"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh


Piano Tilting, Tuning and Repair

Joe DeFazio is featured today in the People at Work Series- Primarily Pittsburgh

From upstairs, I could hear him playing the piano after it was tuned and it sounded wonderful. (after years of neglect) He’s an excellent musician.

It was my first time seeing a piano tilted to be worked on. I asked if he would be part of my People at Work Series and he graciously agreed.

These photos are not in chronological order.


IMG_0293Drawing angle lines in case the keys fall out they can easily be put back in order.






and the gas mask portion of sealing a crack with the seemingly toxic (but not) fumed glue




My neighbor recommended him.  Thank you.

If you need your Pittsburgh piano tuned, you can get in touch with him defaziomusicAThotmaildotcom

(Hopefully this listing will not result in his inbox being overwhelmed with you know what)

The Brothers Reed Play Pittsburgh

The Brothers Reed drove from Oregon to Pittsburgh with stops along the way.

Tomorrow it’s Atlantic  City, New Jersey and Sunday they are playing in New York City. A musical tour. They contact me last November about playing in Pittsburgh and I said let me see if I can find someone to host.  You know when no one else said yes, I called them back and said Come on to Pittsburgh. They found me through a blog post about the house concert with Christopher Mark Jones

Oh, are they good.

When they were warming up in my living room,I was sitting in the dining room and  the first sweet chords and clear harmonies brought a lump in my throat, I was so moved by their song.

The audience clapped heartily and were enthusiastic for their music.


The Brothers Reed CDs and Hoodies for sale 



IMG_0266blurry through the front porch screen

Aaron’s guitar and pedal tambourine Phil’s guitar and harmonicas

My neighbors lent me chairs AND Joaquin set them up. Thanks Joaquin and  Suzanne.



The fragrance of basil fills the foyer, thanks to Jill. Love the Italian baking pot!

And thanks to Roberta for the homemade goodies and Joan for her bread. Other friends and neighbors brought some wine.  Nice.



Hard Rock Drummer

Remember the post from a few days ago about how Austin Texas is Live Music Capital of the World?

This is Cody, drummer of the hard rock band Sweat Lodge.

I met him on his way to the studio as he was picking up the VINYL master for the band’s third album.

Yep, vinyl. You all know I have plenty of vinyl in boxes in my house.

Now I’m wasn’t cool enough to know any tracks from Sweat Lodge as of yet but I went and listened and here is the link to their webpage, too.

On my first Uber ride to the Austin Airport,  I said I’d be willing to carpool and although our driver Edward could not allow me to photograph him at work, Cody said it was okay by him. We dropped Cody first, I got out and photographed him.

I told him about my People at Work series and I didn’t have a hard rock musician for the upcoming show at Panza Gallery in Millvale

(did I mention that the show’s opening is in July?  July, 2018!!!  I’m serious)

Thanks Cody. Check out the music. 

As we drove to his destination, he gave an excellent guided tour of a part of Austin I had not seen on the double decker bus tour.



It’s good to change it up on the blog.  You’ve seen a lot of my knitting, coffee mugs and tea cups, a lot of food for dinnertime, the grandkids, the recent wedding and the starring dog Champ but I think Cody has the distinction for being the first ROCK musician on the blog. Thanks Cody. 


South Congress Sidewalk Scenes -Austin Texas


We were out of the bus.  I stood on a corner, waiting for my friends in the shops.

They’d told us on the bus, Austin is the largest “no-kill city”  in the country.  Here’s an article about how that happened.



Austin is known as Live Music Capital of the World

Motorcycles and bicycles

After Swimming, Maura Watches the Best Damn Band Tubas Practice

maura watches the band practice

The Ohio State University Marching Band- AKA (The Best Damn Band in the Land )

looked like the tuba section was watching a demo by a veteran.

ohio state tubas practiceEarly evening light made their shirts glow a bit.

Remember when the trombones played Hang on Sloopy? (click here for post)

Notes on a Steel Drum

Steel Drums in the High School Band Room








steel drum

I’d never looked at a Steel Drum close-up





Georgia on My Mind Sheet Music on the stand





steel drumsIn the band room at school

Listen to The Girl from Ipanema played on Steel Drums


1972 Six-Fifty Ticket Stub- Exile on Main Street Tour- Rolling Stones Concert

Another Era.  Captured in music. 1972.

and a memory of a great concert EXILE on Main Street featuring the ROLLING STONES at the no-longer-existent Civic Arena.

The warm up act?  says Stevie Wonder on the link but I thought he said Martha and the Vandellas.

(from Rich, the doll collector’s husband.)  His memorabilia collection

Almost a wordless Wednesday.

rolling stone

I Saw These at Friday Night’s Football Game

I had to look twice at what I was seeing.

Marching band plumes






The plumes from the Marching Band Bucket Hats, put away until next year.

Trombonists Play Hang on Sloopy for Family per Jack’s Request

Trombonists of The Best Damn Band in the Land of The Ohio State University. 

“It is one of the few all-brass and percussion bands in the country, perhaps the largest of its type in the world” wikipedia

TBDBITL is in the media a lot lately, most of it negative and all of that mess is being sorted out but-

Just look at what happened after the Ohio State Swim Club Swim Banquet.

Today as we left the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion we saw this fine group of band members headed our way.

Now if there are four steadfast and loyal fans in Ohio, it is my grandchildren.  Even Michael our native Floridian in his Orange and Blue.

Jack did his rendition of “dotting the i “and taking a bow which gave them a chuckle.

Then Jack (a native Buckeye) asked if they could play Hang on Sloopy  (Wes Farrell /Bert Russell  1964 song)    and they complied. As they played, Jack did the motions O-H-I-O with his arms and body.

What fun.  A cool memory and experience for us all. but especially the kids.



Michael sporting his U of Florida colors



The  scarlet and gray plumes had to be covered in plastic due to the rain.





Jack’s swim towel served as a banner as the trombonists posed with the grandchildren.

Best Damn Band in the Land




IMG_2245The Ohio State University band members received iPads yesterday that have an app that will have the formations that they execute so masterfully.  Of course I had to ask how they learned them so well and it used to be charts on paper.  Now it will be on iPads.


Four years ago the kids marched to the drums at the tryouts and I posted a blog about that in August 2010   so some of these trombonists were at that very tryout I photographed.


And here they are in concert last year so no watching their amazing marching but it’s the song


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The example posted by Cheri Lucas Rowlands was a Northern California foggy dawn.

A sunrise – a perfect beginning.

A baby, just born.

The first page of the dictionary.

The first page of the new calendar.

Once you start, more come to mind.

Beginning= possibility?  A new start.

I did not search the archives for beginnings but put the iPhone to use at breakfast-

My Saturday morning.

Here’s the beginning –

Coffee and English Muffin

The special English muffins a surprise in the Christmas mail from Ben and Susan, thanks

A New Page

A newly sharpened pencil ready to begin……

a journal entry, a letter, a poem, a novel, a list-

A single match

Begin with a single match…………..

Middle CMiddle C- “Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start….” “When you sing you begin with Do Re Mi”

Yarn BowlThe beginning of a ball of yarn in my new yarn bowl🙂