Saturday, May 25, 2013

Couches, France

Another picture from the hard drive...actually, two versions of the same picture.  This is a medieval castle at Couches in France,  The first version is "straight;" the second version has had a Photoshop transformation (called "Fresco") applied to it...I like them both, and wobble back and forth on which I like best.  (Taken in June 2000.)

Monday, May 20, 2013

"Wish You Were Here"

One of my favorite songs is Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”*  The lyrics, by Roger Waters, clearly refer to Syd Barrett, one of the original members of the band, who stopped performing in 1968, and spend the remaining years of his life living privately and gardening.  His behavior, attributed at the time to his drug use, had become erratic, and his ability to perform declined. 
What I find interesting about the song is that if contains the affection felt by Waters for Barrett, but it also has an underlying anger that Barrett had left the people who loved him (including the band) for a retreat from the world.
Combined with a hauntingly beautiful guitar part, this is one of the most compulsively listenable songs I know.
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in a war
For a lead role in a cage?
 *© 1975 Warner/Chapell Music; words & music by Roger Waters & David Gilmour

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Root and Branch

Here's another picture from the hard drive, taken in San Diego in the late 1990s.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Big Foot

I haven't had much to say over here for a while, so, because I've been sorting through my photos, I thought I might post one occasionally.  I took this back in 2002, in the courtyard of a museum atop the Capitoline Hill in Rome.  I call it "Big Foot."