We had a bit of a preview of summer this week – three days were in the 90s. And I gotta say…I loved it.
I stood outside with my dogs in the late evening air, a westerly breeze blowing up from the beaches and listened the crickets and bullfrogs that populate the woods across from our house. It was awesome.
Otherwise, it was a celebratory week. Sunday was Mother’s Day, Monday was our 13th wedding anniversary, Tuesday was my parents’ 53rd wedding anniversary, Wednesday was my son Chase’s 7th birthday.
All of this celebrating was tempered abit when I saw the news that Chris Cornell had died (some now say via his own hand) in a hotel room in Detroit. Chris and his band Soundgarden (then AudioSlave) came of age in the early ’90s and his music as well as others (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, others of that grunge ilk) became the soundtrack of my living in Philly at the time, just out of college, scuffling around, working in gyms and working out. I heard songs of that era and I get instantly transported back to such specific times and places.
He was only a few years older than me. Didn’t seem it then, though I never really gave it much thought.
This news, and also, in some ways the crash in Times Square, reminds me that hey, when that ticket gets punched, that’s it. Good night, Irene. For good.
Begs the question, what are we leaving behind? Is it our art? What we give to other people? The impressions we’re making on other people?
Something to consider as we move along.
This Weeks Links:
What I’m reading: The Five Red Herrings
Chris Cornell covers Thunder Road at the Count Bassie Theater in New Jersey
What it’s like to photograph everyone from MLK to Donald Trump
I recently became FB friends with Jon Adams, a photographer from Jenkintown, PA. He’s a photojournalist with a great eye, did some nice noir-ish portraits of a friend of mine. Anyway, he recently posted a PDF of his book “Get A Grip” and has granted me permission to link to it. It’s a nice little book, recommend downloading and reading at your leisure.
“Never take away your subject’s dignity.” ~ Bernie Boston
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