San Miguel, California

14 05 2012

So after 4 straight days of being on-the-go I’m taking a break in the middle of my east coast vacation and working on some old photos (I’m always backlogged!). This set was from almost a year ago. After hiking the Balconies cave and cliffs loop at Pinnacles National Monument, we stopped in San Miguel for a quick visit to Mission San Miguel and dinner at the Basque Tenth Street Cafe. Click here to see my complete Flickr photo set.

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Come along for a ride… It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

29 04 2012

“My soul blows crazy on the sails of a ~ derelict wind”~ from Good Love, one of my favorite tracks on the new CD by Lance Taylor, “American Love.”

So for the past 6 months my job has been to drive every paved, public road from Santa Maria to the Salinas valley plus up Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur. I have about a week to go, and then my job assignment will be finished. Yesterday I was driving down this remote road off the Salinas valley enjoying a gorgeous spring day and listening to my singer songwriter friend’s new CD (Lance Taylor of Key West). I really love his music and new CD, “American Love!” I spontaneously decided to take this video with my iPhone as a souvenir of this fun job, and to preserve such a lovely memory. I never did see another car on this road. The video is a little shaky, because it was a rough, country road, and I was driving with one hand and holding my phone cam with the other. Look carefully, too, and you will see all kinds of critters in the air and on the road throughout the whole recording.

Check out Lance’s music on the Lance Taylor Music web site: http://www.lancetaylormusic.com/





Próxima Parada at Linnaea’s Cafe in San Luis Obispo

12 04 2012

I created a new channel on my Vimeo account with some casual recordings I’ve made of one of my favorite local bands based in San Luis Obispo, California. Although young, this group of talented singer-songwriters and musicians, draws from some of the great musical artists of the 60s & 70s as well as more contemporary artists. The styles of the music they perform vary quite a bit, so the best thing to do is just sit back and enjoy listening to a selection of their music, and you’ll see what I mean. It would be even better to see them live, and they’ve been playing around here and there in San Luis Obispo, and especially lately at the popular Linnaea’s Cafe downtown on Garden Street. In fact, Próxima Parada will be playing at Linnaea’s Cafe this Saturday, April 14 from 8-10 p.m. Their sets always (at least the three times I’ve seen them perform) include a fun mix of original songs written by Nick Larson and/or Bryson Bailey as well as some carefully chosen covers, some going back to before these guys were born!

Click here to go to the Próxima Parada channel on Vimeo.





Próxima Parada ~ “Who You Callin’?”

8 04 2012

This is a great song written entirely, lyrics & music, by Bryson Bailey. I really like the vibe of this! Apparently the band was only introduced to this as a finished song the night before this performance. I wouldn’t have guessed as everyone seemed really into the groove like they had been playing it awhile.

Próxima Parada at Linnaea’s Café, San Luis Obispo, California, March 10, 2012

Bryson Bailey (lyrics, lead vocals, electric guitar)
Nick Larson (percussion)
Myles Wittman (trumpet)
Clayton Cole (bass)

Próxima Parada ~ “Who You Callin’?” from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Lamb’s Ear ~ “Painting Me Red”

7 04 2012

This is husband-wife duo, Lamb’s Ear (Meredith Hobbs Coons & Kevin Coons), performing their hauntingly beautiful original song “Painting Me Red” at The Sanitarium Music Nights in San Luis Obispo, California. 21 March 2012

Lamb’s Ear on ReverbNation: reverbnation.com/lambsear

The Sanitarium Music Nights are organized by Vincent Bernardy of St. Vincent Folk. They are every first & third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Sanitarium Inn & Spa in San Luis Obispo, California. It’s a casual and fun gathering of local musicians, singers and singer-songwriters performing for an intimate audience of music lovers and fellow musicians.

Lamb’s Ear ~ “Painting Me Red” from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Not a Bad Place to End My Work Day…

6 04 2012

View of Estero bay & Morro rock from Green Valley Road (Highway 46), California Central Coast

For more information about this scene click here, and then mouseover the photo to see notes.





Calandrinia ciliata (Red Maids)

4 04 2012

Today I finished my work near Pozo in San Luis Obispo county, east of Santa Margarita. These lovely, low growing wildflowers were growing on the side of the road and glowing in the late afternoon sunlight. Just two weeks earlier I had visited Painted Rock at Carrizo Plain National Monument, and the Bureau of Land management (BLM) employee who was giving us a tour (the only way one can visit Painted Rock between March 1 and July 15) informed us that the native Americans that visited Painted Rock were known to have eaten the seeds of Calandrinia ciliata (Red Maids). I also have read that the fleshy leaves are edible. These flowers were very small and dainty ~ probably about 1/2″ across.

Click here to see more photos of and other California native plants & wildflowers.








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