Category Archives: Arts-a-Poppin’

Special focus on the Visual Arts (or when I am being extra artsy with the camera)

TIGER LILIES MUSIC QUIZ

  Lily Song Query 1: Who is the classic Hollywood star here singing about Lily Marlene? (As ever with these quizzes, the answers can be found tucked in the tags below)     Tiger Song Query 1: Name the boxing movie that … Continue reading

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS AND TAIKO DRUMS

  Pink Splendor and Banging Dramatics on the Esplanade   The end of April the Brooklyn Botanic Garden holds the Sakura Matsuri Festival, scheduled to coincide with the spectacular blossoming of the cherry trees on the Garden’s Esplanade.  Nature holding … Continue reading

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BACKYARD BEAUTIES’ Flower Music Quiz

  Time for another Notes from a Composer music quiz!  Today’s theme: Flowers!   Flower Music Query #1: We’ll start easy.  You’ve heard this classical piece before.  Maybe even know it’s called the Flower Duet.  Do you know the name … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal with the Maine Monument

  The other day I was walking 35 blocks from the Upper West Side to Midtown, when I lingered at the Maine Monument at Columbus Circle to take some up close and personal pics of its statues.     The … Continue reading

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

4/15/19 – 4:40pm EDT I am watching with horror and sadness the incredible destruction by fire of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral. In grief and helplessness I decided to go through the pictures I took when Ed and I visited … Continue reading

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VERSAILLES – NIGHT TIME FOUNTAINS AND FIREWORKS SHOW

  As promised, pics and vids of the Versailles Once-in-a-Year Nighttime Spectacular   You can glance at the map of the park and see how it lovely it is during the day in my previous post, where you will also … Continue reading

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VERSAILLES – A Walk in the Park (and what a Park!)

A detailed guided tour through the baroque mythological splendors and eye popping and head scratching extravagance of the park of Versailles. The park grounds of Versailles are immense and splendid. Below a map of the whole park: Only the bottom … Continue reading

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HEAD SHOTS BLOOPER GALLERY

  I needed new head shots.  I also knew I’d be shaving my beard for the Tell-Tale Heart shoot.  So I scheduled a head shot photo shoot right before the Tell-Tale film shoot in order to schedule my shave in … Continue reading

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SUN GLARE, 46th Street, Early February

  Specifically February 4, 8am, on 46th street between 7th and 6th avenues.     Do you too see animal faces in the steam?  A boar, a schnauzer, a fox?       … or maybe Fuchur AKA Falkor the … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE CAMERA TEST

Yesterday I met my Director of Photography Jason Chua at the film equipment rental place to do some camera tests in preparation for our upcoming “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” film shoot.   For me that mostly meant standing … Continue reading

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VERSAILLES – A Stroll Through the Gilded Chateau

Take a walk with me inside the opulent grandeur of Luis XIV’s showcase We approach the palace, or chateau, from the municipality of Versailles. An equestrian statue of Louis XIV greets the tourists at the first gate:     This … Continue reading

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OOO! LOOK AT THE LIGHT!

Pics with a Touch of Light plus a complimentary light-hearted music quiz   Light Music Query #1: Which musical features this dance into the light? (as ever, the answers are tucked into the tabs below)   Above, my gym’s basement … Continue reading

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A HIGH-FLYING MUSIC QUIZ – while in sunset dappled skies

  It’s time for another Notes from a Composer musical quiz! All musical tracks and/or musical quiz queries will be somehow related to air travel, to tie in to these shots I took out the cabin window of our sunset … Continue reading

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6TH AVENUE, MIDTOWN, DECEMBER

  I think my phone’s camera has astigmatism. The way artificial light gets smeared, blurring the images, especially at night. Reminds me of why I need glasses at the movies and theater under stage lighting.     And last night … Continue reading

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MARK TWAIN NEVER GOT TO THE LOUVRE (but I did)

  A trip to the magnificent Louvre museum with Mark Twain.  Well actually Mark Twain himself never got there, but he wrote about not getting there in “The Innocents Abroad”, and that satirical anecdote about what happens to unwary, blustery … Continue reading

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