I was in the bottom to see the Purple Martins come in to roost for the first time. This has been recorded back to as early as 1856 as happening. I flubbed my photographs but got an ok video :
There is a great blog about the Purple Martins here : http://gonetothebirds.wordpress.com/
here is another good one : http://www.richmondaudubon.org/NewsPMartins.html
The final part of the Trilogy of “Gone to the Birds” experience :
Below pano is first year she was at Dogwood Dell : http://otway.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/richmond-4th-annual-latin-jazz-show-festival/
I just happen on this festival coming off the river in 2010 and have been back to see Melena the past two years. My wife got to go to this last one and helped me film.
Xavier Cugat’s bands always had performers on stage showing the audience the latest dance. The Latin show at the Dell continues in this tradition. Melena along with being a amazing percussionist adds so much extra with her dancing!
”Rumba King” Xavier Cugat was the first bandleader to front a successful Latin orchestra in the United States. Affectionately known as ”Cugie,” he was largely responsible for popularizing Latin music among North American audiences, paving the way for such future stars as Desi Arnaz, Perez Prado, and Tito Puente.
The term ‘rumba,’ which was often spelt ‘rhumba’, was coined in America at this time to refer to Cuban son and Americanized forms of son. The real vocal and percussion-led Cuban rumba would probably not be known by the hotel audiences or by the recording companies themselves.
“I learned very early that everyone in the United States specialized in something . . . so I decided to
specialize in tropical music – we called it the rumba abierta then. Today they call it salsa, but it’s all
basically the same thing.”
In the 70’s I started signing my work as Otway 3, along the way a comic bookstore owner called me O3 and I really liked the sound of that because most people mispronounced my name.
We had fans blowing on our favorite local dancer and mom while a music video for RIGO was in production (104 degrees today). I had the veils in the wind most of the time but they indulged me for a few shots.
BUSKING at Dusk below:
An unrepairable captains chair in a friends fire-pit on the 4th of July.