Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DESERT MEDICINE (Full Album) - Melodies on Native American Flute by Paul...

The Desert teaches many things. It gives a form of healing that is of great value. Here are some melodies for you to help appreciate the explainable. 

Original melodies by Paul A. L. Hall on the Native American flute. The photos featured in the slide show were taken in The Mojave Desert. Most photos by Jen Hall, "The Teachings of The Barren Lands" photo by Paul Hall.




Titles featured in this album:

Lonely Places, Forgotten Distances, Mountain of Many Faces, The Path of Two Roads, The Working Winds, The Valley of the Black Pathways, Mountains at Rocky Bridge, A Visitor in a Cloud, A Hidden Canyon, Windy Clouds, Small Eagle Mountain, The Ridge of Many Paths, The Desert of Colors, A long Fence Blocks Here from There, Promising Clouds, Wa'aach of the Tongva People, Fences of Wires, Painted Hills, One of Many Mountains,



DESERT MEDICINE (Full Album) - Melodies on Native American Flute by Paul...

The Desert teaches many things.  It gives a form of healing that is of great value.  Here are some melodies for you to help appreciate the explainable.



Original melodies by Paul A. L. Hall on the Native American flute.  The photos featured in the slide show were taken in The Mojave Desert.  Most photos by Jen Hall, "The Teachings of The Barren Lands" photo by Paul Hall.





Titles featured in this album:



Lonely Places, Forgotten Distances, Mountain of Many Faces, The Path of Two Roads, The Working Winds, The Valley of the Black Pathways, Mountains at Rocky Bridge, A Visitor in a Cloud, A Hidden Canyon, Windy Clouds, Small Eagle Mountain, The Ridge of Many Paths, The Desert of Colors, A long Fence Blocks Here from There, Promising Clouds, Wa'aach of the Tongva People, Fences of Wires, Painted Hills, One of Many Mountains,




One More Cup of Coffee, Bob Dylan (Cover by Paul Hall, Klondike Highway,...

[Copyright music and lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Special Rider]

Performed near the summit of the White Pass, on the Klondike Highway, One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan, cover by me, August of '10.   bob dylan one more cup of coffee cover for original version.

Dylan took the idea from an old Gypsy song about an establishmentarianist infatuated by the charms of a gorgeous Gypsy woman but runs away back to the morass of the lowland establishment upon encountering her wild family in the mountains.  He requests another cup of her wonderful coffee before deserting her.  

By singing the cover on scene in the mountains it gives you the idea of how beautiful it is and how only the strongest of wills can carve out a life in the highlands.

words (by Bob Dylan):

Your breath is sweet
Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky.
Your back is straight, your hair is smooth
On the pillow where you lie.
But I don't sense affection
No gratitude or love
Your loyalty is not to me
But to the stars above.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee 'fore I go
To the valley below.

Your daddy he's an outlaw
And a wanderer by trade
He'll teach you how to pick and choose
And how to throw the blade.
He oversees his kingdom
So no stranger does intrude
His voice it trembles as he calls out
For another plate of food.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee 'fore I go
To the valley below.

Your sister sees the future
Like your mama and yourself.
You've never learned to read or write
There's no books upon your shelf.
And your pleasure knows no limits
Your voice is like a meadowlark
But your heart is like an ocean
Mysterious and dark.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee 'fore I go
To the valley below.



"Oh Shenandoah." (Harmonica by Paul Hall of paulhallart.)

An old American folk song and sea shanty, believed to have originated in Shenandoah Valley area where parts for covered wagons were made and assembled in Pennsylvania and river ways provided pioneers with transport for the first leg of the journey west from the Shenandoah River to the Missouri River. Of course, it was Native American lingo for "daughter of stars" in some areas whereas in one case it was the Native American name for chief Forrest Deer (Iroquois).

The song developed and because it was often performed on the water ways, it made its way all the way down the Mississippi to New Orleans where it rapidly became popular with American sailors aboard the then state-of-the-art "clipper" ships, the ultimate sailing vessel, as it were, which plied the seven seas to all destinations of trade thence.

