As you can probably figure out by the title of this blog, there are three areas of interest that I’ll be writing about. Some will deal exclusively with bicycling. A few may focus on books and others on music. Yet others may feature two or all three categories. Only time will tell.
I’m mainly an urban bicyclist, and I spend most of my time exploring Detroit’s multi-faceted streets, neighborhoods, commercial districts and parks. On my earlier two-wheel journeys across this diverse city I’ve seen lots of positive, interesting things and things that aren’t so good. I’ve experienced the sweet smell of bakeries and barbecues, breathed in the smokey fumes from beat-up cars, and diesel exhaust from buses or trucks has left my throat scratchy and dry. I’ve heard the sound of gospel music filling the streets on a Sunday morning. I’ve heard the people mover rumbling overhead. I’ve heard dogs barking, horns blowing, sirens blaring and street corner vendors hawking their goods. Most of all, I’ve seen considerable contrast between wealth and poverty. As I cycle through this city, I hope to present some of the unusual sights and rich sounds found within its borders. My camera is usually at my fingertips, so look for a few interesting photos along way.
Another interest of mine is books. I read all types of books. Books of fiction by contemporary American authors are at the top of my list. Writers like Richard Ford, TC Boyle, Jim Harrison, Richard Russo, and others. I also spend time reading the works by many of our greatest writers; Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Richard Yates, Wallace Stegner and John Steinbeck, just to name a few. Books of essays, current events, travel and books on culture are all part of the mix. In this section, I’ll be sharing my thoughts, opinions and impressions on what I’ve read.
The third component of this blog will be dedicated to music. My plan is to write about the types of musical styles that I listen to and why they move me. Keep in mind that I’m not an expert on music nor do I play an instrument. I simply enjoy it and have a special passion for 1950’s and 60’s jazz. Music has an interesting history that goes back thousands of years. It has a unique power that seems to bring people together, regardless of race, nationality or economic status. It can be heard in the world’s best venues or on a busy urban street corner. It touches us in many ways and it can bring tears to our eyes, make us edgy, or calm us in stressful situations. It can also invoke change. As Longfellow wrote, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” I hope you’ll enjoy reading my perspectives on music.