The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Day of the Dead Dance

In San Agustin Etla, the village in which I am living, they perform an amazing, seemingly never-ending dance - actually it last two days, I think, because I left and they were still going strong. The costumes are incredibly heavy, covered with mirrors or bells. Just walking up and down the mountain roads tired me out and I only had camera equipment, so if these dancers looked wiped out, they probably are. They had been dancing for 14 hours when I found them - and eating and drinking mezcal, too. I had gone out twice the night before to find them but I did not understand that they just keep moving from house to house and the roads here are dark. I had been disappointed not to have found them, but at six in the morning th next day, I just followed the sound and here's what I found. The dancers are amazing and so is the band. Not only are they good musicians, but their stamina is unbelievable. Party on!
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1 comment:

Jusitn Stowens said...

Woah...And I thought studying for 10hrs in a row was dedication!