A tribute to those who lost their lives in London. May they heal from this horrific event. Blessings 🙏
This yellow rose was given to me by the owner of a restaurant we went to in Sarasota, Florida
called the Coolinary. We were on a Jazz Pub crawl. Yes, you read that correctly. The jazz club
we belong to has an annual week of jazz. The kick off was a Sunday afternoon outdoor venue
on the grounds of a mansion known as Phillppi Estates.
Jazz streaming from the gazebo while you sip your ice tea and enjoy
low humidity, temps around 72 and Spring-like breezes.
A dixieland jazz combo followed this event on Monday.
Wednesday was the Pub Crawl and so on through the week.
For those who aren’t familiar with a pub crawl let me describe it.
There are tickets you purchase for this. It provide a trolley –
yes, an old fashioned trolly which takes you from pub to pub.
You park your hop on and off you go. Each pub plays a different styles of jazz.
There are 12 pubs so you can walk from one pub to another.
Your ticket also provides entry into these pubs; otherwise, you would have to pay at each pub.
You do not have to drink. Personally, I would not be able to walk if I did have drinks at all of them.
Perrier works well to quench a thirst. You can eat if you’d like as well.
That’s where the Coolinary restaurant comes in. We decided to try their food.
They’re menu: is created and driven by a healthy, clean eating philosophy.
All the meat served in their restaurant is GMO, hormone, steroid and antibiotic free.
They proudly support local farmers. In addition, they have gluten free food.
While we sipped on a glass of wine and waited for our dinner the owner
came to our table and presented me with this yellow rose.
I was thrilled. A BIG SMILE and a blown-to-him kiss followed.
Who doesn’t like an unexpected gesture like this?
During dinner we enjoyed jazz from a bluesy singer called Synia Carroll.
Since jazz is still on my mind and in honor of my rose, here’s Louie Armstrong.
Art is an exacting goddess that demands one’s offering of heart, mind and body.
Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitude
Music touches us all in different ways.
It can heal hearts, calm our fears or create memories when heard.
2016©art and photography by Isadora DeLaVega
Jesse Cooks * Havana *
The announcement was made yesterday, that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died, November 26, 2016,
His brother, Raul Castro, made the announcement on Cuban television.
His death has created joy in the hearts of those who fled his regime and live in the United States.
The news reports of Cubans cheering in Miami, Florida was everywhere.
Yet, others who are living in Cuba are mourning his loss.
He was 90 years old. He’s ruled Cuba for over 60 years.
And, has outlived 6 of our presidents in the United States.
Whatever your political belief, changes are going to happen.
Who can say if it will be for the good or the bad of the people.
Politically things are shifting and changing everywhere; including here in the United States.
Let’s hope these changes, if and when they happen, are peaceful and of benefit to the people they represent.
Fidel Castro 🙏 R.I.P.
For today, let’s enjoy the music of Cuba.
2016©Isadora De La Vega
On November 7, the sad news was announced that the prominent poet, novelist, musician, singer, songwriter and paint artist, Leonard Cohen had died. He was born on September 21,1934 in Westmount, Quebec, Canada.
His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. He won the Chester Mac Naghten Literary Competition for the poems “Sparrows” and “Thoughts of a Landsman.”
His song “Suzanne” became a hit for Judy Collins who subsequently covered a number of Cohen’s other songs, as well, and was for many years his most covered song. He was also associated with many other performers including Sharon Robinson, Jennifer Warnes and Anjani Thomas. ©wikipedia
During the New York City’s folk scene in Greenwich Village, I had the pleasure of being exposed to his words from other poets who were reciting his poems and aspiring to be as good.
It’s a formidable loss of an incredibly revered visionary artist.
May you Rest in Peace,
If It Be Your Will
If it be your will that I speak no more
And my voice be still as it was before
I will speak no more, I shall abide until
I am spoken for, if it be your will
If it be your will that a voice be true
From this broken hill, I will sing to you
From this broken hill, all your praises they shall ring
If it be your will to let me sing
From this broken hill all your praises they shall ring
If it be your will to let me sing
If it be your will, if there is a choice
Let the rivers fill, let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill on all these burning hearts in Hell
If it be your will to make us well
And draw us near, and bind us tight
All your children here in their rags of light
In our rags of light, all dressed to kill
And end this night, if it be your will, if it be your will
Official site for Leonard Cohen
Autumn and Spring are my favorite seasons.
Memories of the enchanting colorful changes painted by Mother Nature are beguiling.
Enjoy this enthralling video of artwork from Mother Nature.
It’s a peacefully quiet video that will visually transfix you.
I photographed these grasses while on a recent walk in my neighborhood.
They were delicate pink stems blowing in the wind.
They seemed to be dancing in delight.
Have a Serene Sunday ❤️
Blowin’ in the Wind ……..
This prolific singer-songwriter and musician has been performing his music since the 1960s.
He’s the first American to receive the Nobel Prize since Toni Morrison in 1993.
He will receive his award on December 10th in Stockholm at age 75.
Bob Dylan- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door “Original”
“Dylan earned the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” according to the citation by the Swedish Academy, the committee that annually decides the recipient of the Nobel Prize. The academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius, announced the news Thursday.” info from npr