Sunday, February 12, 2006

Moody Monday: Melancholy

For those Gentle Viewers lucky enough to hear it, there is no more melancholy sound than a train whistle or horn on a summer night. The sound will travel for MILES.

As the Bangor Waterfront grows and is developed residentially there has been a movement to have the trains run silently through the city. I live a couple of miles from the tracks and thought it was kind of silly until I started meeting trains at 'night crossings' for photos and short movie files.

It's melacholy and quaint from a distance but right up close you'd think ALL TRAIN HELL BROKE LOOSE. Posted by Picasa


  1. EXTREMELY cool shot. And you're right about the train whistle up close. It's LOUD!!!

  2. "I bet there's rich folks eatin' in a fancy dining car
    They're prob'ly drinkin' coffee and smokin' big cigars
    Well I know I had it comin' I know I can't be free
    But those people keep a movin' and that's what tortures me "

    Now what's melancholy about that?

  3. very nice.
    i know the feeling, i've lived in a few train-crossed places & it's one of my favorite sounds, along with summer rain & distant churchbells.

  4. I grew up with a train running right behind our house. It was loud but you got used to it. Slept thru it at nite and raced to the TV to turn up the sound when it was approaching!

  5. The tracks are about half a mile from us... in the summer I like to get up early and watch the sun come up while I drink my coffee. I know it's time to go in when the 7:00 train goes by... I love the sound of it.

  6. Dude that looks like my backyard. Seriously.

    And have I told how I distain comment moderation?

  7. I crossed the desert on a dining car
    In the spring of ninety-one
    I met some people drinking at the bar
    They were laughing having fun
    I told 'em that I hadn't heard the joke
    That was so hilarious
    They said that I was just a dumb cowpoke
    I didn't want to make a fuss

    So I shot 'em down
    One by one
    Then I left 'em 'long the rails
    I use my gun
    Whenever kindness fails

    Just made me think of that Robert Earl Keen song

  8. You know how to make moody pics, my friend! ;o)

  9. Ahhh i love this one, I think the house thats lit over to the right does it for me. Very cool

  10. jenn see - Distant being the operative word! ;-)