Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sound healing….

              I'm addicted.


I promise.
This will be the last post on scat jazz and girls and Sheila Jordan. 

(or not)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I can't help myself…...

another dose of joy.

An interview I found with Sheila Jordan. 

I'm smitten.

Monday, March 9, 2015

All that jazz….

Last Thursday I had the great privilege to be in the audience as jazz legend Sheila Jordan performed her magic….

I had never heard of this grand woman, and must confess I'm a bit of a novice in the 'Jazz' department.

In Albuquerque, we are so lucky to have an amazing venue for such artists at The OutPost,
a 'not for profit' establishment that promotes jazz of all flavors.

I have been there many times in the last few years, but this performance blew me away, both with the artistry of the performer, her humor, and pipes at the ripe age of 86.

To say she is an inspiration is an understatement…….at the end of her longer than scheduled performance,
she dropped down
touched her toes.

Please enjoy this performance from a few years back.  It's a little long, but so worth the listen.


From one Detroiter to another….
makes me proud
(and a little homesick)

A biography called Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan
was just published last year to some acclaim.

Sheila said she hoped it was an inspiration to young artists of all mediums, and followed that sentiment with a powerful performance of 'The Crossing'.

This is a short video with the author of her biography, Ellen Johnson
(with clips of Sheila performing...)

Perhaps worth a read as I hope to have a fraction of her energy, dedication and passion when I'm 86.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Albuquerque to Tucson via Scottsdale, AZ...

a few highlights of a whirlwind trip….

curious land form while zooming along I-60 in Arizona

 Paolo Soleri designed bridge, Scottsdale, AZ

Teddy Bear Cholla & mossy rock,

Pinnacle Peak , Scottsdale, AZ

 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

The garden of the historic Arizona Inn in Tucson, AZ

And sunset in Saguaro National Park in Tucson

These photos touch only some of the amazing sights and things we experienced on this road trip.

As usual it will take me as much time or more to recover and assimilate this journey…

as it did to take it.

 I remain ever grateful to have missed the big snowstorm in Albuquerque last weekend…

Monday, February 16, 2015

road trip….

While I'm in the company of the 'newly retired' it seems our new J-O-B is keeping fit.
And since the temps in Albuquerque have been warmish during the day, our daily fitness regime includes bike rides along the ditch…

and although I'm not a huge fan of Scottsdale, Arizona (sorry to offend the locals),
too much concrete, visible water waste and green in the desert…

I have a hard time saying 'no' to a road trip…

so at the end of the week we'll be heading in that direction…

intending to find what feeds our spirit…

perhaps a hike (or two), some music…good food, art, and even warmer temps will be at the other end.

Tucson, AZ and Silver City, NM are also on the loop….

It will be nice to breath a different air and shake off the dust of renovation for a bit. 

Feeling Blessed for the Opportunity.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

out (t)here…with India Flint

When India Flint announced her guided excursion to this very special place,
I was inspired to post this collection of photos I took on an extraordinary journey 
 to the very same destination some years ago…

hoping I've done it justice...

the road to Wirrealpa

Thank you my friend.

India writes about her upcoming offering HERE

Information about Wirrealpa Station can be found on Google and HERE