Love Sweet Love

Feeling a bit mushy these last weeks. Apparently you can’t reblog twice. Holly did this post on October 29, 2020. Loved it then. Love it now. Her message is more important now than ever. Yes, I did the costumes in the vid.

Resa and Norm

Recently I came across a photograph of our lovely Fashionista, Resa McConaghy, and her beloved Norm.

Norman is a GUITAR PLAYER & COMPOSER. They lived in Miami for almost a year in the 80’s. Norman was working on writing songs and had an arrangement with a recording studio there. They lived in an amazing older home on Miami Beach. It was quite grand with a Florida Room and a maid’s apartment along the side. Per Resa, The original owners must of had a fab life there. They were renting it from an Argentine businessman who had bought it.
When they returned with Norm’s songs it led to a record deal in the 1990’s.

Norman at work!

Love is What is Needed

by Holly Rene Hunter

Here in paradise

the sun goes down on the

crescent shore of an empty beach

she found herself with a guitar man

and A life time of memories

It seemed so clear then and now

love is what is needed

I Can Never Thank Holly Enough For Her Friendship!

On a Weekend Concert

Boogapony and GLAM Promotions is thrilled to present:

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the aFa Weekend Concert Series!

I’m Frank, your host. You can currently find me strolling the beach with provoking thoughts at Beach Walk Reflections. In my prior blog life, I hosted A Frank Angle for over 11 years.

Music was an important part of aFa life. I hosted 8 musicals of 81 different acts/themes – plus 23 in the Weekend Concert Series. I won’t even attempt to guess how many songs appeared in those posts. Because Resa loved the music at aFa, she invited me to resurrect the series at this beautiful concert hall in Toronto – The Glam.

Before the show starts, one important note. Make sure you follow The Producer’s guidelines below.

Ladies and gentlemen from around the world. Courtesy of Boogapony and Glam Promotions, give a loud welcome to the Bee Gees with Lonely Nights!

The Host’s Choice

The Producer’s Guidelines

Only songs performed by any of the following: the Bees Gees, Andy Gibb, and solo careers.

  • No duplicate songs
  • In Comments: Include the song title in your introduction text so others can see it
  • One song per person on Day 1, unlimited on Day 2
  • To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line) – (I do not mind unembedding, so no  apologies are necessary)

Note: Return on Day 2 to submit more songs without limits. (My typical signal is posting a song for all attendees.)

The Promoters’ Choice

Past Concerts (Category): Beatles, Ex-Beatles, Moody Blues, Queen, Neil Diamond, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Elton John, Billy Joel, Crosby Stills Nash & Young (the group), Doobie Brothers, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Journey, Prince

Boogapony Holly Character © Resa McConaghy & Holly Rene Hunter

Since January, 2018

BIG THANK YOU to DALE official Maître d’ of Weekend Concert Series

Black & White Blues

It was at least a half block away.  I was shaking. Black & white street art is a bit rare.

I was impressed with how great it looked painted on a peeling tin sheet wall.

When I got there, I realized it was not art for art’s sake, but an ad. That made me blue.

OMG! There’s Leonard Cohen’s head just up over the trash can.

I get there, and it’s not art for art’s sake, but an ad about Leonard Cohen’s memorial stamp. I didn’t feel so blue, because I adore him.

I drew this b&w pencil sketch of a famous person, in a couple of hours. It’s a sort of  copy of a b&w photo. I think it looks like the person.

I got all cocky. I thought I would try another famous person, from a b&w photo. I used a technique where I didn’t draw an outline first. Rather I shaded(scribbled) my way in. I spent many nights shading away. In the end, it looks nothing like the person. I was heartbroken, after all that work.

I did a Blue Heron post a couple posts ago. A couple of comments later, Trent writes this song. He has a fancy synthesizer, and does some cool music on it. However, he actually sings the blues in this. He’s good, got feel.

He followed up with “For Her Heartbreak”. I know Trent got a new synth, sort of recently. He’s been working with it on his new pieces. I asked him what the name is. I got this answer:

“I use a Sequential Prophet Rev 2 polyphonic analog synth as my primary poly-synth and I have been using a Behringer Poly D for bass lines, leads, solos, etc. – the Ploy D is a MiniMoog clone.”

This could be of interest for the musicians out there!

The Heartbreak might be in Red, but it’s blue. You can visit Trent on his blog – Trent’s World

Last, but not least, I share this b&w drawing of a blog pal, that I have never met. Her Poetry & Writings can make me feel anywhere from Powder Blue to French Navy and every blue in between. There’s other colours, but this is about B,W & Blue.

Rest in Flowers

This garage door art made gasp out loud from its beauty.

Part way through making this post, I heard about the passing of Eddie Van Halen.

So, I dedicate this post to Eddie.

Guitar is my fave instrument. I dated drummers, bass players, keyboardists, horn players and singers. For me, there’s nothing like a hot guitar player.

Rest in Flowers! RIFF, Eddie!

Pics taken by Resa – September 28, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

You can feel his fingers on those strings and on the fret board! He was a true rock guitar artist.

Makes me feel even more honoured to have some of my one-eye art, on Art Guitars custom made & played by Timothy Price from Off Center Not Even

Abstract Art Guitar art – Tumultuous is by Tiffany Arp-Daleo.

Echo Beach

Martha and The Muffins are a Canadian band.

Their main hit was “Echo Beach”, in the 80’s.

In 2014, Vogue Magazine pronounced Queen Street West the second  hippest street in the world.

Martha and the Muffins were part of the cultural evolution that made Queen St. so awesome.

It was music and all of the arts that flourished. Eventually graffiti & Street Art found its way here. I’m so thrilled to live on this street.

It’s amazing what I find painted on power boxes in the streets of Toronto.

Here’s Martha and the Muffins!

Pics taken by Resa – December 22, 2019

Toronto, Canada

The artist:

Gimmie Shelter – It’s Just a Kiss Away

I’ve always enjoyed the Rolling Stones.  I was saddened to hear of their tour’s cancellation, due to Mick needing a valve procedure.

The musicians below me jammed a lot to the Rolling Stones a few nights ago. It put me in a purist pencil & paper mood. When they went into a 20 minute jam on Gimmie Shelter, I went scribble crazy.

You can find Gimmie Shelter and Kiss Away in the hair. Ran the sketch through a couple of filters for this post.

Mick begins singing at about 2:25… the backup female vocals are AAAA+++++

Sending healing vibes out into the universe, for Mick!

Scribble Art © Resa

Vintage Toronto Music Scene

Oscar Peterson anchors this 22 story high mural in downtown Toronto.

This mural features the entertainers (Canadian & American) and the venues that were popular in Toronto’s yester-years.

It was impossible for me to capture images that are 22 stories high, but I made a stab at it. To the left, and above Oscar, we have B.B. King, who played a lot at The Colonial (a long gone fave spot for blues and jazz)

Shirley Matthews, an Ontario Performer, was a popular fixture at Club Bluenote.

Gordon Lightfoot was playing at Steeles Tavern when America discovered him. He moved on to Toronto’s prestigious Massey Hall after that!

By the 11th -12th story, Muddy Waters is looking somewhat muddy.

Jackie Shane, American in hiding for many years, has made a comeback to Toronto. We welcome her!

Above her is Dianne Brooks, Glenn Gould and Ronnie Hawkins. Besides my camera not having a telescopic lens, there were bare tree branches. By the blurry top,  it was all branches.

Pics take by Resa – November 18 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: Adrian Hayles

Here is Adrian Hayles’ artist rendering, before the fact.

Here’s the best of my far away captures. Pfft! Hey, there’s a side 2! That’s the next post!