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A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

Joan Baez In Concert September 17, 2017

Filed under: Harry Belafonte,Joan Baez,Music,Uncategorized — Janet @ 5:09 pm

Last night I listened to a wonderful concert by Joan Baez to celebrate her 75th birthday.  The music stirred so many memories.  The highlight for me was a clip of Harry Belafonte in the audience.  His music was all the rage when I was in college – I can hear it now being played at peak volume from a friend’s room down the hall.



Images from Wikipedia




Regrets July 12, 2016

I haven’t played my recorders for a couple of years or so.  I was just busy with other activities and the time and place where the monthly recorder meetings were held were no longer convenient.  But recently I tried playing the recorder again and found that arthritis in my hands made it difficult to play.  Alas.  Up until now the things associated with aging haven’t really bothered me.  But now, trying to play the recorder is painful and it is bothering me to find that I just can’t spread my fingers with enough agility to make playing the recorder possible.  I really wanted to attend and play in an up coming one day jazz workshop.miscellaneous-ian-009  In younger days with the bass recorder.  7 or 8 years ago?  in my early 70’s

I have a friend of similar vintage whose mother had very bad arthritis in her hands.  My friend is taking piano lessons to hopefully ward off similar problems.

Come to think of it, my own mother also had bad arthritis in her hands in later years.   She was an avid knitter, as am I.  When she moved to Hawaii, knitting was no longer so important in her life.  So I don’t know if she could have continued to knit if she had wanted to.  Knitting is still important to but I could substitute other fiber activities just as satisfying.  After all, my abandonment of weaving has been partially age related and I don’t really miss it – I can still maintain my interest without physically crawling under that big Glimakra loom.






Eric Clapton June 18, 2016

Filed under: Eric Clapton,Guitars,Music,Musical instruments — Janet @ 7:04 pm

eric clapton  Slow Hand at 70     Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday concert at the Albert Hall in London

Great listening!


National Record Day April 19, 2016

Filed under: Bop Street Records,Music,Vinyl Records — Janet @ 3:07 pm

Vinyl record that is.  Last Saturday was National Record Day – I duly visited my local vinyl record store – Bop Street Records.  I went early – on the way I saw that the record store across the street had an amazing queue stretching round the corner.  Wow I thought better   hurry.  But when I got to Bop Street there was hardly anyone there.  What was going on?  I subsequently learned that the record store across the street sold NEW records and this was the day for some new releases.  Bop Street sells USED records – and what a collection it has.  HUGE.  I was told that only the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian have larger collections.

I was so dazzled and swamped by the range of choices at Bop Street I had no idea what I wanted.  But I wanted to honor the day and I finally settled on a record by Merle Haggard who I knew had died recently.  And I also bought a CD  of Richard and Mimi Farina.  So some new choices to add to my eclectic collection.  Pleasant listening.



A Photo That Looks Like A Painting March 24, 2016

Filed under: Music,Musical instruments,Paintings,Photos — Janet @ 5:43 pm

Violinist  A Russian violinist scheduled to play a piece by Prokofiev with the Seattle Symphony


Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade March 22, 2016

Filed under: Art works,Artists,Music,Paintings — Janet @ 6:53 pm

Scheherazade  a painting by Sophie Gengembre Anderson, a French British artist, 1823-1903


LISTENING to ERIC CLAPTON November 22, 2015

Filed under: Guitars,Music — Janet @ 4:12 am



Recorder Playing Again November 16, 2015

Filed under: Music,Musical instruments,Recorders — Janet @ 3:00 pm

Apart from singing in the church choir, music has been taking a back seat in my activity schedule.  BUT – I have resumed                  that activity with my attendance yesterday at the meeting of the Moss Bay Recorder Society over in Kirkland.  And happy was I to be playing again even if I couldn’t remember much of what I knew before and I have developed arthritis in my hands since I last played 3 (?) years ago.  The fingering was difficult.  But I was very happy to be playing again and to meet up with some old friends.

IMG_0001 photo of husband Ian, unrelated to recorder playing except if he is listening

003    Katerina lurking behind my scarves, pretending she is not listening    miscellaneous-ian-009 photo taken in 2009, Janet trying to play the bass recorder


Vinyl Records April 20, 2015

Filed under: Choral Music,Jazz,Music,Vinyl Records — Janet @ 6:59 pm

Did you know that last Saturday, April 18, was Record Store Day?  Seattle’s 10 best could hardly wait.  In the afternoon I managed to get to the best of the best – Bop Street Records on Market Street in Ballard.  There was a steady stream of customers and a vast array of records from which to choose.  I came away with two very different gems.vinyl records 003    a jazz album, Stan Getz and J. J. Johnson  at the Opera House          vinyl records 002  sacred music, the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge  singing compositions by Poulenc and Peeters.

A few years ago when Bop Street Records was in its old location on Ballard Way and I was exploring Ballard on my own, I used to go in there quite often.  Then the store moved up to Market Street and I faded away, not going in to browse so often.  But on Saturday I went in for  “old times sake”.  It was so nice to go there again – it was like a homecoming.  I’ll go again soon!


Larry McMurtry’s Memoirs October 3, 2011

Filed under: Authors,Books,Music,Musical instruments,Recorders — Janet @ 9:15 pm

  I have now read all 3 volumes of Larry McMurtry’s Memoirs.  Slightly out of order since I waited for the soft cover edition of the one pictured above.  This memoir is actually the 2nd  of his 3.  The first one was titled Books and the third one was titled Hollywood.  I am a fan of Mr. McMurtry and have read most of his work.  We are of similar age, that’s part of the attraction.   He is a prolific writer and his themes/topics are of interest.  He loves books – so do I.  But he is a successful author – I just dabble.

As well as trying to read through my long list of unreads, I have joined another recorder playing group.  A small group which meets on Tuesdays at mid-day.  Most of the members are advancing beginners.  That is the category I fall into in an effort to learn the bass clef and play my bass recorder.  Here is a sketch I did a few years ago in Dublin – this is supposed to be an aide memoir to help me remember the positioning of my fingers in relation to the notes produced.  I did the sketch in my painting group there at Kenilworth – I miss that group very much – as well as the lawn bowling which we did in season.  Old pals well remembered – it’s time to move on as I find myself 6000 miles away with new friends to make and new activities to build on the former ones. 


  this is not the photo I was looking for – this is the Yamaha alto, my first recorder that I bought in Cambridge England

This is the photo I was looking for: