Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #216: Urban Environments

Thinking back on the past three years, it occurs to me that we have pretty much stayed out of big cities, both at home and on vacations.  In the last three years of Covid madness, I have only been to Seattle once, for a private concert at the new Center for Chamber Music, which Hubby …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #211: My Photographic “Groove”

I gave this one a lot of thought.  I'm a rank amateur, and I mostly take photos and video with my iPhone.  I looked back at what subjects I most like to photograph, and that mean the most to me.  I decided that waterfalls and fountains are among my most favorite subjects.  I believe that …

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Book Report: “Marching Along”, by John Philip Sousa

I just finished reading my first-edition, first-impression copy of John Philip Sousa’s autobiography.  It was published in 1928 by Hale, Cushman, and Flint of Boston.  Its subtitle is Recollections of Men, Women, and Music.  The book itself is in very good shape, for nearly 100 years old.  Its paper is a bit fragile and yellowed, …

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Everybody has to start somewhere

I have a friend who just started his own WordPress blog, and in a comment on his new site, I told him that everybody has to start somewhere.  Which is true.  We should cut new bloggers, new students, and new businesses a lot of slack, since newbies often make mistakes,  If they learn from their …

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Keep on the Sunny Side

With all the gloom and doom, and BS going around these days, it's time for something sunny and optimistic.  Let's search the archives for some sunny photos. A sunny day along the Clark Fork River in Montana. The sunny side of the street, in Cape May, New Jersey. The late-afternoon sunny beach at Deception Pass. …

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I Love Bluegrass Music

I don't know how I got interested in bluegrass music, a sub-genre of country music.  I remember one year driving up to the town of Darrington in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where they have a Bluegrass Festival in the summer, and not being too impressed because the majority of bands were local and …

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Highlights from the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration 2022

My readers will know that my husband plays accordion.  Until recently, he played in an accordion band, but is no longer, since the band now only accepts Covid-vaccinated players.  The gathering was cancelled in 2020 and 2021, so everyone was thrilled that it went forward in 2022.  We went for the entire time, from Thursday …

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Loosening Ties

For most of my adult life, I have been a lover of classical music, and especially chamber music.  I got my first taste of playing chamber music in the sixth grade in school, as my string quartet played for other classes of students.  I remember being awfully proud of being able to play beautiful music …

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Endearing, talented, cute, and fun! Alligator Waltz

Back in 2019 BC (before Covid), there was a shindig called the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration, every June in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington.  Accordion players would come from around the world to compete, play concerts, attend workshops, and generally have lots of fun.  There were competitions for all age groups, from under 10 …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #188: A Special Place

Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia is one of the world's most Special Places, in more ways than one. First, it is one of the most prestigious music conservatories, founded in the 19th Century and still going strong.  Second, it charges its students no tuition.  Third, it only accepts the very tip-top of applicants, making …

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