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“After.” Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger  ©. 2012.

 

SOUNDTRACK.  Stanley Turrentine: “Then I’ll be Tired of You.”

This song was written in 1934 by Arthur Schwartz and E.Y. Harburg.  “Yip” Harburg wrote the lyrics and he is famous for writing the words for so many classics including “April in Paris” and all the lyrics for the Wizard of Oz—-“If I only had a brain….”

 

Wiki note re Yip Harburg:    Edgar “Yip” Harburg attended high school with Ira Gershwin.  They met over a shared fondness for Gilbert and Sullivan and worked on the school paper becoming lifelong friends.

According to his son Ernie Harburg, the Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw taught his father that “humor is an act of courage,and dissent.”

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Thornley Chapel. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. ©  By Paul Goldfinger.  2012.

 

SOUNDTRACK:  The London Philharmonic and Choir

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Pray here. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Pray here. Faith Baptist Church. Wickapecko Drive, Ocean, NJ.   By Paul Goldfinger © September  3, 2013. Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

I frequently pass this church because Wickapecko Drive is a country road that provides an alternate scenic route coming back from Wegmans to the Grove. Just turn right off Sunset Avenue by the firehouse with Chief Wanamassa painted on the side (see below.)

Indians used to paddle their canoes around there. Sometimes they had to take a detour because of Township road work.

The Chief first met white men when the Ocean Township DPW began paving Sunset Avenue.  That historic work continues to this day.

Legend has it that Chief W. had a vision that told him to open a Wegmans nearby.  You can sometimes find him shopping there in the Kosher department for lox.

The Wickapecko Indians were Rutgers fans, and that is why they were called red men.  They would go to football games with no shirts, painting RU on their chests. They have been upset since the 18th century over Rutgers football misfortunes.

The church has a woodsy setting, and the light often twinkles on the front and sides as the massive trees cast all sorts of changing shadows.

I have photographed it many times, but this image, obtained in late afternoon, after making a carrot, dill, and celery run for Eileen who was working on a batch of chicken soup, is what I had been looking for.

I shot it this time both in color and black and white, but the latter, with a “vintage” tint, looks fine.

I have never actually seen anyone enter that church, but maybe I need to go there on a Sunday morning.

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THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA  From the Imus Ranch Record II

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Windows at the top reaches of the Tabernacle. All photos by Paul Goldfinger ©

Windows at the top reaches of the Tabernacle. All photos by Paul Goldfinger © Click on all photographs to enlarge them.

By Paul Goldfinger MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net   Re-posted from June, 2014.

The Bishop Janes Tabernacle is the oldest permanent structure in Ocean Grove, build in 1877.  It is an airy, open building consisting basically of one room and  a center section on top where  a sweep of windows allows light to stream in from above  and illuminate the seating below–symbolic perhaps, or very practical, or both.

Light and breezes come inside. ©

Light and breezes come inside. ©

Ted Bell, Ocean Grove historian and author, showed us the 19th century ventilation system which keeps the place cool.  Downstairs there is a ring of large doors and windows.   The latter open in a curious way, but there is a purpose to the design. The window aims the warm breezes upward where they can stream through the top  row of windows.

Ted Bell shows how the lower level windows open. ©

Ted Bell shows how the lower level windows open. ©

Outside, the light trickles and flows through the trees to hit the Tabernacle and creates moving patterns on its outside walls and illumination for the prayer books inside.

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BACH:  Double concerto in D minor for 2 violins and strings.  With Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, and Camerata Lysy Gstaad.

 

—- Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

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Next stop is the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. May 22, 2015. Blogfinger photo by Paul Goldfinger. ©

Next stop is the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. May 22, 2015. Blogfinger photo on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove  by Paul Goldfinger. ©  Click to enlarge.      Repost

Five friends posing for pictures in Firemen’s Park, Ocean Grove.  How beautiful can you look?  How wonderful the day? Thus we are re-posting this fine memory for these friends.

We found this happy crew standing for photographs in front of the bell, but get outta here! What about that gorgeous chariot at the curb, waiting to take them to the Neptune High School Prom?  Let’s take the picture over there.

These five Scarlet Fliers are a group of friends—they said so.  How lucky can you get? Let’s get close together and how about a big smile?

So who do we have here?   We have, left to right,  Nicholas Severson, Rebecca Sokol, Victoria Alaniz, Sasha Murphy, and Max Schmidt.

The red “limo” is a 1940 Ford owned by Michael Yencarelli.  The car has been in his family for 30 years.

Since we have a car from the 1940’s, let’s go retro for music from that same era.

Ladies and gentleman, from the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, it’s Frank Sinatra with Count Basie and his Orchestra:

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Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was an American composer who was educated at the Curtis School of Music in Philadelphia. This particular work, in 3 movements, was written when he was 29 years old. The second movement, the andante, is particularly lovely. If you have about 10 minutes and can sit still that long to listen, you will hear something special and relaxing. You might even fall asleep. The movement begins with the oboe.

The violinist is Elmar Oliveira with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra — Leonard Slotkin conducting. — Paul Goldfinger listening.

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By Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for larger view.

By Paul Goldfinger. © Click image for larger view.  This photo appeared in an ad in Europe.

The tourists are looking southeast at the Champ de Mars, a grassy park which extends past the Eiffel Tower until you reach the École Militaire  (Military School) which is faintly visible in this photo.  The Champ de Mars has a terrific party each year for Bastille Day  (July 14.)  You can take an elevator to the top of the Tower and get a great view of the city.

This song was featured in the movie “Saving Private Ryan” when, toward the end, Captain Miller’s men are waiting for the Germans to attack their position guarding a critical bridge in a bombed out French town near Normandy. They find some old records and play them. The music echoes down the abandoned avenues.  It is a moment of peaceful beauty for these GI’s who are about to have their world turned upside down.

EDITH PIAF  from the album The White Cliffs of Dover—-“La Vie en Rose.”   (tr. life through rose colored glasses)

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Re-post from 2013.

PHIL OCHS  “Changes”

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. December 21, 2009. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full view.

Ocean Grove, New Jersey. December 21, 2009. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full view.

We’ve had recent winters with no snow and other times we’ve had big snow. But the town of Ocean Grove looks especially beautiful right after the snow falls.  Somebody recently said that they have never seen a photograph of the Great Auditorium in the snow, but they do exist.

This view shows the “tents” in their winter garb: no canvas, just the wood framing of those structures. Most photos of the tents are taken in season, but these little buildings have a special look in the winter.  I love the multiple colors that they are dressed in.   You can see how a “tent” might be converted to a cottage, which is how many of the Grove’s small houses began.   —Paul Goldfinger

SOUNDTRACK:  Here are our Canadian friends again—the Canadian Brass whom we have heard perform live many times. This piece is lovely and is called: “Sweet Songs of Christmas.”

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Salisbury, England. She was not with us.This image was not posed.     Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©

Salisbury, England. She was not with us. This image was not posed.     Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL BOYS AND GIRLS CHOIR . “The Lord is my Shepherd” from the album Angels Sing. New Music from the Salisbury Cathedral.

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