Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 025

Episode 25 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and fusion show with Upper Hale’s foremost collector of vinyl – has a special focus on female jazz singers.

Expect tracks from Sarah Vaughan, Lainie Kazan, Shirley Scott and Irene Reid, plus Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Marlena Shaw, Flora Purim, Carmen McRae, and arguably Mark’s favourite of this episode, Brenda Boykin.

Join Mark for some powerful performances.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 15: USRAIL015

Episode 15 is the fifth part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains, and this latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue continues on the California Zephyr train.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

In this episode, we leave behind the meadowland around Reno, Nevada, and head up into the hills of the Sierras, and cross the state line into California.

These images represent some of the views from the train along this section of the journey, as well as some of the ‘stops’ along this part of the route.

Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Well worn flume. Credit: Tim Davies.
Repaired and working flume. Credit: Tim Davies.
Opposite track below, and flume across river. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Rounding a tight curve. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee. Credit: Tim Davies.
Persuaded to sample the on-board Great Mixologist’s Bloody Mary – and here it is! Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
A very tight curve! Some amazing engineering. Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Summit. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Exiting a snowshed on the Donner Pass. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Snow shed in use. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Donner Pass. Credit: Tim Davies.
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Another tight curve on the route. Credit: Tim Davies.
Magnificence of the High Sierra. Credit: Tim Davies.
It’s a long way down! Credit: Tim Davies.
It’s a very long way down! Credit: Tim Davies.

Join us for the next episode, which will be the final instalment of Tim’s US Railway Travelogue.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 021

Episode 21 of Tale Waves – our storytelling podcast for younger children – is a tale about A Doll’s House – plus a little girl called Olivia, and a mouse called Montford.

Olivia with the Doll’s House!

It is about a birthday, presents, dreams, fantasy, friendship, and kindness.  Look out for that mouse!

Music Credits:

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, Composer, Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Performer, A Far Cry; Via IMSLP, under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

“Overture to the Marriage of Figaro” K.492, Composer, Mozart, Wofgang Amadeus; Performer, MusOpen Symphony; Via MusOpen, under  Public Domain.

“Symphony No. 6 in F Major ‘Pastoral’, Op. 68 – II. Andante molto mosso”, Composer, Beethoven; Performer, Skidmore College Orchestra; Via MusOpen, under Public Domain.

“Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 no. 2”, Composer, Chopin; Performer, Frank Levy; via MusOpen, under Public Domain.

“Wiener Klange Im Walzertakt Mit Johann Strauss – I”, Composer, Johann Strauss; Performer, European Archive; via MusOpen, under Public Domain.

“Violin Concerto in E major, RV 269 ‘Spring’ – I. Allegro”, Composer, Vivaldi; Performer, John Harrison; via MusOpen, under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Sound Effects:

“Woodland Birdsong 3 – Cuckoo”, by mike_stranks, via Freesound, under CC BY-NC 3.0.

Others thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk

 

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 14: USRAIL014

Episode 14 is the fourth part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims kicking off as the shadows are lengthening, and the train travels through some of the most wide open expanses Tim has seen yet.

One of the first stops he comes to in this episode is Rock Springs, Wyoming,  through Salt Lake City, Utah, while the last is Reno, Nevada, before heading off again towards California through more rugged country.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Map showing diversion route of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

These are a selection of images captured from the train en route, and of some of the stops along the way in this episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.

