (leaving Ramsgate)

Leaving Ramsgate

Moon rise with ferry (leaving Oostende)

On our way back from Oostende

Views from the Lovebox, Part II

Wednesday, 23rd July 2008. Filed in Crunchy grooves, Photography3 Comments »

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever @ Lovebox

Dengue Fever @ Lovebox

Lykke Li

Lykke Li @ Lovebox

Groove Armada

Groove Armada @ Lovebox

Groove Armada @ Lovebox

Views from the Lovebox, Part I

Monday, 21st July 2008. Filed in Crunchy grooves, Photography2 Comments »

Blue lights, blue sky

Groove Armada @ Lovebox

Sun setting on the crowd @ Lovebox

Blue sky in Yorkshire

Tuesday, 17th June 2008. Filed in Photography1 Comment »

I’m not big on sculpture inside museums. But, I am fascinated by sculpture integrated aesthetically outdoors. (I’m not into anything that looks too industrial.) We dropped by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the way to a christening up north last weekend and found some interesting new (to us) installations. I am not so sure how I feel about the random hare people, but the Deer Shelter? Pack me up a sleeping bag and camp stove because I could live there. As long as the sky is blue anyway… I didn’t read any signs, I just walked into the structure built into the hill, and the shock of light and sky blew me away.

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John Turrell, Deer Shelter

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John Turrell, Deer Shelter

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Henry Moore

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Henry Moore

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Along the Access Sculpture Trail

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Now playing: Peter Gabriel – Sky Blue (Martyn Bennett Remix)
via FoxyTunes

Hever Castle

Wednesday, 16th April 2008. Filed in Photography3 Comments »

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Hever Castle