Lyme Regis (Thursday 25th April 2019)
The Spotlight Kid and I spent the day at Lyme Regis and had an excellent time (discounting an episode with two spoiled barking Westies). I have now whittled down the pictures to around 100 and am half way through working through them and posting them to Flickr.
It was my first sight of the sea this year and my first visit to Lyme Regis since May 2011, but the Spotlight Kid has been there more frequently, living in Dorset as he does.
Most of the day was spent in the Lyme Bay area, and we sent an hour sitting on the Cobb while I had a picnic lunch, taking in the ever-changing views. He pointed out an 18 whimbrel fly-past, and a greater black-backed gull in the harbour. We also walked through the town gardens, where I took this blip. We didn't see the trained bald eagles that the council have hired to scare the chip-stealing gulls, unfortunately, but I did see the lady in the Extra whirling her towel, however if she hoped to scare the gull on the sand she was unsuccessful. We saw a cormorant at the end of the Cobb and a rock pippit on the rocks.
My journey there was delayed by a long stretch of road between Shaftesbury and Blandford that the sat-nav didn't know was closed, and on the return trip it sabotaged my attempts to reach the A303 via Sherborne and I ended up in the unwelcome clutches of Gillingham town centre at night.
We also had an enjoyable light evening meal in Bridport at the Market House Pub and Kitchen to a soundtrack of sixties music - some excellent, some unspeakable including an anonymous cover of the Byrds' Mr Tambourine Man.
28.4.2019 (1941 hr)
Blip #2907 (#2657 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #28
Blips/Extras In 2019 #84/265 + #041/100 Extras
Day #3317 (670 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2049 (#1890 + 159 in archived blips)
Taken with Pentax K-50 (Yellow) and HD P-DA 55-300 mm F4-5.8 ED WR lens
A Day In Lyme Regis, 25 April 2019 (Flickr album of 92 photos)
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man (recorded 20-21 January 1965, Columbia Recording Studios, Hollywood CA)
We were discussing this song at some length while sitting on the Cobb, and then heard it when having our supper in Bridport.
Bob Dylan wrote the song in early 1964 and first performed it at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 17 May 1964. He recorded a version with Rambling Jack Elliott for the album Another Side Of Bob Dylan that was not released but which reached Roger McGuinn on an acetate that August. Folk Rock was a term invented by the US music press when his band adapted the song for their own use by electrifying the song and omitting all of the four verses except the second verse, when they recorded a demo of it in Autumn 1964.
Jim Dickson, their manager, invited Dylan to hear them play it live, and he was impressed ("Wow, man, you can even dance to that!"), so when they signed to Columbia it was an obvious choice for their first single, produced by Doris Day's son Terry Melcher.
Only Roger McGuinn was allowed to play on the backing track due to the band's inexperience in the studio, the rest being played by members of the Wrecking Crew (Jerry Cole on rhythm guitar, Leon Russell on piano, Larry Knechtel on bass and Hal Blaine drums), with McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby adding their vocals the following day, six days after Dylan's re-recorded acoustic version appeared in the shops on Bringing It All Back Home.
Mr Tambourine Man was in reality Bruce Langhorne, who played guitar on Dylan's version. He had shown Dylan his giant 4"-deep Turkish frame drum (or "tambourine") at a previous session.
As well as inspiring the development of the term Folk Rock, the song also launched a genre known as Jangle Rock, Roger McGuinn's 12-string jangly guitar sound, inspired by the song's reference to a "jingle jangle morning".
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The Old Forge (Tulips)