Tulip Dreams

I just completed a video montage of photos I have taken at the Ottawa Tulip Festival over the years.  It is called Tulip Dreams.  The backing track is an original composition called “Milton”.  The YouTube link to an HD video is below. You can see more photos at TulipDreams.ca.

I have been meaning to put this together for some time.  I have accumulated hundreds of tulip photos. The tulip festival is unbelievable, with dozens of varieties and flower beds with hundreds of plants, all in full bloom (weather permitting, of course).  Timing is everything to get the photos.  Morning light is probably my favorite, but the flowers are not blooming.  Mid-day and late afternoon are the most spectacular. Its all good.

Enjoy the show!

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Just Dropped in …

… to see what condition my condition was in.  When Kenny Rogers was cool.  I had a flash-back when I was working through lyrics for a new song.  This song popped into my head.  I looked it up on YouTube and — Poof!! — there it was.

What a song.  According to Wikipedia, it was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1967, who rejected it.  It was a hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1968, at the apex of psychedelia in pop culture.  Some of the lyrics are worth repeating here:

I woke up this mornin’ with the sundown shinin’ in
I found my mind in a brown paper bag, but then…
I tripped on a cloud and fell eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in
I got up so tight I couldn’t unwind
I saw so much I broke my mind
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

The video is simple but clever.  Check it out.

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The video is on YouTube Channel WABCRADIO77, whose mission is to present classic “oldies” music the way it was meant to be – in it’s original form exactly as it sounded when the song was a hit on the radio.  All the songs are played from original vinyl 45 RPM records.  Very cool.