2011-12-31 – Hagerstown – MD – Fairgrounds and Pangborn Parks

What a gorgeous light with which to end the year, and also a good way to end it, i.e., with a long walk around a now familiar old park. For 2012: into the neighborhoods for more Americana (and historic architecture) and, possibly, people by way of old fashioned street shooting.

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Fairgrounds Park – Magic Hour – 11/7/2011

From just a little earlier this year, but certainly worth a brag. The series within the set involving branches and the moon is available via Fine Art America’s print-on-demand service: http://james-oppenheim.artistwebsites.com/ — Enjoy!

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That Old Main Web Site

My firm’s old main web presence — http://www.communicating-arts.com — has cost me a bundle ($35 per month) over the years, and although it says “I can do this and that and a few other things too,” it costs more than it should today, and yet . . . it’s set up and it tells the truth: camera, mind, and language (also guitar and voice) — then art, communicating, and entertainment product — I’m still pretty damn good!

I’ve been thinking of contributing to the web’s general “link rot” and migrating the web not only to a less expensive hosting service but with a new design altogether, but, sheesh, we’re not talking about all that much of a difference over the course of a year, and I still have great flexibility with what I call its “main stage”.

The “CA Main Web” is a part of my ante on that boundless poker table we call business, and not only am I in but in with the most interesting set of cards ever–more portals for showing off wares; more social share sites for  . . . sharing the experience; perhaps too, more experience, or sufficient, finally, in basic business and the routines involved in scouting and scoping work, setting a bid rate, contract type, and minimums, and scheduling to market  quietly to the best effect.

That old main web site needs its little bit of attention, and it’s going to get it–a few additions, a few edits, but not a new look: after all these years, it still works, and, for the most part, I still like it!

Playin’ Down at the Georgia Boy Cafe

Late fall, early winter, into the holiday season, cooler weather, rains and snows — all that: the very best time for playing and listening to music.

I haven’t wanted to link the avocations, enthusiasms, and vocations, but it should be no secret that I’ve been playing music since I was a little iddle boy and never quite quit playing out — just coming close for ten years while dancing evenings at the Cancun Cantina in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Now moved to Hagerstown on the eastern edge of the state’s panhandle, I’ve gotten into music circles and open mics, and lately: a gig!

I don’t think the meaning of “a gig” changes all that much on the way past 16 to an equally perturbing 60 (wait: I’m not THAT close to that, yet, but four years close — that’s hard to believe).

Musicians know this: you’re as likely to feel as proud of whatever the bar hands you — and whether or not the room was empty or packed — as you have ever felt about earning a buck at anything else.


Good. We understand one another.

Thanks to the two guys who just happened to walk into a restaurant mid-evening and find a guy with a “beautiful voice” playing guitar on a bar stool, a treat, I hope.

And thanks to music buddies David Dishneau and Joe Kuhna — pretty good players and singers themselves — for coming out after an evening jam session for drinks, good sound, and, so I also hope, good company.

Venue: Georgia Boy Cafe, 325 Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown, Maryland. Next appearance: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from around 7 p.m. to somewhere between 10 and 11, weather (ice free) conditions willing for me and Mustang.