Regent Square Day Lily #3… Pictures of Lily

We planted a lot of day lilies under the misconception that deer would not eat them. They destroyed the ones in our front garden but relentless application of repellent has saved the beauties in our back garden. The dark purple ones will be next to bloom. I think I will call this one Pictures of Lily. Thank you The Who.

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Pictures of Lilly

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Regent Square Day Lily #2 Ruby Tuesday

We planted a lot of day lilies under the misconception that deer would not eat them. They destroyed the ones in our front garden but relentless application of repellent has saved the beauties in our back garden. The dark purple ones will be next to bloom. I think I will call this one Ruby Tuesday. Thank you Rolling Stones.

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Ruby Tuesday

Peter Frampton at The Benedum Center

I have been fortunate to see many great performances in my lifetime. I saw Jimmi Hendrix perform at The Whiskey in Los Angeles, the farewell concert of Buffalo Springfield and Little Feat perform in a 200 seat lecture hall where Lowell George proclaimed, …”you gotta get up before we get down!” However I had never seen Peter Frampton until last night.

In a Rolling Stone interview in February, Frampton, 68, said he had a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion body myositis, also known as I.B.M. The disease causes muscles to weaken over time but generally does not affect life expectancy. He announced what will probably be his last tour and I immediately bought tickets. The concert was of course sold out.

He has been busy recording a lot of new music while he still is able. So we will still have new Peter Frampton music for a few years. He released a new blues album and played some tunes from it last night in the first public performance. It was magnificent show which he ended with the George Harrison tune, “My Guitar.” He got tearful and refuse to say goodbye Pittsburgh, just good night.

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Reid Anderson–The Bad Plus in Pittsburgh

Getting ready to see Peter Frampton tonight at the Benedum Center. It has got me to thinking about all the great concerts we have seen since returning to Pittsburgh. Last January we saw The Bad Plus at The August Wilson Center and saw a virtuoso bass performance by Reid Anderson.

Reid Anderson is a bassist and composer from Minnesota. He is best known for his work in The Bad Plus with pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King. The Bad Plus has been together since 1989.

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Reid Anderson

The Zappa Family Trust

Sometimes I get really pissed at the Zappa Family Trust. They forced me to remove my images from my commercial site. Of course they can’t force me to take down any images from here because I own the copyright and the images were taken legally and I am not charging for them. Please feel free to search this site and download all the images of Frank Zappa.

I really have no right to be pissed though. The same militant trust has stopped Dweezil Zappa, Frank Zappa’s own son from using the name Zappa Plays Zappa! I think they even sued to have him return his father’s guitars. I guess Zappa’s wife was a stone cold bitch.

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Dweezil Zappa at the Beacon 2011

What Would Frank Say Today?

I took this picture of Frank Zappa at The Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh in 1974. He was a musical genius but by the time he died in 1993 was also a political activist. Throughout 1988 he had voter registration booths at his concerts.He even considered running for president of the United States as an independent.

I can’t help but wonder what he would say about today’s climate of partisan politics and religious fervor. As an activist and atheist his voice is missed in the national debate but his music lives on.

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© Richard Burke 1973-2012

Frank Zappa Pittsburgh Civic Area

Glass Trumpet at Carnegie Museum

As I stood in front of this piece of art I couldn’t help but think of Miles Davis and Randy Brecker. I never met Miles Davis but I did have the good fortune to be stuck on an airport Super Shuttle in New Orleans with the Brecker Brothers.By the end of the 90 minute ride we were showing each other pictures of our kids and swapping horror stories about life on the road. Great guys to be stuck in a van with. I have seen Brecker perform a few times, sorry I never got to see Miles.

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Glass Trumpet