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

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

Sunday, January 27, 2019

This is so Oaxaca.... These kids are too damn cute

How is it possible to be this cute?  As I sat out in the middle of the floor, this young girl came up to me and said she was ready for her closeup.  I loved how proud and confident she was.  And her family was off to the side, all beaming.  She was dancing this morning, in the guelaguetza or dance presentation, at the opening day of the 8th Annual Feria de Carrizo in San Juan Guelavia.  After she stole my heart, these others followed her.  I didn't even have to ask.
They were all so free, open and happy.  Wow, what a treat.  And they could dance.
Both of them looked so good, great form..
This is how traditions are woven into daily life and guarantees that they will continue long into the future.  And what a rich culture they share and with such inherent elegance.
This is not to say, that they are not plugged right into the 21st century.
All these kids were just so at ease having their pictures taken.  We had so much fun.
Obviously, there are lots of other shots, with lots of amazing things made from carrizo, the bamboo-like grass, but the kids come first.  It's that damn cuteness thing.  The feria is only on Sundays and the last one is Feb. 3.  Be there or be square... on the QT.

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