I had just picked up something in my left hand when the urge to put my right hand on the keyboard next to me found my hand already moving over to the keys. After a half minute, something told me to hit the red button and I started recording. As always, what was captured was not as sublime as the memory of what was not, but after a few moments of doubt, I decided to push on, anyhow, and recorded the music for the video below. It took 8 minutes to make the music. It took about a half hour to craft the montage. And another couple of hours of tinkering video settings and uploading to YouTube. Is that what they call backloading?
On Sundays, very early, you could sit in a certain spot in my old backyard, with a leafy canopy above you and the vine covered garage and overgrown yard before you, with the gentle sound of the little fountain* in the background and, for a little while, forget you were in the city. Kind of.
*Not the pond in the picture but the source of the background audio in the improvised guitar instrumental below.
A little prayer for our friends over in Avalon, on the island of Catalina, may be in order. The smoke you can see in this telephoto shot from a highrise’s webcam in downtown Long Beach, in mid-afternoon, shows the start of a rapidly moving brush fire that now threatens the main city on the island.
We here in Long Beach are more or less the closest city to Avalon, we’re the port Catalina visitors sail in and out of, as a rule, and, though our Catalina cousins are often forgotten in the daily bustle of mainland life, when people on Catalina look across the channel, Overland (as the mainland is known in the highly insular Avalon community), Long Beach is where their attention is usually focused.