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30 Days of Photos IV - Day 24 - Carnival

I was really stumped over this prompt. We don't have a local carnival anymore. Where the local exhibition used to be is being revamped with a reconstructed football stadium, condos and shops.

So what to do?

I took a little trip into the music room and, voila!

Does this sound familiar?

You can walk on the water, drown in the sand 
You can fly off a mountaintop if anybody can 
Run away, run away--it's the restless age 
Look away, look away--you can turn the page 
Hey, buddy, would you like to buy a watch real cheap 
Here on the street 
I got six on each arm and two more round my feet 
Life is a carnival--believe it or not 
Life is a carnival--two bits a shot 

Life is a carnival, believe it or not.

The Band believed so. This was the opening track of their 1971 album Cahoots. And it was the sixth track on the second CD of their farewell album - and Martin Scorsese directed movie - the Last Waltz.

The Band of course is 4/5ths Canadian and started out as The Hawks backing Ronnie Hawkins in the late 50s. They then backed Bob Dylan for several years - including Dylan's first "electric" tour - before branching out on their own around 1964. Unfortunately, the original line up called it quits in 1977.

But their melodies live on in my music library.

Dance on over to Ziva's Inferno for a carnival of photos.


Shawn Ohara said…
Great idea and cool photo. I love The Band.
babs (beetle) said…
That's a good one. I have no idea who the group is, or the song. We did have one called 'The Carnival is Over' by the New Seekers, I think. I didn't think of that for this prompt.
Debra She Who Seeks said…
Very clever!
nonamedufus said…
Babs where were you in the 60s/70s that you didn't hear of the band? And even I over here in Canada heard of eh New Seekers!
nonamedufus said…
Sometime my mind works that way.
meleahrebeccah said…
I absolutely LOVE The Band. They are in my top 20 favorites!

Perfect for today's theme, John!!
Cheryl said…
I have some of their melodies too. Good stuff John.
babs (beetle) said…
Maybe they were not big in the UK? I was knee deep in The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, to name but a few. Oh and Folk music ;)
nonamedufus said…
Are you kidding? The Band backed up Dylan when he toured the UK going electric much to the dismay of many fans. Those are all good choices that you made. Great groups..
nonamedufus said…
I love them too. I've pre-ordered the 5 disc box set Live at The Academy of Music (1971). Looking forward to it.
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Cheryl, although it may be bordering on #teamlame.
Cheryl said…
Not in my opinion. Hell, I'm thinking of going with a photo of Billy Idol's album for Lover (To be a) because Rick doesn't like me using his picture on my blog and I think he might be offended if I posted a picture of an old lover. I'm in a lose/lose situation here, man.
nonamedufus said…
Billy Idol? It'll be a nice day for a white wedding.
nonamedufus said…
When creativity fails music prevails.
babs (beetle) said…
Oh, I remember that, but didn't really know the band.
nonamedufus said…
I already have their box set. You can never have too much Band music. Somehow Mrs D just doesn't understand.
mike said…
Oh yeah, great band. Even greater movie/soundtrack.
nonamedufus said…
Great movie. There's a story that Scorsese had to airbrush a ball of cocaine out of Neil Young's nose. Someone was having a good time. I guess he was helpless.
ReformingGeek said…
Good choice but I must live in the same hole as Babs. Sigh.
nonamedufus said…
Hey music's not everyone's thing. With me it's a hobby. My wife goes a bit further and calls it my obsession. But the Band put out some lovely music. You should check them out on You Tube.
ReformingGeek said…
I love listening to music and like many different kinds of music but I don't easily hold onto band names, song titles, and such. It's possible I will recognize them when I hear them on youtube.
Jay of The Depp Effect said…
Good one! I do like the unusual twists on the theme!
nonamedufus said…
I find that with contemporary music. Some of the stuff I hate. But some of it's great. But listening to it on my music app it's here and then it's gone before I know who performed it or what it was called.
nonamedufus said…
Oh, I always go for the unusual.
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Ziva. It's the restless age.
mikewjattoomanymornings said…
The Last Waltz is an amazing movie starring three of my favorite artists, Bob Dylan (of course), Robbie Robertson and the under-appreciated Levon Helm, who kicked the bucket not too long ago.

Great take on today's theme, NoName. I never would've thought of that.
nonamedufus said…
Great band. Great discography. Great song. Thanks Mike. Glad you appreciated it. Oh, and you left out a couple of my favourite artists: Neil Young and Van Morrison in that purple velvet jump suit.
Traci Shannon said…
Very cool take on the prompt! BTW, 1971 is a pretty special year - at least to me. That's the year I was born.
Lauren said…
I always learn such interesting facts here. What a wonderful idea for the prompt.
nonamedufus said…
Among the best, 54.
nonamedufus said…
And you remember the Band? I'm impressed.
nonamedufus said…
Now that would have been cool. From Fantasia? Amazing how much classical music is used in Disney cartoons, isn't it.
nonamedufus said…
Well I try, Lauren. It's the least I can do.
That definitely works! In fact, it may even knock you out of #teamlame.
nonamedufus said…
Really? Gee, I'll miss you guys.

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