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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You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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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

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Still life

What can I say?  I have a strange fascination for the brooms of Oaxaca and the people who wield them.  I think it is because they do such a good job, both the brooms, the escobas, and the folks using them.  You realize what an art it is when you watch them clean the streets.  They can direct the trash and debris in carefully controlled swirling gusts of air.  I always look closely at the escobas whenever I get the chance and this time it seemed like some sort of classic still life.
I spoke to one sweeper last week and he said he could make a broom in about twenty minutes.  The plant they use is otate, a kind of giant grass.  As I say, it's an art.

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