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Paint My Picture

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Somehow, I think that the idea of getting a portrait made was not the idea of this tot but was the doings of his parents.

Dad is holding the child in Jackson Square in New Orleans as a street artist creates a rendering.


Sing Them Like a Folk Song

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The Steel Wheels recently rolled into Akron, Ohio, to play on a Saturday night at Musica, a live music venue downtown.

They have performed in Northeast Ohio in various venues, but this was their first performance in Akron.

They are (from left) Brian Dickel on the bass; Trent Wagler, lead singer and principal song writer on guitar and banjo; Eric Brubaker on the fiddle; and Jay Lapp, who plays guitar and mandolin.

During the concert the group performed Sing Me Like a Folk Song and other ditties from their latest album Wild as We Came Here.

The American folk roots band will be back in Northeast Ohio on April 14 when they play at the GAR Hall in Peninsula, which is where I first saw them perform nearly a year ago.

Written by csanders429

March 20, 2018 at 5:25 am

Playing His Music For Tips

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I have a thing about photographing street musicians. They make for some interesting images and I’d bet there are some interesting stories behind why they are playing on the street and not in some venue that charges admission.

Some probably are not good enough to play for pay but music is their passion and they play to hustle tips. It has to be a hard life.

There are probably other reasons why they are on the street and not playing Carnegie Hall starting with the fact that not every musician is going to be able to rake in the big bucks from expensive stadium tours and buku record sales.

You have to be able to market yourself and that takes time, effort and talent that the typical street musician probably doesn’t have. You also have to have some luck.

But they enjoy entertaining so playing on the streets is a way to do that. Maybe they make more money from tips than I know.

This guy is playing his saxophone by the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Written by csanders429

March 7, 2018 at 7:36 am

It’s Mardi Gras Time

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There is no better time to visit New Orleans than during Mardi Gras. There also is no better time to avoid New Orleans than during Mardi Gras.

I’ve been to the Crescent City several times, but have always coincided my visits to avoid Mardi Gras. But not to worry because New Orleans doesn’t need an excuse to hold a parade and throw beads.

Such was the case on March 14, 2012, which was well after Fat Tuesday, AKA Mardi Gras, and the last day of the carnival season in the Big Easy.

I have no idea why this parade was being held or who sponsored it. But there were some colorful floats and beads for the catching.

Such impromptu celebrations are what gives New Orleans its charm.

Written by csanders429

February 13, 2018 at 8:48 am

Did She Notice the Train?

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I was a passenger aboard a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train traveling through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park behind a steam locomotive.

I had my camera in hand to make photographs of the people who had come trackside to watch something out of the ordinary, a working steam locomotive at work.

In this image, the train is passing over the Towpath Trail near the Deep Lock Quarry south of Peninsula, Ohio.

A jogger is running southward on the trail, something you can find here on just about any given day.

As best I could tell from the short glimpse I was able to get, this jogger has her eyes straight ahead on the trail. Did she look up at all at the train? Notice that it was pulled by a steam locomotive?

I’ll never know. Such are the passing thoughts you have on any given day in the journey of life. Some of those, though, stay with you.

Blowing on my Sax

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A street musician in Chicago plays his saxophone along Michigan Avenue on a June morning. Note that the man has an ID badge around his neck and I’m not sure if that means he has a license to play on the street or that he is a worker who is playing during some free time.

The Leader of the Band

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Trent Wagler tunes a banjo as The Steel Wheels prepares for a concert in December at the King Arts Complex in Columbus, Ohio.

Wagler is the lead singer and primary song writer for the American roots music group that is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The band performed in Columbus toward the end of its last national tour to promote is album Wild as We Came Here, which was released in May 2017.

It was the second time I’d seen The Steel Wheels perform this year, the first having been in May at the GAR Hall in Peninsula, Ohio.

Written by csanders429

December 28, 2017 at 6:55 am