Gustavo Cerati on the cover of his album Bocanada
A lot of people I know, think Latin American music is salsa (I have learnt the basics of salsa dancing, so being familiar with the music helped a lot) or Andean flute music like Jayac from Ecuador (whom I saw in Bristol in 1994) that was my first taste of Latin American music and I love their music to this day Jayac’s Website
The first album I bought by Jayac was Camino de mi Pueblo (1989) on tape! I’ve also have the album Luz de mi vida
There is so much more to Latin American music, especially in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico (I’ve not really explored any of the other countries yet, any recommendations would be appreciated) Contact me via my lastfm profile as I’m on there a lot Last Fm Profile
I was first introduced to rock music from Colombia; the song was Florecita Rockera by a band called Aterciopelados I couldn’t even pronounce or spell Aterciopelados at first, (it means the velvety ones) now it’s a breeze. I really like Aterciopelados songs. The ones I adore are El Estuche , Bolero Falaz, Complemento and my favourite Baracunatana and especially the singer Andrea Echeverri’s solo album, aptly titled Andrea Echeverri Songs from that album I love are – the beautiful Fulgor, A Eme O and Amortiguador and many more.
Héctor Buitrago and Andrea Echeverri
Marlene Dietrich by Photographer Don English 1932 ~Shanghai Express
Marlene Dietrich ~ Dec 27th 1901 – May 6th 1992 Wiki Article
This has to be the ultimate diva for me, she was an actress and singer I won’t go into her life history as it’s documented very well already. I want to tell you what songs I like and why I like her
My favourite song by Marlene is Wenn Die Beste Freundin (Marlene Dietrich, Oskar Karlweis, Margo Lion) (1928) then a close second is Ich Hab’ Noch Einen Koffer In Berlin (1954) then Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt (1930)
She has a style that no one today can touch, a classy elegance – it’s not the same now perhaps it was managed well by the movie companies the allure of mystery about her (it certainly was for Marlene, her privacy was very important to her)
I had a terrible nights sleep last night, Yep I felt like I was in that vortex ….I remember 5 and 6 am, worrying about work, people I love, life, my car, stupid stuff … Being awake in the dead of night with a couple of foxes for company, staring out the window, looking at the waxing moon. I woke up knackered (after 2 hours sleep) yet full of ideas for this post and I’m sitting her writing this with wet hair as I needed a bath to wake me up as I was such a zombie.
Ideas about death, love, waiting, patience, hurt, loss all the things we just don’t want to deal with ….a bit morbid maybe it’s the lack off sleep my brain is wired differently today but out it must come.
The love of Reiki
You know when a friend has her hair done or some nice new makeup or just looks fresh-faced and happy, well a friend was just like that she looked radiant, so my curiosity was piqued to say the least, I asked her what it was she had done, she told me she had just learnt Reiki.
So I asked her about it, it’s interesting as I have been able to feel energy since I was a teenager, but kind of dismissed it as didn’t know what to do with it. I asked at the local spiritual church but was told categorically to come back in 6 months, so I thought this isn’t the way forward. So I went to a talk with Chris Parkes a Reiki Teacher whom my friend had just done his reiki course and while I was having some reiki saw myself sending it to my mother (which is a reiki 2 level course, that I hadn’t done yet!) So I thought I’d better look into this and I did, it felt right to do the Reiki 1 Class with Chris and I’ve never looked back since.
Reiki is more about self-development for me than about giving and receiving the energy, that’s important too as so much love, healing and peace can be given and received by a reiki treatment, it’s a wonderful gentle way of giving yourself or another some much-needed love, support and TLC.
Reiki for me transcends lots of spiritual boundaries, it has opened me up and helped me let go, love and detach from situations and people fo the last 13 years. It helped me deal with some very difficult issues and to be supported by the energy is wonderful and very comforting.
Crescent Moon in Gemini tonight ~ April 17th 2010
I love the moon and can gaze at it a lot at its different stages through the new moon back to the dark moon
It has always fascinated me since I was a child and since I started looking at it in more depth through the symbolism of astrology and Goddess imagery, it becomes more intriguing.
There was a solar eclipse on the morning of May 20th I was born during the darkness at 4am the following morning, though my mother said I never wanted to be born, they literally pulled me out with forceps. I was born with long black hair, a black eye (from the forceps) and a yellow face (from jaundice)… beautiful I was – stubborn Taurean Continue reading
Lillies in my Kitchen ~ April 2010
I love lillies always have, maybe it’s the fragrance that hangs around my house for days, I can smell the aroma the minute I walk through the front door, it’s very welcoming.
Today has been rather lovely, I spent a lot of it under a tree reading a biography on Rimbaud by Graham Robb in the sunshine, quietly enjoying the first real stirrings of Spring.
I also love riding my lovely bike ( a Marin Point Reyes) as to get to this lovely secluded spot away from noise and people I needed to ride there, so I gathered up the essentials (a book, a picnic of sandwiches (which funnily enough even had cucumbers in it… how delightfully British of me…) , juice, yogurt and ginger cake)
Rose Otto (Rosa Damascena)
I love essential oils with an ultimate passion.
I found aromatherapy way back in the mid 80’s when I was living in London.
I found it by mistake really I was not looking for it or that particularly interested at first. I was much more interested in Astrology and was taking an evening class in Hackney with Wanda Sellar who is a fine astrologer and I was also about to find out a wonderful aromatherapist too.
So I joined Wanda’s class in astrology, I got to know Wanda quite well as I did quite a few classes with her. She asked me along to her aromatherapy class. So I went along not really knowing what to expect.
Well after a few classes she pulls me to one side and tells me I’m a complete natural and asks me to be her assistant. She helped me to see what I couldn’t which was an affinity for essential oils and a natural talent at massage.
I’ve been busy over the last week blogging and also thinking about all the good stuff to go on my website
I’m about to start uploading it then I’ll have a chat with my friend Nick who’s a web/graphic designer (Delazo is his company) to get everything moving so it’s all nice and pretty to look at
I’m getting quite excited as I’ve always wanted to do this and It will look fab once I’ve got the pictures up and text written
My Therapy Room
I sanded and varnished the floors myself!
I painted it with the help of my trusty assistant Ross (my son)
My room is nearly finished I just need to purchase a lampshade and some lovely voile for the window
300zx Twin Turbo Manual
I see my zed like a big gallant horse and a spaceship all rolled into one
Ok I’m now about 6 years old and loving it!
Life has enough to trip you up, test you and drive you nuts, there ain’t nothing wrong with focusing on the postive and the fun stuff.
I’m all for world peace, fighting injustice and hypocrisy – who in their right mind wouldn’t be?
There is also time for good things – the stuff that makes us chuckle and grin from ear to ear, the people who make our hearts flutter and the peace we all have within us to help make a difference to the world
For a wonderful lady
Polly Jean, has been a companion on the road of music with me since her album Dry (in the early 90’s) The woman’s vocal range and her emotional strength that come from her songs is mind blowing. Her Wiki
I’ve been playing her most of the day, since I managed to to get out of bed… (going to bed at dawn didn’t help) and having my fab Squeezebox with all her songs on it makes it so much easier and I can get on with other things too. Continue reading