Middle of nowhere in Wyoming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wyoming, middle of nowhere. Credit: Tim Davies.
Early evening Wyoming, middle of nowhere, as the shadows began to lengthen. Credit: Tim Davies.
Rock Springs. Credit: RSprings123, CC BY 3.0.
Downtown Green River. Credit: Milonica, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Citadel Rock, Green River, Wyoming. Credit: Andrew J. Russell. Public Domain.
Evanston. Credit: Milonica, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Feeding the Zephyr at Salt Lake City. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Salt Lake City stop. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Salt Lake City stop. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Elko Amtrak Station. Credit: Visitor7, CC BY-SA 3.0.
A new day, new desolation – from Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
Somewhere small on the way to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
Elko to Winnemucca – are we approaching a junction? Credit: Tim Davies.
Elko to Winnemucca – parallel tracks continue. Credit: Tim Davies.
Nearing Winnemucca – and a scrapyard. Credit: Tim Davies.
A beautiful morning in Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
Stopped! Credit: Tim Davies.
Taking in the Winnemucca air. Credit: Tim Davies.
The train doesn’t fit the station! Credit: Tim Davies.
This is not a place to get stranded! Credit: Tim Davies.
Not a place to get stranded. Credit: Tim Davies.
And then there was a lake! Credit: Tim Davies.
And then, an oasis and a trailer park… Credit: Tim Davies.
More mountains, more heat, and more blue sky. Credit: Tim Davies.
There must be water, as cattle can survive. Credit: Tim Davies.
The river, and some green. Credit: Tim Davies.
Almost a city. Credit: Tim Davies.
Lovelock, Nevada. Credit, Tim Davies.
Ever westwards. Credit: Tim Davies.
Is the white in this photo dried salt, or minerals? Credit: Tim Davies.
Where did that cloud come from? Credit: Tim Davies.
Approaching Reno. Credit: Tim Davies.
California Zephyr, changing crews at Reno. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 3.0.
Reno Station. Credit: Davemeistermoab, CC BY-SA 3.0.
The journey continues with more rugged country – come back next episode for more! Credit: Tim Davies.

The journey continues on the California Zephyr next episode into more rugged country. All aboard!

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

Stained Glass Window: Voices 005

In this episode of Sound Vault: Voices, Dr David Lister explains what has led him to seek support for a new stained glass window for St. Mary’s Church in Eversley, Hampshire, the design of which he has personally conceived. A fascinating insight into an often overlooked subject.

Dr. Lister’s sketch of his design for the proposed new stained glass window at St. Mary’s Church. Credit: ©️ Dr. David Lister (2018)

He expands on some of the central themes behind the design, which he first explored in a podcast last year about his life, called ‘The Particular‘. These are, the importance of being able to recognise what love is really about; celebrating the transformative beauty of love, and emphasising the importance of God’s love too.

Dr. Lister was moved to share his ideas for the design for a new stained glass window through a podcast, when his last one managed to reach a couple he hadn’t seen for fifty years!  As he recounts at the end of this podcast, they gave up trying to make contact thirty years ago, and then along came his last podcast, which gave them the clues needed to track him down!  It also underlined the power that podcasts can have!

The inspiration behind the lower portion of the proposed design: Fra Angelico, Annunciation. Credit: carulmare, CC BY 2.0.

If the proposed design is approved, it would take its place in one of the windows at St. Mary’s Church, Eversley, where Charles Kingsley was once rector for 31 years between 1844-1875.  Dr. David Lister is part of a group planning to put on a festival in 2019 to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Kingsley’s birth.

St. Mary’s Church, Eversley, where the window would be. By Elisa.rolle – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57796499

Obviously, if Dr. Lister’s proposal were to get the ‘green light’, it would be professionally designed and built, based on his initial drawings.  But he is very keen to know what you think, particularly if you live in Eversley and the surrounding local area.

Take a listen to what he has to say on the podcast.

  • What do you think about his idea for the design?
  • What do you think about what he has to say about the concept of the beauty of love, and the importance of God’s love?

If you feel his idea is worth supporting, and would like to see a new stained glass window at St Mary’s Church, Eversley, he would love to hear from you via email.

  • You can contact him via palgrave@waitrose.com

Music credits:

“O Magnum Mysterium”, Composer: William Byrd; Performer: Ensembles Morales;  via MusOpen, under CC BY 3.0.

An alternative version, performed by the Nordic Chamber Choir, which inspired Dr Lister to include it as a backing track in this podcast because of the Nordic resonances in his life, can be found in the YouTube clip below:

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 024

Episode 24 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Upper Hale’s most avid collector of vinyl serving up another fine selection for Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and fusion show.

