bicycles, guitars and the world around us
Hi everyone. My good buddies from Renoir’s Cat and I recently headed to the Brisbane Jazz Club to record a bunch of videos for our YouTube channel. I thought I’d add a couple to my blog for your listening pleasure. If you like the sound of these, you may like to keep an eye on our Facebook page for more video, audio and news.
Hi everyone. A long time between posts I know, but here is something I have been working on recently. This is a lovely bossa nova piece by A.C. Jobim, called ‘Corcovado’. It’s also known as ‘Quiet Night of Quiet Stars’. I hope you enjoy it.
Hi everyone. I have begun the process of recording some short videos of some of my favourite jazz standards, which I have arranged for solo guitar. Only two so far (although one arrangement combines two songs, so I guess that might count as three). I hope you enjoy them. More to follow soon. Cheerio, Michael.
From time to time, I am lucky enough to play a gig with Brisbane vocalist Trina Lincoln and her band Held To Ransom. These pics are from a 2015 gig we did, and I’ve been meaning to share them on the blog for some time now. I think the black and white pics capture the feel of the gig best. I’ve left them untitled as they pretty much speak for themselves. I hope you like them.
The last post included some of the wildlife that’s found right in our backyards, or at least very close by. Today’s pictures are from the Boondall Wetlands. Not quite in my own backyard, but just a short bicycle ride away. Above is the Golden Orb Weaver Spider, and her lunch. And I say “her” deliberately because the males are tiny in comparison, only a few millimetres across. I’m fairly sure the eight or so dots on her head are her eyes. I’m actually quite pleased this photo wasn’t taken in my backyard.
The tide was low, and the fiddler crabs were on the move. Without exception, they all appeared to be right-handed. Or at least that’s the side that the over-sized claw was on. Maybe lefties are in the minority with crabs, just like humans.
And lastly a couple of the water birds that are common around this area – a stilt and a heron. My Slater’s Field Guide to Australian Birds tells me the white-faced heron is probably the most common heron across Australia.
There are always interesting things to see in these wetlands. But it was disappointing to also see so much litter in the area. Especially plastics bottles. Take care people, and don’t ditch your rubbish carelessly. These places deserve to be looked after.