The music is part of a longer work I wrote in 2008. I like the sound of an oboe. The top photo of The Barge in Hertford is where I met my wife-to-be 49 years ago, or more correctly, in the single storey shed you can just see, at the birthday party of a mutual friend.
Professional slackliner Reinhard Kleindl walks a high wire in front of the Frankfurt skyline May 25, 2013. Austrian Kleindl set a world record on Saturday by walking the highest urban high line at 185 meters (607 ft). REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski (GERMANY – Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ORG XMIT: ROR02
This was a demo for one of my guitar classes. I know two completely different songs called Hesitation Blues. I heard this one, which is not at all well-known, on a crackly old 78, but with no label so I don’t know who sang it, or anything about it except that he had a rather refined American accent and played piano.
If you are the fearless sort click on a pic to see them all larger. Take a look at the video too! (But not at the same time as listening to the song.) You can see it full screen. (Sorry about the unnecessary ‘music’.)
Chris said, “I’ve been a rope walker for 12 years and it was something I’d always dreamt of. I never thought I’d find a wife to agree but I proposed to Phoebe in Burma and one of the first conversations we had about it was me saying how cool it would be to get married on a high wire. She thought it was a crazy idea but to my surprise she actually said she’d be up for it.”
Bob Jenkins wrote this about the local Cockerham legend and supplied the proof:
The Devil’s Hoofprint on Broadfleet Bridge
The Devil once resided at Cockerham, a prosperous village some 5 miles northwest of Pilling. His (or her) presence caused crop failure and livestock problems. The village parson, doctor and schoolmaster challenged him to battle of wits – and they won. The Devil was furious, and took a giant stride out of Cockerham, his hoof landing on Broadfleet Bridge in Pilling. His next stride took him to Blackpool, where he still lives.
(The top photo is of a charity swim for Cockerham Cancer Care. They breed ’em tough in Lancashire!)
The aromatic herb thyme has long been used in folk lore and English folk song as an obvious metaphor, along with that other evocative herb, rue. Thyme stands for courage and strength; and rue for regret. The hand print was made and photographed by Anita Sanchez.