January Morning

I don’t know what it is about January, but it seems to generate some of the more dramatic sunrises of the year. This was earlier in the current week.

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This reminds me of paintings I have seen and loved, dramatic, powerful, enlightening, uplifting.

Saint Preux – Concert Pour une Voix – Some Really Beautiful Music

I was introduced to Saint Preux’s Concert Pour Une Voix years ago by my then girlfriend, Joanne. I never new if Saint Preux was the artist, singer or composer. I only knew I had never heard anything as beautiful in my life. If you love it, there is an album by the same name.

Wikipedia says, “Saint-Preux (born 1950) is a French composer of contemporary classical music which also combines elements from popular music and electronic music.By 1968 he had already released several 45 rpm recordings of his compositions, including Une étrange musique (A Strange Music) which reached #71 on the French charts that year. In August 1969, he took part in Poland’s Sopot International Song Festival with his first major composition La valse de l’enfance (The Waltz of Youth). The song was Luxembourg’s entry in the festival and was sung by Henri Seroka with Saint-Preux conducting the symphony orchestra. The song won the Grand Prix de la Presse award at the festival and was released in that same year on Seroka (Festival FX 1583) and as a single on the EMI/Odeon label.[6][7] While in Poland he composed what was to become his biggest hit, Concerto pour une Voix (Concerto for One Voice).

When Saint-Preux returned to France, René Boyer, head of the music publishers Fantasia, took him under his wing and arranged to have Concerto pour une Voix recorded. Although originally written as a purely instrumental work for trumpet and strings, Saint-Preux heard the French singer, Danielle Licari rehearsing in another studio and decided to record it with her voice taking the part of the trumpet using a vocalise technique (similar to scat singing in jazz). The song, released on the Disc’AZ label in 1969, made both her career and his. In a few months it had sold over 3,000,000 copies in France alone, and gained recognition outside of France as well. In the week of August 22, 1970 it entered the charts in Mexico at #10 and Japan at #20, eventually winning a Gold disc and a Japanese “Oscar” for the best original music.

What do you think?

Tony

November Light

As November draws to a close and the requisite chill makes itself known there remain some beautiful mornings.

This was just moments before sunrise. I especially like the light on the trees and ship in the foreground.

In the second shot a while later, the sun had risen but snuck behind a cloud bank to reflect on chill Lake Michigan.

A lovely way to start Cyber Monday …

Tony

Chicago Lakefront Sculpture – Nautilus

Besides the wonderful sunrises, wildlife and skyline, Chicago has also dotted the lakefront with various forms of art. One of my favorites is Nautilus by Suzanne Horwitz. I have zero art education. As with music I just know what I like.

The sun really brings it to life

Here is Nautilus. I think it is magnificent. I see it every day. There is a feeling of strength about it that I love. It looks to me like it rose up out of the ground by its own power. It also looks like one of nature’ s perfect forms, like a cloud or a flower. It’s surface appears to be brushed aluminum. Lastly, unlike every other piece of sculpture on the lakefront, it doesn’t look manufactured, it strikes me as organic like it just burst through the ground right there.

Here is Nautilus from a distance.

Yesterday while riding by, I encountered a woman who seemed to be polishing it. I stopped and actually met Suzanne Horwitz, the artist, who was there putting on a coat of polish before Chicago’s winter struck with its snow, ice and rock salt.

She said she enjoyed coming down to the lakefront and hearing reactions to Nautilus. She named it Nautilus because there is a feeling of the sea about it.

The artist polishing Nautilus

Her bio says, “Horwitz’s sculpture won recognition at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey. Her work is represented in the corporate collections of The Options Clearing Corporation in Chicago and Goldman Sachs in New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.”

You can see more of her wonderful work at her website.

Enjoy!

Tony

More Clouds Over Lake Michigan

I shot these this afternoon riding my bike along the Chicago Lakefront Path on the shore of Lake Michigan. This was from the pier in DuSable Harbor by the Police Station. Click on a photo to see it full size.

I didn’t think to use the Panorama option on my new iPhone, so I took several photos.

Can you hear Paul Simon singing “Cloudy” in the background?

Tony

My Dog, My Bike, Buckingham Fountain

This is a picture from a couple of years ago when I first got the front carrier assembled for riding with my dog. I am not sure why I shot the photo as there doesn’t seem to be any attempt at composition. Yet, I really like it. Maybe it’s the lack of composition, it is kind of whimsical. The Fountain sprays away, poochie looks cute and my bike is there. All things I enjoy greatly.

Anyway, enjoy!

Tony

An Early Fall Pre-Sunrise

I love the riot of color that happens sometimes before the sun comes up. The following two shots are from this morning. Again, welcome, Fall.

 

 

I think there was a total of about five minutes between these shots.

Tony