This is Colonial Gardens. I used to come her when I was a teenager to drink and listen to the music. One summer I fell in love with the the lead singer who used to sing the song, Summer Wine. Whenever I hear that song I think back to that summer…
When I was 17
This is Cox’s park down on the Ohio River. I used to come here as a teenager in a battered old 1959 Chevy Bel Air. I had installed a radio I got from a junk yard and put in speakers in the rear window. We would open up the trunk turn the radio on and dance to the music in the parking lot. Later we would watch the submarine races.
Ohio River from Cox’s Park
Old Man River
Keeps Rolling Along
In the Autumn of my years
The continuing saga…
So, I was on a photo shoot with Candide in the old neighborhood. Here’s what happened.
Candide: Where should I stand?
Benn: How about over here with that building behind you in the background? Or, over there with the fountain behind you? Or, over there in front of that tree?
Candide keeps walking….
Benn: Or, hey! I have an idea! Why don’t you pick a spot?
Candide: Is that another smart-ass remark? More of your sarcasm?
Benn: What me? Sarcastic? You obviously have me confused with someone else!
Candide: No I don’t! It’s you all right! You with your sarcasm, your cynicism, and your skepticism. You a hope killer!
Benn: Hope kills…
Once upon a time, not long ago, I took my young friend Victoria to see Bonnie Rait at the Louisville Palace. While waiting in line to get in we stood outside next to a picture of Tony Bennett who had been a featured performer at the Palace in the past. I remarked to Victoria that I had seen Tony Bennett at the Palace back before she was even born.
She looked up at me with her smiling eyes and said, “Isn’t life ironic?”
The Palace Theater
KMAC Couture is a wearable art runway show presented by KMAC Museum In Louisville, Kentucky each April. This event offers a unique way to experience the Museum.
Everything Couture Here?
I walked into the party
my scarf it was apricot
I had one eye in the viewfinder
and the other rubbering around the room
the girls in their lavish dresses
were on display for all to see
A cupcake is a tasty treat
and the eye candy looked so sweet…
the gates of heaven must be open
I think I saw an angel just walk by.
KMAC Museum, 715 W, Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky
All photos by Benn Bell