Godfathers of Groove

Friday night Mark and I met our friend Greg Baise at the Music Hall Cafe to see the Godfathers of Groove. What a night! Grant Green Jr., jazz guitarist, follows in his father’s funky footsteps. Listen to Reuben Wilson on his Hammond B organ and you know why he’s called the godfather of acid-jazz. But the highlight for us was Bernard “Pretty” Purdie on drums. This man has played on over 3000 albums to date, working with the likes of Aretha, Paul Butterfield, Miles Davis, Cat Stevens, Isaac Hayes, Al Kooper, Steely Dan, B. B. Ding, and Hank Crawford, just to name a few. And yes, Greg found out what he wanted to know, Pretty Purdie is the man they called in to “fix” quite a few Beatles tracks! Greg managed to snag this shot at the show!

Dia de Los Muertos

Yesterday I went on a dia de los muertos or day of the dead walking tour with Julia and Lynn. We started at the Mexicantown Mercado, went on through Mexican town to have margaritas with lunch, see offerendas at St. Anne church, buy cheap, warm tortillas at the tortilla factory, checked out vendors at the Plaza del Sol International Center, and generally have a wonderful time. At the GM gallery in the Mercado we got to visit with Hector Perez, and artist working in the Mexican tradition. He was truly a fountain of knowledge. I was especially impressed with his linoleum prints. Here are some photographs from our day.

A chicken perches in one of the offerendas.

Two sugar skulls.

A cross hangs above an offerenda.

Another offerenda.

The logo from the Honey Bee grocery.

Lynn and Julia.

Lynn has asked me to join her in her Sunday “Where I Stand” posts. These are my feet checking out a bit of graffiti that I find amusing.

Yesterday was a wonderful day. This morning I did a healing/empowering ritual for a friend in need, I hope it helps him.

Pumkin Muffins

I’ve been eating lots of pumpkin muffins My friend Kari gave to me and Mark for our Anniversary. She also gave me politically correct coffee, and an amazing skull bag!

Today is the day of the dead, so I thought I show you another shrine, one that would have benefited greatly from some sort of theme.

More Bad Small Watercolors

Today is Halloween, and also my anniversary. It started with the sewer backing up, not a lot of fun. But soon I’m going out for a nice dinner with Mark, and things are getting better.

It’s time for me to write some thank you notes, and as usual I wrote them on postcards I made myself. The first two are thank you’s for Halloween parties, and the last is to let my friend in NYC know that columbine is a pretty flower, and doesn’t really just mean students shooting up a school.

Little Trees

Mark is trying to populate our community with trees, mostly sycamores and maples, so of course this make me planter girl. These are a few of the trees we’ve been planting by the streets of Old Village. I hope they are happy in their new homes.

Voodoo Shrine

Since Halloween is coming up, I thought I’d share a picture of my voodoo shrine. I belong to several art groups, and every once in a while we get together and go on retreats, where we just make art. Joan had named us the escape artists. Very fitting name, for it’s our chance to escape from everyday life.

Mark’s upcoming birthday

Saturday is my husband Mark’s birthday. It’s pretty difficult getting presents in the house and wrapped when we share the car, all the space in the house, and neither of us ever leaves to go to work, but I managed to get it done. I couldn’t find any cool ribbon in the house, but I think shredded fabric works just fine. Being as his birthday is so close to Halloween, I like the color combination real well.