It's blustery and breezy in Los Angeles today. A barely measurable amount of precipitation fell which inevitably resulted in chaos on the county's concrete freeways. I climbed out of bed at 5:30, an act made almost Olympian due to the combination of pre-dawn darkness, drops and drizzle, and the warmth offered by my eiderdown.
An eiderdown (according to the Collins English Dictionary) "a thick warm cover for a bed, made of two layers of material enclosing a soft filling" and thus not necessarily stuffed with the epidermal growths of the Common Eider for which the garment is named.
Eider duck female and chicks (with their eider down intact -- source: Thomas Reich)
As I fried hashed browns and veggie bacon in a wok and brewed coffee in theFrench press, my thoughts returned to eiderdowns, and to the songs which have celebrated... or at least mentioned them. "It's an eiderdown kind of day," as they say.
An event so electrifying, the Bay Area couldn't bear to let it go! LASERIUM® The Cosmic Laser Concert and the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland are extending the classic laser light show set to the beats of such rock icons as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles! Visit the Chabot planetarium for a stunning light show that is music for your eyes.
Whether you are a fan from the past or new to the show, LASERIUM® draws you into the light. See it, hear it, experience it, again for the first time. Get your tickets HERE!
Born on this day: June 3, 1950 - Singer and songwriter Deniece Williams (born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, IN). Happy 63rd Birthday, Niecy!
Born on this day: June 3, 1942 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Curtis Mayfield (born Curtis Lee Mayfield in Chicago, IL). Happy Birthday to this R&B icon on what would have been his 71st Birthday. We love and miss you, Curtis!!
On this day in music history: June 3, 1972 - Obscured By Clouds, the seventh studio album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Pink Floyd, it is recorded at the Chateau d'Herouville, Herouville in Ile-de-France in February and March of 1972. The album features music (six tracks with vocals and four instrumentals) from the soundtrack of director Barbet Schroeder's film La Vallee (The Valley). It is the band's second collaboration with the French film director, having composed the music for his 1969 film More. Pink Floyd will record Clouds just prior to the sessions for their next studio album, The Dark Side Of The Moon, at Abbey Road Studios in London beginning in June. Working under a tight schedule, the band will complete recording of their film score in just two weeks of studio time, following Schroeder's rough cut of the film to create specific music cues and interludes. The albums' enigmatic cover art (designed by regular graphic collaborators Hipgnosis) features a deeply out of focus photo of a man sitting in a tree. Obscured By Clouds will peak at #6 on the UK album chart, #46 on the Billboard Top 200, and will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Albert Hofmann first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in his Basel laboratory in 1938 working for Sandoz Laboratories whilst studying scilla and ergot in an attempt to purify and synthesize the active constituents for use as pharmaceuticals.
He set aside his discovery for five years at which point he accidentally absorbed a quality through his fingertips and reported feeling dizzy, intoxicated, stimulated and seeing kaleidoscopic shapes and colors when he closed his eyes.
Record Store Day is almost here! Check out these mouth-watering limited, exclusive 45s... remastered Zappa single available on vinyl for the first time in 40 years; Pink Floyd on pink wax; an amazing David Bowie "Drive-In Saturday" picture disc; and the Rolling Stones5x5 EP, re-pressed for the first time since 1964! You're gonna have to line up early for these. See you on Saturday for RSD13!