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

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sea of flowers - Mar de flores

It is hard to convey how special the pantheon in San Antonino is.  Maybe an aerial shot would do it.  I can just imagine what it might look like, an acre or two, exploding with color.

As the days progressed, people just kept bringing more and more, huge armloads.

People continued cleaning and decorating the graves.

The flowers seemed to glow.

There was music, laughter, happiness, as families worked with a subdued intensity. 

The more I learn, the more accepting and open I am, the more I am humbled and blown away by this culture.  This is such wonderful and healthy way to deal with death.  There was such energy, happiness and we were in a cemetery!  There were times when I was so overwhelmed, my head spun, like I was tripping... uh, not that I would know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the photos. It is very special that you are recording this. I was happy to see my town Chicago represented.