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NJ Transit. December, 2014 © By Paul Goldfinger

Jersey Coast Line.  December, 2014 © By Paul Goldfinger

 

BESSIE SMITH  (1923)

 

Bessie Smith from Ken Burns doc, “JAZZ”     Paul Goldfinger from the TV video.©

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©  Oceanport, New Jersey.

 

 

THE HOT SARDINES   “Petite Fleur.”

 

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger    I like this post, so here it is again.    Read the comments.

It was 1991, and we were visiting Paris with our son Michael, who had just turned 21. We had been there before and we liked the Left Bank the best, especially the area near the oldest church in town  (St. Germaine des Pres)  located on the Boulevard St. Germaine.

You can walk that neighborhood and find bookstalls along the River Seine, Musee D’Orsay—home of the Impressionists, funky neighborhoods near the Sorbonne, antique shops, bistros where you can’t get a bad meal, small hotels with floor to ceiling windows and no elevators, and wonderful food markets.

 

Boats moored along the Seine. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Boats moored along the Seine. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

Behind the old church where the Blvd. St. Germaine meets Rue de Rennes, is a tiny park where you can relax, called the Rue de l’Abbaye—a respite from the bustle all around it.  But also at that intersection is the famous Café Les Deux Magots where Hemingway, Picasso and other artists and intellectuals used to hang out. It’s so much fun to sip an espresso there and people-watch.

 

Park adjacent to the church: St. Germaine des Pres. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. 

 

One evening Michael and I took a walk.  At the corner, in front of the church and across from the café, we heard a street band playing. They were called “The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band,”  composed mostly of American musicians.  But we were most intriqued by their vocalist, a seventeen year old young woman from New York and California who sounded like Billie Holiday.

She had been living in Paris since she moved there at age 16 with her mom.  Madeleine Peyroux is now a jazz star who performs around the world, but we think of her standing on the sidewalk with a floppy hat on, charming the crowd.

As you can imagine, I took a lot of photographs there. Below is the Café Deux Magots which dates back to 1875—just a few years younger than Ocean Grove.

And below that is Madeleine Peyroux singing in French. The song is “J’ai Deux Amours”  (I have two loves).  It is from her album “Careless Love.”    That’s a good song for an album with that name.

 

Cafe Deux Magots. Paris. 1991. By Paul Goldfinger

 

Presenting Madeleine Peyroux:

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Live nativity procession. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. c. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright

Live nativity procession. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. c. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. ©.  This event used to be held outdoors with a finish in the Auditorium Pavilion. Now it is held in the Great Auditorium.  The music is too happy to remain only in December.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

When we first moved here part-time in 1998, we became acquainted with the Live Nativity event.  I never saw anything like it before.

I recall standing out in the cold waiting for the children and animals to appear.  There was a procession, and  this star bearer came by. She seemed as  if  she had appeared out of the mists of time  as in Brigadoon.   For a moment I felt I had experienced time travel.

Preserving the past is usually expressed in this town by the architecture. But other things occur which add life to the history, as you see in the photograph.

It’s important to continue those traditions whenever possible.   The live nativity is now indoors, but it seemed more authentic when we were breathing vapor out our nostrils while waiting in the cold for the two-humped camel, the wise men, the sheep and some shepherds to arrive.

 

SOUNDTRACK:  As a teenage musician I often took part in Christmas celebrations and concerts. We went caroling in the snow , and people tossed dollar bills out the windows of the garden apartments where we lived.

In school, Christmas music was a big deal, and I always have associated this holiday with beautiful music,  both classical and popular.

But this photograph seems to require something especially heart-felt and different from the usual carols, so here, although it is not actually a Christmas selection, it does seem to go with the photo.  It’s Puccini.—Paul Goldfinger

 

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Bridge to somewhere. Ocean Grove.  Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net  New Jersey Avenue crossing. Click to enlarge this night scene.

 

 

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT  from (live)  Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall:  “If Love Were All.”

 

 

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Beachfront Property. Boca Grande. Fla. By Paul Goldfinger © 2014

Beachfront Property. Boca Grande. Fla. By Paul Goldfinger © 2014

 

 

GERRY MULLIGAN.   “Dream a Little Dream”

 

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Monmouth Battlefield State Park. By Paul Goldfinger 2014. ©

Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Atop Combs Hill.  By Paul Goldfinger 2014. ©. Click once to enlarge.

 

Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor Blogfinger.net

The Battle of Monmouth took place in the vicinity of Monmouth Courthouse in Freehold.

On a blistering hot day on June 28, 1778 the land that is now Monmouth Battlefield State Park was the site of one of the longest battles of the American Revolutionary War.

From the State Parks information:   “Here at Monmouth, Washington restored a reputation battered by defeats in 1777.   In the day-long battle in the hills, wood lots, farm fields and meadows, the main Continental Army, retrained at Valley Forge, repulsed attacks by the main British Army.

 By the end, over 600 men were dead, dying or wounded and the Continental Army held the field.”

The vista above is from Combs Hill where the Continental Army had placed their artillery.

The park is a beautiful place where you can visit, picnic, ride horses or sleighs.  The visitor center is near where I was standing to make this photograph. The address is 16 Rt 33  Business in Manalapan.

I enjoy photographing battlefields, although this is only my second.  The first is Gettysburg which we have visited quite a few times.  Battlefields are evocative of so many qualities of man including bravery, fighting for right and freedom, loyalty and sacrifice.

It seems as if you can time- travel back in such a place as this, and that is an emotional experience.

I tried to capture that mood in this photograph which is much better felt in black and white than with color.  —

 

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

BAND OF HM ROYAL MARINES:  “Main Theme from Saving Private Ryan”  (2006)  Written by John Williams.

 

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Paris. c. 1995. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Paris. c. 1995. By Paul Goldfinger © Homage to Eugene Atget photographer who documented old Paris.  Click once to enlarge.

 

 

Dana Boulé.  “Parlez Moi D’amour”   (tr. “Speak to Me of Love”) From Woody Allen’s film   Midnight in Paris.

 

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Domme, France. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Domme, France. By Paul Goldfinger © This image was shown  as part of a juried exhibition at the Monmouth Museum. It has been posted on Blogfinger most years since 2014. ©

 

This medieval French village sits above the Dordogne River in south-central France. There is a hotel there and a little park.

In the mornings, the mist rises off the river and makes itself known 900 feet above.  On market day, they set up here early, and as the mist clears, a foie gras stand is seen along with tables belonging to fresh food merchants selling sausage, vegetables, bread and fish.

During the Hundred Years War, the English owned this spot for awhile.  Luckily the French got it back—the food’s better.  But Monty Python is funnier.

 

CHARLES TRENET:

 

 

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By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Back Bay Boston.  Silver gelatin print.   Undated.   By Paul Goldfinger. ©

This image was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  They used to display one photograph each issue taken by a physician.  The NEJM is published in Boston.

 

 

KEN PEPLOWSKI AND FRIENDS   “All the Things You Are.”

 

 

 

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