Showing posts with label Elvis Presley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Elvis Presley. Show all posts

Sunday, February 11, 2018

And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind ...



“Listen easy, you can hear God calling
Walking barefoot by the stream …
And the time will be our time
And the grass won’t pay no mind …

The moment we’re living is now
Now now now now now now now…

And the time will be our time
And the grass won’t pay no mind
No the grass won’t pay no mind.”

~ “And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind”
~ Words & Music by Neil Diamond
~ recorded by the great Elvis Presley
      ~ 1969

And the grass won’t pay no mind on a sweet and warm late spring evening as the light of sunset filters through the lush, tall grass with a tranquil hush in early June at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside Video ...


Cool cat Dean Martin's rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside" sets the mood to swing into the beauty of winter showcased in my original photos.l

My greatest joy as a photographer is harmonizing my original photos to music to create a lingering snapshot of the season. Enjoy!

Also on my YouTube channel at
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-RIfbVRmOg

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cut, Color And Roll ...



“ … Well I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll …”
                        “Shake, Rattle and Roll”
                      ~ written in 1954 by Jesse Stone (1901-1999) under his assumed songwriting name Charles E. Calhoun
          ~ recorded by the great Elvis Presley
                             ~1956

Strolling through Belvidere, New Jersey on a rare warm February afternoon, I came across this cool sign for Dee’s Doos Hair Salon. Elvis Presley sang about “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” but at Dee’s I believe the slogan would be “Cut, Color and Roll!”

Belvidere, one of my very favorite places, is a charming Victorian town located on the banks of the Pequest and Delaware Rivers.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

This Is Elvis Country ...


“Well, it’s one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
Now go, cat go

But don’t you
Step on my blue suede shoes
You can do anything
But stay off of my blue suede shoes …”

           ~  “Blue Suede Shoes”
            ~ Written & recorded by Carl Perkins
                           ~ 1955
            ~ Recorded by the great Elvis Presley
                             ~ 1956

There’s a cool slice of Elvis country tucked into Charlotte Fay’s Main Street Diner, Slatington, Pennsylvania, as showcased in this poster on the diner’s wall promoting Elvis Presley’s August 10-11, 1956 appearance at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida.

Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes” may well be one of the hits you hear playing at Charlotte Fay’s, where retro is king at this cool and cozy eatery.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is well represented at Charlotte Fay’s, joined by photos showcasing retro icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in the 1956 film “Giant,” Marilyn Monroe, Route 66, and a young Elvis and Johnny Cash posing for a snapshot. There’s also a nod to the New Jersey Seashore and Steel Pier. The large map behind Elvis depicts President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, championed by the then-president when it was formed June 29, 1956.

And of course there’s the tasty food, wonderful to nosh on as you drink in the nostalgic atmosphere. Owner Jason Ruff named the diner after both his great-grandmothers, and uses their recipes.

The menu and atmosphere are the perfect mix to stir up a recipe for success fit for a king.

Background texture by Jai Johnson added for artistic effect.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Art Of The Rails ...





“Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Well that long black train got my baby and gone

Train train, comin’  'round, 'round the bend
Train train, comin’ 'round, 'round the bend
Well it took my baby, but it never will again
No, not again

Train train, comin’ down, down the line
Train train, comin’ down, down the line
Well it’s bringin’ my baby, 'cause she’s mine all, all mine
She’s mine, all, all mine

Train train, comin’ 'round, 'round the bend
Train train, comin’ 'round, 'round the bend
Well it took my baby, but it never will again
Never will again
Ooh, woah”
                          ~ “Mystery Train”
                       ~ written & recorded by
         American blues musician Junior Parker
                                     ~ 1953
          ~ recorded by the great Elvis Presley
                                  ~ 1955
       ~ Produced by Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee it features Elvis Presley on vocals & rhythm guitar, Scotty Moore on lead guitar & Bill Black on bass. Mystery Train is now considered to be an “enduring classic.” It was the first recording to make Elvis Presley a nationally known country music star.

I captured my artistic depiction of this wonderful tribute to the Ironton Railroad on an early October evening along the Ironton Rail Trail.

It was an Eagle Scout project of Samuel L. Raub II, Troop 57, in 2012.

The Ironton Rail Trail loops more than nine miles through Whitehall Township, the Borough of Coplay and North Whitehall Township in Pennsylvania.

The Ironton Railroad was a shortline railroad in Lehigh County. Originally built in 1861 to haul iron ore and limestone to blast furnaces along the Lehigh River, traffic later shifted to carrying Portland Cement when local iron mining declined in the early 20th century. Much of the railroad had already been abandoned when it became part of Conrail in 1976, and the last of its trackage was removed in 1984.

In 1996, Whitehall Township purchased 9.2 miles of the right-of-way from Conrail, transforming it into the Ironton Rail Trail.