Minds Eye

There are  scenes
Photographic dreams
Once in a lifetime
Favorites of mine

Some visions last
Like ghosts from my past
Friendly and warm
In from the storm

Like an old friend
These visions again
Grace my minds eye
Past wonderful times


Pumpkin Hill

They say there's no gold left in these hills
I respectfully disagree
I see golden squash and pumpkins
As far as the eye can see

Mining's fine but not my thing
All that glitters is not gold
When autumn comes to town
These colors never get old

I mark each year
When the trees make their final show
Before they sleep
Before the year grows old

Effervescent Neon Light

Effervescent neon light
Will the leaves fall off tonight
One poor tree has lost its leaves
This yearly cycle sure does please

A finer coat I've never seen
These vibrant colors of the leaves
Effervescent neon light
Will the leaves fall off tonight

K.B.O.D Radio Ghost Town

Radio Ghost Town
K.B.O.D
Spinning yarns in song
From a cemetery

The ghost of
Lottie Johl
Shunned by some
In the know

Seen in a trance
Rope burns on neck
Joseph de Roche
Lives he wrecked

Sprits abound
At the cemetery
And all over town
Its really quite eerie



Broken Wagon

This one requires a little set up. It was 1987 and I was teaching programming classes at a company called PSDI in Cambridge, Mass, in the Boston area.

On the weekend I took a photo pilgramage trip to Lowell, Mass, birthplace of Jack Kerouac. I saw his inspiration for Dr. Sax, and just what it would have been like growing up there. But while crossing a bridge over the Merrimac, near an old mill, I saw a Radio Flyer Wagon, frozen in solid ice on the river.

For me, that was the image that has always stuck with me regarding Lowell.

Kerouac (and my father born in the same year a month apart) would have turned 100. I’m glad to see there were quite a few mentions of this anniversary.

Last night
Last flight
Radio Flyer
Solid Ice

Merrimac
Lowell Mass
Mill Town
Ti Jean

12 Stations
Oblations
Dr. Sax
Notations

Dharma Bums
On The Road
Vue Girard
Very Odd

Ode to Arthur Fellig

Here is the song on the Volt 276 with EQ and effects:

And here it is on the Volt 276 without EQ or effects (but with its onboard “vintage” mode):

They called him Weegee
The name of his game
Was Street Photography
You really should see it

High society
Gala affairs
Scandal sheets
Devil may care

Lowbrow Bowery
Gypsies, Tramps and thieves
Real life captured
Beyond belief

Fact or fiction
Is it really real
Scenes on film
History sealed

Another era
Another time
The fleeting moment
So sublime

Life is just
Imitation of art
We are characters
In a play with a part

Chorus
New York City
Late Night scenes
Real life
Humanity

in a nutshell

  • Weegee was one of the most iconic American photographers
  • He had an eye for reportage with a very humanistic approach
  • His reportage also was quite an artistic expression

discussion

New York City has always been intense and the stories told there are legendary. People from all over the world have moved there. It is a global melting pot and always has been. Weegee was one of many extraordinary characters. His photography and cinematic work inspired many others. His photographs grace all of the photo art books.

theme

Art and life can many times and many ways be one in the same. Humanistic photography is many times not too pretty looking, but it is real. At first it can even be shocking, but then the humanity oozes out. Weegee was a master at this.

conclusion

I’m finding that writing lyrics and music about quirky American historical characters is great fun. All seem a bit wacky at first glance, then you see the humanity in their souls and they become unlikely folk heroes.

Shades of November

High above the telegraph wire
A Winter Moon that does inspire
Familiar, and as I remember
I saw the same thing in November

I never liked January
It always seemed bleak to me
But now I've opened my eyes
To this beautiful new surprise

Every month has it's gems
Just look round the bend
Take your camera and look
Round every cranny and nook

The Puppet Portraitist

I stumbled on a pretty cool new idea – use a small Lumix LX-5 digital camera but take pictures through the two old Twin Lens Reflex cameras I have. I might even devise some sort of bellows.

The Puppet Portraitist
Has an important job
Take pictures of Dummies,
Politicians and other such Slobs

The Puppet Portraitist
Has too much work
Snooty entitled Puppets
And other Selfish Jerks

The Puppet Portraitist
Changed his rules
From now on only good puppets
He won't suffer fools

Radio Twin Lens Reflex

Radio Twin Lens Reflex
All the hits
All the time
The greatest scene
On the ground glass screen

Radio Twin Lens Reflex
First lens
Second lens
Watch the parallax
Get The KNAC!

Radio Twin Lens Reflex
The music
Of our lifetime
So far away
Until we play

Radio Twin Lens Reflex
Automatic reaction
Makes us happy
Radio Photo romance
Get up, let's dance!

Have a Beaux Arts New Year!

Seek Beauty and Kindness in the New Year – and may Peace be With You!

Beaux Arts Lamps, San Francisco
Beaux Arts in English
Means Fine Art
Which is the best thing
For a Great New Years Start

I've been a Computer Geek
In my long career
But my secret love
Has been Art and Music all these years

"Don't quit your day job "
I was told
I listened (and glad I did)
Cuz life (seems) bought and sold . . .

My joke on "The Man"
Is my "other plan"
Art was always in my Heart
That's how I stuck it to the man!

Anyway,
Have yourself a great year
Filled with Art,
Peace, Love and Good Cheer!