I thought of using the visual of my third "White Pass" digital series, because of the majestic coincidence of the music and the mountains. These mountains are icebergs of granite floating on molten seas of basalt. The entire area is subject to incessant micro-earthquakes as it is constantly on the move, not only because of the subduction of the plates in the ring of fire, but also because of glacial rebound. In areas where the glaciers are now gone, the depression they caused in the earth rebounds, but at geologic speed; extremely slowly.

The pictures are of The Upper White Pass area with the noteworthy Moore Suspension Bridge, a "single span" bridge, necessary because the structure is built on an active fault line. The span is on the more stable side. There's "Bridal Falls" whose water is potable; drinkable. Then further along we enter the Canadian section and the plateau called "Tormented Valley" where the trees are dwarfed because of the shallow soil on bedrock scraped out by the enormous one-time mile-high glacier of the ice age.

The harmonica was recorded in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a hotel room where the view from the bathroom window, I had prophetically done 3 paintings of 40 years earlier. So this was a landmark video.



Early Bob Dylan Blues Collection: a blues album - Ten Bob Dylan songs (c...

This is a Bob Dylan Cover Album, songs by Bob Dylan, cover by me, paulhallart, but it's also a blues collection of about one hour of music, the last part being non-blues harmonica covers for the last minutes in this show to give the titles of my artwork included as the slide show (in case u might want2buy a painting or something). But in a sense that it is a cover it's kind of like one of many Bob Dylan albums of covers that I uploaded to YouTube, summer of '11, in Alaska. So this is sort of the culmination of a series of ten Bob Dylan full albums but as covers by me, the last of the Bob Dylan full albums (1 hour long) that I covered, collected and arranged, performing the numbers in the blues style.

Again the location of the cuts on the album:

0:00 Crash on the Levee, 5:12 Down the Highway, 13:11 From a Buick 6, 17:04 Long Distance Opperator, 22:18 Maggie's Farm, 28:00 Odds and Ends, 31:10 On the Road Again, 34:55 Outlaw Blues, 40:30 Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence, 45:19 Watchin' the River Flow



"Gone with the Wind" by Max Steiner (cover

All empires are built on slavery.  like this one now, built on sweat-shops and non-living wages. Civil War? resource grab; emancipation? politics. u know the drill.  That's why I play it like that. u can feel the loss.  the reversal of fortune.



"Gone with the Wind" by Max Steiner, series 01 of covers: harmonica solo and guitar-harmonica combo.  This is one of my favorites in my repertoire.  It comes from one of the greatest classics of all time the Gone-with-the-Wind motion picture.  One of the things that established that was the music; almost half of the film was the music.

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Based on a novel about the US pre and post Civil War South, dealing with the topic of reversal of fortune. As all empires, built on slavery, like the one we have now on sweat-shops and non-living wages. What goes around comes around. Sherman razing civilian infrastructure of Georgia to the ground; the people who had prospered by running out the Cherokee earlier in the 19th century in the days of Jackson, history repeating itself in upheaval and catharsis. The music epitomizes that. You can feel it. It's "deserved" because of the attitude but then, those who do the adaptations, like the character Rhett Butler in the story, can make it through it all. So Max was doing a little Beethoven on us and we got a helping of the Viennese genius in this melody. Before we forget it, it's a classic.

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The theme of the epic movie with illustrious performances by Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable. Remember? If you haven't seen the movie, you ought to.

Gable's acting, in particular, was apropos. His "Rhett Butler" described to a tee the late 19th century persona of the adaptive American male much as Clarke's depiction of the cowboy in Skagway, Alaska, the last town of the wild west, in another film. I loved his interpretation of his character's encounter with Jefferson (Soapy) Smith, the mayor, in which he trades his herd of cattle for equipment and a chance to get out of town (out of Skagway; "Murder City").

