I wouldn’t consider this Nutopian project a follow-up to its predecessor. Instead I would venture to call it a musical extension into the vast world of Lennon and his whimsy’s. Rex Fowler’s voice handles the most delicate of notes found within these songs with delightful skill, never betraying its original mastery, only adding more intrigue to the particular piece with little and most notable variations. Combining pairs of songs together gives a different life to these tunes. It’s as if you’ve discovered a known treasure which breathes a new song. The acoustic strength involved in “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl” relies on vocal capacity which is ever-present and successful. This band of merry Lennonites are almost successors to the legacy. They bring an intriguing sense of musical distinction to songs we love, adding flair and wonderment to a reimagined design.
Milestones are created, not born. When a legacy encompasses talents and abilities pouring out over a span of decades, then we are embracing what it is offering. Aztec Two-Step have taken brilliant strides within the confines of a meandering river that has flowed ever so evenly throughout the years and survived. Catching the deluge in a Dixie cup can be tricky, but there are no tricks here, only creative ingenuity. The liner notes offer as much insight into their past as the songs themselves, even apologizing for some of the quality of the tunes because of age and the rocks from where they’ve been uncovered from. However, none are needed. This amazing collection is one of the best compilations ever constructed with true rarities, undusted gems, and nostalgia that comes alive all by itself. Hearing electric guitars bearing down upon us is a treat seeing as the acoustic has been mostly ever-present. I love this album and if time travel is your thing, then enter the live and rare capsule and experience thirty years of heart and soul unleashed. A most endearing album both lyrically and musically.
When you have the most influential band in music history hitting the airwaves, the United States, sporting matching suit and tie (not to mention those mop top haircuts) mayhem is expected to ensue. The response was deafening. That legacy is now ever embroidered into the fabric of the musical universe sparking and continuing along its path of creativity and wonder. These legends have not left a mark, they are the mark. We have been most blessed through the years that dusted gems such as these are rescued and released. This double CD set (also available on vinyl) have given the people what we’ve come to expect from the fab four, unleashing dusted gems into flawless ones. This amazing package includes many well-known songs of The Beatles as well as covers of the day. The little speech snippets in between the tunes are an interaction of sorts. Not only do we get to hear them speak which is something of a rarity, save for their films, but their flirtatious flair and self comedic outreach is more than felt. The songs are of a polished nature with a clean recording. And it’s always a treat to hear what they had played that may not necessarily have made it onto their albums. The hunt for Beatle material is in its fullest regalia as it has always been and never-ending. The overwhelming strength of the Beatles music has ridden a titanic wave spanning over many decades and is still paving the way for future generations who will come to know what it was like during Beatlemania and beyond.
While visiting Winter Harbor, my beautiful wife and I were dining at one of the local haunts. During our time there we discussed several of the towns outstanding features and openly wondered more about its history and even its folklore. All small villages and such have them, it’s simply a matter of meeting the right person to draw it out of. As we spoke to some of the clientele, deriving the basic knowledge tied to this little castaway place, one of the patrons came over to our table and handed us a book. She said she overheard us and our curiosity about Winter Harbor and gifted us with a local historians collection of modestly praised, not too exaggerated, and ever so diligently collected tales and facts pertaining to this enchanted little town. I thought it so kind of her that I began reading it soon after our pleasant stay in one of the most delightful places my wife and I have visited in Maine. Having held its position within the scenic state of Maine for over one hundred years, its progression as told by the author, is one of almost mystical proportions. This is not a strict historical listing of facts and figures. Instead, it is a relationship to Winter Harbor and its triumphs and tragedies, its families and their struggles, and trials and tribulations of everyday life within the confines of this waterbound kingdom. We had heard other stories from the locals perhaps not documented in these pages, some wilder, some in agreement. However, the thoughts and images of the townsfolk whether fact, legend, or folklore, all add to the compilation of the struggles and preservation of the beauty that is Winter Harbor Maine.
Finding your bearings in new surroundings can sometimes be somewhat daunting. Seeing an area for the first time can leave you with a strange sense of disconnection. It is in these times that you can base yourself with your own instincts as to how things seem, or even calling ahead and getting the lowdown on places and their reputation. However, the very best way is most likely to follow your heart. A mesmerizing little village such as Winter Harbor Maine holds a certain allure not many places can boast. Its wonderous feel and comforting smallness seems to wrap itself around you…almost spiritually. My wife and I ventured into Chase’s Restaurant since it had been close to where we were staying, which seemed a good idea when you don’t know where you’re going and the risk of getting lost lingers in the air. The atmosphere is quite welcoming, the friendliness a delight, and that good old homestyle cooking makes you realize you’ve arrived. The menu is original and delectable. There are numerous choices and the comfort level is great. Having withstood the test of time for over fifty years Chase’s still stands for its community. Our order was brought with a smile and engaging conversation about this treasured town. Lunch was delicious. We returned later for dinner to find a seasonal holiday was taking place for its patrons. Chase’s offers a yearly spread, not to its customers, but rather to its community. It’s a wonderful thing to see the outreach, food, and fellowship gathering amongst the town complete with laughter, plenty to eat, and some of the kindest welcoming people we ever had the privilege to meet. Delving into a new place can be unsettling, but where the heart serves, you can be at home.
In a reclusive little corner of Maine, under a most traditional New England sky, there lies an unintentional secret on the far end of our beautiful and visually engaging state, the enchanting town of Winter Harbor, known for the labors of its harbor. Begotten as Winter Harbor for its never freezing waters due to its undercurrent activity. Within the boundaries if this small community, its year round residents make their way about its roads in a most knowing way.
My wife and I discovered this endearing town, and the Winter Harbor Inn. This captivating structure which had originally been the parsonage for the church next door, had been given a hand crafted restructuring, restoring it to its original fairness from its time circa eighteen fifty-four, complete with the same wooden floors of its day, still seeing the tree bark between its planks.
The abundance of charm stands tall against the New England sky, playing next door neighbor to the harbor itself. Its picturesque setting delivers the wonders of all things Maine. And its gracious hosts and proprietors extend a generous serving of continental breakfast choices as well as a warm welcome and run of the inn.
The comfort and joy one feels within these walls are evident once you settle into its arms. Privacy and one of a kind rooms give you that restoring breath one needs to escape the trials of everyday life. They also provide politeness and courtesy as one of their mainstays in which they are proud to lavish upon you liberally.
They are pet friendly and even provide grooming services complete with exercise and romping grounds for your pet so you won’t have to leave home without them. Yes, there are places yet to be discovered, and if you venture out to a place called Winter Harbor Maine, give yourself over to paradise found at the Winter Harbor Inn, a place for all seasons.
Having had the delightful experience of dealing with such a place of wonderment, the natural setting of this magnificent floral paradise lends itself to its historical church surroundings. Its regal dominion embraces you with the confidence of the beauty you see in visiting this realm within. The service is impeccable and the care to which they are interested in making your vision of the floral fantasy you are hoping for becomes fulfilled once your eyes see the result. Quality and attention are obviously what directs the hands that design your flowers for any occasion. The delivery is prompt and the driver courteous. Don’t forget to visit the inner sanctum of this humble church setting in all of its historical splendor as it lulls you into a comfort zone of confidence that your order is not only special to you but just as special to them. There’s also a wide array of specialty items in their gift emporium section that will enhance your already brilliant selection of flowers. In this day in age the art of floral arrangements is one thing, but to have the mastery of vigilant consideration carries the art to another level. Visit today!