6:50 this morning Oct 15, Wilson Lake, Florence Alabama
UNA sponsored an interesting panel discussion Friday; “Color-Blind Harmony: Race and Music in Muscle Shoals".
Panelists included legendary soul singer Jimmy Hughes (“Steal Away,” “Neighbor, Neighbor,” “Why Not Tonight?”), guitarist Jimmy Johnson and bassist David Hood of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (the group immortalized as “The Swampers” in the Lynyrd Skynyrd anthem “Sweet Home Alabama”).
Really interesting to hear just why so much of the problems and conflict that surrounded the country and the South somehow, for the most part past us by. I had always attributed UNA (then Florence State Teachers College) for this. Wonderful to see just how big our local music history joined in as well.
Riding downed logs down Alabama river(s) is a tradition that has been perfected thru the years. Cherokee Indians rode logs before they learned to hollow them out, and eventually perfected the canoe. On each of our tenth birthday's my Dad introduced the sport - although it was on the very tame Cypress Creek.
Now that our Tennessee River has been dammed/controlled/slowed down it's a much more leisurely enterprise. Sunday we found/recovered this nice walnut log. This was Sassafras' (the two year old golden) third log ride so far. I think she's kinda getting the hang of it.
I've been enjoying National Geographic (primarily the phototography) as long as i can remember. Growing up, the bookshelf wall in the living room was full of decades of back issues of the beautiful bright yellow National Geo. We thoroughly enjoyed the showing of Mike NIchols friday afternoon. Locals have been trying to entice Michael for year's to stop back by to share some of his adventurous life with us all.
With the launch of his new book and lecture tour the stars aligned and we finally brought this local back for a few days. Nichols has been the Editor at Large at National Geographic since 2008.
I look forward to attending the "Earth to Sky" lecture and book tour/book signing at Norton Auditorium this upcoming weekend.
That's UNA's super pro photographer Shannon Wells taking a few pics of our Amy and Gina. Barbra Broach of Kennedy Douglas Art Center taking in a preview. Forgot to mention that the location is the much awaited downtown market that has been under remodel for quite a while. I really like the way they move. Slow, but just right.
The primary negative (from one weekend of play), huge issues needing more light in most of the shots using over 20x zoom or so. Lots to learn here.
Although this one has been in the works for months, we've done almost nothing other than these 35 benches for the Museum of Alabama - phase II for the past month. Tons more work to do. All these angles, tight specs, and pro Museum design firm (PRD) overseeing the project has helped make things more than exciting here in our typically more laid back studio atmosphere.
Can't wait to see these finished and installed. Looking like another full month before we'll be there.
After that we've got plenty more projects lined up. For now, we can't take new orders that are needed before early January.
We cross paths with David and Judy Hood, usually every couple of weeks during one of our weekly lunch visits to the Rice Box Restaurant. They are (or David is?) heading to NY to be on Letterman - Thursday or Friday. Really cool to see the world (and Letterman) - even if after all these years - appreciating our wonderful community as much as we do.
Looks like an entourage of some of our many musical genius' might be performing - probably one of the hits from the new soundtrack to the just released movie - Muscle Shoals. --What a fun time it is now for these guys and all of us in the area.
Interesting to see how the seeds that these guys planted back in the 60's and 70's seem to be sprouting everywhere we look; the movie, the music, the soundtrack, the city, the university.
After five years, one of the only shows we follow has come to an end. What a ride it's been. Last night was the last episode. And I think if it's summed up, or if the entire series is summed up in one word it would be "woodworking". Jessie could have followed a different path and found at least some degree of peace from "woodworking".
The "daydreaming" of being a woodworker (instead of . . .) kinda hit home. And, I can say from experience, it might have just worked.
The box. The beautiful little box (in his daydream) looked like wormy maple. The trim could have been walnut - obviously not sure.
Muscle Shoals - The Soundtrack. You'd probably have to be an oldie like me to come close to agreeing, but I'm crazy over this new soundtrack that was just released on ITunes today. And the Movie should be following soon behind (and it might just be even better than the soundtrack!)
Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, Jimmy Cliff, Traffic, Paul Simon - and that's not even the start of it. Really amazing that all these guys and so many more recorded right here in our small community.
Available on itunes now. btw: I just found an even larger soundtrack to Muscle Shoals on Spotify.