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Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.


how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

nature posts here ✿

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. 
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. 

You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.


  • Track Name

    All the Way Round

  • Album

    I Want You

  • Artist

    Marvin Gaye


"All the Way Round" off of I Want You is everything good about the music of Marvin Gaye in one loose soul classic.

You have to start off, of course, with Gaye’s lead vocal. It starts out so softly just over an “Ooo.” By the time we get to the verse and Gaye is singing lyrics, he’s still playing it down, leaving plenty of room to build. Dynamics are one of the least utilized aspects of modern pop music. The vocals in those modern tunes are always mixed to be the same volume. It’s not enough to pull off of the instrumentation when you want to be soft, you have to do the whole thing or nothing at all. Marvin Gaye understood this and that’s why you hear every aspect of this tune builds slowly over the course of the song. 

It’s got those classic Motown strings. Even though the album was recorded in L.A., the string sound exhibited right at the start of the tune is closely tied to the tunes he recorded in Detroit for so many years. You even get to hear some nice work on the vibes, an instrument that - when it comes to modern music - is limited almost entirely to jazz to the point where non-musicians will mostly likely call it a xylophone if they see it.

It’s got the classic tight vocal background harmonies by Gaye. It’s always a treat to listen to him do these sort of light, rhythmic background vocals. They’re so good that, to me, they’re basically the melody. Like the second time through the chorus at 1:34, the background vocals are so good it almost eclipses Gaye’s melismas. You can hear the influence of this style of tightly harmonized background vocals in the works of D’Angelo.

It’s got some sick bass work that is just amazing, especially when it is given a little more freedom to move around during the saxophone solo. The horn arrangement is splendid, as well. The sound during the chorus of muted trumpet doubled up and octave by flute is one of my all-time favorite instrument doubles. I mean, it’s great here in this early part of the tune, but by the time when everything is let loose during the repeated coda at 2:53, it turns into this mind-blowing groove. You get all the great aspects of the tune, Gaye’s lead vocal, his tight background vocals, the horn arrangement, the strings, the bass, vibes, and drums coming together at the same time to create the groove of a lifetime.

akingsword asked:

Would you be mad if I told you I didn't know black folk had that much of an influence in house music :/


Not at all.

Honey, if it weren’t for us, there would be no house music, no juke mixes, no edm, no vogue mixes, none of it .

Long story short, house music gets it’s its name from the place where it started in the late 70’s a Chicago nightclub called WAREHOUSE. Warehouse was primarily a nightclub for the gay community of Chicago, primarily blacks and hispanics, but it was the hottest spot in the city anybody who was anybody was seen there. The club was called “HOUSE” for short.

Frankie Knuckles was originally from NYC but moved to Chicago when the Warehouse opened in 1977 and became their first DJ. He had this new idea mixing european electronic beats with disco music. The sound caught like fire and pretty soon  all Chicago and people from around the world came to the Warehouse to hear house music as it became known.

Before Knuckles knew it, he birthed a new era in music starting in the clubs of Chicago then around the world he thereafter became known as 


Frankie Knuckles  1955-2014

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