I was reading Porngirl3’s blog post(De pressed, Deprived, Sullen) about how her playlist had become unsatisfying for her. I suggested she give the Cuban artists of Buena Vista Social Club a listen. Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, and Compay Segundo, just to name three.
I’ve been complaining about the heat, but I’ve done nothing to embrace the heat. Let it soak in. I’m thinking of Kuba Kuba, the corner restaurant in the Fan, noisy, redolent with smells of Cuban food, and a foreign land, compared to my safe, hygienic, suburb.
On the film Ruben Gonzalez plays the piano. He is a jazz pianist in the class of Thelonius Monk. But in truth he was a stand alone unique genius.
These Cuban ballads let me dream of passion and perfume. The air conditioning civilizes the days, but squeezes something out in the process.
I have daydreams of playing dominos, smoking cigars, drinking Cuban coffee, wearing a guayabera shirt, while sweet seductive women watch us as my friend and I play and drink the coffee and smoke the cigars. I know it is silly. What woman is interested in the pastimes of old men, unless they appreciate us for our serene and gentle spirits?
But who knows?
As much as I do appreciate modern conveniences, if I could go live in Mayberry with black and white TV and no air conditioning, I think I’d do it. Simpler times.
We have Mayberry nostalgia every day around here. I think we have to look at the price of modern conveniences. There’s a fine line between being a Luddite and being an informed critic of the technological culture.
Mr. & Mrs. McDaddy said:
There is much to be said for the serene and gentle spirits of old men. ♥ I sat in Golden Gate Park one day watching the old Russian men play chess as they caught up on their daily gossip. They were happy to be there and just enjoy the simplicities of life. My joy was in people watching and enjoying the warm fall afternoon with Ruffi taking the occasional lap around the pond before returning to our perch.
Sadly, few people take time to enjoy the simplicity of life. Most don’t figure that out until their a little long in the tooth. ♥ Dream on, my friend.