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Goodbye 2019

I don’t make New Year resolutions so you’re not going to see any of that stuff here. However, I do hope to accomplish one major undertaking in 2020: a vacation just for photography! I haven’t decided on any one place and it will probably be several, including National Parks and places not so familiar.

My wife will help with choosing destinations, and I’m considering whether to drive or fly. Flying will cause some concern because I’ll have all my expensive camera gear with me. Pre-trip packing if we do fly will have to be carefully arranged. (We’ll probably be driving!)

There are so many beautiful places here in the US and I know it’ll be tough choosing what to pass up! National parks and forests are abundant, but I want to pick a couple of places that are not so touristy, mainly because I don’t want to bother with cloning out people from my photos.

It is hoped that 2020 will be a year that will go down in my archives as one of the best, I wish I could say that for 2019 as it closes out the decade. There were many disheartening things that occured this past year, both in and out of my family. I would like to include them in this year-end blog post, but I know it would cause a great deal of animosity, so I’ll have to wait until I write a memoir just before I die and dedicate a chapter or two for that kind of stuff.

I wonder if it’s possible to somehow get a memoir published on the exact day of your death? I guess you’d have to have a designated executor, and provide him or her with written instructions beforehand.

The Big Photography Vacation (BPV) will probably interrupt a few band gigs, but hey, you gotta give and take a little every now and then. I’ve never taken a BPV but I’ve damn sure had plenty of band gigs! So those few folks who enjoy seeing my antics while I have my guitar strapped on will have to understand, and I’m sure they will.

Bye bye 2019, hello 2020!

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The Heart of Music

It’s hard to describe what happens to me when I strap on my guitar and strum the first chord of the first song of the first set. Something or someone else takes control, directing every move, every chord change, every word. I’m just the vessel, the transportation; destination unknown.

I think the heart of music is each of us, all of our hearts combined to form many vessels, many forms of transportation, with many unknown destinations. The beauty of all that is we don’t need to understand the heart itself, we just need to feel the body that contains it. But how is that possible?

Make a playlist of 20 or 25 of your favorite songs, then share that with someone, anyone, and ask them to make one and share it with you. I’m convinced that if we do that it just might be possible to feel, to see each other again. And heal ourselves from the hatred and division that has infected us.

Here’s a playlist of 20 of my favorites in no particular order. I know it might be hard for some of you to list only 20, or maybe even two or three, but even if it’s just one song that touches you in a special way, share it here with us in a comment. And then go out and feel the bodies of music all around you.

  1. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (Bob Dylan)
  2. Slither (Mandolin Orange)
  3. Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2 (Father John Misty)
  4. Love is All (The Tallest Man On Earth)
  5. She Lit a Fire (Lord Huron)
  6. Over The Rainbow (Eva Cassidy)
  7. Red Light (The Paper Kites)
  8. Cedar Lane (First Aid Kit)
  9. Blacktop (Julien Baker)
  10. Holocene (Bon Iver)
  11. Tennessee Whiskey (Chris Stapleton)
  12. Hey Hey What Can I Do (Led Zeppelin)
  13. Hotel California (Eagles)
  14. How To Forget (Jason Isbell)
  15. Wooden Ships (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  16. Pink Rabbits (The National)
  17. The House That Built Me (Miranda Lambert)
  18. I Can Almost See You (Hammock)
  19. Am I Going Up (All Them Witches)
  20. Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe)