Basket of Dreams

Basket of Dreams

August 7, 2014  |  Personal, Travel  |  3 Comments

I am not what anyone would call an “athletic” person. The fact that Todd and I met on a canoe trip is nothing short of a miracle, but that’s a story for another time. I love to walk, but words like “hike” and “trek” give me pause. Words like “climb”?…

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The Creole Belles: Passing It On

The Creole Belles: Passing It On

July 29, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Events  |  2 Comments

The San Leandro Library has a wonderful community enrichment program where, from time to time, the public is invited to enjoy a free musical performance. When I saw that the Creole Belles were on the schedule, I couldn’t wait to go. As I listened to folks waiting for the doors…

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A Party With Heart

A Party With Heart

July 23, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Events, Local Interest  |  No Comments

I think one of the reasons that that my exploration of Zydeco music has captivated me so is that it is about much more than music. It springs from a rich Creole culture that values community. When I go to hear Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic play there is always…

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Sharing the Music, Cajun-Style

Sharing the Music, Cajun-Style

June 28, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

It is Monday evening and five folks with fiddles are seated in a circle in the back yard. Four of them are learning a traditional Cajun tune, The Milk Cow is Dead.* There is no sheet music in sight, and nobody expects any. You learn this music by ear. Joel…

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This Connection Was Meant To Be

This Connection Was Meant To Be

May 18, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Local Interest  |  No Comments

The Zydeco Mexican Connection, a joint project between the Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy and Zydeco virtuoso Andre Thierry, is about culture, community . . . and coincidence. It’s a connection that was meant to happen.

Here’s what I mean:

The musical group Los Cenzontles collaborated with David Hidalgo of Los…

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Celebrating Books (and the people who love them)

Celebrating Books (and the people who love them)

May 5, 2014  |  Events, Local Interest  |  6 Comments

I love bookstores.

Over the years I have conducted an informal study of them. I have favorites here at home, and when we travel we almost always seek out the bookstores in whatever town we are visiting. Each one has its own character: they can be friendly or serious, inviting…

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A California-Style Fais Do Do

A California-Style Fais Do Do

April 14, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

Cajun and Zydeco music comes from a tradition of Louisiana house parties called fais do do, where family and friends gathered to forget about the hard work that filled their days and enjoy music and food together. Around here, the closest you can come to that kind of experience is…

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The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast

March 27, 2014  |  Travel  |  4 Comments

Shelter Cove is a little community on the California coast, north of the point where Highway 1 turns inland to join Highway 101 at Leggett. That stretch of coastline is so rocky the engineers who designed and built Highway 1 decided not to attempt it. Now it is known as…

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These Boyz Love Zydeco

These Boyz Love Zydeco

March 13, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Local Interest  |  No Comments

By now I have probably heard Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic perform eight or nine times, at venues ranging from church dances in San Francisco and Richmond to the historic 23 Club in Brisbane to a dance in a woodshop in Palo Alto. It’s always a good time. But I…

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What Makes A Family?

March 4, 2014  |  No Comments

Rear Curtain Issue 5 is out, and it’s a beauty. The theme is “family”. The stories are intimate, personal, and varied explorations of what that word can mean.

In keeping with the magazine’s mission to be a resource of learning tools for those who wish to advance their storytelling skills,…

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