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, March 14, 2011


Haunting.  That is the best way to describe the music that we heard in the various villages. 

There were some traditional saxes, trumpets and brass, but mostly there were duos with guitar and violin. 

The guitar was often almost inaudible, playing one or two chords, while the violin, often scratchy and out of tune, played the same melody over and over. 

However, this sound coupled with the steady beat kept by the sonajas was almost trance inducing. 
I think I played with this guy....  or maybe it was his cousin. Corona, of course.

From Pinotepa Don Luis, one of the Lord of the Flies guys.

1 comment:

Judith Haden said...

rrrrrrrrrreally great shots!