rock bending


On this day in music history: April 20, 1970 - “Up Around The Bend/Run Through The Jungle” by Creedence Clearwater Revival is released. Written by John Fogerty, it is the El Cerrito, CA based rock band’s sixth top ten single. The song is written by Fogerty just days before the band parts the US for a European tour. It is recorded at Wally Heider Studios (at 245 Hyde Street) in San Francisco, CA soon after. “Up Around The Bend” is also backed with the song “Run Through The Jungle”, which is Creedence’s second single release of 1970. Like the previous single, both are included on CCR’s next album “Cosmo’s Factory” released in July. The single is an immediate hit upon its release, with both sides receiving heavy airplay. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on April 25, 1970, “Up Around The Bend/Run Through The Jungle” peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 6, 1970, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.



p>How does one look that adorable while eating ice cream? /Credit to the owners/ (photographed by Andy Willsher)

Tricked Baby

I sleep in darkness
The earth tilting right
The sun shining on
Rain falling somewhere
And sea crashing rocks
Trees bending upwards
Oblivious me
Somehow trick myself
With waking stretching
I’m not a baby
Cradled in earth’s sling



Smith Rock in Oregon. Smith Rock is a world-class climbing destination, partly due to the rigid nature of its rock. It is made of volcanic tuff, or fallout from volcanic eruptions. It also, by chance, forms the northwestern corner of the Prineville Caldera, a “super volcano” (God I hate that term) some twenty miles across east to west, that formed here between twenty and thirty million years ago. The valley and plains that surround the city of Prineville are all part of the center of this volcanic caldera, and the hills around it are craggy from the tuff produced by this eruption.