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Photograph taken at an altitude of Eight metres, amidst the first vestiges of light prior to the magic of the Golden hour around sunrise at 04:51am, (sunrise was at precisely 06.15am) on Saturday 6th September 2014 off the Patricia Bay Highway 17, on Lochside Drive close to Frost Avenue and the Lochside Waterfront Park, in beautiful Sidney by the sea on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

  

Here, I am standing beside the wooden decked viewing platform, looking over towards Mt Baker in Washington State, USA from beautiful Sidney by the sea on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Also known as Koma Kulshan, she is an active glaciated andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington State in the United States, standing 3,286 metres tall and was first ascended in 1868, her last eruption recorded in 1880.

  

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Nikon D800 70mm Two point five seconds long exposure f/7.1 AF-S single point focus. Manual exposure. Matrix metering. Auto white balance.

  

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LATITUDE: N 48d 38m 15.74s

LONGITUDE: W 123d 24m 12.77s

ALTITUDE: 8.0m

  

RAW (TIFF) FILE SIZE: 103.00MB

PROCESSED (JPeg) SIZE: 15.27MB

  

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"Don't you know where you go I will follow

In your footsteps I find my own feet

Addicted like I am to the blues

Two kinds of blue are all the blues I need..."

 

(Elton John-Bernie Taupin, 2016)

 

(Namibia, picture by MdS on FB)

WV1707

2011

 

"Are you still in control of the boat that you row

Or do you still cling to me when its sinking

I never condemned you, I only consoled you

When candlelight made me a King..."

 

(Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Blue Moves, 1976)

 

Ink on $teinbach paper

WV1792

2014

B

"I wonder who's sleeping in your sheets tonight

Whose head rests upon the bed

Could it be a close friend I knew so well

Who seems to be so close to you instead

Close to you instead..."

 

(Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Blue Moves 1976)

 

Ink, gouache and coloured pencil on $teinbach paper

….as in Elton John. Before I was a big Aerosmith fan I was a big Elton fan owning 9 albums on 8-track, 4 on compact cassette, 3 on CD, and 3 on LP, with all albums originally being released between 1970 and 1977, except for his Greatest Hits volume 3 released in 1987. The CD I am holding is Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, this album was originally released on 23 mei 1975. When it was released on CD I immediatly went out and bought it, I bought a 2nd CD in 2005 when the 30th anniversary deluxe edition was released. The deluxe edition contains 2 discs, disc 1 being the remastered studio version, and disc 2 being a live performance of Captain Fantastic performed in it’s entirety on 21 juni 1975 at Wembley Stadium. Disc 1 also contains bonus tracks of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, One Day (At a Time), Philadelphia Freedom, and House of Cards. Disc 2 also contains live performances of Pinball Wizard, and Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting.

 

10 april 2012 - Day 101

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2012

Elton John Songs Illustrated

BLUE MOVES

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If There's A God In Heaven (What's He Waiting For?)

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1976

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Torn from their families

Mothers go hungry

To feed their children

But children go hungry

There's so many big men

They're out making millions

When poverty's profits

Just blame the children

  

If there's a God in heaven

What's he waiting for

If He can't hear the children

Then he must see the war

But it seems to me

That he leads his lambs

To the slaughter house

And not the promised land

  

Dying for causes

They don't understand

We've been taking their futures

Right out of their hands

They need the handouts

To hold back the tears

There's so many crying

But so few that hear

  

If there's a God in heaven

Well, what's he waiting for

  

If there's a God in heaven

What's he waiting for

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2012

Elton John Songs Illustrated

BLUE MOVES

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Shoulder Holster

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1976

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Now it was just like Frankie and Johnny

And it was just like Stagger Lee

Dolly Summers was a simple girl

From a mid-west family

With a stucco home and her own Mustang

And a charge account at Sears

She had everything that a girl could want

To live happy for the rest of her years

 

But the thing that she wanted most of all

Was the thing that she had lost

To the arms of a downtown black jack hustler

By the name of Candyfloss

They'd skipped town on a late night train

Heading for the West

Dolly slipped behind the wheel of her Mustang

With a piece between her breast

 

She put a pistol in her shoulder holster

She took her car up from Santa Fe

Yesterday morning she was washing dishes

Now she's hunting down a runaway

Don't judge a man by a misdemeanor

You may be sorry when his light goes out

Don't put that pistol in your shoulder holster

You can never, never tell if the Law's about

 

If it seemed just like a movie

Or a night of bad TV

They should have had a picture of Dolly's face

As she drove across country

With daggers drawn for her fallen man

And venom in her heart

It was nearly dawn when she caught them up

Making out in a picnic park

 

But the thing that shook her rigid

As she fumbled for her gun

Was the state of the man that she'd married once

And thought of as the only one

And as she looked back on the chances

That she'd passed up at home

Well she quietly dumped her pistol in a ditch

And she headed home alone

WV1724

2011

 

"He was a light star

Tripping on a high wire

Bulldog stubborn, born uneven

A classless creature, a man for all seasons

But don't bet them

They can't take him

To the very bottom

Because they made him and they'll waste him

And I don't believe that I want to watch them..."