Expect tracks from the likes of Kenny Dorham, Lonnie Smith, John Klemmer and Tania Maria, plus Jack McDuff, and John Handy.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 13: USRAIL013

Episode 13 is the third part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims continuing on, as the train escapes the city of Denver, emerging through the countryside of nurseries, maize fields and assorted agriculture as far as the eye can see.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

The route hits Brighton, Greeley, Cheyanne and Laramie, before reaching the stop of Rawlins in this particular episode, in which it also crosses the Colorado/Wyoming state line. It continues on to Salt Lake City, Utah in future episodes.

Map showing diversion route of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

The images below capture some of the sights seen from the carriages of the train, and aspects covered during this particular episode.

Nursery garden beside the tracks as the train leaves Denver well behind. Credit: Tim Davies.
A little infuriating as cars drive past, while the train is stopped for more than a short moment. Credit: Tim Davies.
Bringing in the harvest. Credit: Tim Davies.
The brand that is everywhere you go…. Credit: Tim Davies.
Brighton…. although I’m not sure if this is the beach? Credit: Tim Davies.
Having to wait for the slow train to pass! Credit: Tim Davies.
Transporting the parts for wind turbines. Credit: Tim Davies.
On safari, the cheaper version. Prairie dogs. Credit: Tim Davies.
Arable as far as you can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
That arable land just keeps going on as far as the eye can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
Yet more arable as far as the eye can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
More arable as far as the eye can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
You guessed it – more arable as far as the eye can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
The train has stopped again, which gives other modes of transport a chance to make up time. Credit: Tim Davies.
Old Fort Vasquez, between Denver and Cheyanne. Credit, Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Greeley. Credit: Tim Davies
Greeley Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Credit: Hustvedt, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Down Town Greeley. Credit: Tim Davies.
Greeley, Colorado. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Between Cheyenne and Laramie. Credit: Tim Davies.
Between Cheyenne and Laramie. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wyoming Turbines. Credit: Tim Davies.
Tim saw some buffalo from the train. Credit: Tim Davies.
Big country cattle. Credit: Tim Davies.
Big country cattle. Credit: Tim Davies.
The first snow of this leg of the trip comes into view. Credit: Tim Davies.
The first snow. Credit: Tim Davies.
Big skies, as well as that snow. Credit: Tim Davies.
More of that first snow. Credit: Tim Davies.
I wonder just what they did here? Credit: Tim Davies.
Pity about the phone lines. Credit: Tim Davies.
Snow fences. Credit: Tim Davies.
Rocks and snow. Credit: Tim Davies.
Awesome. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wyoming Big Country. Credit: Tim Davies.
Amazing rocks. Credit: Tim Davies.
Some things are universal – changeable weather! Credit: Tim Davies.
A trek to your neighbour. Credit: Tim Davies.
Cattle. Credit: Tim Davies.
Major civilisation? Credit: Tim Davies.
It gets windy. Credit: Tim Davies.
Very windy. Credit: Tim Davies.
Home is on the Prairie. Credit: Tim Davies.
Too desolate, even for arable! Credit: Tim Davies.
Supplying the oil to keep the trains moving. Credit: Tim Davies.
And some oil leaves by train! Credit: Tim Davies.
Rawlins, Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Credit: Jeffrey Beall, CC BY 3.0.
Down Town Rawlins. Credit: Tim Davies.

We continue heading on to Salt Lake City in the next episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 023

Episode 23 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul/jazz/fusion show with Upper Hale’s number one collector of vinyl – is a Latin Soul, Jazz and Boogaloo special.

You can expect to hear tracks from the likes of Vladimir and His Orchestra; Joe Bataan; Moguito Santamaria; Ray Baretto; Chollo Rivera and The Latin Soul Drives; Bobby Paunettto; Eddie Palmieri; Tito Puente; the Fania All Stars, and Cal Tjander.

It promises to be quite a show, so make sure you are well turned out for your listening pleasure.  This week’s tracks might provoke some moves!

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 020

Episode 20 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story entitled “Sky Dancers“, and is told to our regular host Hetty by somebody called Starday Nite, once known as Alexander.

