Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Top-10 "Exit-Songs" PlayList

The subject came up... If you could choose the last 10 Pop/Rock/Soul songs that you would ever hear (when that fateful moment arrives), what would your Top-10 "Exit-Songs" Playlist be?

Originally, my list was just going to consist of my Top-10 sentimental favorite songs. Songs that I would want to listen to one final time, before shoving off from this mortal coil. The songs -- including guilty pleasures -- that secretly make me happiest. Such a list would surely be heavy in songs I loved as a child. Probably something by the Beatles and Supremes, songs that were popular on WABC-AM back then and probably -- shamefully -- the Archies "Sugar, Sugar."

Well, after I got to thinking about the list, the songs started drifting towards a "goodbye theme" of sorts. I guess that was inevitable.

So what is YOUR Top-10 "Exit-Songs" Playlist (use your own criteria)?

Here is my list as it stands now (subject to change, ad infinitum)...

My Current List (v.2):

* Badlands (Bruce Springsteen)
* Watching The Detectives (Elvis Costello)
* Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
* And Your Bird Can Sing (Beatles)
* Life's Been Good (Joe Walsh)
* I'll Take You There (The Staple Singers)
* Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder)
* Let It Be (Beatles)
* What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
* Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)

Under Consideration:

* In My Life (Beatles)
* I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2) -- Thanks Liz
* Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads) -- Thanks Liz
* The End (The Doors) -- Thanks Larry
* Glory Days (Springsteen)
* Sympathy For The Devil (Rolling Stones)
* You Can't Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
* Into the Mystic (Van Morrison) -- Thanks Nansi
* Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton) -- Thanks Nansi
* Dust in the Wind (Kansas) -- Thanks Dino

PHOTOGRAPHERS NOTE: This image was put together in Photoshop as a composite (or collage) of three images plus the musical notes. The face on the dead guy, of course, belongs to me and I wasn't really dead for it. The main image in the background is the painting "Lord Byron on His Deathbed," (c.1826) by Joseph-Denis Odevaere. The record player was an Internet capture of an old Edison Cylinder Phonograph.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Midtown Lightning (NYC, March 2009)

This is a new edit of a photo I've posted before. It is available as an 8X10 print.

This photo was taken from my balcony during an early Spring thunderstorm. I've captured lightning before -- but never anything like this.

Smoking Zombie Youth (NYC, August 2009)

A young woman puffs away while perfectly aligning herself with the column behind her for this colorful photo. Thanks!

Gorilla's Foot, Bronx Zoo (NYC, July 2009)

I'd like to shake that foot... and keep my arm. Almost human... don't you think?

A Bird & The Setting Sun (Martha's Vineyard, August 2009)

This is a re-post - I've cleaned up the image a bit. The original image processing overwhelmed Photoshop and the result was a pronounced, unnatural, bright red corona on the sun along with some leaking of the intense orange and reds onto the bird itself. A bit of work and it's all fixed now -- restored to what my eyes actually saw.

A bird settles in on his perch to view the stunning sunset on Martha's Vineyard. The beach is just yards away to the right. Don't be fooled by the 2nd bird, just below and to the right of the perched bird. Although it looks like a predator bird carrying off a fish, it is actually just a wind directional on top of the house. Gotcha!

... And yes, I was in the right place at the right time... but I saw the shot coming in advance, set up for it, calibrated and waited. I'm glad I did.

Proud Bird (NYC, August 2008)

For some reason, this is one of my most popular animal photographs. I'm not sure why that is -- as I believe that I have far better animal photos posted on Flickr (including photos of other peacocks and birds). None-the-less, thank you!

... And so I've decided to re-post this photo, but in this case, I've faded the background so that the peacock can stand out more clearly (no other retouching was done).

This proud bird was spotted in 2008 at the Central Park Children's Zoo in New York City.

Again, thank you all for liking this photo, for your encouragement and your support!

Cowdy Pardner! (Connecticut, October 2009)

Peacock's Head (NYC, July 2009)

Here is a re-post of my favorite peacock photo. Can you feel him???

This shot was taken at the NY Bronx Zoo.

A Little Lion Under Covers (November, 2006)

Homeless 2009 (NYC, February 2009)

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees
But it's all right, it's all right
We've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
we're traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong

-- Paul Simon

Can you recommend better lyrics for these four photos of the homeless? If so, make a recommendation and if I agree, I'll replace them.

Homeless 2008 (NYC, May 2008)

Until you've seen this trash can dream come true
You stand at the edge while people run you through
And I thank the lord there's people out there like you
I thank the lord there's people out there like you

While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers
Turn around and say good morning to the night
For unless they see the sky
But they can't and that is why
They know not if it's dark outside or light

-- Bernie Taupin & Elton John

Homeless 2007 (NYC, July 2007)

Even Flow...
Thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don't know so he chases them away, yeah
Ah, someday yet he'll begin his life again, yeah
Oh, whispering hands gently lead him away

-- Pearl Jam

Homeless 2006 (NYC, January 2006)

Day after day alone on the hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still,
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he's just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,
But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning around.

Well on his way his head in a cloud,
The man of a thousand voices talking percetly loud
But nobody ever hears him,
Or the sound he appears to make,
And he never seems to notice,
But the fool on the hill . . .
Nobody seems to like him
They can tell what he wants to do.
And he never shows his feelings,
But the fool on the hill . . .

-- McCartney & Lennon

Can you recommend better lyrics for these four photos of the homeless? If so, make a recommendation and if I agree, I'll replace them.