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I had the rare opportunity to explore the catwalk, above the rafters at The Paramount and experience the Wurlitzer.

Paramount drums

I was able to climb the steep ladders, crawl over the top of the ceiling, 4 floors above the stage, walk the catwalk and see all of the amazing instruments that are played when the Wurlitzer is engaged inside The Paramount theater.  The Wurlitzer is an amazing organ, only a few are left in the world.  There is one at The Paramount in Seattle.  When the Wurlitzer keys are pressed on the organ, air currents are shuttled throughout the theater, forcing the individual instruments to play, such as drums, horns, dulciana, chrysoglot and even a harp.  The sound comes through the louvers in the wall so that the entire theater reverberates as if an orchestra were playing.  It was a wonderful experience and this instrument and the organ itself, as well as the theater, are a marvel of technology and history, even though they were invented and built 100 years ago!  I have a new love and respect for both.

Paramount horns

Thanks Phil, the caretaker, for this great experience!

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Thanks to everyone who made Upstream a success!

This was a great event, bringing together hundreds of bands, sponsors, art, performers, culture and artists to raise money for arts and culture in Seattle.

I want to thank everyone from the Seattle Sounders to Bold Hat productions for all that they have organized and contributed.  Thanks to everyone for all that they contributed to this great event and I look forward to participating in this again next year!

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We are getting the band back together!

After playing drums in multiple rock bands including one in England, recording a cd, having a release party, touring the west coast of the United States and having a blast, I have been out of music for a while.  It was time to start looking for a band again or time to find a band that was looking for a drummer.  Well, I finally found one.  Now it is time to buy a drum kit again since I sold mine years ago.

I feel like a rock star as I shop for drum kits, remembering so many good times, places, venues, recording, enjoying the chemistry and experience of being part of an elite musical band.  Now I find that I have missed it more than I know and that playing on stage live is one of the things I miss most.  So here goes, I am rehearsing and planning a tour again soon!

Legendary Drummer

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We are having a wine tasting event and you are all invited!

Of course, I know, not all of you live in the Seattle area, but if you happen to be in the Seattle area this Saturday, April 26, please join me at the Waving Tree Winery in Kirkland, WA from 4-6 p.m.  Here is the website:

http://www.wavingtreewinery.com/

 

baby vine

 

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We had a white Christmas here in Seattle.

We had a white Christmas here in Seattle and our Christmas break from school started a day early with a snow day!  It was nice to get an extra day off from the rigors of every day teaching.  I do enjoy school and all my students, but it is nice to have time off as well, especially around the holidays.  It has been so relaxing, just spending time with family, golfing, enjoying the weather, the season and the magic of this time of year.

We also got to go to our Grandmother’s, which is actually over the SOUND and through the woods (literally), to Grandmother’s house we go.  I posted the video on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuCW0hWFGN4&feature=c4-overview&list=UU2xJPboqa7Z1GtSc6agSUFA

So we took a ferry over the sound, went through the dense woods and out to Grandmother’s house in the secluded forest.  It was a fun road trip.  The New Year trip we take should be fun as well.  Happy Holidays everyone!

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snow tree

still snowing

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Words and photos (my front porch and yard, back deck and yard) copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.

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I recently went for 24-hours without a cell phone and it was great!

Remember when everyone didn’t have smart phones, or even cell phones?  Remember when there was a pay phone on every corner?  Remember before Youtube when very few people or even businesses had a website?  Well, recently, my smart phone broke and I found myself without a cell phone for twenty-four hours.  Ironically, I found myself in the very location where I had last made a pay phone call, in Fremont, WA.  It was ten years ago that I last used a pay phone, to answer a message from my home phone about returning a call for confirming a job interview I had.  The even funnier thing was that the pay phone that I had used was no longer there!

Life was good with no smart phone. I didn’t have to update my status, search sports scores, watch the latest video on Youtube, check the weather or monitor the traffic before I left.  It was a very freeing experience!  I even carried on a great conversation for a long time with a total stranger, in person!  I miss those days when life was not only simpler, but I believe, more meaningful, when people actually “talked” to each other, mostly in person.   I was at a restaurant and six people were sitting at a table together in silence, all of them with their heads buried in their smart phones.  How sad!  What has our society become?  We need to get back to simple things and conversations, which will improve our relationships!

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My giant daisies are over five feet tall now!

My giant daisies are over five feet tall now!  They are still growing!  This year they might even grow higher than my fence!  It is such a nice reward to have the plants that I nurture and care for all year finally bloom into something beautiful, fragrant and even of an unusual character such as very tall!

My blueberries have also begun to ripen and every morning we can have fresh blueberries with breakfast!  And these aren’t the usual, average blueberries.  These blueberries are the size of cherries and they are so sweet!  Ah summer, enjoy!

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