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CB&W: Music



Want to hear them live? And watch them in full color, while two adorable girls dance the Irish way, with a third tiny one in the background? Yes? ūüėÄ


Check out the other entries at Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge


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Music: Justin King

As some of you may know, I have several loves in my life. The love for my sons, for my partner and family. For writing. The love for nature, books and animals. And for music. Music is an inextricably part of who I am.

Today I found a little something I want to share with you. ‘A little something’, I say, but that’s the understatement of the month. Today I discovered¬†Justin King,¬†an¬†acoustic¬†guitar¬†virtuoso who makes my heart beat faster. And slower. Justin sends it into several rhythms actually.

This American¬†musician and artist is recognized as a pioneering guitarist for his percussive “tapping” playing style which consists of a variety of influences ranging from¬†Flamenco¬†to¬†Celtic music.

Watch him perform in Knock On Wood

Close your eyes and listen to sweet Crown, played on his custom made double-neck steel-string guitar with two identical DADGAD-tuned necks to expand on his unique two-handed tapping style.

While still recording music as well as doing part-time war photojournalism in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, King is currently finishing a degree in oil painting and photography at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.

I have immediately purchased the album¬†Le Blue¬†through his website¬†Justin King. This guy’s music is GOOD!!!¬†Guess what I’ll be doing the next hour…

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Music: Joe Bonamassa

It all started with this ticket:

Ah no, let me begin again! It all started when Vman discovered Joe Bonamassa’s music… and was immediately enchanted by it, bewitched even. Joe must have empowered that guitar of his with some pretty heavy binding spells! ūüėČ After trying to lay his hands on tickets for over a year, my partner finally managed to purchase two: we were expected in Antwerp (Belgium) on Wednesday May 4th.

After a quick dinner I picked up my man at the railway station and drove my little car south-west over the highway. It felt like entering another country. Well of course it IS another country, but living this close to the border for all my life, it feels like home. The language Flemish sounds only a bit different from Dutch. Antwerp is a beautiful city with one of the biggest seaports of Europe.

A bit of¬†involuntary¬†sightseeing took us ‘straight’ to the right area, where we parked in a garage. The weather was gentle, the crowd¬†inter-cultural, restaurants and terraces in abundancy. A holiday mood came upon us immediately: Antwerp is alive. We also took a peek at Antwerp’s unique train station, where I shot this photo.

We had a drink in the sun and watched a set of peculiar street fountains, hoping that the water would surprise an unsuspecting passer-by. We weren’t THAT lucky though ūüėȬ†Then we strolled – keeping a wary eye on the fountains – to the place to be, where a large crowd already gathered.

The Queen Elisabeth Music Hall had plush chairs and soon we were comfortable seated, awaiting mister Joe Bonamassa. Joe showed up at exactly 8.15 PM, dressed in a light gray suit, black shirt and a white tie! His first tie-time ever on stage, he told us. Plus his shoes’ soles were too slippery. Like his sun glasses, that kept sliding off his nose. He came on stage with a guitar and immediately put it to work.

What followed next was superb. Really truly amazing. This thirty three year old guitar virtuoso has warp speed fingers, an easy way of playing and a good voice, combining these three aspects into music that resounds straight in heart and soul. He played blues, rock, ballads, used up to ten different guitars and gave us his best for two and a half hour non stop. The three other band members took a break every now and then, but Joe stayed put. And with an acoustic guitar solo he stole my heart. Also my breath. I was drumming my hands and feet almost the whole time, the rhythm compelling and strong. He inspired the whole crowd into several standing ovations.


Here is YouTube live performance of Joe featuring Eric Clapton:

Since Bonamassa is tiny in last night’s pictures, I took the liberty of searching for him on the internet. Nice chap!

Too soon the concert was over and the two of us walked back to the car, hand-in-hand. Another highway-sight-seeing-trip in the wrong direction couldn’t get us down and Vman drove us home safely, arriving around midnight.

Mister Joe Bonamassa, you get a 9.0 for your performance last night. I have enjoyed every minute of your musical spells. My boyfriend is right, you are one of the best.


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Music: Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin , Al di Meola

What can I say. There is no need to say anything. Just listen to these guitar virtuosos. They play music, they breath music, they ARE music. It seems to come so easily. Their fingers dance, they talk to each other, sing and tease through the guitar strings.

I bought this record about thirty years ago and enjoyed it so much that I gave it as a present to my father. We both share the love for Spanish music, as does my brother.

This piece is from the album Friday Night in San Francisco, and is called

Mediterranean Sundance