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Jazz and Photography

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by , 09-27-2008 at 10:05 PM
I'm new to the whole blogging thing (this is officially my first blog entry) but I was thinking I might post from time to time about two of the current passions in my life at the moment, which happen to be jazz and photography.

To get things started, I thought I would start by venting my frustration at the Recording Academy for overlooking someone who I feel has been THE voice of jazz since 1995. He has put out numerous albums in that time, ALL of which have been overlooked by the academy in favor of singers who either have more money to spend on publicity or who are older and hence more venerable.

To me, it's simply proof that these people don't LISTEN to the nominees before making their selection. It's all political. Which is very disappointing. Because if anyone has ever deserved a Grammy Award, it's [B]Mr. Kurt Elling.[/B] Composer, Poet, lyricist, philosopher, improvisor extraordinaire ... This guy has it all. And WHO did they give the last two grammy's to? Patti Austin and Diana Reeves.

:botox:

Please. This is not even close.

I submit for your consideration a recent performance by Kurt. (He gets a bit crazy at the end, but when the man is feeling it, he forgets he is a baritone.)

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXprs8-U5nA&feature=related]YouTube - Kurt Elling - Nature Boy - Jazz and Orchestra[/url]

I consider Kurt to be THE quintessential voice of jazz today, and it just drives me crazy that they won't give this man a grammy. I believe he has been nominated at least 5 times. His web page is at:

[url=http://www.kurtelling.com]Kurt Elling[/url]

As for photography, I was very much inspired by someone who posted a thread last year who was using a wide angle lens in DCA. I was awestruck at what can be done with perspective with one of these lenses. So I saved up my pennies and bought a Sigma 10-20mm lens over the Summer. I am in the process of putting together a thread for the DLR forum, but in the mean time, here's a couple of early attempts...

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/Pythonrules/DLR%202008-09/9-26-08335.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/Pythonrules/DLR%202008-09/9-26-08346.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/Pythonrules/DLR%202008-09/9260826.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/Pythonrules/DLR%202008-09/9260816.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/Pythonrules/DLR%202008-09/9260831.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/Pythonrules/DLR%202008-09/9260825.jpg[/IMG]

That's all for now. :)

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  1. penguinsoda's Avatar
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    Congratulations on entering the blogosphere!! Great first entry! I'll have to check out Kurt's music in the morning (when I'm awake). And of course, I don't think I need to tell you how great your pictures are... but I will! Fantastic photos!!
  2. orbitalpunk's Avatar
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    Woot!!
  3. SusieP.'s Avatar
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    Terrific first entry! I love the picture on the train, it's very cool.
  4. CupcakeTerror's Avatar
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    Wonderful pictures! Really like the action shot on the train.
  5. dsnylndmom's Avatar
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    Great first entry! I really love that first picture.