I was greatly impressed with Renaissance while in high school, and was able to see them at the Minnesota State Fair playing in a small pavilion to only about 25 people. I couldn’t believe my eyes, standing right in front of one of the greatest bands and most people just kept walking down the path without coming inside — for free.
Jon Camp is still my favorite bass player — having such a soaring, majestic style — a one-of-a-kind! Some compare him to Chris Squire of ‘YES,’ but Jon has always moved me more.
Annie Haslam has a 5-octave voice, and still sings incredibly at age-70: (music video) Renaissance – ‘Carpet of the Sun’ with Chamber Orchestra
Renaissance’s style was elegance, standing tall like the Redwoods; though, some of the lyrics were a bit dark, and were written by another lady, who seemed to be occult influenced. This concert has a great, upbeat feel, unlike some of their studio LP albums, like “Turn of the Cards,” which I still remember buying at the record store at 66th St. and Penn Ave. in Richfield, MN, while living in nearby Bloomington.
I must have heard them on KQRS, the progressive rock FM station that I was often glued to. They never played the same song in a 24 hour period, and had real DJs playing real vinyl LP records, sometimes entire albums. What a treat!
I’ve always been impressed with their song, “Mother Russia,” but didn’t know until hearing Jon Camp’s intro here that it’s about Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the imprisoned truther, author.
Uplifting concert here!
Continue reading “(vid) Renaissance – Live in London 1977 — Carpet Of The Sun • Mother Russia • Can You Hear Me • Ocean Gypsy • Running Hard • Touching Once • Prologue”
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
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Red cedar looks outstanding!
Preserving wood with fire!
Bois Brulé. Burnt wood, an alternative to aging … according to ancestral techniques came from Japan for giving a durable finish to wood siding. The ancient technique of charring the wood to make it more durable is rooted among the Aztecs. The Japanese, who named it Shou-sugi-ban, have extensively used it. The charcoal acts as a protective layer that resists decay and fire, producing a long-lasting and maintenance-free material. This method of wood preservation is restarted by architects looking for green solutions in different parts of the world including Japan and Europe. In simple terms, the wood is burned for about 7 minutes using a torch or more traditional methods, before being doused with water and brushed to remove char dust, revealing a light silvery sheen. The timber is then washed and dried. It can be left unfinished or a finished oil can be applied to bring out shades of gray, silver, black or brown. This technique is used for siding, decking and outdoor furniture. The method earns interest both for its environmental history and for its aesthetic appearance. The materials can last at least 80 years, without chemicals. (YouTube comment)
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I’m in my bare feet
Cause I want to feel the world’s heartbeat
I want to grow tall and strong like a tree
Touch the sky with my roots so deep
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Continue reading “(vid) Caroline Jones: ‘Bare Feet’ — I want to grow tall and strong like a tree / Touch the sky with my roots so deep”
Though these young Redwoods are not at all close to being the largest, this fantastic photo helps viewers experience the awe of what it’s really like to experience this. The little girl looking up with arms over her heart makes it. [The heart is more than a pump].
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Surprisingly, these Redwoods are in Australia, as the story below explains.
California dreaming: the redwoods of the Otway Ranges
This isn’t the coast of northern California. It is the Otway Ranges in western Victoria, thousands of kilometres from the redwoods’ natural home.
Hidden down an old unsealed logging road near Beech Forest, not a lot is known about the Aire Valley redwoods.
Planted as a softwood logging experiment in the 1930s, their initial growth was slow but eventually, they started to shoot upwards at a rapid rate. The trees were never cut down and have now grown to a height of about 60 metres [197 feet].
Forestry expert Roger Smith, who has written a book on the Otways redwoods, thinks they could grow to almost twice that height in the next 70 years.
That would make them some of the tallest trees in the world. “Hyperion”, a redwood in northern California, holds the title of the tallest tree in the world at 115 metres [377 feet].
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Giant Californian Redwood forest in the Otways. So small and so big.
Advice From a Tree
by Ilan Shamir
Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots into the earth
Be content with your natural beauty
Go out on a limb
Drink plenty of water
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
Years ago, I enjoyed this concert on DVD very much, and just now got it out to have another look.
Even though these are young Redwoods, this must be a great setting for a concert in which love is showcased — to actually be there — and be able to look straight up — can’t be fully captured in 2D!!!
Kenny Loggins: Outside From The Redwoods
After Kenny sang this at the PAC in Anchorage, Alaska, I stood to show my appreciation. I was surprised when no one else joined me, since to me, this is such a great song — my favorite by Kenny.
To me, this song is about attitude, when we stand up for what really is right.
How long must we wait to change
This world bound in chains that we live in
To know what it is to forgive,
And be forgiven?
Do you care enough
To talk with Conviction of the Heart?
Live, Outside from the Redwoods version: