Mildly Amusing Musings & Some Photographs

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“Crazy for tryin’ & crazy for cryin’…”

It is official.  I need to meet Willie Nelson.  I forgot to publicly mention that my photo of him from a 2006 show was selected for use in his 2010 calendar.  I shot this with a Sony Mavica (the 5 megapixel, mini cd one).

This photo is extra special because my dad really liked it.  When he saw it, he said, “You’re getting pretty good.”  He died two weeks later.  “Crazy” was one of his favorite songs.  Maybe his most favorite.


“My first sin was the fear that made me old…”

At last, here are some more shots from Brian Fallon’s Bowery Ballroom show January 15, 2010.  Brian was awesome despite a crowd of comedians insistent upon interrupting every break in song with their incessant attempts at changing the setlist.  In plain English, there were a lot of assholes who kept shouting song requests.  My favorite was when someone yelled for “We Came To Dance.”  Brian responded by saying, “No, you came to scream [from the balcony]…”  It was a real shame because the stories Brian was telling before & after the songs were pretty special.  Also, while I love a good cover here & there, I really enjoy Brian’s music so the cries for covers were even more obnoxious.  This crowd was horrendous.  I have no idea why they were there.   All I know is that Brian Fallon was a real professional about it & I cannot wait to see/hear him again.  I am eagerly awaiting a new album of songs to keep my radio happy this summer.

With Dave Hause from The Loved Ones

“Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more…”

I can’t drive through the Freehold countryside without thinking of my dad & the music of Bruce Springsteen.  My dad went to school with Bruce.  Unlike most Bruce fans of his age, my dad readily admitted that he had no idea who Bruce was when they were in school. My dad moved from Freehold in 1967.  He had lived on a farm in an area that has since been plowed over by Rte 33.  While I never got to see exactly where it was, I do know that the area in the image below is less than a mile away. 

Freehold, NJ

“They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain’t coming back to your

“I dreamed all day ’bout a rock & roll weekend…”

Brian Fallon
Brian Fallon – Bowery Ballroom – 01.15.10

In the spirit of trying to stay up to date, I figured I would post this.  It is the first photo I have edited from 2010’s first rock & roll weekend.  Friday was Brian Fallon, Saturday was Snowball 37 & Tourmaline & tonight* was Dinosaur Jr.  w/ Kurt Vile.

*Yes, Sunday is still tonight for me.  I will be regretting that in 2 1/2 hours when I have to wake up for work.

“I never dreamed you’d leave in summer. I thought you would go then come back home…”

I do believe that should be the soundtrack for the next ASPCA commercial.  However, I would like them to start encouraging people to volunteer. 

Tropical & I

Anyway, consider yourselves warned… The following are some of my favorites from the last few months at Liberty Humane Society.  If you want to see more of my shelter photos, I made a slideshow of them set to Snowball 37’s “Baby, You’re A Star.”  Click that link or search youtube. 





I printed a larger, color verison of this for the shelter.  Then, I signed it & framed it.  My first work of art?

Here are my two favorites.  The sadness in Monk’s eyes kills me.  He had most likely been a fighter and was unable to be rehabilitated.  I think of this face whenever I hear about dog fights. 

“I thought the cold would leave by summer but my quiet nights will be spent alone…  I never dreamed you’d leave in summer but now I find myself all alone… Why didn’t you stay?” – Stevie Wonder


“We sing with our heroes 33 rounds per minute. We’re never going home until the sun says we’re finished.”

In catching up with posts, another amazing show I saw in 2009 was The Gaslight Anthem.  I simply love this band.  If you recall, I saw Brian Fallon about a year ago.  I didn’t get to see the whole band until November when I saw them at Terminal Five in NYC.  I only lasted about a minute in the second row before I got a boot in my head that narrowly missed the ultra fragile Canon 50mm.  I had to have security rescue me so we won’t talk about that.  This time, December 11 at The Wellmont in Montclair, I knew better than to get in the way of the moshing & crowd surfing so it was much more enjoyable.  If I wasn’t so heck-bent on sneaking a camera in, I wouldn’t have been such a wimp about the crowd.  I have to agree with them, when The Gaslight Anthem plays, you can’t stand still.  Oh, The Wellmont show also rocked harder because they played so many songs, including a new one and some covers.   These are not my best work but this was one of the best shows. 

While the Canon is easier to sneak in when its wearing the 50mm, the 50mm is difficult to focus at 1.8 when you’re somewhat far from the stage. 

Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem

Brian Fallon, Gaslight Anthem

These are from the Canon because it is easier to sneak in.

“Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey…”

It has been a while since I have really written so I should let you know that I have moved on from my days of regularly waiting tables.   I have a slightly more steady flow of income from a job that involves driving around A LOT and informing mortgagers that they need to call the bank.  I get to take pictures of the houses but it is hardly a “photography” gig.  However, I do get to travel the NJ roads least visited or remembered, but most memorable.

Last month, I found this scene near (or in?) Farmingdale & passed it twice in the same week for these alternate views…