Cinematic Short Film

Today I decided to make a short film. I did some research and found the best settings on my Canon 80D for a cinematic look to my shots. I then used Final Cut Pro to figure out settings to make it look cinematic in the editing. Notice the letterbox look. I also found a perfect piece of music to go with the video. I think it looks pretty good. It’s very short but I think it looks cool. And hey, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Today I walked 2.06 miles.

Concert and Dinner

Late this afternoon we went to a concert at the National Cathedral. The music and singing were beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Then we went to La Piquette for dinner. I love that place. I had a delicious half chicken while the husband had duck breast. And we had a wonderful bottle of wine. We had a wonderful evening. When we came out of the cathedral the sun was beginning to set and it was the golden hour. Of course I had to whip out the iPhone and take some pictures. I love golden hour.

I walked 1.37 miles before the concert today.

Apple HomePod

My Apple HomePod arrived today. I went ahead and joined Apple Music so that I could have access to all the music Apple has in iTunes. The speaker is really cool. The sound is amazing. Ever song I’ve asked her to play, she’s been able to play. I’ve asked her to play certain kinds of music and she plays a playlist of that music that’s already been created. She will also play any of my playlists that I created in iTunes. It’s what the first iPod Hi Fi should have been. She is limited in the amount of information she can give you though. Unlike Alexa, Siri is limited to only certain types of information. She can give you the weather, what the stocks were for the day, basic information about songs, etc. She can’t tell jokes, or play games or anything like that. Maybe in time she’ll get better. I’d say she beats all the competition when it comes to sound. It really sounds great. When the ability to have two HomePods playing the same music is added later this year, I’ll have to get another one. I’m pretty pleased with the way it sounds and operates. It was a breeze to set up too!

2.26 miles today.

So Sad

The lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, died today. Cause of death was unknown. I’m sure we’ll heard more about that in the days to come. I loved The Cranberries. Those 80s and 90s songs bring back memories. I loved this song:

Concert Walk

Today I only walked .55 miles. This is because we were so busy doing other things that I got all my exercise in without having to do a specific workout. We went to the Joy of Christmas concert at the National Cathedral. We then went to dinner at Cafe Deluxe. The concert was wonderful and we had a great time. Here we are at the concert.

Sunday Morning Walk

I walked 2.23 miles this beautiful morning. It was 61 degrees and low humidity. Just like yesterday, my kind of weather. And the sky was pretty too. I didn’t have any podcasts to listen to so I cranked up my Madonna playlist and walked to the beat of the music. I’m old school Madonna so none of the newer stuff she’d done. Most of mine is from the 80s and 90s. Here’s the sky this morning.

Great Sound

AppleHiFiI haven’t bought anything technology wise for almost a year. Of course I would love to buy a new iMac or a new iPad but I can’t afford either of those. I did just recently get my tax refund back and thought I would get something new. I have seen those little sound boxes around for awhile now. You can connect them to your phone, tablet, or iPod via bluetooth and listen to music pretty much anywhere.

Back in 2006 I bought the Apple Hi-Fi and have been using it to listen to music in my house since. I have my old iPod Photo plugged into the top to control the music. It has been great sound in my house and I love it. However, I can’t take it anywhere. You do have the ability to put 8 big D batteries in it and take it with you but it’s huge and the batteries don’t last that long. I have kept it plugged in since I got it. It doesn’t have Bluetooth so it stays where it is.

When we sit on the balcony we tend to listen to music on the iPad. While that’s fine, it doesn’t produce great bass nor does it get very loud. So anyway, I decided this is year I would upgrade to the new technology and get one of those boxes.

I did a little research and found that most people love the sounds produced by the Bose SoundLink Mini. There are a few complaints that the bass is too much but that’s no big deal to me. I went ahead and ordered one. It arrived today and man the sound is amazing! It connects to my iPod Nano via Bluetooth. You can take it anywhere. It’s small, a bit heavy for it’s size but the sound is quite surprising. When we sit out on the balcony in the months to come, we will enjoy our music so much more now. If you are considering getting one of those little music boxes, check out the Bose SoundLink Mini.

Music Memories

BornToRunOn August 25, 1975, the album Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen was released. I didn’t discover the genius of Bruce Springsteen until a few years later. Actually it was 1980 when The River was released that I discovered Bruce. Born To Run was the third album his band released. After I found The River, I went backwards and started buying his albums and listening to his music.

