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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For additional photography please visit my flickr page.
You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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If you are coming to Oaxaca, please contact me for tours or advice.

Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

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

Monday, February 6, 2012

One more thread - Oumou Sangare

Life is funny sometimes... you know, funny wonderful.  I was eating dinner with a friend at La Biznaga just before the art opening the other night, when I heard this music.  It reminded me of something I had recorded years ago, same key, same sort of beat.  Mine was called "From Whole Cloth," because I made it by taking little pieces of indigenous music and then, using the computer, made it sound like... well, close to what you are about to hear.... only this is much cooler.  I asked one of the servers if she could find out who was singing.  Y gracias, she did.  Turns out it was Oumou Sangare from Mali, singing "Moussoloue."  So Oumou Sangare became a part of la noche oaxaqeña.

I like how all these threads weave together.  From the music to the wonderful artwork, the artesanos, the food and friends..... 

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