Saturday, August 27, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Zen'd by jazz

Zen'd by jazz

Jazz was her zen. 
Or was it frozen lemonade? 
Something cool for a hot afternoon.

Listening to the Joe Gransden Big Band during the Inman Park Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 28 April 2019.


Something Cool

Something Cool is a gorgeous 'minor' jazz standard written mid 20th-century by composer/lyricist Billy Barnes and performed —and made famous— by the fabulous 'cool-jazz' vocalist, June Christy (1925-1990). It's an elaborate and sad fantasy concocted over the offer of a cool drink on a warm day.

The song wasn't performed that afternoon at the festival but it might have been apropos, if in title and temperature. The woman in the photo, unlike the protagonist, appeared blissfully content.

Play on YouTube:

Well, it's true.
It's just a memory I have.
One I almost forgot
'Cause the weather's so hot,
And I'm feeling so bad,
About a date.
Oh, wait!
I'm such a fool!

He's just a guy,
Who stopped to buy me
Something cool!


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Strip mall sunset

Strip mall sunset

Who knew that the simple parking lot of a strip mall could provide the backdrop for a magnificent panorama of a post-summer-storm sunset?

Tucker, Georgia, USA. 10 August 2022. (8:14 pm EDT)


Saturday, August 13, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Promenade on high from low at the High

Promenade on high from low at the High

Like a latter-day ziggurat, the Promenade skyscraper rises 40-stories —691 feet— above the High Museum, in midtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The building is clad in reflective glass, with a stepped, tapering spire and stainless steel fins that are lit at night. It is the 7th-tallest building in the city and, hence, Georgia.

Construction was completed in 1990. Twenty-nine years later, I took the photo, on 26 May 2019.


Saturday, August 06, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Calm at crepuscule

Calm at crepuscule

Two contemplating sunset, looking east over the Atlantic Ocean.

St. Augustine Beach, Florida, USA. 4 August 2018 (9:08 pm)

And, yes, they knew that the sun sets in the west. But high clouds catch and reflect its light back to the east.