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, January 23, 2021

I see you...

I was spotted on the back streets of the city. I had to make a rare trip in to get coffee and to pay for my car insurance.  It felt a bit surreal.  Where am I and what year is it?
Fortunately, the street art helped out me immensely. 
I covered a lot of ground, from Reforma to Benito Juarez market, and it felt great to be walking on familiar turf once again. And most everyone was wearing masks. 
Still, it was very strange to see so many people.  I am so used to solitude.  But it's not like I'm really alone out in the campo.
Hmmmm.... what does it say that I feel more comfortable being around bulls than people?

Friday, January 22, 2021

Looks good enough to eat....

These days I don't go out much.  However, a guy's got to eat and I am so lucky to have the Etla market nearby. This is the wonderful woman from whom I get all my produce.  You can see why.  And it's a family affair.  Between the two of them, everything I get is simply the best.
I only buy from at most five people and they all see me coming, so I am in and out in under ten minutes.  I'll take everyone's photo next time.  I should have done it this time. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Taking Off (virtually)

I dream about getting on a plane and going... anywhere.

Friday, January 8, 2021

So Oaxacan - Grasses in the wind

Not amber waves of grain, no,  this is a field of the red grasses of el campo, the countryside.  If you know Oaxacan, you know this. 

With the winds blowing and the sun hitting them just right, it's always a vision.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Tres Reyes 2021

Normally, I would be off to celebrate in nearby Tres Reyes Etla.  I do this every year because...duh.. Tres Reyes! 
Not this year, as I am avoiding crowds like the plague, mainly because there's a plague out there.  However, that's what memories and hard drives are for, right?  So here's what I'm really missing and how I'm feeling about the whole thing. 
Better safe than sorry, right?  At least, there are always roscas.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Signs of life

This little taco stand, way out in the country, has been closed for months, so it's great to see it reopened.  I'm not even sure what village it's in, maybe one of the outer Etlas.
Obviously, it's an open air restaurant and easy to social-distance, but I'm always too early to eat something.  It always makes me hungry.  Look at everything you get with you tacos!
¿Tiene hambre?