Dispatches: A Little Seaside Bar

 

February 8, 1974

A little seaside bar opens.

Who knew the history it would unfold to?

Zack Sander and his sax at The Stone Pony

I first went to The Stone Pony around 2000 or 2001 with my ex-wife.

She worked with a guy who had a bar band. That band was opening for Leslie West of Mountain one cold Friday night.

Asbury Park was a wreck then. Like bombed out Beirut.

The Stone Pony, somehow was open. An oasis on a cold winter night.

As soon as I walked in, I could feel the musical history.

The Pony used to have ticket stubs under the glass-topped tables.

Stubs from The Doors…the Ramones…Bon Jovi…Lenny Kravitz…Bruce, of course.

Crazy the number of big name acts that played the Pony at one time or another.

Promised Land Band at The Stone Pony

Every time I get a photo pass for TSP, and walk in, I’m amazed. And humbled.

The Stone Pony Summer Stage

 

I’ve never shot Bruce inside. Only outside. But I love the fact that I can go to this joint whenever I want. I’ve always said….if the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame didn’t end up in Cleveland, it should have been in Asbury Park.

 

Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son + Kyle Brendle

 

The town is that historic. The venue is that historic.

Happy birthday, Pony. Continue on.

 

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Murmurs: A SoHo Moment

A walk from Penn Station, Fuji XT3 in hand.

A push to get to the 11:30 a.m. meeting in SoHo.

NYC, not London

A quick walk.

Head on a swivel.

Finding a moment.

It’s NYC, lots to see.

A quiet moment in SoHo.

Beautiful colors.

Thinking of Jay Maisel, while walking.

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

A murmur in another-wise busy NYC day.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 02.04.23

February brings the rain
Breaks the winter’s icy chain
That’s the song I learned so long ago

~ February Brings The Rain, Julie London

What path are you following?

The path…be it in life or in creativity?

I listened to a Chase Jarvis podcast this week…I think…and it talked about following your own path.

Because, what if you tried to follow someone else’s….and it was wrong? At least for your?

We can look at other people and try to emulate, but really, we have to go our own way (as the song says)

It’s really only us. Our thing.

Our time.

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished Robert James Waller’s Border Music (4 stars); I started Creative Calling by Chase Jarvis; Still working through A Sheperd’s Life here and there.

What I Watched This Week: The Picture Taker: The Vibrant Life of Ernest Withers

Also Watch (60 min): Amy Touchette, Street Photographer

Say Cheese: Jay Maisel, The Photographer portraits

Tethered: Marc Mann is on set with Eli and The Jeetz

New Yorker: The Hidden Mothers of Family Portraits

RIP: Joyce Dopkeen, barrier-breaking photojournalist

Meet: Robert W. Kelley, LIFE photographer

Start something every day. ~ Todd Henry

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Dispatches: Rooted

Sometimes, in the middle of the day, you have have to go out for an hour hike, prop your phone up using a stump and some some wet leaves, and take a selfie while the flurries fall in front a really large root system.

I’ll be in a much different place on Wednesday at noon. If you follow me on Instagram (wait,  you don’t??), you’ll probably see where.

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