Signs Of The Times (Part 3: Summertime Blues)

Shot Of The Day: March 26, 2017





QOTD:
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry

— George Gershwin
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Backstory: It struck me as odd that the ‘Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene’ would find Uncle Louie unfit to dispense Italian ices. Even odder – this sticker was slapped on Lou’s little trailer in the middle of Winter when he only sells ices in the Summertime – when the livin’s easy. Is there a cure for Uncle Lou and his Summertime Blues? Time does tell… — TAG

Locale: Rosebank, Staten Island

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Janis Joplin – Summertime: www.youtube.com/watch?v=guKoNCQFAFk


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Signs Of The Times (Part 2: Whatever Sign You Are)

Shot Of The Day: March 25, 2017





QOTD: Your water sign just lit my fire, you fill me with such Desire.
— Diana Ross
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Backstory: Apparently Top Tomato forms plurals with apostrophes. No matter, they do give out free coffee to ‘Service Men & Woman.’ Who is the lucky gal? I wonder… — TAG

Locale: You got a dictionary kicking around? We spell it ‘Rosebank!’

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Diana Ross and the Supremes: https://youtu.be/DxW6QTXwJVE


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Signs Of The Times (Part 1: Beneath A Tuxedo Moon)

Shot Of The Day: March 24, 2017





QOTD: Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind…
— Five Man Electrical Band
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Backstory: I am always astounded and dismayed at the abundance of signs littering the landscape. Exacerbating the problem is the ever present illiteracy on parade. Of course, it is possible that Mike wore a tuxedo while slicing pork… — TAG

Locale: West Brighton, Staten Island (circa 2011)

Equipment: Nikon D40 / AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

 

Five Man Electrical Band – Signs: https://youtu.be/iZzVdomYHnI


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Nightmare Logic

Shot Of The Day: March 23, 2017





QOTD:
Territorial pissing contest, it sickens my nerves
Atrophy of morality, the people left to bleed
A foregone conclusion, the lock before the key
Raised on ideology and imperial democracy

— Power Trip
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Backstory: The mural is found on the rear of a store in Stapleton. Regarding the music: I can’t say for sure what motivated Power Trip’s lyrical attack on ‘Imperial Democracy’ but the album was released after Trump’s selection to the presidency. If you like thrash this little ole band from Dallas does it right. Politically they are reliable as well. Put the (double bass drum) pedal to the metal. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, Staten Island

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Power Trip – Nightmare Logic: https://youtu.be/kPwPwSQE9bs?t=27m28s


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In A Manner Of Speaking

Shot Of The Day: March 22, 2017





QOTD:
In a Manner of speaking
I just want to say
That I could never forget the way
You told me everything
By saying nothing

— Winston Tong
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Backstory: I like these globes of mysterious intent, they reside in the galaxy of Stapleton – specifically in the public library. Regarding the lyric, well, as the old proverb says: Keine Antwort ist die eindeutigste Antwort, die man bekommen kann. The video clip is truly wonderful – the editor spliced together scenes from Wim Wenders’ classic film ‘Wings Of Desire’ using the brilliant Tuxedomoon song as a soundtrack. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, Berlin (und Himmel)

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Tuxedomoon – In A Manner Of Speaking: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCT2OjgsgVM


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When The City Drops Into The Night

Shot Of The Day: March 21, 2017





QOTD:
When the city drops into the night
Before the darkness there’s one moment of light
When everything seems clear
The other side, it seems so near

— Jim Carroll
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Backstory: Can’t say I care much for fiddling about with the clocks but the Spring forward does give me a few more dramatic sunrises on my morning walks. And what can you say about Jim Carroll? New York’s best street poet. RIP. — TAG

Locale: Oxford Place at Dawn (Tompkinsville)

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Jim Carroll Band – City Drops Into The Night: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S0FYT5jcE0


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Not That Much

Shot Of The Day: March 20, 2017





QOTD: I wrecked my car on a two lane freeway – a stake in my heart after lunch…
— David Johansen
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Backstory: I associate this great David Jo song with crashing my beloved 1966 Mustang (circa 1975). A woman ran a red light as I was turning left (heading east) onto Copland Blvd. from the Anthony Wayne Trail – on impact her luxury size vehicle pushed my pony car six feet sideways. She told the police that her brakes were bad and that’s why she didn’t stop. Of course, she left fifteen feet of solid black skid marks, hitting the brakes when it was far too late. I was knocked unconscious and my passenger got a punctured lung and broke his pelvis in five places. I remember being in the hospital bed, looking up at Holly J and being grateful she hadn’t been in the car. The injuries healed but losing the car still stings…I could say ‘Not that much’ but that would be telling a fib – like the woman in David’s song…the Mustang in the photo is a 1967, it still runs but I can only admire it from afar. — TAG

Locale: Clifton, technically – but spiritually, Stapleton

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David Johansen – Not That Much: youtu.be/nARhhpwAAX4




What was left of my beloved 1966 Mustang (289 small block V8) after a woman ran a red light and totaled the pony car.

Locale: Toledo, technically – but spiritually, the Left Ventricle


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Funky But Chic

Shot Of The Day: March 19, 2017





QOTD:
I don’t wear nothing not too fussy or neat
I just want something to be able to walk down your street
Hey, come on, baby, let’s get on down to the boutique
Let’s bring back something that’s funky but chic

— David Johansen
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Backstory: People from those other boroughs may make fun of us Staten Islanders. Frankly we don’t give a damn. We be Funky. But we be Chic. Just ask David Jo. — TAG

Locale: Tompkinsville, Staten Island

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David Johansen – Funky But Chic: www.youtube.com/watch?v=djU_V05vMIc


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