 

(Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Blue Moves, 1976)

 

Collage & mixed media on $teinbach paper

A tribute to EDITH PIAF

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2013

BLUE MOVES

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Cage The Songbird

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1976

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Sober in the morning light

Things look so much different

To how they looked last night

A pale face pressed to an unmade bed

Like flags of many nations flying high above her head

  

The cellophane still on the flowers

The telegram still in her hand

As whispers circulate all day

Their back-stage baby princess passed away

  

And you can cage the songbird

But you can't make her sing

And you can trap the free bird

But you'll have to clip her wings

'Cause she'll soar like a hawk when she flies

But she'll dive like an eagle when she dies

  

Promises of no more lies

Fell flat upon an empty stage

Before the audience arrived

A return in time to the cheaper seats

She never knew what lay beneath

Just a dated handbill they found between the sheets

  

Let down before the final curtain

A shallow heart that left her cold

She left in rouge upon the mirror

A circled kiss to the faithful fans who'd miss her

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2013

The amazing story of a girl named Dolly Summers in "Shoulder Holster", a song from Elton John with lyrics of Bernie Taupin on the BLUE MOVES album from 1976.

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SHOULDER HOLSTER

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1976

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Now it was just like Frankie and Johnny

And it was just like Stagger Lee

Dolly Summers was a simple girl

From a mid-west family

With a stucco home and her own Mustang

And a charge account at Sears

She had everything that a girl could want

To live happy for the rest of her years

 

But the thing that she wanted most of all

Was the thing that she had lost

To the arms of a downtown black jack hustler

By the name of Candyfloss

They'd skipped town on a late night train

Heading for the West

Dolly slipped behind the wheel of her Mustang

With a piece between her breast

 

She put a pistol in her shoulder holster

She took her car up from Santa Fe

Yesterday morning she was washing dishes

Now she's hunting down a runaway

Don't judge a man by a misdemeanor

You may be sorry when his light goes out

Don't put that pistol in your shoulder holster

You can never, never tell if the Law's about

 

If it seemed just like a movie

Or a night of bad TV

They should have had a picture of Dolly's face

As she drove across country

With daggers drawn for her fallen man

And venom in her heart

It was nearly dawn when she caught them up

Making out in a picnic park

 

But the thing that shook her rigid

As she fumbled for her gun

Was the state of the man that she'd married once

And thought of as the only one

And as she looked back on the chances

That she'd passed up at home

Well she quietly dumped her pistol in a ditch

And she headed home alone

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2012

Elton John Songs Illustrated

BLUE MOVES

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Idol

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1976

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He was a light star

Tripping on a high wire

Bulldog stubborn, born uneven

A classless creature, a man for all seasons

But don't bet them

They can't take him

To the very bottom

Because they made him and they'll waste him

And I don't believe that I want to watch them

 

`Cause the fifties shifted out of gear

He was an idol then, now he's an idol here

But his face has changed, he's not the same no more

And I have to say that I like the way his music sounded before

 

He was tight-assed

Walking on broken glass

Highly prized in the wallet size

The number one crush in a schoolgirl's eyes

But don't pretend that it won't end

In the depth of your despair

You went from lame suits right down to tennis shoes

To peanuts from the lion's share

 

SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORLD

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1976

 

From the BLUE MOVES ALBUM

 

What have I got to do to make you love me

What have I got to do to make you care

What do I do when lightning strikes me

And I wake to find that you're not there

 

What do I do to make you want me

What have I got to do to be heard

What do I say when it's all over

And sorry seems to be the hardest word

 

It's sad, so sad

It's a sad, sad situation

And it's getting more and more absurd

It's sad, so sad

Why can't we talk it over

Oh it seems to me

That sorry seems to be the hardest word

 

What do I do to make you love me

What have I got to do to be heard

What do I do when lightning strikes me

What have I got to do

What have I got to do

When sorry seems to be the hardest word

Darling Pretty...

