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The concert bucket list

The concert bucket list

Marty’s photo of the day #2274: During the past year, I have been working hard at checking off artists on my concert bucket list. Three of those acts included Joan Jett, Garbage, and Melissa Etheridge. One thing all three had in common was that they performed outdoors on equal bills with other acts. Despite the […]

The proper way to work a stage

The proper way to work a stage

Marty’s photo of the day #2250: I will get back to nature photos in a few days, but the X, Blondie, Garbage concert last weekend is an excuse to give them a break. Like at most concerts, high-quality SLR cameras weren’t allowed, so I was stuck using my little pocket Canon. The lens on that […]

Collide interview with author Marty Essen

Collide interview with author Marty Essen

Streaming services, such as Pandora and Spotify have made life difficult for all but the biggest acts in the music industry. The CD-buying public has become the song-streaming public, with artists making a quarter of a penny or less per streamed song. But streaming services do provide one advantage over the days when artists needed […]

The World’s Most Famous Rainbow Boa and 9/11

The World’s Most Famous Rainbow Boa and 9/11

Marty’s photo of the day #1906: This is Eve, the World’s Longest and World’s Most Famous rainbow boa. Okay, I have no proof that she is the world’s longest, but most reptile books list the maximum length for rainbow boas at six-feet, and Eve is seven feet-long. I also have no proof that she is […]

My sort-of connection to Joan Jett

My sort-of connection to Joan Jett

My most difficult year in high school was my sophomore year, as my mother had just remarried and we rented a tiny house in west Duluth, while my mother and step-father house shopped. Since I went to Duluth East High School, I had to drive all the way across town each day. It also meant […]

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