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Saved: December 12th 2013
I got the best welcome to bogota imaginable and met some great people. Here's some of the pics.
well I'm gunna try to give a brief summary of what I've been up to, or maybe just a few adventures. I want to start with my return to Bogota from searching for Sarah's family in La Vega...so I thought I would chill out because I was having a busy time in La Vega chillin with a few other families I met, playing with the kids, having lots of fun. So I get back to my hotel around 8 oclock. It was sunday of semana santa--easter in the states, though I didn't even know. Not much was open, but this epenada stand near my hotel was open, so I stopped there for a couple. I was eating those, and a few street people came up and bothered me right at the place. It was just kind of open to the street. I ignored them and they left. Then this guy came up, and I could tell by how he spoke spanish he wasn't columbian, so I asked, De donde eres? And he said nuevo york. So We started talking,
and I found out he did hip hop too. I had a feeling he did, or maybe it was just that I was so used to beatboxing and rapping for the kids of La Vega, who would dance Reggeton to it. Anyway, he said he made some beats. We went back to the place he was staying to chill. He played a few of his beats for me, and we started freestyling. It was really cool, in the beats he used some real smooth jazz, like miles davis, thelonious monk, bill evans--real good stuff! I was like, man this is just the music I've been missing. You may remember me writing about that in a previous blog. Anyway, I mentioned I played piano and loved chopin. Just so happened my friend, whose name is Ed, Liked Chopin too! He put some on, and I was like, oh my god, this is so strange. It's just what I was hoping for, some good music. He played Chopin's nocturn in F minor, one that I play. It was so good to hear! We just sat there and listened to that, and Ed mentioned how there are few who would appreciate that, let
alone know what it is.
So that was perty cool. Well, he even had some Tupac on his I pod, so we bumped some Hail Mary! I was pretty content. The next day we decided to make some music. I wanted to do a few songs I had written in la vega, but settled on this one, that told the story about the search. He gave me a beat, and I went to work recording. It was really cool, because it had also been so long since I recorded anything. I've just been writing, and that's the only work I've been able to do. So the first time in six months and I was recording. I just thought, dang Ed, youre just hooking it up. I felt really grateful for all that good music. In a few hours we had the track recorded. I didn't really get to mix it too much, so the vocals are a bit soft. But we listened to the track a lot of times. I find myself listening to it over and over. It is so great to see music come to life like that, and tell a story, and it really captures my
experience, and I hope, speaks to others as well.
So, me and Ed have been kickin it, and he decided to roll to Cali with me--cali Colombia, that is. So tonight we are catching the bus overnight! It's gunna be a long night, with little sleep, I think. Oh well. Good thinking time. I was pretty busy in Bogota once I got back meeting some friends I had made before...my last night here I was just so exhausted, I went to bed at 11 and just lied there, listening to my music, because I hardly had energy to write or play guitar.
Well, in La Vega, I had the coolest time searching for Sarah's family. While I was there, I had no success, but one woman, Blanca, helped me so much. We went to the radio and announced that a friend of the family was looking for the woman, then said the name. I told everyone I met the story, and everyone wanted to help. They all tried to think if they knew some family. La Vega is beautiful, and also the people are so friendly. I felt very sentimental while I was there, because Sarah grew up
in my hometown, Carlisle Massachussetts, so I was comparing it to there. I imagined what it would be like if she grew up in La Vega, and I think I kinda imagined what if I had too? I made friends with lots of the kids, but my three amigos were Breyner, Himena, and Mellisa. We were always playing around. Also Sara, but since she was two, she couldn't always play all the games. But she tried! Sara was only two, and she had this curly hair, and she made me think of Sarah who I knew from home, even though Sarah doesn't have curly hair...Because they had the same name, and Sarah is from la vega, that's why I always though of Sarah. And little Sara made me imagine what Sarah would've been like here as a kid...
To be continued.
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