7/4

12/08/2013 — Leave a comment

For days this song has been stuck in my head. DAYS. I don’t know if it’s the unconventional 7/4 time of the piece or its blues-y bass-heavy-ness that gets me, but DAMN. Adding to the greatness of this piece? Brubeck is reported to have thought this up and recorded it in a day.


Deceptively simple and so good!

Google used the piece earlier this year in a doodle to commemorate Saul Bass’ birthday.

Read more about it here.

Brubeck also arranged a version for orchestra which doesn’t seem to get performed very often. Here’s the London Symphony Orchestra taking a crack at it with Brubeck himself in 2001:

Not bad, but a disappointing recording—the symphony drowns out Brubeck’s playing. Would be interesting to hear the BSO taking it on, especially with Alsop conducting and while they have Jean-Yves Thibaudet visiting later this fall.

What’s been stuck in your heads lately, folks?

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Rainbow

10/08/2013 — 1 Comment

Some days you just need a rainbow. A little color to perk you up and brighten your day.

Today, I need a rainbow. And this is my idea of a beautiful, rainbow-y thing. Not a field of daisies or a pink cosmopolitan or a wiggly little puppy. Nope. Oily old machinery on a rainy day is all the rainbow I need today.

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How ’bout you guys? What brightens your day?

Update: Like this photo? Now it’s available as a matted archival print here in my Etsy shop.

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Wet

09/08/2013 — Leave a comment

It’s been a rainy week in Charm City which is always a nice change from the usual hot, sunny weather we tend to get this time of year. Even so, it’s been a little frustrating to work around when you’re trying to swim laps outside.

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How about you guys? How’s the weather been in your neck of the woods?

Today, I think we’re both over all of the hiccups the website has been experiencing lately.

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Wondering what all of these cat portraits are about? It’s part of a daily project I’m undertaking this year. Read more about the project here.

My workstation just about melted down today for no apparent reason. Suffice to say, we’re a little shell shocked around the studio today.

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B&O

07/08/2013 — Leave a comment

Lately I’ve been catching myself noticing bits and pieces of numbers and letterforms as I go through my day more often than usual. I’ll be walking to catch a train into town or to meet a friend and a peeling sign will catch my eye, or utility work stencils or some such. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed this habit of mine already.

Here’s a pair of letterforms that caught my eye in a rail yard. If you know your railroad history, the letters should be familiar.

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This time of year his highness requires quite a bit of hairdressing. He’s not big on powdered wigs or ornate hairdos, just lots of brushing to deal with that fabulous coat of his.

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Someone didn’t want to get out of bed this morning…

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Spray paint

31/07/2013 — Leave a comment

This photo has been resting in a folder on my hard drive longer than I care to admit, even so I still like the contrast of colors and the drip of paint frozen in place.

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In

29/07/2013 — Leave a comment

Here’s another from my unpublished files… I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to share these with you, dear readers.

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How was your weekend, readers?