Monday, April 30, 2007

Down the River


Sunday, 29th. I spent the day relaxing and working on the new song "Down the River". This could be a really good one and I'm looking forward to performing it. San Cristobal is completed and I'm making good progress on the instrumental entitled " Chamisa". It will be the last piece on the next album. I have an instrumental as the last piece on everyone so far and I like the idea of continuing this format.... a nice easy way to end the musical journey through the Cd.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Cades Cove



This is one of my favourite places for riding my bicycle. Yesterday We rode the loop at Cades cove. The weather was perfect. Cades Cove is located inside the Smoky Mountain National Park and close to Townsend. The "loop" is about eleven miles around and there are several old homesteads to be explored. Also there are bears, deer, foxes and possibly elk to be seen. Yesterday we saw a mother bear with two cubs. Don't forget to keep your distance, especially when they have cubs.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Lake Russell and Nancytown lake, Cornelia, Georgia.


We took a hike in the Lake Russell Wildlife Area. It's located about a mile from the house. I captured these turtles sunning themselves in Nancytown Lake. There must have been about 40 of them on different logs. Some were quite large too. It was a good opportunity to try out the new camera.
This past week the weather has been almost perfect, but where is the rain we normally get at this time of year?
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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Hemlock Falls, NE Georgia.


This was a good weekend. Friday I loaded my equipment and set out for Sugarmill Creek. The weather was obliging and I got to try out some of the new songs for the first time. Later I went to the lakehouse to find John, Philip and Nora waiting for me. We talked until 2:30am before retiring.
Saturday morning was bright and clear so Philip, Nora and I decided to complete the hike we had started the last time. We walked as far as Hemlock Falls. It's not a very tall falls, but an impressive amount of water cascades down into a good sized body of water. This is part of the Appalachian Trail and incredibly beautiful at this time of year. Spring has definitely arrived in the mountains of Georgia. Saturday night we sat down to watch Dr Who on DVD. A great weekend...

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Pimentel Jazz Fusion


The guitar is now finished and waiting to be picked up. This includes having the electronics installed. I'm curious to see how easy it is to "mike." My favourite stage mic for instruments is the Shure SM81. That was the setup I used on the Plaza in Taos last June and I find it works very well in most situations.