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A whole new concept in music. Steiner was Viennese, an Austrian berg noted for its a bevy of top notch composers. To hear the whole thing, you have to watch the movie, which is also an audio- visual symphony of two-and-one- half hours of music in a practically 4-hour film.



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mountain Clouds - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

Ever changing patterns of clouds move across a seeming static but majestic mountain landscape beneath.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Frozen in Time - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

A hidden glacier now recedes prematurely revealing ancient snows frozen in time.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Windy Mountains and Snowy Mountains - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (...

Of the many mountains here, some are sloped and hold the snow, some are wind-swept and cleaned of most snow and some if not most are a little bit of both ...





Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Fir Ridge - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

Before the mountains and on islands in  The Inside Passage, there are many ridges of robust fir trees ...



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Sea Level Mountains - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

When visitors sail up the passage, they ask how high is this mountainous terrain.  It sits at sea level ...



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Friday, June 19, 2015

"'Cross North America Wide" - An Alaska/Florida drive -- Paul A. L. Hall...

Full Album. My 15th Symphony with an about 200-photo slide show of my trip by way of Alaska over through Canada to Seattle and then across the States on I 90 to North Dakota and then south through Iowa and Indiana to the East Coast, through Georgia to Florida. The photos show the drought of 2012, including parched corn fields and extensive wild fires. A couple of picks of Canada's new Alpine Highway, a dual super highway in the mountains, one of the most beautiful I've seen or driven.








Glacier Blue - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

One characteristic of a glacier is it's gorgeous blue color.  On a summit, winds have blown the heavy, thick snows off the windward side of a small glacier near the top of a mountain.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



The Remains of a Melting Split Glacier - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hal...

As a causeway remains between what was a recent split glacier, it's specter presents a warning of things to come ...



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Special Place - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

When clouds rest in a certain way on mountain tops it may be considered a special place -- not always but at least sometimes ...



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



A Land Made of Mountains - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

Over a vast expanse of these lands there is nothing but mountains.  It's an uninhabitable place of landslides and avalanches, of bitterly cold winters and fast growing season summers.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



The paulhallart Show 37 . By Paul Hall [13B1-041413].

The paulhallart Show 37 . By Paul Hall [13B1-041413].



Welcome to The Paul Hall Art show 37, by me, Paul A. L. Hall. This PHA Show is from February 11, 2013 to April 14, 2013 (designation 13B1 is the year, the quarter of that year, and which month in that quarter of the last or most recent video in this show). Bringing to you the best of Paul Hall Art, in an effort to contribute to and enrich the lives of as many people in as many places as possible.



Snowy Summits - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

The clearing weather begins to reveal the intense beauty of the imposing seeming endless lines of mountains here on the sea passage of southern Alaska protected by the outer islands from the rough seas.  Soon the whales will arrive on this Inland Passage Marine Highway to bubble-fish the immense shoals of herring and other small aquatic life...



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Rocky Terrain - melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

Closer to the summits of the many mountains, just above the tree lines domes of granite outcroppings dominate.  It is the vast areas of rocky terrain just below the  multitudes of paramounts so markedly worn down by the ice of ages gone by right up the this very spring and beyond...





Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



In the Silhouette of Trees - melody on Panflute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

The silhouettes of fir trees on a slope eclipses the drama of the violent landslides of the Alaskan spring.  In the land of mountains, no man may stay for long, for as the mountains rise, they are pushed back by the ice and nothing is safe ...



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



The Slope of the Three Eyes - original melody on Pan-flute by Paul Hall ...

As you sail The Inside Passage, a slope comes into view with seemingly three eyes peering back at you ...



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan-flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Sunday, June 14, 2015

Landslide on an Avalanche Deposit - melody on Pan Flute by Paul Hall (pa...

Spring time in Alaska, along the Rim of Fire, landslides are common in the mountains.  Here's one of them.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Panflute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



A Cloudy Summit - melody on Pan Flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

Clouds and mountain tops seem to go together and together they make quite a sight.  Original performed on the pan-flute and photograph by Paul A. L. Hall.



