Mr A-Z is soon to be back with his 5th studio album, “Yes!”. From the previews I’ve heard so far the album will follow in the footsteps of “Love is a Four Letter Word” and have a very acoustic sound.
The videos below show a preview of two of the new songs, performed at his organic farm. I really like “Long Road”, I can imagine this song playing on the radio, it’s quite beautiful.
Our relationship to music has changed so much over my lifetime. It’s pretty hard for an artist to find their feet in the a Spotify | Rdio | Pandora | iTunes Radio world.
Most of these services start you off with a song from an artist and move you through “like” artists. Some are curated, some use complex algorithms to determine the next song. It’s rare to get the same artist too many times so the idea of hearing a whole album is pretty much unheard of these days. Because of this, I still tend to buy a lot of music right from iTunes. A lot of my new music still comes from recommendations by friends. My short time on Last.FM and Spotify also yielded some artists that I’ve gone on to buy whole albums. But I’m a child of the 70’s and 80’s, listening to an album all the way through was the done thing. Kids of today are gear toward the streaming ‘radio’ way of things.
The other reason I don’t use these services is bandwidth usage. I typically listen to music while out and about, and I don’t like to stream music while doing so. I like to save my data for other things like posting photos and video from the road. So I still do albums and my own curated playlists. I’m glad I’ll have more Jason Mraz to add to the mix in the coming weeks.
I’m no car aficionado but this is just gorgeous. One of the finest pieces of Lego I’ve seen in a long time. The detail is exquisite. An engine, a boot with spare tyre, the picnic basket, the form of the car… just perfect.
Some Lego sets I buy because they have a connection to my youth, like “Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship”. But mostly I collect the Creator houses and minifigs. Occasionally though a set comes along that is just amazing. The VW Combi Van is one, this is another.
Not saying I’ll get this, it’s just too beautiful to not write a post about.
From the Lego Press Release:
Experience the iconic MINI Cooper first hand, with its classic lines, detailed interior and fun picnic theme.
Take the iconic MINI Cooper for a drive! This beautifully crafted LEGO® brick replica of the classic MINI Cooper Mk VII is full of authentic details, from the classic green and white color scheme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes, to the opening doors, hood and trunk, sporty fog lights, detailed engine and separate spare tire compartment. You can even remove the roof to access a tan colored interior with patterned seats, veneer-style dashboard, turning steering wheel, and moving gearshift and handbrake. And of course, no MINI Cooper would be complete without a picnic basket and blanket, the perfect accessories for a cozy day in the countryside!
- Features opening doors, hood and trunk, spare wheel in separate compartment, detailed engine and 2 fog lights.
- Accessories include a picnic basket, bottle and blanket for nostalgic picnic theme.
- Authentic replica of the MINI Cooper Mk VII.
- Classic green and white color theme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes.
- Lift the hood to reveal the detailed engine.
- Remove the roof and access the detailed interior.
- MINI Cooper measures over 4” (11cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.