Semington (Saturday 3rd June 2023)
Meet Madame Le Fur.
I had to go back to Semington to check for something I'd lost by retracing my steps and while there I had a chat to one of the boaters and a friend, whose cat this was, on the towpath.
I drove on to the canal at Whaddon Bridge and Whaddon itself to have a look at the church, St Mary The Virgin, and on to visit C. and Loki later in the afternoon.
Thursday 8.6.2023 (1054 hr)
Blip #3896 (#3646 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #004
Blips/Extras In 2023 #104/265 + #060/100 Extras
Day #4816 (1109 gaps from 26.3.2010)
Lozarithm's Lozarhythm Of The Day #3036 (#2876 + 160 in archived blips)
Outdoor Places I Have Sat In series
Kennet and Avon Canal series
Wide Angle series
The Canal At Semington, 1-3 June 2023 (Flickr album of 13 photos)
Lozarithm's Lozarhythm Of The Day:
The Crystals - Uptown (recorded 8 February 1962, New York NY)
R.I.P. Cynthia Weil (18 October 1940, New York NY - 1 June 2023, Beverly Hills CA)
Cynthia Weil was the lyricist to her husband Barry Mann's melodies and over their long career the wrote a staggering amount of classic hits. The most famous is probably You've Lost That Loving Feeling (they also wrote the Righteous Brothers' follow up Soul And Inspiration) but they had a host of others often dealing with social issues such as racism (as in the Crystals' On Broadway) and inequality. Other hits included the Animals' We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Walking In The Rain and You, Baby for the Ronettes, Saturday Night At The Movies and Come On Over To My Place by the Drifters, Kicks and Hungry for Paul Revere And the Raiders and many more.
I chose Uptown because it was one of the first songs to tackle racism and get into the charts in 1962. It was written for Tony Orlando, who passed on it, and produced by Phil Spector for the then five-piece group The Crystals, sung by Barbara Dalston, but there were problems with the melody so it was recorded at the same session by Eva Boyd (Little Eva). Eventually the original version was released as a single, with Little Eva's turning up on her first album after her hit with Locomotion.