On this site, I posted a picture (almost) every day, from December 3, 2010 to December 3, 2011. Only 16 days during that period are without pictures. All but two pictures were taken on the day of the post. Sometimes the daily picture represented the day in a larger way; sometimes it was just a picture. Since I posted so often, some pictures are more interesting than others.

After one year of posting a daily picture, I posted pictures less frequently - whenever I had something worth sharing.

After two years of more casual posting, I decided to once again post a daily (or almost daily) picture in 2014.

I'm not a photographer, and most of these pictures were taken with an inexpensive digital camera. A few were taken with a cellphone camera. Click on any picture for a larger view.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

So Long, Michael Bell

I discovered the tiny Clarkston, Georgia record store Records Galore about 17 years ago.  I don't remember why I was driving through Clarkston, a suburb of Atlanta, but I was surprised to see a record store, and I stopped, of course.  On that first visit, I found a hard-to-find, long-out-of-print album by avant-garde jazz saxophonist Byard Lancaster for a ridiculously cheap price, and I was hooked.  I have been a regular customer ever since, and have made some fabulous finds there.

My last visit was in November, and the owner, Michael Bell, was looking very unwell.  I wondered if he was not long for the world, and sure enough, he died in December.  I drove by the store today, and it's sitting closed and empty of people, although still full of records and CDs.  It seemed particularly poignant that Mr. Bell's water bottle is still in the window, and that on his last day at the store he must have felt so bad that he forgot to turn the sign from "OPEN" to "CLOSED."  Mr. Bell was pretty taciturn, so we only had brief conversations, but I admired his dedication to recorded music, and I miss him.

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