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Reelin’ in the Years – 1965

English: Trade ad for 1965 Rolling Stones' Nor...

Trade ad for 1965 Rolling Stones’ North American tour – Wikipedia

It’s 1965 and I’m three years old.

The British Invasion was in full swing by ’65. The Stones hit the charts with “Satisfaction” at #3. That is a great song with insightful lyrics and an easy riff that every child guitarist, including myself, played endlessly.

“Downtown,” on the other hand, was a tune so popular that it just existed in the collective imagination. You did’t even have to hear it playing to get it. It captured, in my Toronto at least, the whole feeling of the year.

Pop music was getting a schmaltzy, sweet element. And I liked it, along with the nitty gritty stuff.

So here’s Petula Clark with “Downtown!”

Reelin’ in ALL the Years

 The Rolling Stones just won their 3rd Grammy – and it was for an album that’s one of their best (businessinsider.com)

 Shaggy and Sting are releasing an album together (thefader.com)

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late last night

It wasn’t really that late but I thought that sounded good. Here’s me walking away from where I live. I am really close to an OBD (outlying business district) so can see a little action in about ten minutes walk.

The moon is rising. Can you see it? Just a sliver.

Not terribly eventful… this sequence, but familiar to me. I’ve been living here since 1999. And spent some time here before that too.

Click on any image to make it larger and scroll as series (the first is actually last, but I don’t know how to reverse it). 🙂


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Yonge Street is Fun Street

Taken thru slightly filmy glass at Eaton Centre… unusually warm day today – via Flickr


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Time Cop

Here’s a tune I’ve been working on for a few weeks. Sort of a synthesis of several old themes from the 70s. With a new twist. The image is Toronto downtown 1972. Looks quite different now.


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Fall colors

yesterday via Tumblr


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How to build a Light Rail Transit

via Tumblr

Toronto is building a new Light Rail Transit running partly above partly below ground. The noise and drilling has been manageable but not much fun. Traffic, already atrocious, is seriously affected.

This was taken today, steps away from where I live.


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What a difference a few weeks and degrees (colder) makes

Took my Mom down to Cherry Beach tonight. Totally different experience from the last time I went. No traffic. Nice people at the beach. All round good time. This shot taken driving home, just beside inlets around Lake Ontario. No “scream” traffic like last time!

Image via Flickr