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Millbrook, New York, October 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Millbrook, New York, October 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge

 

By Paul Goldfinger.  Blogfinger.net.

The turning of the leaves. It happens each year, but some years are more spectacular than others. In the autumn, caravans of cars head north through New York State and into New England and they stay in B&B’s all the way up to Canada.    But the timing has to be perfect to catch that wave of color as it transitions from north to south—and it is so transient.

Riding north along the Taconic, we saw a moment where the light and the colors came together in a magical way with a backdrop of hills and valleys. It was late morning , but there was no place to pull over. We turned around a gradual bend in the rode, and it was all gone.

Millbrook Diner on Franklin Ave. ©

Millbrook Diner on Franklin Ave. ©

The village of Millbrook is a picture perfect small town in Duchess County.   There is an old-fashioned downtown with an old fashioned diner and happy little shops. One of them sold only goods from Italy that included hand painted ceramics.

It seems that Italian immigrants were brought to Millbrook straight from Ellis Island, perhaps 100 years ago or so, because they were masons and could build the stone houses and mansions found all over the Hudson Valley, owned by families named Roosevelt, Vanderbilt, Mills, and many others.

Italians still live in those parts, and tourist signs in Millbrook are done in English and Italian, and the town has a sister village between Rome and Naples called Fundi. That was the region that those masons came from.

A wealthy family donated Tribute Park which is at the foot of the main street in town.  The photographs below and  above are taken in that park. It all seemed so natural: the autumn colors, the little town, the farmers’ market, and even a jazz musician/singer performing standards in his own unique style accompanied only by a standup bass.

Town park in Millbrook, dedicated to veterans. Paul Goldfinger photo. Oct. 2014

Tribute Park in Millbrook, dedicated to veterans. Paul Goldfinger photo. Oct. 2014

 

Farmers’ market bass man:

 

 

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Chester Horse Show. Paul Goldfinger Photo © c. 1995 ©

Chester Horse Show. Paul Goldfinger photo © c. 1995 ©   Click to enlarge

 

SUTTON FOSTER  (From the show Anything Goes)

 

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Wormsloe in Savannah, Georgia. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Paul Goldfinger ©.  Wormsloe in Savannah, Georgia.  Click to enlarge.

 

 

ERIC CLAPTON AND STEVE WINWOOD  (Live from Madison Square Garden)

 

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Walden, New York. October, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Walden, New York. October, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

When we were up in the Hudson River Valley in Millbrook, NY, we met a jazz bass player who was entertaining at the farmers’ market. He performed a  song, “That’s All, ” with great feeling. It was evident that he loved this composition.

He said that he first heard it played at a jazz event, but it was done as an instrumental. He was taken with the melody and he learned the chords.

Later he discovered that it had words.  (see  the bottom of the link  below in the  Blogfinger  “Turning of the Leaves” post. )

 

Jazz man in Millbrook, NY

 

“That’s All” is also a favorite of mine. It is poignant and beautifully expressed. It is powerful in its simplicity.  Listen to the words.  You can understand every one as enunciated by Beverly Kenney below.

“That’s All” was written in 1952 by Alan Brandt and Bob Hayes.  It is a jazz standard and has been featured  in several movies including The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler.

 

BEVERLY KENNEY sings “That’s All.”

She died in 1960 at the age of 28.  —-PG

 

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Nadine and Moe. What do ya know? 2015.

Nadine and Moe and Abe.. What do ya know? 2015.  DC or is it AC.?  Electricity abounds. Selfie by Moe.

 

STUART MATTHEWMAN   “Amapola” from the movie Twin Falls, Idaho.  ©

 

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Bourbon Street, New Orleans. 1998. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Bourbon Street, New Orleans. 1998. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Silver gelatin darkroom print.

 

BYRON STRIPLING  (vocal and trumpet)

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©    Tri-X Collection  Hudson River.

 

FRANK SINATRA:

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Paul Goldfinger © Preservation Hall, New Orleans.

 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG.   He was a New Orleans great and a jazz innovator and pioneer.

 

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Spring Hope, North Carolina. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Search above and enter "Spring Hope" to see some more photos of this sad but beautiful place.

Spring Hope, North Carolina. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Search above and enter “Spring Hope” to see some more photos of this sad but beautiful place. Click to enlarge.

 

AARON NEVILLE

 

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October in Walden, New York. Hudson River Valley. Paul Goldfinger. © Click to enlarge.

 

BILL CHARLAP  “Dream”  from his album  Written in the Stars

 

 

 

Bill Charlap

Bill Charlap

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