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

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Carillo, a lottery winner

One of Oaxaca's most famous composers, Alvaro Carillo, is being featured on a new series of lottery tickets.  He is one of my favorites, too.  I love playing "Pinotepa Nacional," his homage to the coastal area, from which he came.  One hears his music constantly here, even though you might not know it.  It is played by street musicians, in jazz clubs, rock venues, over store's sounds systems, in posh restaurants and in dives.  It is everywhere.  And he has a statue that I walk by regularly.  It is always so nice to see a composer honored.
This is an attempt by the powers that be to get more people to learn about Carillo.  The lottery ticket features his most famous song, "Sabor a mi," which has been recorded by hundreds of performers.

Here he is playing and singing a medley.

Just doing a quick search on the Tubes came up with so many versions, but check this one out from Bogota, Colombia with the band "Monsieur Perine."

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