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July 11th, 2020

Randy Wells | Director of Photography | Writer | Car and Automotive Photographer | Seattle and Santa Barbara

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May 28th, 2020

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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.

May 25th, 2020

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. More

May 17th, 2020

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LIFE’S GOOD (Until The End Of The World)

Thanks to Lou Reed and Wim Wenders for this soundtrack and film.

Update 7/6/20: R.I.P. Rick Cordero

May 1st, 2020

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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.

April 27th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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. More

April 21st, 2020

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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)

April 16th, 2020

SLOT CAR RACING AGAIN

As a kid, I raced slot cars at commercial hobby tracks pretending to be the famous British driver, Sterling Moss. I still have my box of cars and controller. Twenty years ago, I started collecting the 1/32nd scale slot cars that were being produced at the time. More

April 7th, 2020

Posted in Racing / Auto Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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”, “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution”, 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.

March 22nd, 2020

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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: More

March 6th, 2020

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QUEEN OF THE SLIPSTREAM

OK, I’m on a Van binge. Here is one of my favorite tunes he wrote about a long distance relationship.

Now we call it social distancing.

February 28th, 2020

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HYMNS TO THE SILENCE

Recorded 20 years ago, this Van Morrison release is my go to album when I’m feeling the strains of being a freelance photographer, writer, and filmmaker. Glad I’m not in the stock market.

Be safe out there…

(Cover Photo: Valerie Phillips)
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February 9th, 2020

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WAX

Folks who follow my blog know I am into vinyl… I’ve been collecting 12″ LPs since The Beatles first performed in the USA. Today’s anniversary seems like a long time ago.

Sadly, a Banning, CA facility housing Apollo/Transco Lacquer Manufacturing burned down last week and is apparently a total loss. Fortunately, nobody was injured. However, this facility’s production of vinyl pellets is critical to record plants in the USA, and it’s sudden disappearance will greatly impact LP production in the future unless another source is found. More

January 30th, 2020

ON THE BEACH

So what’s the best Neil Young album? For me, it has to be 1974′s On The Beach.

It encapsulates the NY ethos most succinctly, without calling attention to itself, plus it’s remained topical for decades. More

January 1st, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR & 10th ANNIVERSARY!

Today, this blog celebrates its tenth year on the endless wire – pre-Instagram. Thanks to all for visiting this site and letting me share my life with you.

With an average of one new blog post every 5 days and an Instagram site now flourishing (@cars.randywells), it’s been an extremely satisfying last couple of years. It certainly helps me to keep writing!

Now, I just gotta keep up those New Year’s resolutions… Personally, I can’t wait for the 2020s.

(Photo: Motor Press Guild Best Film Award – March, 2019)
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September 28th, 2019

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

Life is nothing if not interesting. Here I am married to the most amazing woman for 25 years, and I’m still working on being a better husband. More