Early morning shoot at the Little River and Sink Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This is our home for the week. A mountain cabin. Literally perched high on top of one of the Great Smoky Mountains.
The cabin itself is called Bellagio Bear. This seems to be the protocol down here in the south. Every place has a name. Oh, it has a street address as well, but we just call it the cabin.
With 5 bedrooms and a home theatre, it is perhaps a touch larger than most cabins. But a wonderful spot to take a family on vacation.
Matthew and Lorraine pause for a staged photo opportunity at the base of the stairs in the main living area. This great room has floor to ceiling windows that soar about 30 feet with a spectacular view of the mountains.
Lorraine is hard at work in the kitchen even though we have been eating out most of the time.
And where do we eat? Well, the Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg tops the list.
And Matthew demonstrates the best way to consume the pancakes from the Pancake Pantry.
Inspired by nature. Suhr’s 2015 Collection features some truly awe inspiring guitars, and we have a bunch of them! Suhr’s attention to detail is truly stunning, with every effort, down to the wooden tuning pegs and wooden pickup covers, to create the most earthy feeling guitars we’ve ever seen.
Another impressive set of guitars incoming to Cosmo Music in Toronto. These Suhr guitars are a cut above their regular production models and, of course, with a price tag to match.
The guitar pictured above caught my eye. It is a Burl Maple Modern Carve Top. It has a chambered Burl Maple body, an elliptical Bacote neck with brass ring dot position inlays and a 24k gold-plated logo. And, perhaps with a nod to Canadians, it also features a Maple leaf inlay on the neck.
Cosmo is showing this guitar out of stock. Perhaps someone has already picked it up.
We are in Washington D.C. for a few days. And then we make our way to the Great Smoky Mountains.
It is nice to finally be free of snow and to experience temperatures about 10 degrees Celsius.
Here are a few shots from our first day in the capitol.
To date I have personally built more than 100 guitars and basses. Each an act of passion, dedication and discipline. With CP Thornton Guitars, I am fulfilling a lifetime dream… to create heirloom quality instruments for musicians who seek that rare balance between breath-taking beauty and engineering excellence. With mass production dominating the music industry today, a truly master-built instrument is rare. Each Thornton model has been designed specifically for its purpose and sonic signature.
In designing this model, I didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, because I have tremendous respect for the Fender Telecaster. I just tried to make it more player friendly. I kept the essential original features, and made subtle changes to the shape of the horn, the neck angle, and the headstock angle. Of course, The Classic has my unique inset neck joint so it can be played all the way up the fretboard without changing your hand position.
Cp Thornton on the Classic.
It is our belief that Chuck Thornton is one of the very few who has successfully taken on the task of redesigning the most classic of all solidbody guitars ever made and has managed to significantly improve its ergonomics, playability, touch sensitivity and intonation while preserving every drop of its vintage tone and feel. No easy task. And the best part is that it now can be yours by purchasing one of the CP Thornton Classics that Destroy All Guitars has commissioned Chuck to build.
Destroy All Guitars on the Classic.
What a beautiful instrument! In stock and fairly priced.
For Cp Thornton, making guitars is his calling.
It was his destiny. Here are some more of his guitars.
GREAT NEWS! Your name is now at the top of the AmpliFIRE Reserve List and we’re ready to take your order.
I had placed my name on the reserve list for a few reasons. One, my 57 Tweed Deluxe Reissue was really misbehaving — and it still is unfortunately — and I had spent enough time and money trying to get it to work. I was really annoyed at tube amps generally and this one in particular. Two, I thought that it might be easier to use a good quality modeler for much of my playing out.
Since then, I got a Clark Beaufort to replace the 57 Tweed. My 5e3 tone is back. To spend roughly $900 Canadian sight and sound unseen on a pedal is not wise. I won’t be placing the order. I love the sound I am getting from my current rig.
I’ve debated getting into modelers a few times. I’ve owned a few and I have played with software modelers in the studio. I have had better luck with software modelers on the recording side of things.
I hope Tom is successful with the AmpliFIRE and I will certainly be watching out for more detailed reviews and feedback on the unit from other players.
Technology at Work, the Future of Innovation and Employment is a lengthy report and well worth a read if you are thinking about where things might be heading from a technology perspective. It is not an encouraging view of the future.
From where we are:
Instead of labour, the greatest beneficiaries of the digital age have been shareholders. According to a recent estimate, the three leading companies of Silicon Valley employed some 137,000 workers in 2014 with a combined market capitalisation of $1.09 trillion. By contrast, in 1990 the three largest companies in Detroit had a market capitalisation of $36 billion while collectively employing about 1.2 million workers.
Fewer workers are creating substantial wealth and only a small fraction of those highly skilled workers will see their wages rise over their lifetime.
The report puts forward a scenario where almost half of the labour force will be at risk of automation as a result of recent trends in technology. Significant job loss, coupled with income inequality, will force dramatic changes to our current economic system although societal and political impulses will be slow to respond.
Given the abundance of material wealth that now exists, the problems will be of a different nature. They will naturally involve the issue of wealth distribution and, within the psychological realm, questions of how to live with dignity in a world that no longer values one’s work, at least in dollars and cents.
Such a world is likely to demand more than the kind of incremental reform that seems to limit modern politics. Tinkering with the progressivity of income tax rates won’t be enough.
Governments will try of course. It has already happened in Ontario where the marginal rate for high income earners has topped 50%. The problem is that there are too few high-income earners to redistribute income in any meaningful fashion. In all of Canada, there are only about 250,000 tax filers in the top 1-percent of income. And the income threshold to be included in the top 1-percent is about $215,000.
We should not confuse high income with high wealth.
And technology will continue to displace human labour at an incredible rate in the years to come.
We seem poorly prepared for this new world.
Yes. Still clearing snow. And, as you can tell, there is an awful lot of snow still left on the deck.
I love winters in Ontario.