This was another afternoon drive in poor weather in search of a Blip. I was heading vaguely in the direction of Lacock, and this involved driving down Naish Hill towards Reybridge. I have stopped at this field at the top of the hill before and photographed the ponies and donkeys, and on this occasion there were several close to the fence. Most of them came over to say hello, but quickly lost interest when they found I lacked either carrots or sugar lumps. I decided to leave Lacock for another day. This was my favourite shot, but has by far the fewest views of any in the set I posted on Flickr, so I'm probably wrong.
Consecutive Blip #016
Horse and Pony #1
Horse and Pony #2
Lens: Pentax 17-70 mm
Naish Hill series
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Blue Cheer - Summertime Blues (1968)
A song that Eddie Cochran wrote with his manager Jerry Capehart has had a far longer half-life than perhaps he anticipated. It was written in the late 1950s and was originally a single B-side when released in August 1958, but soon became a big success in its own right. Eddie Cochran sang and played some incendiary guitars on it, backed up by Connie 'Guybo' Smith on bass guitar and legendary drummer Earl Palmer. Eddie and Sharon Sheeley, his girlfriend and a very successful songwriter, added hand claps.
It sounded ahead of its time, and after his tragic death in Chippenham while on tour two years later it found itself in many artist's repertoire, including the Beach Boys in 1962 and later the Who, who performed a beefed up version on their US tour of 1967, including a filmed performance at the Monterey festival in June. Their first release of the song was on Live At Leeds. The song also inspired Marc Bolan, who put his own version on the T Rex B-side of Ride White A Swan.
Blue Cheer were a psychedelic high-energy band, their name taken from a type of LSD favoured by Owsley Stanley and the Grateful Dead. Their version of Summertime Blues was recorded in late 1967, very likely inspired by the Who's version, and was released as a single in advance of the album Vincebus Eruptum, which came out on this day 16 January 1968, and is credited as being the birth of heavy metal.
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