Some More Kitty Pictures

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. ~ Albert Schweitzer

I was just on a friend’s blog site and enjoying yet another cat picture. What is it about these furry creatures, creatures who for the most part want to be left alone, that draws us to them. Sigh, just giving in …

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Here are my top three reasons why Suzy and I have cats.

1. Suzy has never not had a cat. When I met her in high school she had Dharma, a Siamese catly so named by her brother. We are now on Dharma III. Of all her catz, the Dharma’s have been around her the most, sleep with her almost every night, and follow her like she was the mother ship.

2.  They purr. This weird rumbling soothes us when we’re melancholy, lulls us to a calm place when we’re frustrated and makes us smile even bigger when we’re happy. This simple built-in motor cats have will give any mood a tune-up.

3. They give you someone to talk to. Cats are some of the best conversationalists. Sometimes they just sit and listen; sometimes they speak up and give you their opinions on things. It’s nice to have someone around to always lend you a furry ear.

Be well my friends.

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Sax Pinkie Key Madness

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ~ Bob Marley

Practicing for an upcoming concert and this little pinkie key run (at milepost 92) is kickin’ my hindermost. Still, it’s a lovely line, very moving.

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Well, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Eh?

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YouTubeage Joy: The One O’Clock Lab Band Plays Yesterdays

Can’t stop playing against this. So many good ideas, multi-tones, edgy-ness, vibrato techniques, and just good sound. Expand the window to fill the screen, turn up your sound system. Listen to it a couple of times. Then grab your sax and fill …

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Maceo Parker – We Do This

Scott’s at it again and blowing us away with this transcription.

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Since we lost Prince, I haven’t listened to anything else. It’s been very bittersweet to re-discover corners of his vast catalog that I had forgotten about!

This week has been all about the three-CD set “One Night Alone”. It features both Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer prominently, so expect a bunch of solos from this set over the next month.

The thing I love about this set is how it shows Prince’s versatility. You don’t hear any synth-pop dance tracks. If you dropped the needle in random places, you’d might think it was a live P-Funk show. In fact, George Clinton makes an appearance on this track – re-uniting with his old sideman Maceo.

The solo is meat and potatoes Maceo – super funky and in the pocket over a slow, heavy groove. I’d love…

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Brass and Winds ~ A Quinn the Eskimo Company

We rolled out a new web site this month. I blog there periodically and work to get my bestest friends and family as good a deal as I can on their instrument purchases. Check us out and let me know if you have any questions.

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From my boss:

Welcome to Quinn The Eskimo Vintage Horns! We specialize in the sale of woodwind and brass instruments.

Quinn The Eskimo Vintage Horns has been serving the musical community through the sale of Fine and Vintage musical instruments for over 15 years, and we are proud to now offer New instruments to serve your needs.

We are authorized dealers of Armstrong, Bach, Buffet, Conn, King, Jupiter, Selmer,Yamaha and Yanagisawa instruments. 

When you call or email us, you will be talking to me, the owner – not the faceless employee that you might reach at a larger operation. We will give you the lowest prices and the best service.  You have my word on it, and I guarantee it. 

~ Quinn

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Hawaiian Vacation – 2016

“I can’t even speak Hawaiian, but if you go there and listen to a Hawaiian song, you get captured because it’s so beautiful, like the melody is just gorgeous and you know Bob Marley is on the radio every single day. It’s very reggae-influenced down there. Basically, you haven’t been to paradise if you haven’t been to Hawaii.” ~ Bruno Mars

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Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an English greeting to say goodbye and hello. “Aloha” is also included in the state nickname of Hawaii, the “Aloha State.”

Suzy, my sister Deb, and I just returned from Hawaii and it was an amazing trip. Our first time, there was so much to see, hear, taste and experience. So we did the Norwegian cruise hitting many of the islands. I really enjoyed learning about the language, the history and more.

Here are some of the highlights that we recommend:

Luau Kalamaku (Kauai)
Some would say that if there’s one thing you can’t miss out on while cruising to Hawaii, it’s a true luau experience. The beautiful hula dancers, the fire performers, the knives, the pig and, of course, the smiles—we couldn’t miss this.

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Road to Hana
We took a limo van and was blessed with a very knowledgeable guide who really knew the history and had a lot of stories. He even told us how the Hawaiian language was documented by the Protestant church after the Catholic church demanded conversions by the islanders before they’d do that.

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The best part was the company, living the dream, and exploring.

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Hanging out, enjoying the views, and seeing the random gigantic bikini girl, this was a trip that will never be forgotten. The 8 daze went by so fast. I ate too much and didn’t gain a pound, probably because of the walking we did. One day I did 20 up flights (stairs) in one day!

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One last note, everywhere we went we heard music from the Hawaiian’s best known contemporary musician, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole aka Iz. For us in 2016, he was the voice of Hawaii.

Iz sings his most recognizable song.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’m recommending that my newest fav Hawaiian musician is Jake Shimabukuro. I first heard him (and I swear this is a recording of that session, but since the vid is from Tokyo, I guess the green couch is a common stage prop) when I was working at Amazon in Seattle. Never a Uke man myself, this session left me loving the instrument. Yes, I know own a Uke.

Mahalo. a word meaning thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, or respects.

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Bicycles: Making good women go bad since the 1800s

Fascinating look at our recent past, thought I’d share this here.

Fit Is a Feminist Issue

 

I’ve been working on a project on women and cycling, which begins by looking at the role the bicycle played in early feminism. One of the things I’m interested in seeing is whether the attitudes to women on bikes in the 1800s have entirely gone away.  What I argue, in the course of a longer paper on the subject, is that they haven’t. In fact, I think some of the same attitudes pose an obstacle to getting more women on bikes now.

(If you want a terrific book on the history of women, feminism, and bikes suitable for children you need to get National Geographic‘s Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). It’s reviewed here with some great photos and an interview with the author. There’s lots to like about it but one of the striking features is…

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