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ride to live to 66/55

A video by Madeleine Gleed “exploring the passion that some people have for Harley Davidsons.”

Audio: 66/55 off still echoes (2013)


#DaCaLuF 131: 66/55 Petite Penguins

66/55 [off still echoes (2013) and written in 1996], a love song to old Rte 66 and the 20th century America of my youngest days, backs up a Bellais family adventure with Magellan penguins in Punto Tombo, Argentina.

Les mignons petits pinguoins de Punta Tumbo.

Musique: 66/55 par Westy Reflector
http://westyreflector.net

Fwiw, as of this writing, 66/55 is the most downloaded track of mine at the freemusicarchive.

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The Bellais family from France is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


66/55 for 07/04

66/55 at the free music archive

66/55 at bandcamp

Among my thirty tracks at the Free Music Archive as of this post, 66/55 is the most downloaded. The track was written in a backseat down Interstate 55 from Chicago to Peoria, Illinois, on a 1995 trip to say goodbye to my wife’s grandmother. The song looks back and around at 20th century America. Shirley and Normal are towns along the way, and “Normal: Next Exit” is just a perfect highway sign.

shirley got electricity back in 1939
kept the milk from spoiling and rotting right there on the vine
just so happened when i drove through
shirley said she didn’t but i knew that she knew
all that power wasn’t flowing through the lines

normal had its heyday back in 1945
almost ½ the town had made it back ½ alive
and there was a house or two for every boy and girl
they had all just beaten back the enemy of that world
and all that government money made it easy to survive

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
66 became 55

mclean didn’t care for kennedy back in 1959
still, they circled chicago with a highway and called it the dan ryan
shirley & normal thought they’d never need another road
‘cause they said that 6 lane highway could carry any load
and shirley and normal forgot what it meant to stop at a light

66 became 55

they put a cyclone in the center of town
they fought for all those parking spots from miles around
seventy-five feet high and a mile and a quarter around
all that light, all that color, all that sound

now shirley went all l.a. and normal wants to be las vegas
so jackpot boats float down the river where huck finn said “big jim saved us.”
and there is a coin or two for every girl and boy
if you think you earned it, it could not have been a ploy
you know that story. it’s old. ’cause history never changed it.

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
hey, 66 became 55

66 is off to the side
because it’s the service road of 55
½ the town
is ½ alive


master yoyo steve brown: soundtracks

Professional yoyo demonstrator Steve Brown used snippets of a number of my tracks over the last coupe months to soundtrack some amazing yoyo moves. These make me happy…

12/24/13
"Performing isn't about the hardest tricks you can do, it's about the biggest. Here's one I've always enjoyed filling stage space with." – Steve

YoYo used is the Catalyst by YoYoFactory.
Song is "Grey Skies Undertow" by Westy Reflector.

12/26/13
"An old favorite bit of silliness." -Steve

Song is "One City" by Westy Reflector.
YoYo used is the Catalyst by YoYoFactory.

12/22/13
"I wanted to do a punt and then punt it back after the first turn, but it turns out that is really difficult." – Jacob

Yoyo used is the Protostar by YoYoFactory.
Song is "She Still Echoes Like A Summer" by Westy Reflector.

12/20/13
"This trick can go south on you really, really easily." – Steve

Yoyo used is the Severe Supernova by YoYoFactory.
Song is "66/55" by Westy Reflector.

11/23/13
"Nothing better than a really hard to get-to thumb drop, eh?" – Steve

Yoyo used is the Avant Garde by YoYoFactory.
Song is "One City" by Westy Reflector.

11/24/13
"Just a little responsive fun." – Steve

Yoyo used is the Die-Nasty by YoYoFactory.
Song is "Ursula" by Westy Reflector.

11/24/13
"It's always good, from time to time, to re-think how your shit works." – Steve

Yoyo used is the Avant Garde by YoYoFactory.
Song is "Soma" by Westy Reflector.

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Steve Brown is a professional yoyo demonstrator, National YoYo Master, and winner of the Trick Innovator of the Year and Donald F. Duncan Industry Excellence Awards. He is the founder of 365yoyotricks.com, co-founder of the Triple Crown of YoYo, YoYoNews.com, Shinbone Creative, and owner of the Steve Brown Gallery.

365yoyotricks.com
YoYoNews
YoYoExpert.com
YoYoFactory.com
Triple Crown of YoYo
Shinbone Creative
Steve Brown Gallery


still echoes

26 january 2013

crystal never hurts
manhattan bridge train
she still echoes
tweed square
66/55
flying time
like these chords
sliver of sky
the 12th step
the rime of the ancient…
i must have love

bandcamp | free music archive


66/55

wrote this in 1996 on a chicago to peoria drive.

shirley got electricity back in 1939
kept the milk from spoiling and rotting right there on the vine
just so happened when i drove through
shirley said she didn’t but i knew that she knew
all that power wasn’t flowing through the lines

normal had its heyday back in 1945
almost ½ the town had made it back ½ alive
and there was a house or two for every boy and girl
they had all just beaten back the enemy of that world
and all that government money made it easy to survive

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
66 became 55

mclean didn’t care for kennedy back in 1959
still, they circled chicago with a highway and called it the dan ryan
shirley & normal thought they’d never need another road
‘cause they said that 6 lane highway could carry any load
and shirley and normal forgot what it meant to stop at a light

66 became 55

they put a cyclone in the center of town
they fought for all those parking spots from miles around
seventy-five feet high and a mile and a quarter around
all that light, all that color, all that sound

now shirley went all l.a. and normal wants to be las vegas
so jackpot boats float down the river where huck finn said “big jim saved us.”
and there is a coin or two for every girl and boy
if you think you earned it, it could not have been a ploy
you know that story. it’s old. ’cause history never changed it

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
hey, 66 became 55

66 is off to the side
because it’s the service road of 55
½ the town
is ½ alive