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‘Brand New Start’

My last song blip for the week, and this one is actually quite apposite. After some thought, I’ve decided to take a break from blip. Not a goodbye, more a reset. After 1195 entries, more than three years of blipping, I’ve decided to take some time out. It’s exactly  a year ago since I left my previous job and went out on my own, working for myself and trying to make it out there. Things are starting to pick up, and I’m getting busier, building websites and client partnerships, looking after clients and taking more and more photos for […]

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‘Green & Gold’

I’ve been doing another show and tell around the local area for Diamond Harbour Camera Club, with a group of us heading up country to Mesopotamia, Mount Peel and Peel Forest. Our last stop was up on the walk to the Big Tree. There’s hundreds of crown ferns that are sprouting fronds and new growth, adding a golden hue to the thick green undergrowth. The song ‘Green & Gold’ is taken from my favourite album of 2015, [i]Blood[/i]  by (the incredibly photogenic) Lianne La Havas. I’ve been playing this album in the car a lot, so this song immediately […]

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‘Yellow’

Another busy day means another improvised song blip for today. ‘Yellow’ was Coldplay’s breakthrough hit back in 2000, off their debut album [i]Parachutes. [/i]It’s a cracker of a song, and whilst now its somewhat fashionable to bag Coldplay – I’m not quite sure why? – this tune and lyric still give me a warm glow. The yellow in the photo? Wild broom flowers on the bank of the stream. Sing along with Chris on the beach [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKNxeF4KMsY]in the video for song[/url].

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‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin”

I got a bit stuck for today’s song choice. After a busy day in front of the computer, I was trying to work out what to shoot when I came up with the idea of putting my X100T on the ground, putting it into interval shooting and walking past. For the backdrop I chose the stream bed, and of course my Teva tramping boots. I’m pretty sure these aren’t the boots Nancy Sinatra had in mind when she sang this song back in 1966. [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww]Check out the video [/url]for confirmation of this! 😉

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‘A Good Year For The Roses’

My song choice today was going to be something quite different, but leaving Christchurch this evening we stopped in at a friends place at the edge of town and were greeted by a mass of roses. And so my song choice was made. ‘A Good Year For The Roses’ is a country song that I first became aware of through Elvis Costello, so for me his 1981 version is the one I hear in my head. However the song was a Country hit for George Jones in 1970. The song is what some may consider a typical country lyric […]

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‘Victoria’

So I’ve decided to carry on my theme from last week of blip with song titles. I’m staying in Christchurch tonight, so thought I’d swing past the central city’s Victoria Square for today’s blip-song. Today’s is a kiwi classic – in fact it’s placed #8 in the APRA Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time.  I’m pretty sure at some point in their life someone from Gen X has belted out the Dance Exponents Song ‘Victoria’ in a somewhat diminished state of sobriety. Well, I know I have. I certainly know that Jordan Luck, the band’s lead singer […]

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MonoMonday #94: ‘Another Brick in The Wall’

I’m liking the last few Pink Floyd themed MonoMondays. They’re fitting in quite nicely with my new found love of song inspired blips. Yesterday was to be my last, but I’ve decided to continue for another week. I was going to try to be a bit abstract with today, but I decided to be literal instead. So here’s a corner of our chimney. Thanks again to [url=http://http:/https://www.blipfoto.com/GoranZebuhr]GoranZebuhr[/url] for hosting this month. 

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‘Going Underground’

My last entry on this week’s self appointed song challenge. I’d wanted to get a song in by The Jam (was originally thinking ‘English Rose’) but as it’s been raining here all day (not to mention we don’t have any roses in bloom) I knew it had to be an inside blip. So here’s my London Underground tea caddy, side light by a magnetic LED. ‘Going Underground’ was The Jam’s first UK #1 hit – all the way back in 1980 when I was just a lad – and it’s always been one of my favourite songs. Today, what […]

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‘Country Road’

“I guess my feet know where they want me to go walking on a country road” Another song inspired blip today, and this one was a pretty easy one for me to capture considering where I live. This road leads toward the Four Peaks on the other side of the Orari from Mt Peel. This song ‘Country Road’ features on another great album – James Taylor’s 1970 release ‘Sweet Baby James’. [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGK0xWddnNk]Have a listen[/url] and relax. My last song choice will be tomorrow. I already have a a few titles in mind…

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‘High and Dry’

The dry, lupin-filled bed of the Orari River was the subject I chose for today’s song inspired blip. I guess the mountains at the back also provide a bit of elevation! This song ‘High and Dry’ is one of my favourite Radiohead songs from their superb 1995 album ‘The Bends’. Check out the usual dramatic Radiohead [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BciOfJsqh7M]video here[/url]

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