Two of my most-memorable adventures of the summer of 2015 were a Saturday afternoon, and a Friday evening, that I spent having various types of crazy fun at Coney Island, Brooklyn — which is truly a magical place where there are endless wonders just waiting to be discovered. I just love it there. If you are also fan of Coney Island, then I hope you had the chance to see Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008, which, sadly, just closed at the Brooklyn Museum this past weekend.
Since we last saw/heard them here on The Gig, Chicago’s dark-wave powerhouse Solemn Meant Walks have paired down from a quartet to the formidably talented duo of Ami Gloria and Andrew Sole. They’re back this week with their latest video for “Said The Night” and it is really something!
Vocalist/songwriter Ami Gloria reveals that the mysterious and enchanting video was shot inside the astonishing House on the Rock, a regional tourist attraction in Spring Green, WI. “It’s widely known for having the most creative, thematic rooms,” she explained. Built by the eccentric outside artist Alex Jordan Jr, the house itself sits atop Deer Shelter Rock, a column of rock approximately 60 feet across on the top, which stands in a forest nearby. The video starts with Ami in the Infinity Room, which features over 3000 windows and juts out 218 feet from the house, with no supports, and only the forest below! Also featured in the video is a room full of twinkling lights that houses the world’s largest indoor carousel — and that is but one of many fantastic features of the house. “The House on the Rock is truly exhilarating and captivating to all minds,” Ami enthused, “and it’s a must-see attraction for anyone wanting an experience of the magical and mystical underworld!”
Aurally, Solemn Meant Walks recall the classic, sonically seductive sounds of Siouxsie and The Banshees or Sisters of Mercy. Ami offered a bit of insight to her very personal lyrics, “In the chorus, I sing, “And now, Said the Night, all walk inside of me. At night, oh you walk and wander, what’s inside of me” — which is something of a monologue that describes the spiritual connection between souls that are the same, and what it’s like to undertake a higher purpose through a spiritual journey.” “Said The Night” can be found on the band’s 2014 debut album which can be downloaded at This Link right now, while also being available on iTunes, CDbaby, Spotify, Youtube and wherever fine music is procured! Watch for a new album from Solemn Meant Walks coming soon! Enjoy!
If you are looking for cool stuff to do and see in NYC, head down to Battery Park and ride the Seaglass Carousel! I have been obsessed with riding this carousel since it opened in August, and I finally got down there this past weekend. It was worth the wait.
On the Seaglass Carousel, you can take a 3-minute ride inside a Fish or a Seashell, and it is the most fun you can have for five dollars. Just take a look at the video I took of my ride!
OMG so fun! The music they play is also pretty cool and festive. Since the fish light up, it is perhaps a bit more of an “Experience” (as Jimi Hendrix would say) if you ride at night.
Each fish is available for sponsorship. I think that is what this little plaque was about, which was inside my Pink Betta Fish! Ride the fish!
The Seaglass Carousel is located in Battery Park very close to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The M15 SBS Bus will take you right there. Admission is just $5 and the Carousel is open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM! Get more information at This Link!
Now that the snow and frigid cold are kicking off the New Year here in Manhattan, I am looking back fondly at my recent week long holiday trip to Southern California, where I enjoyed clear blue skies, bright sun and warm temperatures each and every day! California!
On the Sunday before Christmas, my BFF Sue (Pictured above) and I went on an adventure to Griffith Park in Los Angeles, where we rode the vintage Merry Go Round with extreme glee!
Located in Park Center between the Los Angeles Zoo and the Los Feliz park entrance, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round was built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company and brought to Griffith Park in 1937. It features 68 horses, each of which moves (in other words, it’s “a jumper”). Each horse is finely carved with jewel-encrusted bridles, detailed draped blankets and decorated with sunflowers and lion’s heads.
A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, reputed to be the largest band organ accompanying a carousel on the West Coast, plays over 1500 selections of marches and waltz music. It is pretty cool and reminded me of Disneyland for some reason.
This is my horse, which I named Lightning Bug. The Merry Go Round goes remarkably fast and will actually make your hair blow back with the wind it kicks up, so I am guessing that if you are just a little bit stoned or drunk it is much more fun to ride than if you are sober. Fortunately, seat belt-type things are provided, so you can secure yourself onto your trusty steed!
It costs just $2.00 (what a bargain!) to ride the Merry Go Round for what is probably just a few minutes but feels like a good amount of time. Wee!
They sell these pinwheels there as well.
Here is another photo of the Organ, which I believe may have been fancied up for the Christmas Season.
Here is some additional Christmas Fanciness! I believe in this display, animals in hats are meant to be selling shoes, or perhaps specifically; horse shoes.
As is the case with anything these days, there are a few rules that should be followed. At any rate, I recommend you visit the Merry Go Round if you happen to be in the area, and have yourself some fun!
The Merry Go Round at Griffith Park is Open Weekends throughout the Year and Weekdays during the Summer, and over Christmas and Easter vacations, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.