Keep Cool

Do I rant or do I just show you a nice photo and move along? After this summer there is no denying that we are amidst a climate change period on our planet. When you hear what scientists think of places like Mars or Venus it does give one pause. I don't particularly like it hot. I spent most of my life where it was cold in the winter and warm in the summer. I got tired of both. So, I moved to California and in particular, close enough to the coast to basically live in eternal spring, For a time I did get to live directly on the coast and it was glorious to the point that i could walk to the post office via the beach! Every weekend I would ride my bicycle on the beach until it literally rusted away. But I wanted to own my own home and it wasn't going to happen unless one of you would be willing to buy several million dollars worth of my art! I drew a line on the map where coastal turned into inland and made a pact to not cross that line. I lucked out. Im about five miles from where the climate becomes inland. By the way, in Southern California that is also pretty much the desert. Still it can get hot here from time to time. Like right now. Instead of working away in my studio (garage) Im in my air conditioned office. I've only been heated out of my studio a few times this year.  I'm trying to be productive. Who knows, I might even blog twice this month, adding two new photos instead of my customary one.

This photo, "Cool Down," has joined my Coastal Abstract Collection. It is a somewhat older photo that I took in the early 2000's. When I lived on the beach, I could spend hours looking through my lens in search of something interesting, different and evocative. I guess, this really is not abstract as it is exactly as it appeared; light, shade, shapes and composition. If you notice a theme to my work, I try to find something that is not like everything else. I hope I convey this to you in this and other images found in this collection as well as the others in my gallery. After literally 100's of thousands of photos taken, a very few find their way to my gallery. I think this makes a great addition to the other seven images that have made it into the Coastal Abstract collection.

Meanwhile back at the climate change discussion... I remember the first time scientists began to make announcements that the trajectory of our collective lifestyle was accelerating the planet into a period of global warming. By 1986, which made it the year before my son was born, there were more serious hearings in Congress. I remember it clearly and we began to adjust how we lived; diligently trying to purchase less plastic. Stopped using manufactured paper products and processed foods. We began to recycle as much as we could. Composting. It wasn't easy. Nor was it popular. But it seemed like the right thing to do. Apparently, as tree huggers, we have now graduated to being woke!  As I've always said, "even if the science is wrong, the individual effort is still worth it." Nearly half the population doesn't believe it and in fact, you will never hear it called global warming anymore. It's been whitewashed like all of our history to be "climate change" nowadays.

Which brings me to this defining moment about it in music:   <<<solid DJ segue>>>


This happened to come along in 1970. Quicksilver Messenger Service sounded the alarm in their anthem, "What About Me." The song was written by the original guitarist for the San Francisco band, Dino Valenti. It features Nicky Hopikins on piano, David Freiberg on bass, Greg Elmore on drums and John Cipollina on lead guitar. Hopkins, who was in the original Kinks band before QMS, of course, spent many years with the Rolling Stones. He even did time with The Who. And this does not even scratch the surface. His bio is remarkable. Quicksilver was a driving force in the early San Francisco music scene, along with Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead/ One of the curious pieces of trivia about this song is that it was intentionally over six minutes long which meant mainstream radio would not play it.