Esta Tarde Vi Llover

I decided to learn a popular Mexican song during my stay in Guanajuato, Mexico. The wistful “Esta Tarde Vi Llover” was written by Armando Manzanero in 1967 and has been covered by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans (as “Yesterday I Heard the Rain”), among others. I’m including my translation below.

This afternoon I saw the rain
Saw people running
And you weren’t there

The other night I saw shining
A bright blue star
And you weren’t there

The other afternoon
I saw a bird in love
Kissing its illusory love
And you weren’t there

This afternoon I saw the rain
Saw people running
And you weren’t there

I saw autumn arrive
Heard the sea singing
And you weren’t there

I don’t know how much you love me
Whether you’re missing me or you’re deceiving me

I only know I saw the rain
Saw people running
And you weren’t there

Documentary on Cherokee Foodways

“Hominy, Frybread, Ramps, and a Casino: Evolving Cherokee Foodways” investigates the recent history of Cherokee foodways and examines lifestyle changes brought to the Eastern Band by the construction of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino next to KFC billboard


Pachelbel’s Canon

Just released a new single, an arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon born of much improvisation. Find the digital download on CDBaby here; it should be on iTunes and other online music sources soon. Nature video footage in the video below shot in November at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.

 

Wade in the Water

In the context of last night’s presidential election results, a spiritual.

“For [the slaves] the ‘troubled waters’ meant the ups and downs, the vicissitudes of life. Within the context of the ‘troubled’ waters of life there are healing waters….Do not shrink from moving confidently out into the choppy seas.” —Howard Thurman