Fall & Rise

A lot has happened since I last posted, the shocking shooting in Las Vegas and three deadly hurricanes as well as raging California wildfires, among other things. Since these events and my last post, I have noticed a fall and rise of human interaction and with Nature.

I apologize for not posting sooner. Unfortunately, there has been some technical website issues that have prevented me from posting. I’m still troubleshooting the exact cause but for fear of adding to the overage of CPU (central processing units) used by my websites on my new hosting provider’s server, which enables my websites to function, I had to temporarily stop logging into and using the sites — including this one. This happened to be right in the middle of a fundraising effort for hurricane relief. For this reason, this post will be short (and hopefully sweet).

The Las Vegas tragedy hit America and the world hard. It is just hard to fathom how someone can willingly do such harm to others.

Rather than dwell on the “fall” of human behavior or the destruction in the wake of three devastating hurricanes, I’d rather focus on the rise part.

The Rise Festival that took place recently in the Mojave dessert, on the outskirts of Vegas brings healing. The spectacle of the rising lanterns is stunning. The knowledge of so many participants coming together to make it happen is uplifting and hopeful.

Rise Festival_AIE

 

Had I been younger and more energetic as in my hip-pier youth; although not a “hippie,” I would have loved to attend and participate….Next year? šŸ˜‰

I am encouraged to see the many efforts to help those impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria start to make a difference and people rising to the occasion and working together.

This mysterious meterorlogical phenomena was mentioned in the newspaper just this week. I’m not sure if a “cloud” of butterflies has been seen before but I thought in light of current events and as many times as I’ve written about butterflies that maybe it’s an appropriate sign that things are looking up. Or if anything, it helps to show that Nature remains never fully understood by man:

A lacy, cloud-like pattern drifting across a Denver-area radar screen turned out to be a 70-mile-wide (110-kilometer) wave of butterflies, forecasters say.

 

Cloud of butterflies on AIE

via Washington Post from The National Weather Service

Here’s a pretty, perfectly named “painted lady” for you:

Fall and rise of painted lady butterfly_AIE

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Earth Wind & Fire is Everlasting

Even after 40 years, Earth Wind & Fire is everlasting!

We saw their concert last week in DC with Nile Rodgers of Chic, who’s also been performing and producing just as long if not more! He was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Earth Wind & Fire are already members.

Both bands and performers sounded just as great as they originally did.

Even with Maurice White passing away, Philip Bailey, one of the early original performers (along with Verdine White / bass & Ralph Johnson / percussion & vocals ….) can still hit those high notes!

Earth Wind Fire performers_AIE

Original performers: Verdine White, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson

B. David Whitworth, who rocks the Jamaican/ punk hairstyle and has been with the group since 1996, can still do a high kick with enough energy of a 20 year old! Keeping it in the family, Philip Bailey, Jr., the son, has been with the band since 2008.

Philip Bailey Jr_B David Whitworth Earth Wind Fire_AIE

Enjoy some video highlights from the concert.

Click the links above each highlights movie images below to go to the video resource clips.

Earth Wind Fire Concert Movie Earth Wind Fire Concert Movie1 – Small

Philip Bailey plays the kimbala, which looks like a fun instrument to play, similar to a mini music box or xylophone in this next video.

Earth Wind Fire Concert with Chic_Highlights 1 on AIE

Here’s the Daft Punk video that Nile Rodgers mentions. He wrote, produced and performed this after he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, which he’s outlasted.

Earth Wind Fire Concert Movie 2 – Small

Earth Wind Fire Concert Movie 2 Highlights on Art Is Everywhere

Although we were some of the younger set in the audience, it was fun to dance along with everyone else. The crowd reacted as if in spiritual sync to the musical vibe and I felt like I got a good workout.

My only regret is that they did not play Sun Goddess, Although it’s probably not their top 10, it’s my favorite song of theirs. I love the jazzy, rhythm and blues + funk they possess, and those horns…

Discover more on their website.

Nile Rodgers said it best, he has the best day job. They must love what they do to be doing it so long and so well.

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