 

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2012

Elton John Songs Illustrated

BLUE MOVES

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Chameleon

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1976

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The last I heard of you

You were somewhere on a cruise in the Mediterranean

So imagine my surprise to see you very much alive

In the English rain again

  

And I can still recall wet afternoons

When we were small and simply childish

But you've created your own ghost

And the need you have is more than most to hide it

  

Oh, Chameleon, you're stealing your way back into my eyes

Beyond a shadow of a doubt

You're a devil, you're a devil in disguise

Do you really change me, or am I going crazy

Chameleon, Chameleon, Chameleon, you're free again my child

  

I remember still those lazy summer days

We'd kill out hunting danger

And we were alien to all outsiders

We had no desire to talk to strangers

WV1069

2007

 

'Dolly Summers was a simple girl

From a mid-west family

With a stucco home and her own Mustang

And a charge account at Sears

She had everything that a girl could want

To live happy for the rest of her years..."

("Shoulder Holster", Elton John/Bernie Taupin 1976)

 

Coloured pencil and ink on $teinbach paper

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2011

Elton John Songs Illustrated

BLUE MOVES.

Music by Elton John 1976

BLUE MOVES was released October 1976. It was the 15th official album of ELTON JOHN. It also was the second Elton John double album (after "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"), and the first released by Elton's own ROCKET RECORDS Ltd. Despite the album's darker tone and experimental song line-up, it has held up well with critics and in its initial release made it to No. 3 on the album charts, partly on the strength of the album's biggest hit single "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word".

All the lyrics on the Blue Moves album are written by BERNIE TAUPIN.

 

Elton has stated that "Blue Moves" is one of his favourite albums he has ever recorded.

The cover art for the album is from a painting by British artist Patrick Procktor.

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2012

Elton John Songs Illustrated

BLUE MOVES

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Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance)

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1976

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She slid down to the city limits

Monkey time in fifteen minutes

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

Don't let me down

Please stick around

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

  

Strobe light on the funky feet

Soul children in the disco heat

Top dog, top cat

Move that muscle and shake that fat

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

  

Strobe light on the funky feet

The soul children in the disco heat

Top dog, top cat

Move that muscle and shake that fat

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

  

Chicago, L.A.

Every place, every way

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

  

Illinois, Santa Fe

Do what I say

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

  

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

Bite your lip, get up, get up and dance

"And won't you look at the planes

Riding down the skyway

Jessie ain't those wings just fine

Don't it make you want to fly someday..."

 

("Planes", Elton John/Bernie Taupin, 1975)

Old76 Music-inspired DArt 2015

 

Mouvements dans le blue... l'homme qui aimerait te voir sourire...

Photograph taken at an altitude of One hundred and twenty eight metres, at 10:45am on Thursday 20th March 2014 beside the boating lake in Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

  

Dunorlan Park is a park and grounds in Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK. Totalling approximately 78 acres and containing a 6-acre lake, the grounds were landscaped by Robert Marnock for Henry Reed, the merchant.

  

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Nikon D800 24mm 1/5000s f/2.8 iso100 RAW (14-bit). Matrix metering. AF-S. Single point AF with manual override.

  

Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED IF. Jessops 77mm UV filter. Nikon MB-D12 battery grip. Two Nikon EN-EL 15 batteries. Nikon GP-1 GPS unit. Nikon DK-17M Magnifying Eyepiece. Hoodman HGEC soft eyecup. Digi-Chip 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC. Lowepro Transporter camera strap. Lowepro Vertex 200 AW camera bag

  

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LATITUDE: N 51d 7m 54.68s

LONGITUDE: E 0d 17m 3.83s

ALTITUDE: 128.0m

  

RAW (TIFF) FILE: 103.00MB

PROCESSED FILE: 32.58MB

  

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Old76 Music-inspired DArt 2014

 

The Wide-eyed and laughing...

 

Old76 Music-inspired DArt 2014

 

The Legend of "A Candle In the Wind"

 

Photograph taken at an altitude of Fifteen metres, at 16:09pm on Tuesday 10th September 2013 off the A82 near Lady's Wood at Luss, on the shoreline of Loch Lomond in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland.

  

Loch Lomond (Loch Laomainn), a freshwater loch situated on the Highland Boundary fault, is the largest inland stretch of water by surface area in Great Britain, at 39km in length and up to 8km in width with a maximum depth of 190metres. Primary inflows and outflows include Endrick water, Fruin water and the River Leven.

  

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Nikon D800 17mm 1/500s f/11.0 iso200 RAW (14Bit) Handheld

  

Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED IF. Nikon MB-D12 battery grip. Two Nikon EN-EL15 batteries. Sandisc 32GB Ultra Class 10 30MB/s SDHC. Nikon DK-17a magnifying eyepiece. Hoodman HGEC soft eyepiece cup. Nikon GP-1 GPS unit.

  

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LATITUDE: N 56d 6m 12.44s

LONGITUDE: W 4d 38m 17.78s

ALTITUDE: 15.0m

  

RAW (TIFF) FILE: 103.00MB

PROCESSED FILE: 18.76MB

  

Blue wonderful and I'm home again...

