Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True

Today’s photos come from Doug Hayes of Richmond, VA.  His captions and IDs are indented, and you can click on the photos to enlarge them. Just a few photos from recent trips to the Chamberlayne Swamp and Henrico County’s Echo Lake with a group of friends I call the “Bird Nerds”. We head out early…

Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True

♬ Eros Ramazzotti, Alejandro Sanz – Sono

LYRIC

Quante cose cambiano
E noi restiamo in bilico
A prendere ogni giorno come viene
Tra pioggia e cieli limpidi
Sul filo come acrobati
Che si danno il tempo di cadere
Sono qua, con le mie novità
Sono io

Sono quello che sono
Una vita che sale e che scende
Una bella canzone
Un ricordo che mi torna in mente

E stasera fa meno paura
La malinconia
Sono quello che sono
La mia anima, nuova musica
Ma gli amici di sempre

Tú ya sabes que es mejor
No mirar alrededor ni buscar
A nadie que te salve
Porque he aprendido a reír para saber
Superar mis límites y a veces
Tan sólo aceptarlos
Soy yo
Soy lo que soy, fui
Siempre yo

Soy tal como soy, una vida abajo y arriba (abajo y arriba)
Una buena canción, un recuerdo que nunca se olvida (que nunca se olvida)
Esta noche no muerde tan fuerte la melanconía
Porque soy como soy
En mi alma ya nueva música
Y los amigos de siempre

Recojo señales del cielo
Mañana ¿qué es lo que seremos?
Con algo de más ser feliz con menos
Siempre yo
Abrazo las cosas que amo
Y el corazón viaja liviano
Con algo de más ser feliz con menos
Pero este soy yo, somos

Sono quello che sono
Una vita che sale e che scende
Una bella stagione che arriva
Que será más bonita y más viva (y más viva)

Esta noche me siento contento, contento por nada
Porque soy lo que soy
En mi alma ya nueva música
Con los amigos de siempre

Soy yo, somos

24th august (’22): International Strange Music Day

For those who have a tendency to lean toward the unique and bizarre, this is one day that will feed that strange musical soul! International Strange Music Day pulls out all the stops when it comes to going beyond the normal and opening up to a world with new horizons.

When it comes to the ‘strange’ part, this can mean either unfamiliar or bizarre – or both! The choice is entirely personal and up to the individual. In either case, International Strange Music Day is meant to expand the ear toward new sounds.

History of International Strange Music Day
International Strange Music Day was created by Patrick Grant, who was a New York City musician and composer at the time. The premise of the day is simple: to get people to play and listen to types of music they have never experienced before.

Patrick Grant believed that broadening people’s musical spectrums can also change the way that society looks at other aspects of life – his mantra is ‘listening without prejudice’.

Honestly, Strange Music Day also started out as a way for Grant to promote his new album, “Fields Amaze” in 1997. He picked August 24 because it was his girlfriend’s dad’s birthday, who had been a sort of artistic mentor to him.

By 2002, the day had been growing and picked up by various artists and venues. When he discovered the day had made its way to Europe, he decided to add the “International” portion to the name.

This growing movement now is attached to concerts, hosts a record label and gains strong support from summer schools, where it is appreciated as a great way to stimulate young minds.

The year 2012 brought added inspiration when Patrick Grant challenged the musicians of New York to participate in an International Strange Music Day Performance Soiree. Various strange bands and musicians such as Jolly Ramey, The Dreamscape Floppies, Da Groove Commanders, Micro-tons o’ Fun, and many more.

Since that time, other events have been hosted in honor of the day in New York as well as other towns and cities all over the United States. Other places in the world have been known to get in on the fun as well, including the University of London.

How to Celebrate International Strange Music Day
For those who are musical as well as those who don’t consider themselves to be, this day is for anyone! Whether listening or playing, celebrating International Music Day offers a myriad of opportunities to enjoy music and open up minds to new ideas. Try out these ways to celebrate, or come up with other unique ideas:

Listen to Strange Music Online
For those whose taste in music is already a bit on the edge, this is the perfect day to celebrate by listening to something even more out of the ordinary. Whether it’s a strange artist, a strange genre or a song with strange words, try out these ideas to get started on a playlist that will be inspirational for International Strange Music Day:

The Sound of Burning Chairs (2016) by Tilted Axes. One of Patrick Grant’s own projects, this group brings to public spaces the music of especially composed electric guitars. Sound Strange? It is!
International Freak (2018) by The Egyptian Lover. Part of the LA dance and rap music movement of the early ‘80s, this band features front man Gregory Broussard.
Rock N Roll McDonalds (1995) by Wesley Willis. This underground singer songwriter from the late eighties and early nineties gained a unique cult following, he also fronted his own punk rock band called the Wesley Willis Fiasco.


Create Some Strange Music
Ever wanted to combine a tight Wonder Woman costume, a frozen turkey drumstick and an inflatable wildebeest into a percussion concert? International Strange Music Day gives everyone the perfect excuse to do just that! What you do with these items once the music stops, of course, is something more personal…

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-strange-music-day/

♬ Benny Blanco, BTS, Snoop Dogg – Bad Decisions

LYRIC

No makeup on, I love that sh-
You so damn beautiful, I swear you make me sick
I want your love, I want your name
Inside my heart, there’s nothing but a burning flame
If you want my love
Come a little bit closer
Don’t make me wait
Let’s make some bad decisions
I want you, ooh, baby, all of the time
So give me all your kisses
I want you Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, baby, every night
And it feels like, ooh, ah
I can’t seem to ever get you out of my mind
And it feels like, ooh, ah
I want you, ooh, baby, all of the time
Everybody see me lookin’ fly (oh, yeah)
And I think I know the reason why (oh, yeah)
‘Cause I got you right here by my side (oh, yeah)
And I can’t let you just walk away
If I ain’t with ya, I’m not okay
If you want my love (yeah)
Come a little bit closer
Don’t make me wait (ooh)
Let’s make some bad decisions
I want you, ooh, baby, all of the time
So give me all your kisses (kisses)
I want you Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, baby, every night (every night)
And it feels like, ooh, ah (yeah)
I can’t seem to ever get you out of my mind
And it feels like, ooh, ah
I want you, ooh, baby, all of the time
Let’s do things you always wanted
Have some fun and live your life
Help me waste a day and find a place
That we can face to face
Let me show you ’round my hood
It’s bad meaning bad like bad meaning good
When it comes to rules, I break ’em
Let’s make some bad decisions
I want you, ooh, baby, all of the time
So give me (give me) all your kisses (kisses)
I want you Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, baby, every night
And it feels like, ooh (yes), ah (yes)
I can’t seem to ever get you out of my mind
And it feels like, ooh (say what?) Ah
I want you, ooh, baby, all of the time (ooh)