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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.



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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.




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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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The Strand. Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. c. 1997. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The Strand Theatre. Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. c. 1997. By Paul Goldfinger ©    (reposted from 2014 on Blogfinger–and updated.) Tri-X Collection.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We recently ran a post regarding Ocean Grove’s  historic North End  Strand movie house which no longer exists.

Some years ago we visited Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard where the Strand theater there, a historic site, was still functioning. Oak Bluffs is where a camp meeting ground still exists on that island.  Judging from the Bruce Willis film, the photo is from 1997.

The Strand Theater in Oak Bluffs  was built in the 1920’s and closed around 2010. After that it became a bicycle rental shop.

But in 2015, the Martha’s Vineyard Theater Foundation raised money to reopen the Strand for movies. It closed for awhile due to COVID, but it has recently reopened, and its many fans are thrilled.

Movies can seem so real and important, so the Martha’s Vineyard community made sure that their cinema was brought back to life.  Back when, we told our kids, “It’s only a movie.”

But the magic of movies draws you in and it is more than “only.”

Try to stay disengaged if you see “Captain Phillips” with Tom Hanks.

Seen any good movies lately ?  Tell us if you have, even if streaming.   Comment below.

And, do sad movies make you cry?  Sue Thompson says, “Yes.”      See below.






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Summer tents. August 22, 2015. ©

Summer tents. August 22, 2015. ©  By Paul Goldfinger.  Click to enlarge.

Paul Goldfinger,  Editor, Blogfinger.net

The OG summer tents are sought after by painters, photographers, tourists, renters, historians, strollers, bikers,  and others. Our tents are unique.   From a photographer’s point of view, we look for new ways of seeing the tents;  we try to be creative with lighting and composition.  It’s not easy to come up with something different, but that is what we require at this Ocean Grove website where photography is used more than words to describe our town.

When I submitted a “plain vanilla” portrait of the tents for the book “New Jersey 24/7” I was surprised that the image was one of the winners, but then I realized that those of us who live here are a bit jaded, like New Yorkers who take the Empire State Building for granted.

But for you OG photographers, Blogfinger will continue looking for fresh ways of seeing our historic and beautiful tents.

ADAM LEVINE   “No One Else Like You .”  From the film Begin Again

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