Monday, August 15, 2016

Finnigan The Pig

This is Finnigan, a 1-year-old pig on a leash. This is his favorite pee spot in Ann Arbor's Old West Side neighborhood.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Climber Of The Trees

A black squirrel climbs down a black walnut tree, waiting for his turn at the bird feeder in my yard. I've always been impressed with the climbing abilities of squirrels, especially their upside-down game.

I'll Fly Away

The Ragbirds, a beloved local band in Ann Arbor featuring Erin Zindle on lead vocals and brother TJ Zindle on guitar, might not have ever existed if it weren’t for a third Zindle — their older brother, Eddie.

“He was the one who taught TJ how to play the guitar and he’s the one who really paved the way for TJ and I both to be doing what we’re doing,” Erin said between songs as the band performed during Sonic Lunch in Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor on Aug. 11, 2016. “And the Ragbirds wouldn’t exist without Eddie. He was a fearless pioneer. And being the oldest of three, he was the one we admired most, especially as children growing up. We followed him everywhere, and he was a musician first and he played guitar and sang.”

Sadly, Eddie died last week from a heart attack at the age of 40. The Ragbirds paid tribute to him by performing the song “I’ll Fly Away" during their Sonic Lunch set. Erin has created a webpage to raise funds for Eddie’s wife and five children at

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Always Going To Be Here

Michigan-based songwriter Joshua Davis and company rocked Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor during another installment of the Sonic Lunch concert series on Aug. 4, 2016. He'll be back to play at The Ark in October.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Stand Up For It

Brett Dennen is a wise old soul who draws elephants and buffalos on his guitars and sings beautiful and inspiring songs about running toward what you love, standing up for it, testifying, and so on and so forth. He rocked Sonic Lunch at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor on July 28, 2016. It was my third time seeing him live, including once before at Sonic Lunch in 2013 and in Grand Rapids last fall.

More Accidentals

The Accidentals, a super-talented, up-and-coming band featuring Katie Larson and Savannah Buist (and Michael Dause on percussion), is one of my absolute favorite bands ever, and not just because they're from Michigan. Though, I do love that song "Michigan and Again." I first saw them on stage at the Blind Ping in January 2015 when they did a cover of A Tribe Called Quest's "Can I Kick It." I remember telling Sav afterward how impressed I was, and that's when I learned they were from Traverse City. When they came to The Ark in June 2015, I had the pleasure of seeing them play a full live show, which was amazing. When they get going, no one rocks an electric cello and violin harder than these two. They returned to Ann Arbor today to perform at Sonic Lunch in Liberty Plaza, and once again I am impressed. You can see clips here and here. Looking forward to watching their musical career unfold. Still in their early 20s, they're just getting started.