Rock and rollers My Morning Jacket have been on an absolute tear over the last few nights, coming off of a highly anticipated performance with Roger Waters at The Bridge School Benefit last weekend. Inspired by Mr. Waters, MMJ has been taking songs from the Pink Floyd catalog the last few nights and debuting them through their own powerful lens.After playing “Mother” last Wednesday in Chattanooga (watch here) and “Wish You Were Here” last Thursday in Asheville, NC (watch here), My Morning Jacket arrived for their highly-anticipated set at Suwannee Hulaween festival last night. There, they kept the streak alive, performing a rocking rendition of “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” from Pink Floyd’s famed album The Wall. Unlike the other two songs, “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2” hadn’t been played during the Waters/MMJ collaboration, only adding to the excitement of the performance.Thanks to Go See Live Music, we can watch the full video of MMJ’s “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2.” We don’t need no education.You can stream the full show below, courtesy of CHK:Check out the full setlist below. Edit this setlist | More My Morning Jacket setlists
During the summer, Aqil Sajjad found himself lost in Columbus, Ga., and asked a passerby to point him in the direction of the store he was seeking. But Sajjad was closer than he knew.The stranger, no doubt perplexed, asked in a slow Southern burr, “Are you blind?”The man wasn’t being rude, insisted Sajjad, who chuckles when recalling the incident. “He really wanted to know.”Sajjad is indeed blind, and while he has had to make adjustments to cope with the retina detachments that stole his sight — his right eye at age 10, his left at 16 — that hasn’t dampened his lust for life. That trip to Georgia, Sajjad’s first, was to compete in the World Series of Beep Baseball with his team, the Association of Blind Citizens’ Boston Renegades.A modified version of baseball created for blind players, beep ball utilizes a noisemaking ball, delivered by a sighted pitcher to a blindfolded batter. The sighted, the partly sighted, and the sightless play on an even level.Sajjad, a Harvard teaching fellow in physics and a Ph.D. candidate, admits that playing baseball instead of cricket makes him grimace just a little, since cricket is the sport du jour in his native Pakistan.“My attitude toward baseball is that of the usual smugness that anyone in a cricket-playing country has toward baseball,” he said with a laugh. “If it were literature, it’d be like comparing a classic to a trash novel.”But he has found a community with the Boston Renegades, where two of his teammates also hail from Harvard: player Joe McCormick ’14 and defense coach Nicholas Chisholm, a Ph.D. candidate in applied physics and research assistant in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. (McCormick has an ocular disease called Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy; Chisholm is sighted.)The Renegades placed ninth in the Georgia series. “Our team used to lose, lose, lose,” said Sajjad. “But we’re on the verge of a takeoff.”Sajjad, primarily a third baseman, is “probably the hardest-working player on the team,” said Chisholm. “He even has a room in his apartment dedicated entirely to practicing his swing. Given all his hard work, he can often drive the ball further than his much larger teammates. He’s one of our best defenders and is one of our starting players, usually.”Born in France while his father was working for UNESCO, Sajjad said he had an early aptitude for science. “I was always interested by technical things,” he recalled. “If I watched a crane, I’d be fascinated by that.” He always loved sports too, and played cricket until the second retina detachment took his sight, and with it his ability to play sports — until he arrived at Harvard.Here, a mobility instructor hired by the University told Sajjad about the Renegades.“Beep ball has drastically improved both my life and Aqil’s because we were both able to re-engage with competitive sports after losing our sight,” said McCormick.“Additionally, the connections with players on the team have been tremendously helpful in terms of dealing with our visual impairments. We have players who work at a variety of blind agencies throughout Massachusetts, as well as specialize in different types of technology, and are always available to lend a helping hand.”Sajjad, now nearing graduation, said he and his teammates have calling cards when they step up to bat. When McCormick is at the plate, the team shouts “Joe Mack, way back,” and they chant “Aqil for real” for Sajjad.“We’re a very fun team and really enjoy every moment of being together both on and off the field. And none of this would be possible without our amazing coaches. They are all sighted, have no prior connection with us, and yet they spend an enormous amount of time just to make it possible for us to play,” he said.On campus, Sajjad has memorized the routes to the lab and the dining hall. He navigates with the aid of a cane and advocates for a more blind-friendly campus. He avidly follows cricket news and Pakistani politics. “There’s a Chinese proverb, ‘May you live in interesting times,’” he said, “and now it seems like Pakistan has broken the cycle of military rule.”The Renegades won’t play again until next spring, so Sajjad is now focused on fundraising for the team. Last year, the team screened a movie and “begged outside of a Shaw’s,” he said. The players hope to attend more tournaments next year.Playing a sport is “something I really missed being able to do after I lost my sight,” Sajjad said. “It really does give me a high. If I go anywhere else after leaving Harvard and can’t continue on, it’ll be a big gap in my life.”For more information about volunteering or playing for the Boston Renegades, visit http://www.blindcitizens.org/renegades/.
