Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The letter "L"

It is International Music Day today.  Perhaps, as you read my post for the letter "L" as celebrated at Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday meme, you could click on this video.  It is not  legitimately a video, since you have to fill in the images for yourself, but perhaps the liberty that gives your imagination to explore at its leisure will be a lovely change.  "In a Landscape" by John Cage is a tranquil piano piece played by Margaret Leng Tan.  I am listening to it as I write, and though some might interpret it as lachrymose, I find it to be full of light and latent energy.
An article posted by Bill's scientist-musician niece about the University of McMaster's LiveLab (live interactive virtual environment) also caught my attention.  Individual responses to music have been studied at length but this lab has the means to record up to 30 brain waves at once.  Learning how a large group of humans interact with each other while composing, performing and/or listening  to music could reveal some important information about human behaviour.  I had the fleeting thought as Bill and I listened to Pacific Baroque Orchestra the other evening, that if everyone had the opportunity to share music making with fellow beings from across the globe, war would be virtually eliminated.  A lofty supposition, perhaps, but the idea feels logical to me.

And, a (hopefully laconic) run down of our day yesterday.  There was a lively expression in the eyes of these characters, photographed through the window of Subeez, a restaurant at the corner of Smythe and Homer (Vancouver, BC) where we lock our bikes when we visit Harrison Galleries.  We have never eaten there, but checked out the menu yesterday and thought we should give it a try one day, 
if only to get a closer look at the art.  Admittedly, I've read a few lacklustre reviews, but we'll try most things once.  I'll let you know how it goes if we follow through on our thought. 
We rode our bikes  to Olympic Village after leaving Harrison's.  We were needing a bit of a lull after a latish bedtime following a great concert the previous evening.  We sat on a bench in the sun by False Creek's littoral (a new word for me meaning "of, like or pertaining to the shore of a body of water"), completing our crossword puzzle..
and admiring the blue skies and mix of city/nature landscape. 
 Though the skies were blue, the leaning grasses reflected quite a strong breeze.
 As we sat facing the community centre, I noticed reflections in the windows.  It occurred to me (yet again) that water, trees, mountains and the port cranes are landmarks that appear from just about every vantage point in Vancouver. 
 Black Jack isn't really into crosswords, so with the last word entered, we took her to the nearby field for some leisure time.   
 Her lustrous coat, 
 her lissome physique,  
 and the levity inspired by..
 her games with Bill brought much happiness, but her romp how to be cut to a lilliputian (minuscule) one when she..
 took a detour right after this shot to pick up a muffin (or cookie/cake?) in the grass.  I thought to punish her by ending playtime, and though Bill went along with my idea, he was leery as to the longterm benefits.  As he said, we are not going to change Black Jack's habits at this stage in her life, but on my goodness, I do wish I could succeed in teaching her to leave it!
 I have come to the end of my linguistic creativity right about now, so the rest of this post will be very short on commentary.  Just a few more sights before we got back on our bikes.
Playing in the dog run
 Looking at dogs playing in the dog run
 Lovely blooms in the garden
 Dark-eyed Junco (?)

 Lengthening neck
 California Lilac
 Lavish grasses
 Carol and Bill, laughing and limber

 A few more blooms in the evening light
 A lunar moment
 The bike lane
 Our liaising shadows
 Crows going home to roost at their Burnaby lodgings.
(Link gives you known roosting locations in North America)

 A "playtime" (and training) sequence witnessed that was full of LIFE.

Can't limit unicyclist photos
 That's it for today!  Thank you, as always, for stopping by.  Many thanks as well to the wonderful volunteers who continue to manage Mrs. Nesbitt's original meme, ABC Wednesday.  Lots more "L's" over there, if you are at liberty to spend the time visiting.


  1. happy dogs! including black jack, of course. :) love the grasses and the autumn colors.

  2. Another great post, Carol. The shots of Black Jack always make me smile.. I love the blooms and grasses.. and the cute birds. Wonderful images. Enjoy your evening.

  3. Lighthearted and Lively! :-) A fun post!

  4. You two are so lovely, loopy and laughter-creating. Your thoughts about music being an instigator of people learning, loving and being peaceful resonate with me. Hugs, Phyllis

  5. you two have such fun!
    did you ever hear Cage's 4:35?


  6. Carol, this is why I love being in our choir at church, I really believe the music we sing is a lifeline to people.