Category Archives: music

From the ABA Blog – Ted Floyd on easy recording of rare birds


ABA Birding Editor Ted Floyd is at it again.  The guy who introduced the world to bare naked birding has again served up some excellent advice for birders.  This time Ted has described how his minimalist approach to birding keeps … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Carl Sagan. (Really? Yeah, really!)


I was there.  I walked that campus and slept through my classes and met my wife and pulled all-nighters to cram for my exams . . . while Carl Sagan was somewhere on that campus, thinking mind-expanding thoughts, inspiring a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Satchmo.


Great essay here on the tremendous influence of the great Louis Armstrong on American music.

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Rest in peace, Michael Jackson


I suppose I can’t let today go by without saying something about Michael Jackson, who died yesterday at age 50. While I don’t necessarily consider myself a fan (although I did buy Thriller back in the day), it’s obvious from … Continue reading

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HSM3 – was it awesome?


Went to see “Threesical” last night.  Here’s a re-cap: Troy struggled with charting a course for his life that was of his own choosing. Gabriella got into Stanford, and faced another tearful goodbye with her friends and her beloved Troy. … Continue reading

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Springsteen rang the ‘Chimes of Freedom’ in East Berlin


It’s an odd thing that your college years should be a time that you’re not tuned in to world events, but that’s exactly what happened to us in the ’80s. In the pre-Internet world of the late ’80s, you got … Continue reading

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The Harlem Gospel Choir visits Stillwater


Have you heard the Harlem Gospel Choir? Katie and I did on Saturday night, and it was an experience we’ll never forget. There were soaring melodies, stirring harmonies, two of the best jazz accompanists you’ll ever hear (drums and keyboard), … Continue reading

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The Shrikes rock the Chili Cook-off


Last Wednesday, “The Shrikes” played their debut concert at the 2007 Chili-Cook-off annual fundraiser for the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. It rocked. Here was our 10-song set: “Can’t You See?” Marshall Tucker Band “The One I Love” R.E.M. … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Centennial Song


Oklahoma celebrates its statehood centennial this Friday. That’s right, the state is younger than OSU or even the Oklahoma City Zoo. It’s been a fun celebration this whole year, but it’s time to put the “official centennial song” to rest. … Continue reading

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Oklahoma at 100 concert


On Monday we celebrated a special night in the O’Connell family, as Tim and Katie got to perform onstage together as part of a 170-person chorus for the gala concert “Oklahoma at 100“. The program was a feast of great … Continue reading

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High School Musical – guilty pleasures 1 and 2


“When I hear my favorite song, I know that we belong. You are the music in me. It’s livin inside of us, kind of like a virus. You are the music in me. . . ” Infectious. It was a … Continue reading

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Hutton Lake NWR – 8/11/07


Finally, on Saturday the 11th, we left early from Laramie (after a quick stop at the bakery) and drove out to Hutton Lake NWR for some pre-meeting birding. On the way, we passed rangeland in which pronghorns outnumbered cattle about … Continue reading

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To Tommy Makem!


Raise your glass and bless his memory: Tommy Makem has passed on.

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Help name our new band!


We are acoustic and electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums; four men and one woman. Our sound (based on our one and only jam session thusfar) mixes blues, rock, folk, and country. We call it “blulcktry” for you Spinal Tap … Continue reading

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Stillwater Celtic Festival


Last week, while in the midst of negotiations with the guy at Toyota, we took a break and attended Stillwater’s first Celtic Festival. It was great! There were many Scottish clans promoting clan membership, selling tartans, and celebrating their history. … Continue reading

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West Virginia Smiles


So back in the mid-1990s, I did a bunch of bird surveys through the Appalachians and spent a lot of time exploring West Virginia. It was beautiful, except where it wasn’t, and that was where the coal companies were doing … Continue reading

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