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Embracing the Sky- melody on Pan Flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

Standing high above the land, the mountains embrace the sky as if the go together though long ago it was not so.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan Flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".




Wind Cloud Spring - melody on Pan Flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

Mountains rise from the Pacific Rim and the ice beats them back.  Wind and clouds great spring in the north.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan Flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photo also by Paul Hall along the Alaskan Marine Highway of "The Inside Passage".



Friday, June 12, 2015

Re: Edith Piaf - Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)

A bittersweet tragic song of love lost; of things that happened to an afflicted Europe in the early 20th century. Unbeknownst to all of us, a balm to soothe the wounds of the French battlefields of history. Even if I were to be mistaken, even so, it serves as such. De la guerre, les camps du bataille, et suivantes, les amoures perdu. Dans des lames d'une chanson... d'un suelle survivante isolee en solitude des memoirres. 



Mountain coming through the Clouds - melody on Pan Fllute by Paul Hall (...

As the mountain emerges through the clouds, it's imposing presence is even more extreme.  A mountain along the Marine Highway  Inside  Passage of Alaska ...



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall of paulhallart on Pan Flute or Peruvian Pipes.  Photograph also by Paul Hall.






One of Many Mountains -- melody on Native American Flute by Paul Hall (p...

One of many mountains is the one you are facing now.  You will have to get past them one at a time.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall on the Native American flute.  Photo by Jen Hall.



Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Teachings of The Barren Lands -- melody on Native American Flute by ...

Hardship may be a good teacher, but so is beauty.  Together they form the person who arrives at a journey's end.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall on Native American flute.  Photo also by Paul Hall.



Painted Hills -- melody on Native American Flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

Desert land seems painted by a bigger hand far beyond the nearby life even past the stars of the night.



Original melody by Paul A. L. Hall on Native American flute.  Photo by Jen Hall.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fences of Wires N A flute





Workers of the bending ice, metal men, came and placed fences of wires.  Their whole world is a sadness of fences.  I play its song, but it is not as sad as it is the lament of twisted mysteries ...



They labored long over their fires of charcoal with red rock thrown in, melting it down, searching for the metal of the sword - until they became the mutations, the "long-knives" with fences of wires and papers of wealth that no one would honor but their own.  And they stretched their fences of wires over the face of the Earth until they fought against nature itself.



And their wires sing in the sky plucked by the tides of stars as they weep.  This, then is the music of the wire fences of the metal man, though you might not tell it.  Weep then, with us for the lost lands of the living creatures of long ago, when no one dared to do ought against them ...



Wa'aach of the Tongva People -- melody on Native American Flute by Paul ...





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Promising Clouds -- melody on Native American Flute by Paul Hall (paulha...

A promise of rain means nothing to the passers-by on this busy road -- but that is before the machine men caused the greater desert.  But now, nobody knows it, except the one who plays this music ...



The Flat Land is Mans Land

you have lived in her bowels since you don't know when, but her school never taught you how to leave the playpen.



Instead you're taught how her science will improve the whole world.  It's only turned you to mutants.  War's abuse you have hurled.



Orphan of the Wind -- performed live on an Alaskan Ferry Boat

little boy, don't you lose your place in your copy-books of Time.  The distance that you cover, it may coat your back with grime, but the little birds are singing so early in the morn, and the people of the town you leave won't realize you're gone...



"Orphan of the Wind", verse 3, by Paul A. L. Hall (paulhallart).



Figures of the Live -- Artwork and song by Paul Hall of paulhallart

And then, there emerged in the downpour drenched, a few lonely figures with warm love to cheer,
And through the harrowing canyon clenched by the heat's dreaded sear,
And through the HELL of the city's filth streets, the figures of the live draw near.
All grateful to be together, in courageous love they appear ...



Monday, June 8, 2015

The Parched Land Blues Collection (Full Album), by Paul A. L. Hall.

