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Kids glow in the dark. OG. 8/12/22. Blogfinger.net. Jean Bredin photo. ©

 

“TRUE FRIEND”.  Hannah Montana.

 

 

Ocean Grove 8/12/22. Paul Goldfinger photo. Illumination Night. ©

 

Illumination Night,Ocean Grove,  Paul Goldfinger photo.  8/12/22 ©

 

Weavers of dreams. OG Illumination Night. 8/12/22. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

There was a nice crowd. The band played Christian music.  We didn’t stay for this religious event. It wasn’t inviting  for everyone.

 

“YOU’RE A WEAVER OF DREAMS.”   John Coltrane:

 

Visitors in white….

Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo. 8/12/22 ©. Click to enlarge. 

 

BARRY WHITE:

 

Looking south on the Asbury boards.   20 years ago you would find almost nobody there, even in the summer.   But now it is usually very busy–unless it rains.  8/11/22. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click image to enlarge it. ©

 

We have photographed many people on the OG boards during rain.  Some enjoy walking in the rain, and I like to photograph rainy days.  This image was taken on the morning after the recent heat wave had subsided on August 11, 2022.  Go figure!

 

Johnnie Ray.  (1956–he wrote this song and made it famous). He is considered to be one of the earliest rock and roll stars.

 

Dave and his dog Cooper. 8/22. OG Firemen Park. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.

 

Dave is a New Yorker, but since he bought his OG home at the North End two years ago he spends most of his time here.

Dave  is  lawyer. His 11 year old son spends a great deal of time in the Grove, and he will be attending a surf camp in Belmar this month.

I estimate that most dog walkers in the Grove are female, but we haven’t actually done a study.

 

LES GREENE. from the new ELVIS album.  Little Richard wrote this song and made it famous.

 

 

 

Paul Goldfinger. Asbury Park. Rainy Friday morning. 11/12/21 ©

 

BOB DYLAN:  “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.   This controversial song contains no lyric about rain.  And the line “every body must get stoned” is also subject to debate.   This woman was sitting alone in an A.Park doorway.  It is a candid shot, and you can find your own interpretation. She was smoking a cigarette.

I didn’t speak to her, and she didn’t notice me sitting in my car. The lyrics seem to say something about her.  —Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

“Well, they’ll stone you when you’re trying to be so good
They’ll stone you just like they said they would
They’ll stone you when you’re trying to go home
And they’ll stone you when you’re there all alone
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned”

 

 

 

 

Ocean Grove beach. October, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Ocean Grove beach. October, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.   11/15.  OG beach;

 

 

KENNY VANCE:

 

 

 

Elvis was the most animated and exciting in-person performer ever. Paul Goldfinger still photo from the movie. ELVIS.

 

Elvis arrives in Vegas where he spends 4 years straight at one hotel. . Paul Goldfinger still from the movie ELVIS.

 

Paul Goldfinger, Editor.   Blogfinger.net. 8/10/22

 

ELVIS is a new movie about the life and times of Elvis Presley.  Under the marvelous direction of Baz Luhrmann, the film recreates the excitement and glitter, as well as the deep sadness, surrounding this great performer.

The creation of this movie is an unbelievable accomplishment by a director who is an expert at this sort  of film.   The life of Elvis who was a one-of-a kind entertainer leaps out at the viewer.

Elvis Presley was not only a spectacular performer onstage, but he was an accomplished song writer, show arranger, musician, singer, movie actor, and musical innovator of such magnitude that live audiences, mostly young women, would literally melt into hysterics at his feet, and ELVIS re-creates all that.

But, like so many such biopics. (eg Ray Charles and Johnny Cash), his life story in this film, from childhood to his early death,  focuses too much time and energy on his addictions,  marital problems, his crooked manager,  his erratic personality and his life failures.  But  it does succeed, in a remarkable way, in capturing the glitz and glamor of his life as a performer.

In addition,  ELVIS is too long;  we watched it at home. ($25.00 to buy on Amazon.com.) We saw it in two parts.

All of this probably satisfies his many fans, but I was hoping for a more serious study of his artistry, music and how he created and innovated that Elvis personna.

Elvis Presley  worked closely with other musicians and he was influenced by African-American stars including B.B. King and Fats Domino, and those interactions were fairly presented in the film.  The movie also covered the deaths of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King,  events that profoundly took their toll on Elvis.

Elvis wrote over 50 songs, but the movie fails to reveal much about that.

His roll in our society as an artist and as an influence on our culture was glossed over. If you are looking for a artistic point of view, which Elvis did achieve, you will have to read about it. There are a number of books about him.

One of my favorite aspects of ELVIS is the discovery of the new audio album where many of his songs were performed by him, but the amazing lead actor Austin Butler, did some of them, and other artists did also.

 

I find this collection of performers to be excellent.   Note that the real Elvis’ voice changed over time, and some electronic geniuses were used to recreate that.

We can’t leave this review without mentioning Tom Hanks who did a brilliant recreation of Elvis’s long time manager Col .Tom Parker, and kudos as well to those makeup geniuses who  transformed Hanks for this role.

 

AUSTIN BUTLER   (who plays Elvis in the movie )  from the ELVIS music album:    “Hound Dog.”

Wiki: “His recording of “Hound Dog” incorporated a fast tempo, prominent drumming, and a heightened vocal energy associated with the emerging Rock and Roll sound. As a white artist, Elvis released a version of “Hound Dog” that quickly reached the top of the R&B, Country, and Pop charts.”

 

 

Editor’s note:  My mom Myrna Goldfinger was a singer and pianist, and she mostly loved Broadway show tunes.  But she was an Elvis fan and she sang “Hound Dog” over and over in our house.  She used to get some of the lyrics wrong, but she did capture the energy, the musicality and the enthusiasm of Elvis’s recording.

My friends and I were caught up in the birth of rock and roll, but Elvis was in a place of his own apart from the Doo Wop crowd.  One of my regrets is that we didn’t pressure the director of the Rutherford High jazz band to play something by Elvis.  We did that on our own with our little 45 rpm machines at home.      PG

Ghosts on the OG boards. 8/10/22Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

 

You should have listened to Bob Dylan before everything went out of focus.

 

Paul’s night out. Low light photography. Leica. Q 2. 8/10/22. OG boards.

 

KASEY MUSGRAVES:   “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You…in the dark.”  From the movie album for ELVIS.

 

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