Tripped over this group late one night while surfing among public radio stations and thought their music was a nice change from what I’ve been listening to recently and that’s why I’m sharing it with you today, dear readers.
How about you? What have you been listening to lately?
Last week Ignite Baltimore held their 15th round of lightning talks and as usual it was a fun mix of local perspectives and ideas.
If you’re not familiar with the concept of a lightning talk, speakers have 5 minutes and 20 slides that advance automatically to share their stories and make a point. There are, to my knowledge, no limits (other than time and slide quantity) to what speakers may cover so these evenings of about 15 speakers are generally pretty interesting.
Here are a few of the speakers from last week. Check out the rest on Ignite Baltimore’s YouTube Channel.
Courage to Code by Brigitte Warner
Radical Redemption: Prison Hospice by Kristin Metzger, R.N.
While traveling through Bali, it was not unusual to come across shrines and offerings regularly. The island is predominately Hindu and offerings and prayers are a part of daily life. As an outside observer the practice appears beautiful and brings moments of quiet calm to life.
These are flowers adorning a shrine in a fishing village on the eastern coast.
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Was digging through stacks of music I hadn’t listened to in a long while and uncovered, among other things, an album by the Ditty Bops.. It sounds like fun music for a warm night outside laughing friends, doesn’t it?
Wishful Thinking by The Ditty Bops
Lately, I’ve been trying to be more active again. I’ve been pretty good about working out regularly, but still feel like more movement needs to happen; so I’ve been working on that. With that in mind, I went for a walk in the rain tonight. After a long, hot sunny few days, it felt great to walk through the hushed wet streets.
While walking, a few things caught my eye:
How about you, readers? Seen any unusual or interesting things walking around lately?
A friend turned me on to this group recently… the jury is still out for me about their sound, but still wanted to share their music with a broader audience.
Cold Steps by Professor Professor
Summer is drawing to a close (in theory at least), kids are back in school and magazines, stores and cafes are all beginning to hint at the coming transition to fall. Even so, it still feels and looks pretty darn summery here in Baltimore …and summer in Baltimore means jungle-esque (hot, humid and very, VERY green).
These photos are from my trip to Bali earlier this year, but don’t seem like much of a stretch for Baltimore this time of year.
When I lived in Colorado, I discovered DeVotchKa. They were one of the cooler local bands in the area in my book.
I like this song and find that most people have a hard time sitting still while listening to it (which is good, if you ask me). As such, I wanted to share a more artful presentation of the song this week in the form of a piece of student work from a few years ago by Daron Nefcy.
Death by Blonde by DeVotchKa
Here’s the full album version of the song.
And here’s a performance of the song in Denver’s Mercury cafe (A good spot for brunch too, btw)
This song reminds me of a number of things, but most strongly late fall/early winter in Göteborg where I listened to this album quite a bit. This recording is much newer than the original but still pleasant in my opinion and today I could use some optimism.
I’se a Muggin by Django Rheinhardt
I haven’t heard this song in YEARS and then suddenly today while writing, it popped up while I had my music library playing on shuffle. Sounds like autumn or winter to me, but maybe that’s why I like this song…
Sunny Road by Emiliana Torrini
Earlier this year I went on a trip that took me far across the globe. Since my return, it’s been a whirlwind of activity everywhere, it seems, but here. But finally, FINALLY, I’m coming back to the photo- and art-related work that’s been left off since my trip.
I’ve already shared a photo or two from the trip but there are heaps more to look forward to. Here are a few to begin with…
There were so many incredible plants, flowers and just LIVELINESS in general to see. Things were so lush and jeweled green. These are tiny plants I found on the stone walls of temples.
I miss dancing. I used to dance a fair amount when I lived in Denver and always had a great time. Since I’ve been back east though, I haven’t been much of a social butterfly.. quite the opposite, really. Perhaps it’s time to get back in the swing of things, so to speak…
When The Sun Goes Down In Harlem by Bumper Jacksons
This week’s tune was actually produced for an IKEA advert of all things but it’s a fun song that reminds me of a far away friend I’m looking forward to speaking to later today.
Playin’ with my Friends by Masters in France
You can see the IKEA advert here as well as a funny video about the bear’s life outside of the video.