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Photo in Public Domain.

To mark the fact, Hetty has travelled all the way to the fictional, windswept location of Nordland, to capture the tale for her regular listeners – and to see the beautiful Northern Lights, dancing across the sky in all their beauty for herself.

All the names, characters locations, and incidents featured in this and all other stories featured in episodes of Tale Waves are from the imagination of Gilly Stewart, and are completely fictitious.  No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), or places is intended, or should be inferred.

Music Credits:

The Planets, Op. 32, II Venus, The Bringer of Peace, Composer, Gustav Holst, Performer, USAF Heritage of America Band, from MusOpen, Public Domain.

Siegfried Idyll, WMV 103, Composer, Richard Wagner, Performer, Steve’s Bedroom Band, from MusOpen, CC BY 3.0.

Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances, Composer, Alexander Borodin, Performer, Davis High School Symphony Orchestra, from MusOpen, Public Domain.

Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 – I – Allegro molto moderato, Composer, Edward Grieg, Performer, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, from MusOpen, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

Meditation (Act III), Composer, Jules Massenet, Performers, Nicola Benedetti (violin) & Julien Quentin (piano), from IMSLP, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 .

All other sound effects thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 12: USRAIL012

Episode 12 is the second part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims continuing from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to Denver Union Station, Colorado, before the train continues on to Salt Lake City, Utah in future episodes.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Map showing diversion route of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

We follow the journey taken by Tim through this episode with images of some of the points on the route, and some photos taken by Tim himself below on the Sound Vault website.

Mount Pleasant Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Members of the local Amish community at Mount Pleasant Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The setting sun….. Credit: Tim Davies.
Ottumwa – home to the company clerk from M*A*S*H, Radar O’Reilly. Credit: Tim Davies.
Ottumwa. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Ottumwa Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Osceola Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Osceola Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Osceola Water Tower. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
The observation car – home to the interviews. Credit: Tim Davies.
The observation car – home to the interviews. Credit: Tim Davies.
Creston Station. Credit: Augiejv, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Creston Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Trains at Creston Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Stanton Coffee Pot. Credit: Jared Winkler, CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Fishermen on the Missouri River in Council Bluffs. Credit: Decumanus, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Omaha. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Omaha Station. Credit: Augiejv, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Lincoln, Nebraska Station. Credit: Ammodramus, CC0.
Hastings Station. Credit: samswitzer, CC-BY-2.0.
Holderedge Ironhorse Station. Credit: Ammodramus, Public Domain.
McCook Station, Nebraska. Credit: Ammodramus, CC0.
Fort Morgan Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Cattle at Fort Morgan. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
California Zephyr at Keenesburg. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Nearing Commerce City in the morning. Credit: Tim Davies.
Commerce City. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Commerce City, near Denver. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Denver outskirts. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Run in to Denver Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Union Station. Credit: Darkshark0159, Public Domain.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Without whom we would not be here….. Credit: Tim Davies.
Overland route from timetable. Copyright. Amtrak.
The Overland Route in 1908. Public Domain.
Denver Stockyards. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Sleepers everywhere. Credit: Tim Davies.
More sleepers, all wood. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
More picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
Suncor, Denver. On the diversion. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.

We leave these outskirts of Denver behind, as we head for Salt Lake City, and the next instalment of US Railway Travelogue in Episode 13 – coming soon.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 022

Episode 22 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Mark selecting what he considers to be some of the finest original tracks to be featured on the much sought after “London Jazz Classics” compilation albums Vols. 1, 2 & 3, compiled by the iconic Soul Jazz Records label.

In this ‘Best of’ London Jazz Classics Vols. 1, 2 & 3 edition, expect to hear tracks from the likes of Doug Richardson, Synthesis, Billy Parker’s Fourth World, and Alive! plus Ricardo Marrero & The Group, Antonio Adolfo, Billy Brooks, Carlos Franzetti and Corky McClerkin.

