It was a rare day in Washington, D.C. The fall air was cool and crisp, the sky was a clear, deep shade of blue, and the rumble and static of the voices from Capitol Hill was muted and the desire to commune with nature and enjoy an afternoon of tranquility seized my very soul. Where to go? Why, the cemetery beckoned, of course, and having neglected the famous gentle hills of Congressional Cemetery, in the shadow of the ever popular D.C. Jail, we set off for a stroll through the tombstones of the famous and powerful. Unlike nearby Oak Hill or Rock Creek cemeteries, Congressional is sadly lacking in unique or interesting funerary art or style. These are, after all, politicians, and this is one of the few places in Washington where the pol’s are silent, but so much like their living counterparts, they still do nothing. Which came first? A fitting tribute to the concept of term limits, it appears that many past Congressmen lived short lives, 35-45 seems about average in many cases, so perhaps our contemporary politicians could take a cue from their forefathers!
No humility here
Muted and classic architecture of death
Congress is in recess- The remains of Congressmen past
A beautiful fall day in Washington – an opportunity for reflection
The other side of America- A stunning totem pole in Washington’s Congressional Cemetery
We can only pray that our elected officials will finally grow up, act like adults, and try to work for the betterment of the country
Out along the Lincoln Highway, about a half an hour’s drive from Ames, is the little crossroads community of Colo, Iowa. On our recent cross country odyssey, in route to Bozeman, Montana, we had the good fortune to stop in at the Colo Motel and Niland’s Cafe. A lovingly restored gas station, bus stop, motor court and Cafe, this oasis stands as a beacon among the corn fields and silos, within earshot of the cross country freights that sing their lonesome songs late into the night. The owners and workers here are friendly, outgoing and treat you with all the care and love that is normally reserved for long lost family. If you’re ever driving across Iowa, pull in, have a milkshake and give yourself a rest before hitting the highway again. You’ll be glad you did!
Welcome to the Richmond Folk Festival! Originally the National Folk Festival, sponsored by the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the event in Richmond continued after its initial 3 year National run to be a highly successful enterprise in its own right, drawing audiences from far and wide to share in the music, traditions and sense of community fostered by this annual event. I’ve been photographing this fun-filled weekend for the N.C.T.A. since the inaugural year, and it seemed like old times as the rain fell on the waterfront venue, soaking the shoes, but never dampening the spirits of the thousands of festival goers who took part in the good times adjacent to Brown’s Island in Richmond, Virginia.
A little sunshine from Mali
Peruvian Scissor Dancing
The Mighty Sam McClain
The Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans
The Wildman of Polka, Alex Meixner
A little Buck dancing
2nd Generation Bluesman, Lurrie Bell
Youthful Bluegrass w/ The Moore Brothers Band
African Drumming Traditions workshop
Shout Out a big AMEN! w/ Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes!
The Sultry Sounds of Fado Singer, Nathalie Pires
Every year the streets of Dundalk, Maryland, on the outskirts of Baltimore erupt with the sound and fury of roaring engines, Rockabilly guitars and the gasps of an entranced side-show crowd as the Mobtown Greaseball Event pays homage to American Kar Kulture and all its related art forms. I’ve been going for many years, & always enjoy the carnival atmosphere here, the sounds, the smells, and the general craziness. I won’t attempt to add to the write up from last year’s post, but here are a few images from this year’s event! ENJOY!
Lucky the Painproof Man takes another hit!
This is not about the words, my words at least, or even about the images, but simply about the man and HIS music. Last night was not a working evening, but just a chance to see and hear one of my favorite musicians ply his craft in the welcoming venue in Arlington, Virginia known as The Birchmere. Richard Thompson is one of those unique talents who just gets better with age, and any attempt on my part to describe his performances would just be a waste of words. Suffice to say, it was a wonderful evening, and always a joy to hear RT in concert!
Although I am best known as a photographer who specializes in images of the arts and architecture, I still strive to capture the beauty and personality of characters in the animal kingdom. I recently spent a morning shooting portraits of some other subjects with personalities a bit on the wild side!
Good Morning, Devoted Followers! You have probably been wondering what has become of the Dreamer, but fear not, I have merely been busy with travel and …. believe it or not….. work! It has been a productive summer for CD photography and design, in every genre and musical style! Feast your eyes, and tune up your ears! The latest crop of Michael G. Stewart designed musical packages will be arriving soon.
From Patuxent Music, some wonderful traditional blues
A little bit of everything from super guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
Just in time for your Holiday Gift-giving, some Christmas Jazz from guitarists Steve Abshire and Vince Lewis
Some more fine jazz from Ambient Records with trumpeter Clay Jenkins, guitarist Gene Bertoncini and bassist Ike Sturm, coming soon!
A whole barrel of fine mandolin pickin’ from legend Frank Wakefield, joined by Taylor Baker and Tom Mindte & friends on the Patuxent Music label