Lacock (Friday 6th May 2016)
To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, Lacock Abbey have put on an exhibition entitled Elements Of Capability. He was employed at Lacock Abbey (as well as at Bowood) but it isn't known in what capacity. The works on show represent art that echo the 'elements' of his designs.
I chose this bronze by Anna Gillespie of a figure entwined with vines, Let Heaven Go. "As vines spill through a man's hand, in spite of obvious strength," writes the NT plaque, "he seems unable to gather them in. His pose suggests both awe and helplessness."
"The sculpture is an expression of sadness at the rift in our relationship with nature, and an affirmation of the idea that heaven is really here on earth within the beauty of the natural world." - Anna Gillespie.
I photographed all the sculptures but of course I also took pictures of other things, including one of the abbey cats, Morag, seen in the Extra investigating the ha-ha in front of the Abbey.
Blip #1827 (#2077 including archived blips)
Consecutive Blip #026
LOTD #1061 (#1185 including archived blips)
Taken with Pentax K-1 and Pentax D FA Macro 100mm F2.8 WR lens
A Visit To Lacock Abbey, 6 May 2016 (Flickr album)(To follow)
National Trust series
Cats Of Lacock (Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre)
Also backblipped today:
Bowood 2016 #12: Woodland Walks (Tuesday 5th May) (I changed the image)
Now posted, for anyone interested:
A Trip To Shrewsbury, 24 April 2016 (including The Dingle)(Flickr album)
A Visit To Wightwick, 25 April 2016 (including Wightwick Manor NT and the Staffs & Worcs Canal)(Flickr album)
A Visit To The Woodland Walks, Bowood, 29 April 2016 (Flickr album)
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Martha & The Vandellas - What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love (recorded 28 March 1966)
The chart failure of this single in the middle of a run of big hits was a surprise as it had a notable arrangement and an ambitious bass guitar line by James Jamerson. Melodically it did need a couple of listens and was perhaps rather too downbeat for the audience of the day.
Exactly 49 years ago, there was a chart oddity for Martha & the Vandellas. Coming off the back of the top three R&B hit My Baby Loves Me, which peaked just outside the top 20 on the pop side, they released What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love. On June 11, 1966, it entered the pop bestsellers — but missed the soul chart altogether.
The song was written by Motown regulars ‘Mickey’ Stevenson and Sylvia Moy, and produced by Stevenson with Ivy Jo Hunter. It had a mid-tempo style that was unmistakably Tamla, but proved to be a highly unusual mis-step with Martha and the girls’ soul audience. Or, perhaps more relevantly, with R&B radio programmers.
What Am I Going To Do entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 84, and made a fairly promising ten-place climb the following week. But then it slipped to No. 77 and, although it recovered for a new peak of No. 71, that was as high as the song went. Motown released a Greatest Hits compilation by the group at the same time, which also charted on June 11 and hit No. 6 on the R&B album chart — but it didn’t include the current single.
Happily, all was well again when the next Martha & the Vandellas single came out in the autumn: I'm Ready For Love restored the group to the top ten on both charts, hitting No. 9 pop and No. 2 on the R&B countdown. - udiscovermusic.com
One year ago:
Wisteria (at Melksham)