David E. Volk, 57, Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017 in Indianapolis. Dave was born on June 20, 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Cletus and Evelyn (Laker) Volk. Dave was a lifelong farmer and drove semis for Volk Trucking. He graduated from North Decatur High School in 1977. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena, Enochsburg. Dave loved to fish and play cards, he loved IU basketball, he enjoyed bluegrass music, and most of all he loved spending time with his family. Dave married Sandy Weisenbach on April 9, 1988, and she survives. Dave is survived by his wife; Sandy (Weisenbach) Volk, Greensburg, his mother; Evelyn (Laker) Volk, Batesville, six children; Natalie (Mack) Rennekamp, Doug (Stephanie) Volk, Jonathan (Samantha) Volk, Bill Volk, Roger Volk, and Andrea (Sam Wiseman) Volk, all of Greensburg, one brother; Don (Wendi Hoffbauer) Volk, Greensburg, one sister; Diane (Bob) Barton, Milan, and seven grandchildren; Cletus, Elmer, and Harold Rennekamp, Mariah, RoseLyn, Lucille, and Greyson Volk. He was preceded in death by his father; Cletus Volk. A rosary service will begin at 2:00 pm on Friday at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home with visitation to follow until 8pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena, Enochsburg on Saturday, June 24 at 10 am with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Enochsburg. Donations in memory of Dave can be made to St. Vincent House. Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.com
Last week’s debut column by mountaineer and all-round great outdoors guy Bren Whelan proved hugely popular. With Donegal’s rugged and wild landscape on our doorstep, Brendan will continue to bring all the great things which our amazing county has to offer if we simply step outside. This week he explores the terrain around Urris.By Bren WhelanThere’s something about Urris! Steeped in history and tragedy, the Urris Hills are not the highest mountain range in Donegal, but they are a contender for one of the most scenic. This week we are going to look at this beautiful and undulating ridge line, which rises from the beautiful beaches at Dunree Head to the South West and onwards to the highest point of Raghtin More (502m) to the North East.Tragedy on Good Friday It’s Good Friday, but the year is not 2012, it is 1941 and a Vickers Wellington bomber (W5653) takes off from an airstrip near Limavady, County Derry. It is working as part of a squadron that is providing top cover for British Merchant navy ships which have been falling foul of German enemy submarines. The German’s have been hitting the supply lines hard and their effectiveness is starting have a serious negative effect on the British. After a number of hours on duty, W5653 starts to head home to base, but the plane’s crew become disorientated in dense low level cloud whilst on route to their airbase at Limavady. In the early afternoon, during an attempt to relocate them-selves along the Donegal coastline, they sadly crash near the summit of Cnoc Iorras (417m) and as is the case with many aircraft crashes in the Irish mountains, they were only around 30meters from safely clearing the mountain’s ridge line. On that date (April 11th 1941) six crew members lost their lives as the plane crashed at 160mph into the hillside. The crash site is located West of the well-known land mark the ‘Gap of Mamore’. Today the site is marked by a cross which sits on the hillside above Lough Fad, which is one of Inishowen’s highest lakes, but the remains of Vickers Wellington bomber W5653 have long gone.Big Hill FeelingFor anyone planning to journey into the Urris Hills, be it for the full ridgeline traverse or a walk from the Gap to the crash site, you won’t be disappointed, these small hills, have a real ‘big hill’ feeling to them. From the narrow ridgeline, the views stretch to the four corners of Donegal and on towards Scotland. But a word of warning to the less experienced, yet adventurous mountain traveller, please be careful not to fall foul to the beauty and seductive coastal charms of these special hills, because their rugged, craggy, scree covered slopes can be unforgiving and inhospitable on bad weather days, you have been warned!Map:Sheet 3, OSI 1:50,000 scaleDetailed route info:http://www.ufrc-online.co.uk/urris_hills.htm Highest Peaks:Cnoc Iorras 417mMamore Hill 423mCrockmain 460m Raghtin More 502mPlace Names:Urris / Iorras = PeninsulaUrris Hills = The Hills of the PeninsulaWeather Forecast:www.met.ieFamily friendly points of interest nearby:Guns of Dunreewww. Dunree.pro.ieMamore Cottages – www.mamorecottages.comLeenan Bay & HeadlandGap of MamoreGlenevin WaterfallInishowen Tourism – www.visitinishowen.comNext time: We will take a step into the vertical world of golden granite and soaring sea stacks, when we will look at the vast and seemingly never ending amount of rock climbing that’s available in Donegal!THE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – PART II was last modified: April 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bren whelanThe Great Donegal Outdoors