 

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 11: USRAIL011

Episode 11 is the first part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode sees him setting off from Chicago Union station, and ends up in Burlington, Iowa.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Map showing diversion route (purple line) of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan from the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive from the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Public Area in the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
In a public area in the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Public Area in the Duke Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Drake Hotel shopping area, ready for Halloween. Credit: Tim Davies.
Entrance to Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Chicago Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
On the Platform at Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Dan Gaken, CC BY 2.0.
Exiting Union Station. Five minutes outside, by the yard. Credit: Tim Davies.
Exiting Union Station. Amtrak stock waiting outside the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The ‘stunning’ scenery, railside, as we leave Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Cicero Station on a Metra commuter service route. The station is 7 miles from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Traffic having to wait for the train to pass…. in the suburbs. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Chicago Suburbs. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Tracks and platform at Aurora Station, Illinois. Credit: Adam Moss, CC BY-SA 2.0.
California Zephyr at Aurora Station in 1967. Credit: David Wilson, CC BY 2.0.
40 Miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
40 miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
40 miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Suburban golf course, Chicago style. Credit: Tim Davies.
Golf Course, Bankok Airport style. Credit: Unattributed, in Public Domain.
Semi-rural setting – almost in the country! Credit: Tim Davies.
Back into the world of big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Car Dealerships, Plano. Credit: Tim Davies.
Plano. Credit: Tim Davies.
Back into the world of big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
More big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Yet more big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
More big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Princeton, Illinois Railway Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Princeton Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Track maintenance work, west of Princeton. Credit: Tim Davies.
Harvesting the wind. Credit: Tim Davies.
Harvesting the wind. Credit: Tim Davies.
The modern station at Kewanee – not a stop for the California Zephyr. Credit: image courtesy of Amtrak.
Galesburg, Illinois station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Historic stock forming part of the exhibition at Galesburg Railroad Museum. Credit: Tim Davies.
More from Galesburg Railroad Museum. Credit: Tim Davies.
Crossing the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
Nearing Burlington – large area of sidings. Credit: Tim Davies.
Another view of the Mississippi, across the railway sidings approaching Burlington Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Burlington Station. Credit: Adam Moss, CC BY-SA 2.0.
The picturesque vista of downtown Burlington. Credit: Tim Davies.
More picturesque vistas of downtown Burlington. Credit: Tm Davies.

Part two of the California Zephyr leg of the trip to come in the next episode of US Railway Travelogue.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

Discover Music with Plastic Dino: KITTY001

Episode 1 of a brand new music show from Sound Vault – this is the pilot episode of Discover Music with Plastic Dino – hosted by Kitty, a dinosaur enthusiast on an adventure to seek out new, old and unique tunes to brighten your day.

The first show features tracks from Perfume, Kero Kero Bonito, Breakbot, Grimes, Superorganism and Daft Punk – so a decidedly electro-pop/indie-pop/synth-pop feel.

The show is put together by Sound Vault’s latest recruit, 14 year old Kitty Sholl, from Farnham, and we are very excited to welcome her to the team.  Discover Music with Plastic Dino should be making an appearance every two months!

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 021

Episode 21 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Mark selecting the best of British of Jazz/Funk artists and groups from amongst his vinyl collection from between 1974 and 1983.

Expect to hear the likes of Freez, Light of the World, Linx and David Joseph, plus Hi-Tension, Incognito, Morrissey/Mullen, the Average White Band, and F.B.I.

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 019

Episode 19 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story called The Icicle Fairy Fountain, full of enchantment, adventure, naughty behaviour, wickedness, happiness, friendship, love, beautiful music, and lots of magical fairies who live on, and in an icicle fountain – but when the icicles melt, they disappear, as if they were never there!

The story is told in the studio by Daphne Crumble – the housekeeper to one of the main characters in the tale, Lily Lavender.

Special thanks to The Bush Hotel, Farnham (Surrey), for their help in providing inspiration for this story.

Music credits.