WV1721

2011

 

"Dolly Summers was a simple girl from a mid-west family..."

 

Collage & mixed media on $teinbach paper

WV1410

2009

 

"She died when the house was empty

When the maid had gone..."

 

Collage & mixed media on Steinbach paper

Pencils bubbling in soda water

WV999

2006

 

Blue Marilyn

 

Ink and pastel on $teinbach paper

Old76 Music-inspired DArt 2014

Elton John Songs Illustrated THE BIG PICTURE

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I Can't Steer My Heart Clear Of You

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1997

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Take me for granted, I think that I could stand it

After all these rough seas

Left me reckless and abandoned

Say the spirit's willing, chance a new beginning

Break down the cold front

Give me peace and understanding

  

And you wait, and you wonder

Will she still beat the drum and bring the thunder

Will she still be the star to see me through

'Cause I can't steer my heart clear of you

 

No I can't steer my heart clear of you

It's the way it's been, ever since you sailed

Out of a storm and into view

And should I drift away, the compass holds the clue

You control the weather

And I can't steer my heart clear of you

  

Make me your penance, show me your innocence

Everything is history

From the aching to the pleasure

We enjoy the torture, the slow pain that it taught us

Everything gets twisted

Let me burn or bring me water

  

And you wait, and you wonder

Will she still beat the drum and bring the thunder

Will she still be the star to see me through

'Cause I can't steer my heart clear of you

 

You control the weather

And I can't steer my heart clear of you

  

WV1722

2011

 

"Monkey time in fifteen minutes..."

 

Collage & mixed media on $teinbach paper

"The weatherman looks confused..."

 

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2013

Elton John Songs Illustrated

LEATHER JACKETS

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Slow Rivers

Music & lyrics by Elton John/Cliff Richard & Bernie Taupin 1986

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The weather man he looks confused

Shakes his fist at the sky like you used to do

But you don't remember things like that do you

The balance was uneven but I'm breaking through

  

Slow rivers run cold

Shallow waters never sank so low

I thought I'd drown and you'd never know

You're a slow river and you run so cold

  

The winter here don't believe in God

The bitter wind just bites through me like a wild dog

I still see your eyes tonight like headlights through the fog

But one foot in your door oh that's all I ever got

  

Chances are you'll reappear

Swim my way in a flood of tears

No place to hide your conscience so

You're a sinking ship with no place to go

Going back to the South, I've got the same old blues...

 

WV2014/FET91

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I'VE GOT THE SAME OLD BLUES

Eric Clapton feat. Tom Petty in "An Appreciation of J.J. Cale" 2014

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Have you heard that rumour that's going around

You got it made, way across town

It's the same old story, tell me where does it end

Yes, I heard the news, it's the same old blues again

 

When I wrote you a letter, you must have read it wrong

I stood at your doorway, but you was gone

I took a lot of courage and let the telephone ring

It's the same old blues, same old blues again

 

When you give me the business, you know I get a mind

'Cause I've got a lot of patience and I've got a lot of time

It's the same old story, tell me where does it end

It's the same old blues, same old blues again

 

I'm gonna find me a mountain, I'm gonna hide out

I ain't talking to you and I ain't coming out

Yeah, I heard that rumour, tell me where does it end

It's the same old blues...

September when it comes...

WV1532

2010

AZ

 

Blue Moves, One Horse Town

 

Gouache and ink on $teinbach paper

WV1518

2010

AZ

 

... could swing upon those twinkling dots above

 

Acrylic on paper

September morning sky...

WV866

2006

 

Like a deep blue sea...

 

Coloured pencil and pastel on Steinbach paper

 

WV1291

2008

 

Blue moves pilgrim walking to California

 

Ink on $teinbach paper

"Don't you know where you go I will follow

In your footsteps I find my own feet

Addicted like I am to the blues

Two kinds of blue are all the blues I need..."

 

"Blue Wonderful, Elton John -Bernie Taupin, 2016"

August blue skiy over Belgium...

Finally Home Again...

 

Old76 Music-inspired Art 2013

Elton John Songs Illustrated

JUMP UP!

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Blue Eyes

Music & lyrics by Elton John & Gary Osborne 1982

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Blue eyes

Baby's got blue eyes

Like a deep blue sea

On a blue blue day

Blue eyes

Baby's got blue eyes

When the morning comes

I'll be far away

And I say

  

Blue eyes

Holding back the tears

Holding back the pain

Baby's got blue eyes

And she's alone again

  

Blue eyes

Baby's got blue eyes

Like a clear blue sky

Watching over me

Blue eyes

I love blue eyes

When I'm by her side

Where I long to be

I will see

  

Blue eyes laughing in the sun

Laughing in the rain

Baby's got blue eyes

And I am home, and I am

HOME AGAIN

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