Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Post-Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is a time of cocooning
before the transformation of the new year,
so hold ceremonies to perpetuate
the renewal of life that comes in the spring.
Write down what you wish to create next year,
then roll up the paper and place it in the soil of a potted plant.
Every time you water it, remember that you're nurting your dreams.
Choose a hearty plant like peace lillies, which will last the whole year.
--Denise Linn, author of Soul Couching and Sacred Space
I came across this the other night, though the Winter Solstice may have passed us last week, I still plan to roll up a piece of paper with my list of wishes and place it in a potted plant before year's end.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Morning Glory


Morning Glory
Originally uploaded by nieve44.
Merry Christmas"
"Joyeux Noel"
"Feliz Navidad"
"Frohe Weihnachten"
"Buon Natale"

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Season Glow

Music: Tish Hinojosa

Mood: Caroling

"Angel wings and candle light from Texas for a Christmas night. In my mind a western sky fills my heart with stars inside. A tale of hope from long ago still glistens like new fallen snow. Boughs of green and songs of old make the season glow..."

Here's wishing that your Holiday season

is filled with the glow of holiday lights and a river of stars.

Feliz Navidad.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Heart Still/Beating

ottmar liebert(clarity of vision)
Originally uploaded by mRio.

Under a full moon
beneath the confines of the Verizon Theatre
Pavane's moon glowed with a wink from La Luna. Silence (No More Longing) fell upon the crowd and with the strumming of strings
and the magic of percussion hundreds of hearts became still yet were beating as one
as they weaved their Tango of music.
One by one we all joined in their Carrousel
and discovered exotic locations like Santa Fe, Goa, Sao Paulo, Barcelona and Bethlehem. After the Bells tolled we were taken to the Underworld
where we were introduced to the Snakecharmer.
Before we knew it we were floating and dancing to
to the beat of Le Cafe (Arabian Dance) and the Tango.
Once again Ottmar, Jon and the rest of the band
cast their Duende del Amor on the audience and this fanmenco was
all too sad to see it end so soon.

Nonetheless, sweet memories remain such an Ottmar photo pass
and a very prized setlist that was at the foot of Ottmar's chair.
Yes, Santa Claus came early and these two items will be tucked away
in my LE box.

A very special thanks to Mario (fellow fanmenco) for making the evening possible & for photo. To Kim & Jhon--2 budding fanmencos who attended their first Ottmar concert. By the way, during the concert I almost forgot I had my photo pass and camera in hand. I only took a few photos but my crappy little camera couldn't do much without a flash and I didn't want to abuse the rules--although we did see a few blinking flashes from the audience.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Winter Rose

Winter Rose. Posted by Picasa

My own
that blooms every
I always look forward
to her
each year
and now I have
from which to enjoy her
and be inspired.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Seven Wonders

Seven Wonders

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:
1. to See
2. to Hear
3. to Touch
4. to Taste
5. to Feel
6. to Laugh
7. and to Love
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! A gentle reminder -- that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
After having had knee surgery, I am thankful for the gift of love and touch from that of my family, friends and loved ones. With the upcoming Ottmar concert I am thankful for the gift of seeing, hearing, feeling. At my friend's graduation party last night, I was thankful for the gift of laughter and taste--of all that wonderful food, drink and merriment.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Seven days...

Originally uploaded by nieve44.
...in 7 days Ottmar will bring his current Holiday tour to Houston and I thought it would be nice to go back and re-live Ottmar's last concert. That concert was magical and looking forward to more magic on December 15, 2005.

In the LE boxed set of La Semana, Ottmar wrote a small intro about the song, Carrousel..."What a great loaded word...Carrousel of life comes to mind, carrousel of love, carnival, freak show, excitement, out of the ordinary, sweets, escape...etc..." Ottmar's concert here in Houston was all of the above...minus the freak show. I had perfect seats--4th row dead center, which made for a perfect view. Some of the best seats, I've ever had for any concert and well worth the price. I'm not a fan of Verizon Wireless theatre as the venue is not an intimate setting that compliments OL and the band. Nonetheless, the concert was magical and it ended all too soon. The eight o'clock hour could not come soon enough but then finally the band walks on stage and the magic begins.

Hearing OL play the guitar live is simply stunning and while the music on CD is great his music is so much more enjoyable in person. There were many highlights throughout the show but my favorites included, "La Luna", "Querencia", "Snakecharmer", "Santa Fe" & "Ballad 4 Santana". My new favorite is "Cocteau", which in the past had been my least favorite song from La Semana. Of course the Drum Duet was exceptional and Jon's bass was incomparable. I finally bought his Transit CD which I totally love. The icing on the cake was meeting Ottmar outside his bus and having him sign my La Luna postcard from the box set. We exchanged a few words and he was gracious as always.

The only disappointment was not being able to get a copy of the setlist to which I had requested twice. :-( The setlist would have been another wonderful memento from the evening to add to my box. As mentioned earlier, I'm not a fan of Verizon as they do not allow pictures to be taken. For once I had the perfect seats/view but could not capture the evening with a camera. Regrettably, my camera phone was not working either. I did notice some flashes going off during concert to which I was shocked and silently yelled, "no fair", but after the show I rushed to my car and grabbed my camera and perfectly timed Ottmar before he boarded his bus. He was in a hurry to get inside the bus and afterwards I noticed he blogged immediately thereafter.

While browsing the website, I came upon his blog from Integral Naked to which he wrote and I'll close this blog with..."Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away". Sunday evening surely took my breath away.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Paint It Black

Paint it black he says on #6 in Little Wing
and so I do with a black eyeliner pencil
in my black moleskin journal,
then with a black unibal deluxe pen
and now in typed black ink on the screen.
So, black is the word of the day
and the color of the night.
Black is the color of skin,
Black is for bean...coffee bean.
Black is for leather.
Black is the color of Chulo.
Black is dark and can be bleak...
especially if you’re depressed or
if black clouds follow you all around.

Black is strong, black is bold,
black is stillness, it is quiet.
Black can make you blind at times.
Black can be magic, just ask Santana
about that “Black Magic Woman”.
Black is for dancing in the dark.
Black is for dreams…good and bad!
Black is for watching the moonlight
and that’s what I’ll do
as I close this blog and turn off the computer
and when I do the screen will once again be black.