Friday, May 18, 2007

Harp Guitar - Sayonara.Calm - Don Alder

Now here's something you don't see every day (unless you surf YouTube, of course). Here is a video of Don Alder playing a very nice acoustic fingerstyle piece on a Harp Guitar.

If you want to see more, head on over to guitarmusicrocks over at YouTube.

Monday, May 14, 2007

troubleclef - Midget Waltz

Another guitarist I love to watch on YouTube is troubleclef. He tapes himself in his room playing everything from jazz standards, classical works, and ragtime, to wonderful arrangements of popular songs. I am very fond of his arrangements of Beatles songs and Brazilian classics.

He doesn't allow embedding for very many of his videos, but here's one:

Midget Waltz

Here are links to some of my favorite troubleclef videos you can watch over at YouTube:

The Shadow of Your Smile
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Martha My Dear

One more you can watch here:


Saturday, May 12, 2007

Isto - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

I thought I'd feature a few of the musicians and music videos I watch over at YouTube. First off is Mr. istothehalfbee, aka Isto. Mr. Isto takes jazz standards and gives them his own twist. I love the way he plays guitar and his voice 'ain't half bad either.

Small and White - Missouri Botanical Garden

Another photo from the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

All By Myself - Missouri Botanical Garden

OK, I have some rules I follow when taking photos with my little Olympus DM500. Well, they're more like guidelines than rules, but I digress. My basic guidelines are (1) No cropping after the photo's been made; (2) no flash; and (3) use a tripod only as a last resort. I think this forces me to be more creative.

I broke Number 2 for this one. I know it washed out the colors of the flowers a bit, but I think I'm OK with that because I'm pleased with the results.

This was taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis in April 2007. I need to get back there soon because the trees are finally starting to recover from a freeze we had this spring that killed all of the early leaves and flowers (not to mention the damage to local crops of wheat, fruit trees, and grapes). I'm also curious to see how the roses are doing at the garden. More later.