Saturday, September 29, 2007

#185 Six days in Els Ports

We went to Horta de San Joan in the Parc Natural de Els Ports for six days. Sally went mountain walking with her friends. I went off mountain biking. Tom came for two days and he rode with me one day and we all walked the last day.

Some of the bike routes included Vias Verdes, old railway lines that have been converted to tracks. These Vias, particularly the Via Terra Alta had a number of tunnels, some short, some long with lighting and some unlit, long and black and rather unpleasant (even with a bike lamp).

Friday, September 14, 2007

#184 Sea View

The view from our terraza - I should have put a jug of sangria and a couple of glasses on the table to complete the picture . . . . .

Thursday, September 13, 2007

#183 Billie Holiday - Fine and Mellow (1957)

click if your hip (and can spare 9 minutes)

There's an introduction, then a bit of chat from Billie Holiday. You can see a very young Gerry Mulligan in a 'sport' coat jigging to the rhythm - and he hasn't even started playing yet.

First solo from Ben Webster, smooth and cool (and so is his hat). Then 'The Prez' (Lester Young), he's so laid back he's probably playing and meditating in his yoga class at the same time. More solos from the all star group. My favorites are the saxophones of Mulligan, Young and Webster.