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WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY BLOG BY CAR PHOTOGRAPHER RANDY WELLS

An award-winning automotive media creative based in Seattle and Santa Barbara, Randy Wells offers his latest car adventures here. Additional imagery can be viewed at his Instagram site: cars.randywells

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YES

The Yes Album was recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in London 50 years ago this week. It was the beginning of a string of three landmark records by the band Yes, each outdoing the previous one with all original songs. They all went Platinum in the U.S.: The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close To the Edge.

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HIGHER THAN THE WORLD

Van Morrison has reached more heights than any songwriter I’ve known since his debut in 1963. Perhaps no song has touched me more than the lead track of his 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of Heart. It’s his most underrated album and a hymn that has probably saved my life.

Play it again Van.

THIS IS THE MEMORIAL DAY I’M TRYING TO FORGET

On May 22, National Road Trip Day, I decided to drive around the neighborhood, picking up some groceries and the mail. I also added a hundred new road trip images to the website, once i got home – while praying for better days ahead.

Hopefully, this pandemic is peaking and will begin to pass. Still, it has made existing problems all the more apparent. The incompetence and sheer selfishness exhibited by many has made the nation that our veterans sacrificed their lives for look pathetic. On the flip side, what happens next could serve as a once-in-a-multi-generational chance to build a better future. Continue reading “”

PACING THE CAGE

Jimmy Buffett recorded a song for his 1999 Beachouse on the Moon album that I loved the moment I heard it. I came across it recently, and it resonated with me again. Written by Bruce Cockburn, the lyrics describe my life pretty well, especially now.

Someday, it will be safe to travel again. Until then, please shelter in place. Do not roam the country for non-essential travel thinking that is OK. It’s not.

PLAYING RECORDS IS A GREAT WAY TO DE-STRESS

With Record Store Day 2020 postponed due to the pandemic, now’s a good time to listen to some great sounding vinyl. It’s a sublime way to pass the time while at home.

Live albums can be especially beneficial in bringing back fond memories of concerts you may have attended. Or you can spin some female vocals or mellow jazz for a relaxing break from the computer. Vinyl remains my preferred way to listen to music for its ability to let me connect with the artist in an emotional way. Continue reading “”

DIVINE INTERVENTION

An arguably appropriate (or inappropriate) song for these times.

Regardless, Mathew Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend has enough angst and killer riffs to please any young electric guitar freak.

Meanwhile, I’m praying for divine intervention.

(Cover photo: Late 1950s Tuesday Weld by Ken Galente)

FAST CAR

Tracy Chapman broke the airwaves in April 1988 with this song and others on her self-titled album. Singles from the record, like “Fast Car” and “Baby Can I Hold You” are still relevant today. The CD, or better yet, the record or the elusive 12″ single discs, are audiophile grade music. Check it out. Continue reading “”

TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER

Jackson Browne sang it best on “The Only Child”, but “Living in Another World”, a song by the British band Talk Talk, is just as good. It was recorded for their sophomore album The Colour of Spring in March of 1986.

I think it’s one of the more appropriate tunes for these uncertain times. I’m losing feathers too. “Life is what you make it” ain’t bad either.

The world goes through changes when it becomes impossible to maintain a balance. It’s just nature’s way of trying to slow us down and make us think about what is really important.

Take care, be aware, and stay safe. For something more upbeat, there’s this music: Continue reading “”