Fantaisie – Impromptu, Op. 66, Composer, Frederic Chopin, Performer, Frank Levy, from MusOpen, under Public Domain 1.0

Four Seasons, Op. 8, Violin Concerto in F Minor, RV 297, ‘Winter’ – II, Largo, Composer,  Antonio Vivaldi, Performer, John Harrison, from MusOpen, under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Nutcracker (suite), Op. 71a, Act II, No. 12, Pas de Deux, Composed by Tchaikovsky, performed by European Archive, from MusOpen, under Public Domain 1.0

Peer Gynt Suite no. 1, Op. 46, III, Anitra’s Dance, Composed by Edward Grieg, Performed by Musopen Sympony, from MusOpen, under Public Domain 1.0

All other sound effects c/o www.freesfx.co.uk with thanks.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 10: USRAIL010

Episode 10 is the fifth and final part of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This leg is on the Empire Builder train, and this episode sees him covering ground from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois.  The next leg of his journey will be on the California Zephyr in future episodes.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the Empire Builder along the top. Credit: Amtrak.
Logo of the Empire Builder – as seen on one of the Dining Car Menus. Credit: Tim Davies.
Map showing route of the Empire Builder. Credit: Amtrak.

These are some of the sights and images captured along the route covered in this episode of the US Railway Travelogue.

The Miller Brewery in Milwaukee. Credit: Spaluch1, CC BY 3.0
The Menomonee River in Milwaukee. Credit: Sulfur, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Allen Bradley Clock – the faces are 21 feet in diameter and the building now houses Rockwell Automation. Credit: Tim Davies.
The industrial outskirts of Milwaukee, going east. Credit: Tim Davies.
Thirty minutes west of Glenview – back to the fields and farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
The harvest is in – as we approach Glenview. Credit: Tim Davies.
Glenview Station, opened in 1995. Credit: Tim Davies.
Cars awaiting the returning travellers at Glenview Station. Credit: Tim Davies.

And so, we arrive at Chicago.

The Willis (Sears) Tower. Credit: Daniel Schwen, CC BY-SA 4.0
The Willis (Sears) Tower, looking down from the glass balcony. Credit: Basil D Soufi, CC BY-SA 3.0
Looking back at the way we came – sunset from the Willis Tower. Credit: Hagennos, CC BY-SA 4.0
Wrigley Field – Chicago’s home of baseball. Credit: Jason Hernandez, CC BY-SA 4.0
The Chicago River. Credit: OmidGul, CC BY-SA 4.0
The end of the road – the route between Milwaukee and Chicago is otherwise known as The Milwaukee Road. Credit: Greg L, CC BY-SA 3.0
The end of the road for this leg – Chicago Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Chicago Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The stairs at Chicago Union station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The lamps at Chicago Union station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Great Hall at Chicago Union station – very grand for a waiting room. Credit: Tim Davies.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 020

Episode 20 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner introduces a new feature to the show. In particular episodes, Mark will select a letter of the alphabet at random from the ‘Mixed Bag’ of letters, and play tracks only from soul, jazz and fusion solo artists and groups whose name begins with that letter.

Because it is the first time he has played this feature, today’s show is brought to you by the letter “A“.

Expect tracks from Azymuth; Vicki Anderson; her daughter, Carleen Anderson; and the Average White Band, plus Roy Ayers; Animal Nightlife; Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 9: USRAIL009

Episode 9 is part four of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains – for the this part of the journey, continuing on the Empire Builder train, from Red Wing, Minnesota, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the Empire Builder along the top. Credit: Amtrak.
Logo of the Empire Builder – as seen on one of the Dining Car Menus. Credit: Tim Davies.
Map showing route of the Empire Builder. Credit: Amtrak.

Here are a few of the images that follow the route along with this episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.

