I’ve been reading (and loving) Jay Kirk’s Kingdom Under Glass and I just learned that when the Brooklyn Bridge was first erected, it was the tallest man-made structure on earth and that PT Barnum (of The Greatest Show On Earth fame) led a pack of 21 elephants across it as a spectacle displaying the bridge’s great strength. Leading the pack, was the world’s most beloved elephant, Jumbo, who would die a few years later by being struck by a train Ontario and who’s body would be preserved by the father of modern taxidermy, the one-and-only Carl Ackely.
My friends in The Hudson Branch finished up their new album, Yesterday, which is a tip-of-the-hat to pop music of the past (i.e. Bill Withers, Jackson Five) and the first installment in a three album recording project (Today & Tomorrow are still to come). On top of being just damn good music, the cover is 3D, so if you have some glasses, give it an extra look!
Nuba Reports reminds us that sometimes storytelling is a tool used to inspire action in the face of apathy.