Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #135: A glimpse into my (snowy) world!

Yippee!  Snow!!  Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have been hearing for a couple of weeks that snow was in the forecast.  They kept pushing the date back, however, which is pretty normal around here.  Last night, around midnight, it did start to snow, and we awoke this morning to see the white stuff falling …

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The greatest rock concert recording of all time?

Over on Ricochet, someone made a comment about what was the best rock concert recording of all time, and mentioned Stop Making Sense as that recording.  I grew up in the time of the Greatest Rock and Roll efflorescence, and I was sort of outside it.  I was not a huge follower of any rock group, …

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Do you love chamber music?

Are you missing your live music around now?  Are you getting antsy, because your favorite music festival was canceled this summer, due to societal shutdowns by governments trying to stop the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus?  Well, I have for you a little silver lining in that black cloud of concert and festival cancellations. For …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #129: Favorite images of 2020

Since I consider 2020 to have been the worst year in my 71-year life, let's get the bad stuff out of the way first.  In 2020, we underwent the worst government-imposed denial of individual liberty in living memory, when our state governments locked down entire states, preventing millions of citizens from earning their livings, and …

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When I was 71, it was a Very Bad Year. The Year of “Closed” and “Canceled”

...a year of record-low unemployment, and job opportunities for ex-prisoners and black and other minority workers...until it wasn't.  A year of thriving small businesses, after-work drinks at our favorite Chinese restaurant, and ample overtime work due to a full order book at my aerospace job...until it wasn't.  Quite quickly, 2020 turned into the Annus Horribilis. …

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Christmas Playlist

Merry Christmas to all my followers and readers, here on RushBabe49.com. I like to have music playing on Christmas, and here are a few of my favorites. I hope you have a blessed, and relaxing day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMYLb6O2QQ8 I have been to Cambridge, and attended a concert in the King's College Chapel. The Christmas Eve Festival …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #128: Holidays (slightly re-imagined)

It's December, isn't it? Normally, December is filled with parties, and lights, and presents, and snow, and song, and bells, and family celebration. This year, most of those things have been canceled. Due to government pandemic rules, Christmas concerts are not held. Normally, each year on the day after Christmas, I grab my violin and …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #126: Alphabet, Subjects beginning with the Letter “A”

This week's challenge turns out to be more difficult than I had anticipated.  I had lots of subjects in mind, but then thought a little harder.  With all the very upsetting things happening in our Nation this year, I have decided that, for me, the most important "A" subject must be, America.  At age 71, …

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An open letter to Michael Brockman, and the board and musicians of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Dear SRJO Board and Musicians: My husband and I, who are grateful donors and audience of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, attended today's pre-concert virtual get-together, and the (supposed to have been) live-streamed concert, and we noticed a few things.  First of all, at the Zoom meeting, when you were discussing the logistics of putting on …

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A little something for all you cat-lovers out there

First of all, a favorite scene from the animated movie The Secret of Kells. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32DM5tNeHBA Next, an interesting explanation, and translation of an Old Irish Poem, about a boy and his cat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9YijEdOIsM Enjoy! The animated movie is captivating, and should be in everyone's home library. Loved by adults and children alike.