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.
¡Soy consciente de todas las tradiciones del Internet!
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

Friday, November 2, 2012

Blog or Live - Muertos Style

Sometimes you just gotta choose between blogging and living and this one was easy.  El Dia de los Muertos is simply an amazing celebration.  One has to go full bore and most people do.  One's emotions and thoughts run the gamut, from contemplative sorrow to uninhibited insane joy and everything in between.  You may well ask, "How is this possible? but really you should be asking "How could I have missed it?"  or better yet, "If it was so great, how the hell are you even writing this?"  Good question!

I would have to say we did it just about right thus far with one more day to go.  So many wonderful experiences, wonderful people and places.... and close to a thousand photos to go through and some mighty fine video.
If I said I was in a mosh pit scrum with twelve tuba players early this morning would you be intrigued.  All I will say for now is that I survived and it was frickin' off-the-charts fantastic!!! 
At the opposite end of the spectrum, this remarkable sand painting on a grave in the Panteon General in the city.
Just incredible work.
There is so much more, but for now I am going to follow this child's example so I am recharged for tomorrow's adventures.


Ayako Turnbull said...

Amazing! Keep them coming, thanks Chris!

Michael said...

Must say, I could HEAR those pictures!