My man here is taking advantage of the cooler early morning time to get his requisite exercise. Nice environment and great energy here at the Taichung Botanical Garden with many folks out and about doing their exercises. Great feeling urrounded by all those plants and peopel doing good things with their bodies.
Nothing brings the early morning body, mind, spirit vibe better than Mahavishnu Orchestra here with Dance of Maya . I had the privilege of seeing this band back in 1973 at Avery Fischer Hall in NYC. Amazing band!
Made it to Coney Island. Didn't just come for the Nathan's hot dogs. I wanna ride, ride away high and far from the freak show and geeks with metal detectors scanning the sands below. I can do it if only this hatch will close.
Iggy Pop is perfect for bringing the Funhouse into focus. It might scare you a little bit just as a good funhouse should.
LEDs seem to be taking over from and expanding where neon went. I love the dramatic bits of color in the dark night. The night time is the best time for...
Dr. John is the Night Tripper. Wild dude well gifted in music in love with the city of New Orleans that he adopted and adopted him right back. Here is Right Place, Wrong Time.
I got a hold of a couple of new lenses that are better equipped for low-light photography. That makes me happy as I love the pronounced colors of night photography. Under a bridge downtown...
Robin Trower was a flat out Jimi Hendrix devotee. No questions about it. This is one of his better songs-Bridge of Sighs.
I'm not sure what kind of gambling parlor this is, nor do I really care. I do love their big 3D surreal mascot in the Uncle Sam hat though. Pick a number...
A really cool song is Lene Lovich's: Lucky Number. It was a one hit wonder back in my college days. Fun tune.
When I was a boy it always creeped me out to have closet door open when I went to sleep. The dark didn't bother me, but the open door in the dark did. Now as a photographer I love the dark and shadow world as fitting companions for the light. Before I got involved in photography I wrongly assumed that all photographs need a lot of light, the more light the better. I know better now. It is the interplay of the contrasting elements that create beauty, tension, intrigue, mystery, etc.
I saw The Stranglers in NYC during a college break, They were always an interesting band. In The Shadows is not one of their best known songs, nor is it necessarily my favorite. Yet it is an interesting and strange song and perfect for this post. Don't listen with your closet door open though...
The first time I spotted this old gas station sign here next to the railroad tracks and rice fields in Tantzu it was kind of surreal. I felt like it should be next to Route 66 in the middle of America somewhere. It provided a sense of joy and freedom.
One of the most joyful and free pieces of music I know is Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers-Roadrunner. I'm in love with the modern world!
This is the Color version of the shot that appears at sister site: Big in Asia: Monochrome. Shot was taken at local outdoor music festival. Which version do you like? Why?
What can I say-just look at her face!
One of the best sailing/boating songs ever written-Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Always love their harmony vocals. Graham Nash formerly of the Hollies was one of the great harmony vocal groups of all time.
The pulley wheels are spinning fast,
Leather bands drive strange machines.
Lights flickering, shadows cast,
So it was in my dreams.
Noise deafening as drills bored through,
Metal sheet and iron struts.
Chaos reigned in this motley crew,
As man tightened bolts and nuts.
Soon my senses were in a whirl,
I could not take the pace.
Beads of sweat from my face do purl
In the madness of the human race.
Twelve hours long no rest for me,
The machine the master of my fate.
No way out that I could see,
My soul began to fill with hate.
I was a member of a working force,
Prefabricated parts left the machines.
Little pay a matter of course,
This is what filled my dreams
Assembly lines teams of workers,
Rushing feet; hands so adept.
Here no place for shirkers,
For there is a fixed target to get.
The siren blows end of shift,
Tools change hands others take our place,
My spirit takes on a new lift,
As a smile gathers on my face.
Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails have quite an impressive catalogue with many highly charged songs. Maybe I'm being counter-intuitive by sharing Something I Can Never Have, due to it's softer feel. There is still much edge and depth to this song. It's bittersweetness reminds me of rust.