Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music by jansenphoto (

A song of photography!

Growing up in the Anglo Caribbean (the old term is British West Indies,) I was mostly exposed to Kaiso ( Calypso ) and later reggae. Kaiso gave way to Calypso, which, due to regional musical influences, became soca (Soul Calypso).

I remember that my uncles listened to American Country Music by Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Junior and quite a lot of Elvis Presley. I can't explain why my uncles liked that music, but I developed an appreciation for it.

My father preferred famous American musicians such as Andy Williams and Nat King Cole. Still, as I grew older and my dad became an audiophile, he switched to Pink Floyd, Chuck Mangione, and Gato Barbieri. My musical tastes changed along with him.

In high school, I discovered my musical tastes. I liked Bob Marley, David Bowie and The Police, the Beatles, Peter Gabriel and Devo and Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, Prince and Michael Jackson. My musical taste was all over the map. Consistently inconsistent. But in the 1980s, I mostly listened to European alternative music.

First, records were spun on my father's audio equipment. He was a serious audiophile. Linn Sondek turntable and pickup, Bose 501 Series 3 and Quad ESL 63 hooked up to NAD preamps and Marantz amplifiers. Our living room was a listening room. I learned the difference between high bias metal and standard cassette tapes. I learned how to set the equaliser for each type of music listening experience.

Then CDs came, and plastic discs replaced my tapes and vinyl. High-quality digital discs quickly transitioned to lower quality but "good enough" digital downloads. It's not good enough. But that's where we are.

I discovered the band U2 in my second year of college. I listened to the Joshua Tree album until it fell apart. I had to buy a second copy. Then I bought all their older records. And the new ones as they were released. I had friends who travelled to Europe and bought me bootleg copies of tape recordings of concerts. I couldn’t get enough of the band.

U2 lead me to REM and Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana. My 1990s were mostly filled with American alternative rock. I still listen to this genre today.

In the 2000s’ I listened to Cold Play and the OneRepublic.

Lately, I have been stuck on EDM. Paul van Oakenfold, and Tiesto, and Armin van Buren. Right now, that music seems to calm me when working and help blot out the voices of self-doubt.

Bob Marley reminds me too much of the life I used to have in the Caribbean and which I miss dearly. I don't listen to reggae and calypso as much as I used to.


Collection of Musical Items

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

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    This is one from the archives.
    It was taken in the early evening in Washington, D.C. several years ago during a family spring vacation. I had an entry-level DSLR, a Nikon D40 and AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens, and was still learning composition and how to use the camera. I don’t think I had a tripod. If I am recalling correctly, this was shot, hand-held while out tour trolley truck was stopped.
    I chose this one because of the intensity of the red in the sky. I think I did some minor editing in Adobe Lightroom.
    The title of the post is taken from the lyrics of the song “New Year’s Day”, originally released on U2’s War album. U2 has been my favourite band since I first heard “With or Without You” (from the Joshua Tree album) on the radio in 1986.
    NOTE: The WordPress theme I am using does not support captions in the featured image. I am looking for a similar theme but one which supports captions. If you have any suggestions, drop me a note in the comments section.
    Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

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  • Otto von Münchow
    29th June 2017 at 7:31 PM

    I have a similar experience with music and listened to much as the same music as you did. It was fun to read about your musical journey. And great photos, of course. (Like other, I can't like the post - or any other of yours.)

    • Khürt Williams
      2nd July 2017 at 10:28 AM

      Otto, my musical tastes growing up were very much influenced by European pop.

      I think there is a problem with my self-hoseted WordPress communicating to JetPack. I tried different themes and the problems persist.

      • Otto von Münchow
        2nd July 2017 at 12:32 PM

        Yes, I was just visiting your blog again and could like any of your posts. 🙂

        • Khürt Williams
          8th July 2017 at 10:19 AM

          Otto, the Like button is working again. I traced it down to a synchronization issue between JetPack and my self-hosted WordPress. I used the manually sync feature in JetPack to fix it.

          • Otto von Münchow
            19th July 2017 at 4:31 PM

            Great to hear. I will be back soon on your blog. 🙂

  • adventuresofabusymomcom
    28th June 2017 at 4:38 AM

    Great photos. I loved following your musical journey!

    • Khürt Williams
      28th June 2017 at 12:36 PM

      Thanks and it's still evolving.

      • adventuresofabusymomcom
        28th June 2017 at 2:21 PM

        Yes! It's amazing how it can change so much in our lives!

  • Nicole Pottier
    27th June 2017 at 4:50 AM

    Really nice and lovely !

  • judithreid
    26th June 2017 at 5:11 PM

    I cannot LIKE again this week. It won't let me !!!

    • Khürt Williams
      26th June 2017 at 7:36 PM

      Judith, I am not sure what the problem is but I also see the problem when I use the computer at work. I tried changing themes but the problem persists so it's something with WordPress itself.

  • Dina
    25th June 2017 at 2:50 PM

    That's a lovely and personal take on the challenge, Khürt!

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