Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Tonight's ADWH Soundtrack

A group called "Strength in Numbers:"

The tune is called "One Winter's Night" but it was just perfect for watching the slivered crescent moon get brighter and brighter as it sank in the southwestern sky.  And the stars, Gentle Reader... the STARS.  They were just magnificent this evening as they emerged out of the blue and sprinkled the purple-black with pinpoints of brilliant white light.  But I suppose you hadda be here... and I wish you could have been.  Here.  Quiet nights on The High Plains o' New Mexico can be magical. 


  1. Beautiful melody. And that is one super group on all those strings: I don't know the bass guy Edgar, but Jerry, Bela, Sam, and Mark are the very best.

  2. I gotta get out where the night sky isn't so polluted with light.

  3. Boy are you right, Buck. Been living in maj. cities so long I've forgotten what the night sky looks like. Last I can remember was on a cold New Years eve at my in-laws farm outside Opelousas, La. circa 2001, iirc. There's probably a good reason most of the "vision" Shammanistic Indian tribes came from the New Mexico area. But ALL "primitive" (that term kills me. No evidence that I.Qs were ANY DIFFERENT then than now--just that they had less of a knowledge-base to work with. Heh, give Alexander, Julius Ceasar or Napoleon--or hell, the first caveman--modern hi-tech armies, navies and an air force and see how they'd work out, lol) people were pretty good astronomers if you think about it--no city lights/industrial pollution to obscure the sky--day or night--and LOTS of spare time to observe the heavens. Add to this an agriculture-based society which means HIGH interest in changing seasons, planting times, etc., and it's not hard to understand their almost "supernaturally" "advanced" knowledge of the stars, earth's rotation, vernal equinox, summer solstice, etc., and why so many of their monuments, structures, etc. (think the Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Mayan Temples, etc., or window openings of the cliff-dwelling Chaco-Valley Indians)were aligned with various star-formations (Orions Belt in case of Pyramids)or phases of the sun or moon.

  4. Dan: I thought you'd like this one. I've added "The Telluride Sessions" to my Amazon wish-list and listened to all their stuff on-line.

    Ivan: Stars are one of the biggest bennies of flyover country!

    Virgil: Yup! One of my favorite things to do is drive south of town about ten miles to escape ALL the light pollution and just stare up at the stars. I can't take appropriate refreshment with me, though, so there's that. Well, I COULD, but that wouldn't be too damned smart.

  5. Austin City Limits.

    That was beautiful music, Buck, just what I needed this afternoon.

    Hugs my friend.

  6. Oh how I love the night and the stars and the moon! When I retire I hope to spend long nights gazing at the stars, and sleeping late, 'cause I'm not a morning person.

    Wish I'd been there with you for the magic. ...maybe that didn't sound quite right, but you know what i mean.....

  7. Daph: And hugs back!

    Red: I'm not a morning person any longer either, mainly coz there's absolutely NO good reason to be such. OTOH, there's EVERY good reason to sit out and gaze at the stars. And I got yer drift... last evening was magical, indeed.

  8. MissBirdlegs in AL04 August, 2011 18:28

    Speaking of STARS... these are a few of my favorite pickers. Enjoyed that a bunch.

    wv: jadico - must have known Virgil was on here, although I'm pretty sure that's misspelled... ;-)


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