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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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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Muerteada in San Agustin Etla - The video

The muereada in San Agustin is one of the best.  It claims to be the cuna or cradle of the muerteada and they sure know how to do it right.  It's the same every year although the bands change. Two groups of dancers, one from San Agustin, one from Barrio San Jose, each goes from house to house, along with the band and dance all night.  After fourteen hours, the next morning, the two groups meet at the base of the mountain and go crazy.  It's one happy mosh pit with things always on the edge of going out of control, but never quite doing so.  After all, it's a family affair.  The groups are separated by two lines of security, one from each group.  They have their work cut out for them, but always do a great job. And.... a massive battle of the bands... this year, thirteen tubas!

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