TheRiverIn 1980 when I discovered The River I was a sophomore in high school. That’s a time when you hate everyone and just want to be left alone. I can remember laying on the floor in my bedroom with those huge headphones on my ears blasting Bruce Springsteen. I listened to The River so much that I knew all the words to all the songs and it was a double album! From there I went on to listen to Born To Run over and over and over. I really liked the title track and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out. I eventually bought his first two albums and listened to them a lot too. However, they were not my favorite albums. Through the rest of high school I listened to his first five albums. Then I went to collage.

NebraskaIn the fall of 1982 I was a freshman in college. Bruce released Nebraska shortly after I started college. It was not one of my favorite albums. The songs were dark and depressing. I still listened to it and eventually became a fan of Mansion On The Hill and State Trooper. At the time I listened to it enough to know the words to almost all the songs. Unlike today where you can select the songs you hear on your iPod, back then on vinyl it was linear and you listened to them in the order they were on the album. Because of that and being lazy and not moving the needle, I listened to the whole album straight through each time I listened to it. I think that’s how I learned all the words to the songs whether they were my favorites or not.

BornInTheUSAThen in 1984 he released the blockbuster Born In The USA. This was a very popular album. It was one that probably got the most airplay on the radio. The songs were upbeat and patriotic. It was also a time when videos were happening on MTV and the title track had a great video and you could even dance to it. This album quickly became my favorite. I knew every word to every song on both sides. I loved it. I became a bigger fan. I can specifically remember walking through the campus on September 23, 1984, (Bruce’s birthday) and hearing Born In The USA blasting from a dorm room window. Whoever it was playing the song also had a sign in their window saying, “Happy Birthday, Bruce!” I was just starting my junior year and had moved off campus. I had a small efficiency apartment with a nice set of speakers to my stereo. I used to blast his music pretty loud while I lived there. For the rest of my college career Bruce didn’t release any more albums. I guess he was enjoying the success of Born In The USA.

TunnelOfLoveAt the beginning of my second year of teaching Bruce released Tunnel Of Love. Of course I bought it. It was the last of his albums I bought on vinyl. Actually at that point I had all of his albums on vinyl and cassette tape. Yet again, like the others, I fell in love with this album. I listened to it all the time but now it was more convenient to listen to in my care. I quickly learned all the words to all the songs. I had lots of favorites on this album. I really liked the title track, Tunnel of Love as well as Ain’t Got You, Two Faces, One Step Up, and Brilliant Disguise. Many of these songs also had videos to go with them. I loved the videos as much as the music.


HumanTouchLuckyTownAt this point in my Bruce history things slowed down. I was listening to lots of other music and changing my likes and dislikes. I still listened but not as much. It wasn’t until 1992 that he produced more music. He released Human Touch and Lucky Town at the same time. I bought them on cassette. I remember they were bundled together. While I enjoyed the albums as a whole, there weren’t as many songs that became my favorites. Human Touch and 57 Channels from the Human Touch album and Better Days, and Lucky Town from the Lucky Town album were my favorites. I did not listen to these over and over nor did I learn all the words to all the songs. Times were changing and I was listening to other things.

Then my love with Bruce Springsteen music really took a dive. The next few albums just didn’t appeal to me. I haven’t bought any of this albums since those last two in 1992. Over the years I thought about returning to Bruce and checking out what he had out but just never jumped in. I’m not sure when but when iTunes started releasing his albums I decided to update my collection. I had long gotten rid of the albums and the cassettes so I purchased all the albums I loved on iTunes. I now have a Bruce Springsteen playlist on my iPhone and iPod with my favorite songs. When I hear those songs now they take me back to when I was much younger and would listen to them over and over again. People connect to music all the time and I can say I connected to Bruce’s early albums completely. Maybe I should check out some of his new stuff and see what its like. What music or artist have you connected to over the years?

Elvis Is Dead

ElvisIn 1977 on this day Elvis Presley died of heart failure at Graceland in Memphis Tennessee. He was 42 years old. Even though I’ve never been a huge Elvis fan, I do remember where I was when I heard the news.

