This evening felt like I was in a movie. As I drove down our street into our neighborhood I could see wispy storm clouds moving like the fingers of an angry witch, barely highlighted by the ambient light of the streetlights. I parked out front and brought my bags in, and before I could open our garage I heard the hail starting. I ran out and pulled in our van, and the hail started coming down heavier. I wondered if I should go out again and risk getting hit, but the hail wasn’t larger than marble size so I did. Running out to my car, my left pointer finger was struck by a large hailstone that really smarted. I pulled my car up to the garage entrance but saw I hadn’t pulled the van far enough to the side. I jumped out, backed out the van, and pulled in it in the garage as far over as I could. Then I ran out to get in my car, but the hail was intensifying and I held my breath hoping I would not be struck in the head by a large stone. I got in my car and pulled it into the garage as larger stones were falling and hitting loudly. I literally pulled both cars in the garage in the nick of time, if I’d started the process even 30 seconds later, I don’t think I would have been able to do it – the hail got VERY intense right as I drove our second car into the garage. I closed the garage door, and then recorded this 30 second audio clip of the hailstones hitting the metal garage door and the concrete outside. Praise God I was not struck in the head by a hailstone, and I got our cars in the garage to safety. Life’s exciting living in Oklahoma City!
A 55 second recording of Brian Cheney singing Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright in the Portland, Oregon, airport on October 12, 2012. Listen to more of Brian’s wonderful singing and book him for a wedding or other event on johnrossmusic.com/about. Visit Brian’s website and order his music on briancheney.com.
A sixty second recording of the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, Montana, recorded on August 5, 2012.
This is a recording of Brian Jackson playing the amazing Voyageur, the Six String Nation guitar made from pieces of Canadian heritage. Learn all about it on www.sixstringnation.com. This photo was taken by George Douklias at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2006 and shared by Jowi Taylor on the Unplug’d Ning.
This is an audio recording of the mountain stream at Fish Camp in the southern part of Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico.
This is the opening blessing, shared in the Cherokee language, during the opening ceremony of the June 2012 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Tulsa, Oklahoma.