Category Archives: music

Dwindling Days of Summer

total solar eclipse
from Grand Island, Nebraska

Well the total solar eclipse over Nebraska has come and gone. What a thrilling experience it was! I am not sure what I expected but it surely wasn’t what I got! Standing in darkness at 1:00 in the afternoon for 2 minutes and 38 seconds and seeing Venus glowing brightly in the afternoon sky almost knocked me to my knees. So thankful for our clear skies overhead in Grand Island, Nebraska.

The days of summer are coming to a close soon but there are still summerish things to do! The Nebraska State Fair starts this Friday for its 11 day run until Labor Day, September 4. Fair food! Rides! Lots of 4-H animals, the draft horses, dog shows, musical shows… so much to see and do. And after the State Fair, well there is still time and warm weather to take a canoe ride down one of Nebraska’s many rivers, or a weekend trip to one or two of the many state parks, or to finish up your Nebraska Passport visits.

Big Red football season is about to begin again with its sea of red and high spirits and hopes for the new season.

Nebraska City’s Applejack Festival is next month as well as the Junk Jaunt! SO much to do here in Nebraska.

Mid-May Musings – “Your number is up Mr. King”

Why our fascination with numbers? Today’s date is 5-15-15 and as many have pointed out, all the dates this week are the same backwards and forwards. “They” say music is numbers, the universe is numbers, but aren’t numbers created by humankind to count and designate? What is a natural number? Anyway, I ponder this date mostly because it is my mother’s birthday. She is an ageless 81 and active and alert as anyone would hope to be at her age. I wonder if when you are 81 do you wake each morning full of surprise and thankfulness or with disappointment that you are facing another day? I hope to wake thankfully until I wake no more.

I may be dwelling on death today in light  of the passing of BB King yesterday. He was 89 years old and for a blues man that is a good long life. I heard BB King play  live twice in Lincoln, Nebraska and he was an incredible musician. I am grateful I had the experience to hear him.  His music lives on and many musicians credit him with their love, obsession and pursuit of creating music.  Music speaks to us on so many different levels.  I know in my own life music has been a constant companion through my days and nights.  Lying awake in my parents’ house late at night listening to my bedside a.m. radio, singing along, annoying my sister who shared my bed and dreaming of growing up and living the lyrics for myself.  Emotions and dreams stirred up upon hearing a long-ago song.

Now these days will find me driving across the plains of Nebraska   listening to my own personal choices of music for hours through the magic of a computer thumb drive.  Upon arrival at a campground I can then turn on the laptop computer and create a background for stargazing or fire cracklings.

Sometimes it is nice however to turn the man made music off and listen to the sounds of the night.  Nature plays some beautiful tunes of her own and we should listen.

Today nature is loud and wet all across the State of Nebraska.  One should remember that Mother Nature can become quite violent this time of year as many have already witnessed so pay attention to what is happening overhead.

What was that?  I think I hear BB King playing some soulful blues up there in those clouds.  Yep, that was definitely Lucille.  Rest in Peace BB King.  We loved you.