A collection of eleven blues numbers by me (Paul Hall) on blues harmonica and guitar. Slide show of me working the special effects filters on 11 photos taken by Jen as we drove to Salt Lake City from San Diego back in 1913 ...

The titles of the eleven tracks:

The Parched Land Blues, The Desert Road Blues, The Not-So-Bad Blues, The Lavender Blues, The Moving Right Along Blues, The Dusty Mountain Blues, The Big Sky Blues, The Where and There Blues, The Expressionist Blues, Late Autumn Blues, and The Passing-by Blues.



The Passing by Blues. Original on guitar & harmonica by Paul A. L. Hall ...

The getting-there obsession, most times, just kind of stops you from getting into what you're passing by.  The Passing-by Blues by Paul A. L. Hall.



Paul's Desert Melodies, Part 3, full album. Eight harmonica solos by Pa...

Desert Colors, Trains, Skies, Horizon, Dusk, Horizon, Transport, Sunset and Finale -- original harmonica solos on alto harmonica by Paul Hall, photography by Jen Hall.



Friday, June 5, 2015

The Where and There Blues. Original on guitar & harmonica by Paul A. L. ...

Where you are is there you are, so, you've gone so far but there you are on the highway tar.  The Where and There Blues by Paul Hall of paulhallart ...




Ridge of Many Paths -- melody on Native American Flute by Paul Hall (pau...

The melody of a ridge of choices where there are many paths, so the music is of the anxiety of decisions.  For in this world, you have to go somewhere - even if you stay put, that's where you've gone. Original melody by Paul Hall, photo by Jen Hall.



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Early Bob Dylan Blues Collection: a blues album - Ten Bob Dylan songs (c...

location of the individual tracks:

0:00 Crash on the Levee, 5:12 Down the Highway, 13:11 From a Buick 6, 17:04 Long Distance Opperator, 22:18 Maggie's Farm, 28:00 Odds and Ends, 31:10 On the Road Again, 34:55 Outlaw Blues, 40:30 Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence, 45:19 Watchin' the River Flow




Big Sky Blues. Original on guitar & harmonica by Paul A. L. Hall.

Before you can enjoy the West, you first have got to shake off those big sky blues.  Mainly that means you first have got to know how to get around and to have a little spending change in your pocket at all times out there.  Original on harmonica and guitar by Paul Hall ...



Small Eagle Mountain -- melody on Native American Flute by Paul Hall (pa...

Crossing the desert from one side, see a small mountain like an eagle head between giant wings.  Most are tricked into seeing only the biggest mountains and they lose out in the end.  Original melody by Paul Hall of paulhallart on the Native American Flute.  Photo by Jen Hall.



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Windy Clouds -- melody on Native American Flute by Paul Hall (paulhallart)

The Dusty Mountain Blues. Original on guitar

traveling past that dusty mountain baking in the desert sun.  Tryin' to get somewhere yet here I am ...



The Dusty Mountain Blues - by me, Paul Hall of paulhallart, the 2nd of June of 2015.  Photo taken by Jen Hall on our way through Nevada back in summer of 2013.



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Canyon City, Chilkoot Trail.

Canyon City was the first outpost along the Chilkoot Trail, near Dyea, Alaska.  The trail was originally blazed by the native American Tlingit peoples and used by the miners of the 1898 gold rush to get to the waterways in Canada that would take them to Dawson, a volcanic area where to this day there is gold to be had.



The Chilkoot Trail is about thirty miles long, but I only had enough time to get to Canyon City and back, an over-nighter.  I traveled light, only a child's book bag pack on my back with a large plastic jar of peanut butter, a quart of water and an aluminum blanket.



There is a self-portrait in the series, as I take a picture of a moth on the water of a huge beaver pond, also seen is my reflection.

I rescued the moth and it survived, you'll be glad to know.



I was told later on that the Red Onion Saloon, seen in the series, was dismantled and taken to Skagway, where it is a landmark 1898 relic on Second Avenue and Broadway.



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