Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kanda Bongo Man in concert!

One of the cool things that happened this summer was seeing
Kanda Bongo Man in concert in mid August. It was postponed twice. but this worked out O.K. since my friend Glenn was visiting from Portland Ore. and got to see the show too. He is a big fan and turned me on to this kind of upbeat African music. Since the show was postponed twice and not publicized well at all, it was a concert for 12 people!
We were right in front jamming along. A friend who went along who is from Africa said they saw him in a stadium there.
An interesting experience.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Chess with Death!

Posting the "Spanish Colonial" death statue from New Mexico made me think of the Ingmar Bergman movie "The Seventh Seal" It is a classic from the 50's. It is about a knight who is returning from the crusades in the 14th century and is disillusioned with life and questioning his beliefs after what he has seen. On the way home he meets death and they have a game of chess along the way. If the knight wins he gets to keep living. It's pretty heavy stuff but very good, very thought provoking, which is something I like. Death in the movie looks a lot like the sculpture that I posted here before. It must be a widespread image of the skeletal look in the black robes.