Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fall + Winter (2014/15) on Instagram – In A Colorado Minute (Week 205)


Fall + Winter (2014/15) on Instagram – In A Colorado Minute (Week 205)

A collection of photos I published via my Instagram feed (and mostly taken with my iPhone 5) between September 20th 2014 and March 20th 2015. In this video you get to see glimpses of Austin, Chicago, Sonoma, San Francisco, Florida and lots of Colorado, including Garden of the Gods, Horsetooth Reservoir, Cache la Poudre River, the Rocky Mountains and of course a nice dose of
Whiskey and street art (two of my favorite subjects).

If you're on Instagram, please connect with me there and let me know you found me via the video. Would love to see some cross-over between my video and my photography friends.

The featured song is the instrumental version of “The Spirit World" by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Whiskey dog on Instagram.com/LuciWest

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith's "Fond Farewell" + "Between The Bars"

The music of Seth Avett (as part of The Avett Brothers) and the music of Jessica Lea Mayfield have both given me solace, contemplation, smiles, tears and singalong sessions. The music and lyrics of their own work is emotional, inspiring and thought-provoking.

But the artist who probably has touched me the deepest with his work is Elliott Smith. So when I found out that Avett and Mayfield had been collaborating on an album of Elliott Smith cover songs called "Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith" (released a week ago) and were about to play in Colorado, I was very excited.

Tonight, I'm going to that show in Boulder. So I thought, even though there hasn't been an official video made for any of the songs, I'd share recordings of them covering two of my favorite Elliott Smith songs as a delayed Music Monday post on a Tuesday:

Fond Farewell - performed live by Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield




Between The Bars - audio recording by Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield




Fond Farewell - performed live by Elliott Smith




Between The Bars - performed by Elliott Smith 


Promo video for "Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith"




Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Whiskey On Ice (Whiskey Business 2) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 255)


Whiskey On Ice (Whiskey Business 2) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 255)

Whiskey dog explores ice for the first time - in the second (official) episode of Whiskey Business: Whiskey On Ice!

Last week, after a beautiful, sunny, amazingly hot morning in the backyard, we decided to spend the rest of the day at Horsetooth Reservoir on the Lory State Park side. To our surprise, the coves on the west side of the reservoir were still covered with some ice, which gave our dog Whiskey an opportunity to explore the difference between ground, water and ice. She had been on ice before, but that had been solid as the ground and surrounded by water and therefore not as puzzling to her or as entertaining to us.

By the way, since then all the ice seems to be finally gone and Whiskey got to swim in ice-free water during an 80-degree heat wave over the weekend! Oh Colorado, you and your crazy sunny climate.

The featured song is the instrumental version of “Snooter” by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Whiskey On Ice

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lady Moon Trail (Winter) – In A Colorado Minute (Week 254)

Lady Moon Trail (Winter) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 254)

While I'm hesitant to say for certain that this video indeed shows what most people consider the Lady Moon Trail, I can assure you it shows images of an amazing hike up snowy hills on a gorgeous sunny day in a beautiful and deserted part of the Roosevelt National Forest in the vicinity of Elkhorn Creek and Lady Moon Lake.

Even though we followed the sign for the Lady Moon Trail starting at the Elkhorn Creek parking lot just off Poudre Canyon Road (via Boy Scout Road), once we got deeper in, the trails themselves were covered in snow and there were no further trail signs. So we just followed someone's snowshoe trails heading north and had ourselves a bit of an adventure in the vast and beautiful nature. Along the way, we climbed big piles of rocks to enjoy the view and have a picnic and took lots and lots of pictures and video.

After the hike, I did some research and found out that the Lady Moon Trail is commonly described as a short trail heading south from the Mount Margaret Trailhead parking lot off Red Feather Lakes Road and then connecting to other trails and eventually leading to the trailhead in the south where we started. However, we never made it all the way to the north end of it... Instead we eventually hit a fence and then lingered on an impressive peak for a while just enjoying the view of the valleys nearby and the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the south and west.

Now, I can't wait for the snow to melt completely and the chance to hike this area again, maybe discover a "different Lady Moon Trail," get a glimpse of Lady Moon Lake (private property) itself and explore the other connecting trails, especially the one to Molly Lake, where we spent a lovely day this past summer.

The featured song is the instrumental version of “Insomnia” by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Lady Moon Trail, Colorado

Monday, March 9, 2015

Courtney Barnett - "Pedestrian At Best" (MusicMonday)

Australian Courtney Barnett's album "The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas" has been on heavy rotation in my house and car for a little while and her upcoming album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit" (coming out March 24th) is already on pre-order...

The lyrics of "Pedestrian At Best" from the new record and the accompanying video, directed by Charlie Ford, gives you a good idea of her dark and witty sense of humor.


Courtney Barnett "Pedestrian at Best"

Courtney Barnett in the "Pedestrian at Best" Video


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