Departing Red Wing along the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
Leisure craft and house boats along the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
Mississippi cross, Red Wing to Winona. Credit: Tim Davies.
On the banks of the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
Frontenac, Minnesota – a 19th Century Resort. Credit Molandfreak, CC BY-SA 3.0
Frontenac, a 19th Century Resort Town. Credit: Elkman, CC BY-SA 4.0
Mississippi River, with Lake Pepin, at Frontenac state Park. Credit: USDA, National Resources Conservation Service, in Public Domain.
Lake Pepin/Mississippi River. Credit: Jonathunder, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Ralph Samuelson – the inventor of water-skiing. Credit: Scinauticando.com, CC BY-SA 2.5.
So close… Credit: Tim Davies.
Passing farms whilst approach Winona. Credit: Tim Davies.
Passing more farms whilst approach Winona. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Mississippi again. It is amazing. Credit: Tim Davies.
And the Mississippi again. Credit: Tim Davies.
Winona Station, Minnesota. Credit: Tim Davies.
Winona Station building. Credit Tim Davies.
Winona, Minnesota. Credit: Tim Davies.
Crossing the river into Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
La Crosse Station, Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
La Crosse station, Credit Jonathunder, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Tomah Station, Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies
Amtrak Empire Builder at Tomah, Wisconsin. Credit: Mulad, in Public Domain.
Traffic waiting for the train to pass at Tomah. Credit: Tim Davies.
Tomah. Credit: Tim Davies.
Tomah. Credit: Tim Davies.
Approaching Wisconsin Dells. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wisconsin Dells, by the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wisconsin Dells from the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wisconsin Dells from the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wisconsin Dells. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wisconsin Dells station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Farming in Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
Farming in Wisconsin. Credit Tim Davies.
Nearing Portage. Credit Tim Davies.
At Portage. Credit: Tim Davies.
Portage Station, Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
Portage Amtrak Station. Credit: Mr. Granger, CC 0.
Columbus Station. Credit: charlie vinz, CC BY 2.0. (originally posted to Flickr by Mackensen.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbus, Wisconsin. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Wisconsin Farm. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Dustcarts and recycling just outside Milwaukee. Credit: Tim Davies.
Recycling outside Milwaukee. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inner City, near Milwaukee Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Historic Iowa Pacific rail car at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
Empire Builder at Milwaukee Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Milwaukee Intermodal Station, Credit: Payton Chung, CC BY 2.0.

The next episode – Episode 10 – will see the final part of this stage of the journey on the Empire Builder, taking up the journey from Milwaukee and on to Chicago.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 019

Episode 19 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner is a hip-hop flavoured special edition of Sound Vault’s specialist soul/jazz/fusion music show, from Upper Hale’s own avid collector of vinyl.

Expect tracks from the likes of Big Lady K, Roxanne Shante, Masta Ace, and Gang Starr, plus Man Parrish, Eric B and Rakim, Young MC, Main Source and Original Konfusion.

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE018

Episode 18 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story featuring a time-travelling King, set in Farnham, Surrey.  It is entitled Meeting Charlie.

King Charles I – By follower of Anthony van Dyck – she-philosopher.com(original upload)Sothebys 2012 (higher resolution upload), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3852590

It is based on the true story of when King Charles I stayed overnight in Vernon House, in West Street, Farnham, en route to his execution in 1648.

King Charles’ royal finery, which he shared with Rose and Stanley.

In our story, when brother and sister Stanley and Rose visit Farnham’s library, adjacent to Vernon House, they are taken through a time vortex when they decide to go exploring, and end up meeting King Charles I.

King Charles’ white feather survived the time travel – but the gift of a ring did not.

While they introduce him to hip-hop music and they all enjoy a good dance together, the King introduces them to some of his finery – and leaves them with a white feather, and a poem through which they can remember their trip through the centuries.

Music credits:

“O Magnum Mysterium”, Composer, William Byrd, Performer, Ensemble Morales, via MusOpen, under CC BY 3.0

“Greensleeves”, Credit, Michel Rondeau, via IMSLP, under CC BY 3.0

“Breakin’ and Enterin'”, by ‘jonas the plugexpert‘, via FreeMusicArchive, under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

“Symphony No.2 in Cm, V Conclusion”, Composer, Gustav Mahler, Performer, European Archive, via MusOpen, under Public Domain.

“Intermezzo, Cavalleria Rusticana”, Composer, Pietro Mascagni, Performer, Harid Conservatory Philharmonia, via IMSLP, under Creative Commons-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0

All other sound effects thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk – with thanks.