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Two weeks!  Yikes!  I can’t believe I’ve been away that long.

I took a break from writing to prepare for a show of my prints that opens Wednesday, February 20th (tomorrow!) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades High School Gallery.   I’m very honored to participate in the ongoing “Community Art Series” organized by Cathy Beck and Kim DeNato, the school’s art teachers.

The show features 24 images all taken within the last 18 months. Most appear on my photoblog at www.durhamtownship.com.  Even if you’ve seen the images on the web, it’s quite a different experience to view them in print — the level of detail really brings them to life!

Hope you’ll stop by and say hello!  

Palisades High School Gallery

Route 412 & Church Hill Road

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania 18930

February 20 – April 2, 2008

Opening reception:  Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

(Gathering afterwards at the Ferndale Inn, Route 611 & Church Hill Road, Ferndale, PA)

Closing party: Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Geese Over the Triangle

I was so taken with Nicole Atkins‘ performance on the David Letterman show last November that I unabashedly revealed my age by immediately purchasing a physical copy of her latest CD, Neptune City.

You can watch the video here.  Nicole’s band, The Sea, provided impressive backup with cello, violins, grand piano and jingle bells, et al, but Nicole’s voice was like the Southern Pacific Daylight during the Golden Age of Trains. 

Nicole has a gorgeous, strong, emotional and compelling voice that’s been compared with Cass Elliott, Loretta Lynn and Chrissie Hynde – even with Jeff Buckley, Roy Orbison and Rufus Wainright!  Some of Nicole’s songs have an other-worldly, carnival-esque, Brill Building-meets-Wilco sound to them.  I think of Lesley Gore, Connie Francis, Miss Lily Banquette – even Elvis Costello.  In a Rolling Stone interview, Nicole said, “My songs are dark, but you can still do the mashed potato to them.”

Nicole is a muralist by trade and studied painting and illustration at university. Her songs sound like richly colored murals, too. Listen for the stellar line, “In my ears my blood is just roaring.”

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