The Day Before, The Day before


T he tools of the trade. I suppose that’s what you could call them. Brass tools. Trumpets, French horns, tubas, trombones. They all make their way onto the streets during the Mardi Gras parade season. The students that play them come local and regional high schools and universities. The schools that teach the them oftenContinue reading “The Day Before, The Day before”

On Any Day


They came out to play. And, so they did. If a second line starts and rain falls in the middle of it, everybody keeps going unless the rain starts blowing sideways and upside down. Anything else is just a drizzle to them. And, us. There’s a lesson in that. Don’t be denied. There’s a lessonContinue reading “On Any Day”

Is It Broken, Or Is It…


Broken… or well-worn? That’s my biggest change. A change in my personal viewpoint. It took my Storyteller break to help me see the difference. It took those days to help me understand that I’d better stop reading so much bad news. More importantly, I stopped reading viewers comments at news websites. Both sides are nuts.Continue reading “Is It Broken, Or Is It…”

Tools… of the Musical Trade


Once upon a time I posted a brass bands’ instruments at rest. The were lying on the street, on a curb or something like that. A number of you commented. You wondered how anybody could just lay their instruments on the ground. Here’s your answer. They learned how to do it in high school. TheseContinue reading “Tools… of the Musical Trade”

The Wheel


“The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down, You can’t let go and you can’t hold on You can’t go back and you can’t stand still, If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will Won’t you try just a little bit harder, Couldn’t you try just a little bit more? Won’t you tryContinue reading “The Wheel”

Mostly Music


More Mardi Gras. Forever. Or, so it may seem. I thought that on off days I would organize posts by category. So. Music. Floats. Spectators. Details. And, so on. There still isn’t enough time in the week to show you everything, so I’ll do a wrapper during the week after Mardi Gras Day. These are a fewContinue reading “Mostly Music”

The Heart of the Matter


So. What would you like to know first? The framing campaign slowed down quite a bit yesterday. That’s okay. I got a lot of likes and a couple of shares for my Indian portrait. I’m always appreciative for that. I always try t let you know that. This is a sousaphone. Most people just call itContinue reading “The Heart of the Matter”

Somehow… I Ended Up In The Band


That’s right. Somehow. I haven’t been working on the streets in a while. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. After missing a few events that I should have photographed, I decided that come hell or high water, I was going to work this second line. Ironically, we got the high-water. We had one of those biblicalContinue reading “Somehow… I Ended Up In The Band”

Watch Parts. Two.


This picture is a continuation of an experiment I started sometime last week. The good thing about digital files is that they are easily transportable. You don’t even have to carry any kind of hard drive. They live in a cloud. I download a picture, tinker with it on an iPad or some kind of laptopContinue reading “Watch Parts. Two.”