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Thousands of porchniks fill an entire street...

Compare this scene, from last Saturday, with the earlier, uncrowded images of seven or eight years ago...

It just keeps on getting bigger and bigger every year...

Less folk and less bluegrass...more hip-hop, rap, and "indie" crap...

But we just keep on keeping on...and we keep on showing up...for now...

Charlie



-- Edited by KidCharlieMane on Monday 19th of June 2017 07:38:58 PM

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Considering the hostilities all over the country lately, as well as the rest of the world, maybe we should hold off holding well-meant gatherings in our neighborhoods that can turn into conflagrations. blankstare



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A couple of suicide bikers, with bombs in their backpacks, could have easily taken out most of the people in the picture, Thanks for the comforting thought.

And if we cancel any and all "well-meant gatherings"---then it means "they" have won, and "we" have lost. Which I believe has already happened.

I feel that way every time I have to empty my pockets to be searched when entering a baseball stadium, as happened on Thursday and again on Sunday. And where do you draw the line on "gatherings" anyway? Anything in any neighborhood can now turn into a "conflagration"...especially parades and events with political overtones.

One day soon, someone will light a firecracker or pop a balloon, and people on both sides will pull out their weapons and open fire. And then the police will start shooting as well. It's not an if, but a when.

I don't see any real hope for the future, or any light at the end of any tunnel. It will only get worse.

And once the PorchFests of America have to be ended, you may as well stop leaving your house, period.

Some folks have already gone that route.

I am not one of them.

As long as my knees still work, I will continue to have summertime adventures.

Life is too short...and winter is too long.

Charlie



-- Edited by KidCharlieMane on Tuesday 20th of June 2017 08:51:38 AM

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KidCharlieMane wrote:
 "indie" crap...

 "Indie" just means "music produced independently from major commercial record labels or their subsidiaries." There is a lot of good indie music out there.



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whistlepig wrote:
KidCharlieMane wrote:
 "indie" crap...

 "Indie" just means "music produced independently from major commercial record labels or their subsidiaries." There is a lot of good indie music out there.


Doesn't really matter what it's called, because I pretty much stopped listening to "new" music after the early Eighties. 

Yeah, I know...ALL music was once "new"...but after I hit my mid-thirties, I preferred to hear the "old" stuff...the music from when I was a kid, a teen, and a young adult...and tunes from before I was born...what is sometimes called "The Great American Songbook"...the Thirties and the Forties. Also jazz and classical music, which I have been into since college.

I can listen to classical piano all day, and often do.

Especially in the wintertime, when it's cold and gray, and when the sun disappears for weeks, or even months.

Charlie

 



-- Edited by KidCharlieMane on Wednesday 21st of June 2017 08:00:33 AM

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KidCharlieMane wrote:
whistlepig wrote:
KidCharlieMane wrote:
 "indie" crap...

 "Indie" just means "music produced independently from major commercial record labels or their subsidiaries." There is a lot of good indie music out there.


Doesn't really matter what it's called, because I pretty much stopped listening to "new" music after the early Eighties. 

Yeah, I know...ALL music was once "new"...but after I hit my mid-thirties, I preferred to hear the "old" stuff...the music from when I was a kid, a teen, and a young adult...and tunes from before I was born...what is sometimes called "The Great American Songbook"...the Thirties and the Forties. Also jazz and classical music, which I have been into since college.

I can listen to classical piano all day, and often do.

Especially in the wintertime, when it's cold and gray, and when the sun disappears for weeks, or even months.

Charlie

 



-- Edited by KidCharlieMane on Wednesday 21st of June 2017 08:00:33 AM


 I understand that much more than I understand people who say all new music is terrible. Music is one of my favorite things, but keeping up with new music can be a lot of work. It's often tempting to put on one of my favorite albums I've heard 200 times rather than listen to a new album all the way through.



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A crowded Larchmere PorchFest: Soon they'll have to change the name of the main drag to Lurchmore Blvd.

2018 was the tenth year of PorchFest, and the crowds were bigger than ever, by far.

Thousands of people came...mostly on foot, making sidewalks extremely crowded and walking your bike impossible.

Even riding a bike was tricky, because the streets were packed with so many cars and pedestrians.

It's becoming a race with the clock...and an obstacle course.

We rode frantically from one location to another on our bikes, with our chairs on our backs, to get good places to sit.

Left each performance early, to beat the crowds and to get good places to...well...you get the idea.

More funky-indie-house-techno-punk-pop bands than ever...but we did manage to hear opera, blues, classical guitar, and smooth jazz.

After five hours, we got tired and hungry and burned out and cranky. We went home.

My prediction for PorchFest: A victim of its own success, perhaps?

Soon people will be saying:

"Nobody goes there anymore...it's too crowded."

Charlie



-- Edited by KidCharlieMane on Sunday 17th of June 2018 10:08:45 PM

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