bald mountains

Practicing for my battle with Satan

copperbadge : You know what I’m enjoying, this Ukulele tab sheet for O Canada instructs me to play majestically.
copperbadge: There’s only so majestic I can possibly get. I’m gonna need a top hat.
shinyrock6498 : You’re going to have to use the captain pose for this.
copperbadge : That will actually be helpful since this uke doesn’t have a neck strap
shinyrock6498 : To complete the majestic look, you’re going to need a 6 foot stripey scarf
copperbadge : Happily I actually have three of those. I could wear them all at once. 
copperbadge: SO fucking majestic. 


Morning Glow… Jane Bald, Roan Mountain sunrise

Crazy Critter of Bald Mountain

On November 14th, 1974, numerous eyewitnesses claimed to see a fiery object plummet to Earth approximately five miles away from Bald Mountain in Lewis County, Washington.

Three days after this event, Seattle grocer Earnest Smith was deer hunting in the area when he spotted a strange creature that was unlike anything he had ever seen before. He described it to Jim Brandon of “Weird America” as horse-sized, covered with scales and standing on four rubbery legs with suckers like octopus’s tentacles. Its head was football-shaped with an antenna sticking up, and it gave off a green, iridescent light.

Days later, Roger Ramsbaugh and his wife were driving along State Route 7- a nearly 60-mile stretch of road between Morton and Tacoma- on a fog shrouded evening, when they suddenly noticed a dull green glow near the side of the road. When they slowed down to investigate, they saw that very same creature standing there, and they presumably sped off out of fear.

These reports soon reached the local paper, who dubbed it the Crazy Critter of Bald Mountain. Eventually, William H. Wiester the Lewis County sheriff began an investigation. Shortly after, he was visited by United States Air Force and NASA officials and instructed not to continue his investigations. The sheriff’s own team of county officials was replaced by heavily armed agents wearing uniforms with no insignia. As soon as they swooped in, no new information regarding the Crazy Critter was revealed, and no more sightings have been reported ever since.


1. Dans la brume - César Cui [The Orphanage of Keramzin]
2. Berceuse “Dors petet gars” - César Cui [Alina Starkov]
. Kastchei’s Enchanted Garden - Stravinski [The Darkling]
In The Steppes of Central Asia - Borodin [Malyen Oretsev]
5. Dance of the Oprichniki - Prokofiev [The Grisha]
6. Night on Bald Mountain - Mussorgsky [The Unsea]
The Firebird: Infernal Dance of All Kasthchei Subjects - Stravinski [Volcra]
8. The Swan - Prokofiev [The Sun Summoner]
9. March of the Young Ivan - Prokofiev [The Little Palace]
Waltz of the Flowers - Tchaikovsky [The Grand Palace]
The Temptress - Prokofiev [Genya]
12. String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op 122: Elegie - Shostakovich [Baghra]
Swan Lake Op. 20 Scene Moderato - Tchaikovsky [The Morozova Stag]
Jazz Suite No.1 Foxtrot - Shostakovich [Sturmhold]
Jazz Suite No.2 Waltz II - Shostakovich [Nikolai Lantsov]
Korol’ Lir: Overture - Balakirev [The Sea Whip]
Uvertyura na temi tryokh russkikh pesen - Balakirev [The Firebird]
Danila In Search of the Flower - Prokofiev [Heartrenders]
19. String Quartet No.2 in D: Notturno - Borodin [Healers]
Flight of the Bumblebee - Rimsky-Korsakov [Squallers]
The Snow Maiden Introduction - Rimsky-Korsakov [Tidemakers]
The Holy Fool - Prokofiev [Inferni]
The Nutcracker: March - Tchaikovsky [Durast]
Dance of the Swans: Allegro - Tchaikovsky [Alkemi]
25. The Sleeping Beauty Waltz - Tchaikovsky [Tailors]
26. The Lark - Glinka [Sankt Ilya]
Vocalise Op 34, No 14 - Rachmaninoff [Aleksander Morozova]

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (21 March 1839 – 28 March 1881) 

Russian composer, one of the group known as “The Five”. He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.

Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover detail from Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Its New Version By Victor Belaiev. Translated from the Russian by S. W. Pring. London: Oxford University Press, 1928.


Kay Nielsen (Danish-American, 1886-1957)

Kay Nielsen was an art nouveau illustrator who specialized in books for children. He worked as a concept artist for the Walt Disney company from 1937-1941. His work was used in Night on Bald Mountain and Ave Maria in Disney’s Fantasia. By the 1950’s, his style had fallen out of fashion, and he died in poverty in Los Angeles.

Red Magic, 1930. Nielsen’s last book for children.

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