Category Archives: Arts-a-Poppin’

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

DEATH VALLEY

  A Day in Death Valley Intense Heat and Awe-Inspiring Desert Beauty   Our first stop in Death Valley, after driving two hours west from Las Vegas, was Zabriskie Point.  A million years of volcanic emissions, lake-bed sediments, seismic activity, … Continue reading

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VALLEY OF FIRE

  East of Las Vegas. West of Lake Mead. North of the Hoover Dam. A Day in Valley of Fire State Park.     We start our tour of the Valley of Fire in and amongst the Beehives, wonderfully fabulous … Continue reading

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RED ROCK CANYON

  A Scenic Drive West of Las Vegas Ed and I flew into Las Vegas last weekend.  It’ll be our base for a week (more on that later) as we plan a tour of the Great American West, or as … Continue reading

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SKY MUSIC PUZZLE

  Some views out the window on our flight home from Wisconsin will accompany this music quiz (as ever the answers are tucked within the tags below).     Sky Music Query #1: Who sings this song called “Big Sky”? … Continue reading

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Oh How I Love Our Japanese Red Maple In The Sunshine

  Includes the “Red” music quiz All answers, as ever here at Notes from a Composer, are tucked inside the tags below.       Red Music Query #1: We all remember Prince’s  “Purple Rain”.  Which pop/rock legend sings “Red … Continue reading

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

  The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus   Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land;   Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand   A mighty woman with a torch, … Continue reading

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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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