Day 148

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Thunderstorms don’t bother me except for the terror it induces in my dogs. Our most recent storms started yesterday afternoon and continued with only brief gloomy breaks until this morning. Serious thunder and lightning, very close as well. Close enough to feel the sound. I’d have been impressed except for the three dogs trying to all sit in my lap at the same time.

No rain today but everything is still drenched from yesterday.

As well as a small turquoise square, I sewed in some of the ends on the blanket today. Sooooooo many still to do. I am setting myself to sew in at least 5 ends each day.

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In 1986, Paul Simon released an album called ‘Graceland’. It fused his distinctive style of pop music with African music styles and to this day it makes my heart swell with joy to listen to it. It’s celebrated 25 years in popular culture and lost none of its potency. This video was released as part of that anniversary and gives a fabulous overview of the music and the process of creating the album, as well as meeting more of the contributing artists.

Paul Simon – The Story of ‘Graceland’

A movie was made about his return to South Africa for the 25th anniversary, covering the political upheaval I the country at the time, and the responses to his visit. The height of apartheid was not the time for a white men to be to be associating with black men after all. Here’s the trailer for it.

‘Under African Skies’ – trailer

Every song ‘speaks’ to me in some way. Often there is a particular lyric but always there is the music. This album embraces so many instruments and sounds to create the whole and even now, I hear at least one new thing every time I listen to the album. If you haven’t already got it, you need it.

‘Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes’ introduced the African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the world and they were worth waiting for.

Paul Simon ft Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes

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