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

Monday, May 25, 2009


As for many others, movies are an important part of my life. If you think about the whole process from the screenplay to the storyboard, casting, lighting, etc. to it going in your eyes, to the fact that these artistic collaborative endeavors end up messing with our minds, often changing them profoundly... well, as Martha would say, "It's a good thing."

The messing with the mind can be serious or funny. Try watching Spike Lee’s “Kings of Comedy” and not saying “mo’fo.” I learned that the hard way after watching it on a long flight. “Take off my shoes? Say what, mo’fo?” Not good.

Then there was that crazed time when I thought that almost every situation could be answered by a line from “Apocalypse Now.” Try it. It’s true. Like in reference to today’s world “the bullshit piled up so fast… you needed wings to stay above it.”

But today it is Andy Dufresne from the Shawshank Redemption "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

Party on, Garth.

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