Today's selection on the Lights-Camera-30 countdown of my Top-30 favorite songs of 2018 was the track that closed-out my Summer Favorite's playlist. It's from Slowly Rolling Camera, a trio out of Cardiff, Wales consisting of composer, Dave Stapleton on keyboards, Deri Roberts on electronics & sound design, and Eliott Bennett on drums. Their sound is a sweeping mix of jazz, trip-hop, and electronica that the three craft on a cinematic scale. "Juniper" is the their third studio album, which was released in July. If you get the opportunity, treat yourself to this track on a really good set of headphones (I recommend Sennheiser HD280's... I need a new pair, as I finally wore-out the cord on mine,) and find yourself immersed in your own personal soundtrack for reflection on the year gone-by. It's called "Eight Days" and it's #19 on the Lights-Camera-30 playlist!
Today's photo is a shot from my side-yard here in Beverly. I grow a variety of vegetables and flowers in the Summer and this was the first year I planted some species aimed at specifically attracting more bees and butterflies. While the flowers on this Calendula plant attracted mainly an odd-looking green-headed class of hornets, this Monarch Butterfly caterpillar was at least interested enough to go for a climb on the lower levels to see what this plant was all about!
Turning to the Anniversary-30 playlist, I could have gone in a few different directions for a David Bowie album celebrating a milestone anniversary, as the mammoth "Let's Dance" LP turned 35-years-old and 1973's "Aladdin Sane" turned 45, but I want to veer-off the beaten path a bit and go to an overlooked record celebrating its 25th-anniversary. "Black Tie White Noise" is Bowie's 18th studio album and his first solo album to be released following his work in Tin Machine. His old guitarist from the early 70's, Mick Ronson was back on this album, as was producer Nile Rodgers, who had worked on "Let's Dance." I bought a copy of the album on CD just in-time to play it on-air in the final days of my first stint on 90.7 FM WKKL in the Spring of 1993.
While the initial inspiration for the album was Bowie's marriage to supermodel, Iman, the individual tracks have various influences. The title track, "Black Tie White Noise" was influenced by the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. It features Al B. Sure! on guest-vocals and Bowie plays saxophone on the track as well. It's waiting for you now on the Anniversary-30 playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen