At Tsunami on the Square | Prescott AZ, 2013

IMG_1137Tsunami on the Square, rehearsal at Granite Creek park

IMG_1147Monique with The Eye of the Dragon: Stalking Castaneda

IMG_1148Tsunami on the Square performers, with The Eye of the Dragon: Stalking Castaneda

The Dragon Tree | Earth Day Festival in Santa Barbara, CA

IMG_1034The Dragon Tree / Dracaena cinnabari

The Dragon blood tree is the most famous and distinctive plant of the island of Socotra. It has a unique and strange appearance, described as “upturned, densely-packed crown having the shape of an upside-down umbrella”. This evergreen species is named after its dark red resin, that is known as “dragon’s blood”.—Wikipedia

IMG_1031Dance, Earth Day Festival, Alameda Park

I forgot my camera so I took the pictures at the end of the day.

IMG_1024A Monumental Fig Tree

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Silhouette Dancing | The Silhouettes

Photo by:  www.richardcalmes.com


Beautiful, breathtaking Dancing by The Silhouettes from: http://www.godtube .com

“This spectacular performance will give you goose bumps! The Silhouettes are a talented group of kids out of Denver and together they perform one of the most incredible shadow dances ever. To add to the awesomeness, this dance is performed to the song “Imagine” by Christian artist Kirk Franklin. You have never seen anything like this!” Check video below:

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Great Music | World Music News Wire

I have been extremely busy, but check this unique groups sent to my attention by Roxanne from World Music News Wire:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvtd15Hous0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nUAarErp5Y 

And respective articles:

http://www.worldmusicwire.com/2011/05/go-north-canadas-outdoor-summer-music-festivals-bring-spontaneous-jams-to-the-people.html

http://www.worldmusicwire.com/2011/05/all-access-pass-americas-free-festivals-embrace-adventurous-audiences-and-springboard-music-careers.html

Their link: http://www.worldmusicwire.com

World Music News Wire | Laru Beya | Aurelio Martinez

Check this music and video

“After a shipwreck crossing the dreaded Middle Passage from West Africa, the human cargo wound up on an island intermingling with local residents, a mixture of Arawak and Carib groups. The resulting hybrid group known as the Garifuna fought British colonizers and were eventually deported en masse, deposited on the Caribbean coast of Central America and left for dead, as young Garifuna musician Aurelio recounts in his song “Yurumei” on his new album Laru Beya.”

“When Aurelio and I were talking about how to approach the arrangements for the album, we became convinced that it had to be forward looking and tear down all the barriers,” Duran reflects. “Andy allowed Garifuna artists to break free and be as creative as they wanted, free to go in any direction they wished. They don’t have to be totally true to their roots, because Andy’s work was very far from traditional music, but still clearly Garifuna.”

Check article at: http://www.worldmusicwire.com

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEVvnHYUQOM

“There are worse things I could do” | Stockard Channing | Grease

This video reminded me of a few “women” who could have learn from it. Besides, Ms Channing is so good that it is a pleasure to watch her, so here it goes. From “Grease” with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Enjoy!


Arctic Echoes | Jienat | World Music News Wire

Album Cover

I found this interesting group in World Music News Wire. Music from the Arctic.

“Tundra Songs and Musical Saws beyond the Arctic Circle: Norway’s Jienat Has You Surrounded with Arctic Echoes.”

“I’m presenting sounds that aren’t thought of as music in a musical context,” Fliflet reflects. “As far as I’m concerned, everything is musical raw material. It’s just the context that makes us think if it’s music or not. It’s not unlike Warhol’s soup can or Duchamp’s Fountain.”

For the video Click here.

For the Article  Click here.

Teachers | Buddhas | Enlightenment . . . and all that Jazz

“If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him”

What I understand this quote to mean (please correct me if I am wrong) is that a Teacher can only show the way; the pupil most do the work. What the Buddha “saw” is what He saw; I will “see” it only with practice. A Buddha (Teacher) does not wants us to follow him blindly but to be Buddhas ourselves. Or to paraphrase H Gunaratana, your own practice (stillness) will get you to see, your own experience (seeing) is all that counts. Actually we are all Buddhas (enlightened) ourselves; we are never apart from the Source. It is the ego who pulls the wool over our eyes with explanations and dissertations and makes us act like nincompoops. Random thought is a trap that puts us to sleep; we just need to wake up.

Ultimately, “It” is within ourselves and all around us, right here, right now. All we need to do is “just see it”. Simple!


Death, My Guide | Death, My Advisor | Surprise!

I was recently enjoying the YouTube video “A Chorus Line”, and the dancing impressed me so much that I decided to learn more about the dancers. When I arrived at the biography of Gregg Burge, on Wikipedia, I sadly found that he had died of a brain tumor at the age of 40. His dancing had been described as ‘spectacular’, and after seeing his leaps and moves on his number “Surprise” I agree . . . spectacular!

The rest of the superb performers had changed drastically. Time takes its toll, and Death comes whenever our appointment is due. Life is but a moment in time, and then it vanishes. Death helped me to see . . .

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I thought that I would be able to explain what I internalized upon finding out about Mr Burge’s death and the others’ change, but I am at a loss for words; this happens when we try to explain the unexplainable. But perhaps you’ll ‘see’ it between the lines if you pay attention, stop babbling  to yourself, and use your inner eye.

There is only here and now, and it never comes again. And we die but we don’t. It is a dream. Our nightmares materialize when our ego holds the baton. Random thought is a trap. Enjoy the dance! Enjoy the dream! Death is coming . . . perhaps today. Let it be your best day ever.

You Should be Dancing | Bee Geez | A Chorus Line

I was in the process of  doing a choreography for “You should be dancing” by the Bee Geez and, of course, I had checked John Travolta on “Saturday Night Fever” for ideas. I also checked “A Chorus Line”–superb dancing and performances. And then I found the blog of Carline; she has an incredible collection of musicals in it, from “42nd Street” to “Ziegfeld Girl”, with videos in many of them.

If you like dance or musicals you’ll love this site: Hollywood Musicals Enjoy! Dancing is a way to touch the Spirit.


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