I have admired Michael Roe's music since my high school years when I first bought his The Boat Ashore album and the 77's tom tom Blues. Roe's musical sensibility has probably influenced my own sensibilities quite a bit. He's an open book and admits to being neurotic, and generally knows how to rock. His vocals and guitarwork are equally versatile. I simply love the Mike Roe sensibility.
"Ache Beautiful," originally released on Safe As Milk, is one of his most enduring songs for me. It's a heartbreaking little ditty that he sings with just enough sensitivity to let you fall into an elemental state. Few songs exemplify the grown-up heartbreak as well as this number does. I may have been 16 years old when I first heard it, but I could tell that the song's honesty was, well, awesome.
It cheered my heart to see this video on Youtube so I can watch his fingering and learn to play it, with the solo and all. This is one of the saddest songs in the world, and its story makes it even better. Enjoy.
Here's the studio recording, a recording that helped me understand the potential emotional power of the adult contemporary sound of the 90s.
A few days ago, this image appeared on my RSS Feed. It took less than a moment to recognize its location. That line of mountain crests put me exactly where the photo was taken: Harrison Mills, British Columbia. I immediately thought to myself, "Sigh, I have to drive for another 45 or 50 minutes or so before I get home."
My father hadn't even moved to this general area when this photo was taken, but, of course the mountains stay the same. It seems pretty obvious, eh? Nonetheless, 10 time zones and 66 years away from this photo, it felt refreshingly familiar to see those mountains.
I've never used a CB radio, but I thought I knew a thing or two about them. Then I learned about QSL cards. People used QSL cards to confirm that they'd talked with specific people over the CB radio. The Pie Shops, my favorite Flickr feed, has a wonderful collection of gorgeously-scanned QSL cards. Here are a few of my favorites from British Columbia.
I don't think I'll ever get into scuba diving. I swim poorly and don't really have time to do it better. Nonetheless, I'd love to see some shipwrecks up close. I've loved learning about shipwrecks ever since I learned about the S.S. Beaver in my copy of the 1958 British Columbia Centennial book.
But I've never had the opportunity to visit a shipwreck myself.
This article has some excellent photos of shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea.
My multi-talented friend Jordan wrote, recorded, and posted this song last night. I wish I could write a song in one night. I don't think I've been able to write a song in one sitting since "Lost Cause," and I still haven't figured out how to record that thing to an acceptable standard.
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