Well folks, first things first. This is the last regular Friday of work for me until September. There will be a couple random posts over the summer I am sure, but the hiatus starts tomorrow.
Other news: The MS Ride went well. Had perfect weather. Starting temp was 62F with clear skies and no wind to speak of. I rode with my friend Kate. She was better prepared to ride than I was and hauled me along for the 45 mile route (I was really only prepared for 30 miles but with good weather and good company, much is possible). Here we are at about the 36 mile mark. Locals will know exactly where we are.
Kate and I at about the 36 mile mark of the 2017 MS Ride.
Love it or hate it: No idea how I got to this mix. I had three playlists that wouldn’t gel and so I mashed them together and started cutting. I think I got hung up on “Good Beat” but I don’t really know. Anyway, it’s 90s dance radio time! Yes, I know, there is no album info. That’s an error on my part but I’m not going back to fix it now.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5.12.17
NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.
Song – Artist – Album
Something About Us – Daft Punk.
All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield.
Slave To The Vibe – Aftershock.
Colour Of Love [Smoove Version] – Snap!
Back To Life – Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler.
Move Your Body – Amber.
Be My Lover – La Bouche.
Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls.
Good Beat – Deee-Lite.
Dreams (Our Tribe House Mix) – Gabrielle.
The Rhythm Of The Night (R.B.X. Euro Mix) – Corona.
Fascinated – Company B.
Tribal Dance – 2 Unlimited.
Get the Party Started – Pink.
In this previous post I talked about my continuing fascination with the Minneapolis skyline. There are two other pictures that I want to share in particular.
This first one was taken by my Dad (and all rights, etc, still belong to him. I posted this with his permission) in 1972. As far as I can tell, it was taken from around the St Anthony Falls area, or possibly from somewhere on the University of Minnesota campus (where he and my Mom were living at the time). On the left is the Foshay Tower, on the right, the IDS center.
Did you know that John Phillips Sousa wrote a song called the Foshay Tower March about this very building? It was played at the dedication of the building in 1929, months before the stock market crash. The check Foshay wrote to Sousa bounced and the march wasn’t played again until the commission debt was paid some sixty years later (or was renamed and resold, depending on what sources you like).
This next picture was taken on the morning of January 10th, 2012 by me and represents my favorite frame of this particular subject in the “picture a day” project I completed that year. It was taken at the top of the exit ramp from Hwy 94 on to Cretin/Vandalia Avenues in St Paul, a few miles south and a mile or two east of the above shot, both looking west. Timing is everything.
In this shot, the Foshay is only visible as an antenna on the right side of the far left cluster of buildings. The IDS is left of center, the second tallest building with two antennas on the top. The city has changed notably in 40 years, as has camera technology.
If the photographic evidence of my life is a good guide, it appears that I have been captivated by the skyline (in this case, that of Minneapolis) since my high school days. I started making efforts to photograph the skyline from different vantage points and at different times of day. I don’t think my old Nikon FE and I got much to be proud of on film, but a few shots made the grade. I even built a sculptural representation of a skyline that intentionally mimicked that of Minneapolis when, as a senior in high school, I took a sculpture class and became a little bit obsessed with building things.
This fascination has been a background visual noise until 2011. That year I did, as a parallel and suggestion by my Dad, a “Picture A Day” project. We started on Jan 4 and I didn’t miss a day. What I found, when looking back at the entire series, was that I took a lot of pictures of the skyline. 16 times in the official count of the project it shows up. I then went through the raw files and compiled every picture from the year of the skyline and it boils down to the fact that I took that same picture about 120 times that year. This was greatly aided by the fact that I have, on my drive to work, a perfect opportunity to get that picture. Not sure what I am going to do with all of those pictures, but the concept is still rolling around in my head.
One of the things that I love about the Minneapolis skyline is how easy it is to see from a distance. One of my favorite views is from the east of St Paul. If you are driving east on Highway 94, there is a moment, well before you get to downtown St Paul, where you can see Minneapolis shining in the distance.
I was able to take this picture because traffic was totally locked up. I’m not crazy.
Maybe it is the idea of what the skyline represents that I love so much. The idea of a night life, of interesting and educated people living in a diverse mix, the industrious nature of the mind made manifest, the potential of it.