Song of the Day – “Rock and Rye” – Earl “Fatha” Hines and His Orchestra

Influential jazz pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines and his band really kick out the jams on this number from 1934. It was written by Hines, also.


Song of the Day – “Wow” – Kate Bush

Ooh, yeah, you’re amazing

Happy Birthday to Kate Bush! Wow! This was from her sophomore album, 1978’s Lionheart.

Song of the Day – “Magneto and Titanium Man” – Wings

This song from Venus and Mars was a staple of live shows, appearing both on Wings Over America and Rockshow. A hard-rockin’ song with silly lyrics.

Magneto was mad
Titanium too
And the Crimson Dynamo
just couldn’t cut it no more

Song of the Day – “Kathy’s Song” – Simon and Garfunkel

What a beautiful song. Written by Paul, sung by Artie.

And as a song I was writing is left undone
I don’t know why I spend my time
Writing songs I can’t believe
With words that tear and strain to rhyme.

iPhoneography Apps – Photo FX Ultra Part 2: More filtering

When I started working my way through the filtering app Photo FX Ultra in the last article, I thought two articles would be sufficient to cover the entire app. I was wrong. So I will have to extend it to three articles, covering Lens, Photographic and Special Effects groups this week and finishing with Crop, Straighten and Light in the finale.

I will be using a simple image of a wall with some light falling across it, a light switch and a framed image. I hope that this makes the changes from the various filters easy to see.


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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Young in All the Wrong Ways” – Sara Watkins

I love Nickel Creek, but now that they’ve broken up, I realize the artists have to change as they go their separate ways. I did not really expect this, though.

Sara Watkins always had a sweet voice and was a sublime fiddle player. There’s not much of either in evidence here. It’s not that this title song from her new album is bad – it just doesn’t make her any different from many other female “new country” artists. It’s got the hard edge on the chorus, the softer verses – just more of the same.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Try”

Lisa Loeb – Marshall Crenshaw

More than twenty years separate our two “trying” numbers today.

Lisa Loeb had fallen out of favor by the time she release The Way It Really Is in 2004. I’m not really sure why. I still enjoy her sunny pop.


Field Day was released in 1983 as the follow-up to Crenshaw’s phenomenal debut. It didn’t really measure up to the debut, but that would be flat-out impossible. Still, it’s full of great numbers like this one and “Whenever You’re on My Mind”.