Monday, January 28, 2013


The new Abney Park album...AEther Chanty.
And the remastered "The Emperor's Wives".  Lots of solid bass it nearly as much as Airship Pirates! 

The Good Ship Venus by the Poxy Boggards...  (ahh, they wonder why I miss the Ren Faire!)

I dare you to watch that one without bursting out in laughter!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Back in September of 2004

 The Renaissance Festival was in its last year, but none of us knew it at the time.  Below is a view along the north side of my booth, with Dave's purple and salmon music booth beside.  One of the arches is clearly visible in this was crushed along with the rest of the mead hall last week in the last snow storm. 

This was Dudley's last year as well.  He looks pretty perky in this picture, but he passed away only a few weeks after this picture was taken.  He looks surprised in the the time, he was so afflicted by doggie alzheimers that EVERYTHING was a surprise!  

From the back of my booth, you can see "stag house".  This is where we lived.  

I was always happy with this view of the booth.  It was quite flashy.  This is the back, the part that looked out over the fighting ring in back.  

There were always little surprises...this fellow is supposed to be a fountain head, but it made a really pretty decoration on the beam end.  It didn't survive the winter.

Below is the building all closed up, and all that was necessary was to fold the umbrellas and lock the upper story shutters.

Below is a very nice view of the big beams of my booth (with virtues of chivalry stenciled on the top)  Looking past the building, you can just see the front of the music booth, and one of the ren faire booths.  Such a pretty site.

More of the big beams, and one of my gargoyles.  

Another one of my gargoyles.  We still have both of them. 

And I think that nice tile roof looked pretty good as it overlooked the pub. 

Ah, those were the days....

Monday, January 14, 2013

Series of Descending Fifths

So many riffs are based on a series of descending fifths. Fly me to the Moon, Hotel California, almost anything by Handel....

The idea of ANY music being new is patently absurd.  Some things never work (anything with a B sharp in it for instance....ta dum dum)  (Yes I know....)  And then of course there is the Descending Fifths.

Case in point.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plays "Fly me of the Handel"

You can thank me later....grin!  After you check out my favorite song.."Orange Blossom Special" played on Ukes!!!!


The video is royalty free as well, but worth the trouble.  Trust me on this....

It is a video made by GoldPaint Photography, and is a time lapse of aurora borealis in Oregon.  Learn more here...