My father was in the military at the time. My mother often went to the base commissary to go shopping and then to the health clinic to pick up medications or for doctor’s appointments. Since it was the summer time, I wasn’t in school. I remember going with my mother to these different stops. I was 13 years old in 1977. I remember sitting in the waiting room of the health clinic while she was seeing a doctor for something. I was watching the TV when the announcement came across the TV saying that Elvis had died. I remember people all around me were gasping and wanting to have the volume turned up. I knew who he was but didn’t think too much about it at the time. When my mom came out of the doctor’s office I told her what had happened and I remember her saying how sad it was. She wasn’t a huge fan either but did grow up listening to his music. She didn’t seem to be too upset by the news. Later when we were at home and I heard more about the details of how he died, I did agree with her that it was sad.

I have no idea why I remember this. It’s not like I was a big fan or was having a reaction to someone dying. I guess it’s just one of those historical events that you remember. I remember where I was when Reagan was shot. I remember where I was when the Challenger disaster happened. It’s just one of those things.

Do you remember where you were when you heard Elvis had died?

Music Purchased

Thank you all so much for the music recommendations in the comments and in e-mail. You guys are great! So…I went to iTunes and checked out all the music that was recommended to me. Some of it I liked and some I didn’t like.

If I get some more iTunes gift cards, I’ll ask for more recommendations. I think you guys came up with some great music this time. Thanks!!


So I got an iTunes gift card from one of my students for Valentine’s Day…..weird, I know. But now I have some money on my iTunes account to spend. Of course it’s burning a hole in my computer pocket just like money would. So, I need some recommendations for some music. You should know though that I’m not into the follow genres of music:

•Hard Rock and Roll
•Christian Rock
•Hip Hop/Rap

So knowing that, you should also know that I do like classical music and jazz (smooth and traditional). However, if you have any suggestions for music you think I should purchase, tell me and I’ll give it a listen and consider adding it to my iTunes collection. Thanks!


So on the way home from our trip to the Northern Neck over the weekend, the song Blinded By The Light came on the radio. Of course I was singing along. I told the boyfriend that Bruce Springsteen did this song. Well, he was sure it was done by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. The version we were hearing on the radio was by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band but I said I thought Bruce Springsteen did it first.

I was thinking about that conversation today and decided to find out. I went to iTunes and found that Bruce Springsteen did Blinded By The Light on his debut album Greetings From Asbury Park N. J. But was it done before Manfred Mann’s Earth Band? Yes, according to Wikipedia (I know, the information there isn’t always correct but I believe it is in this situation) Bruce did the song in 1973 and Manfred Mann did it in 1976 and it became a #1 hit for them in 1977. So in a way the boyfriend and I were both right.

greetings wild borntorun darkness river nebraska bornintheusa tunnel human lucky

While I was on iTunes looking at Bruce Springsteen music, I was remembering back to the 80s when I bought many of his albums. I was addicted to his music at one time. I remember getting The River and learning the lyrics to all the songs on that album…and it was a double album! Having those good memories in my head, I clicked on add to shopping cart and ended up buying all the albums I had on vinyl back in the 80s. I went a little nuts and downloaded 10 albums. Crazy huh?

Day 168 of 365

The boyfriend and I went to a concert tonight and saw Diana Krall. We love her music and we had a nice time but the rain started halfway through. Even though it was raining, we had our ponchos and still enjoyed the music. Great picture, huh?

Day 163 of 365

Tonight we went to Wolf Trap to see the Gypsy Kings with our friends Mark and Shane. As you can see from the pictures, I'm sensitive to the heat and humidity. We had a great time, as we always do with Mark and Shane. The funniest part of the evening was when the boyfriend accidentally knocked his wine glass over and it splashed all over the woman in front of us. We decided not to tell her but then she figured it out and the boyfriend used his best acting Oscar skills to act surprised. It was the funniest thing. You had to be there. We laughed about that for a long time.

Rent At Wolf Trap

Last night the boyfriend and I went to see Rent at Wolf Trap. We took a picnic with us to have before the show started. This is actually our second “concert” of the summer. I know it's a broadway show but it was full of music so I'll consider it a concert.

The evening began with a few raindrops. We had to move our spot on the lawn a few times to avoid the rain but were able to settle down and enjoy our picnic. Not long after that the show began. I thought it was hard to follow along but the boyfriend didn't have any trouble. I guess I'm not used to following the story line in song. After the intermission I was able to follow a little better. Even so, we enjoyed the show, the songs, and the story.

I'm not sure this one wil rank high on our summer concert list, but it will be on the list. So far the George Benson concert is the best this season. We have a few other concerts later this summer that I'm sure we'll enjoy.