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La Fiesta Groove...I'm baaaack! :-)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I've been babying myself on my treadmill all week long and yesterday I just kept bumping up the speed and my mp3 player dished up "Sometime Ago / La Fiesta" by Chick Corea and his original and best Return to Forever band.

This song is an incredible journey lasting twenty-some minutes and morphing from a light, sprite, fairy-tale-like song with Flora Purim's beautiful, brasilian voice and Joe Farrell's flute. Stanley Clarke adds his rock-solid, big, fat, round string bass hammering along holding down the bottom and Flora's husband Airto keeping things ever lively with his brasilian percussion. It morphs into La Fiesta, which is a hard-driving Spanish explosion in which Farrell switches to his soprano sax and blows with such intensity and everyone else just hurtling along with ever-increasing urgency...such a celebration of LIFE!

Needless to say, it was wonderful to be back into my groove again!

One thing I've lost over my too many years smothered by my weight has been my voice. Not my actual vocal chords, but my true and vibrant VOICE in which a listener can sense I am speaking from my very BEING!

I have always had a voice which has been very subdued, calm, level-headed, even monotone at times. Most emotions, anger, excitement, joy and sorrow has been squeezed out before I speak. Like I didn't have the right to be emotional and draw attention to myself.

When I'm on my treadmill and listening to my music, I feel like I am taking steps toward reclaiming my true "voice," filled with all the intensity and vibrancy that life has to offer.

When I listen to Jimmy Santiago Baca reciting his poetry, I hear what sounds like my voice...the one I lost along the way. Which is so exciting! He is an amazing poet who had experienced a conversion of sorts in his past from street thug to poet. He speaks of joy, love, hope and good will with a passion and fierceness which had likely been previously reserved for a switchblade. An amazing person...am so pleased a friend had introduced me to his work. There is such hope an inspiration in his words!
http://www.jimmysantiagobaca.com/
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ANDALEX 3/16/2008 10:50PM

    have you ever tried singing while you walk? it can be a truly liberating experience. it's helped me start to rediscover my voice. also, it's a great workout!

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ZELLAZM 2/12/2008 9:23AM

    Don, as a singer and voice teacher myself, it is wonderful to hear how your voice is being restored as a part of your weight loss progress! Blessings today from your "classmate", Michelle/ZellaZM

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STARLIGHT42 2/10/2008 12:31PM

    Don - you have amazingly captured what I have tried many times to grasp as my lack of true "voice". And for the same reasons. Great description! And now I am off the check out this song by Chuck Corea, LOL. Not anywhere near what I listen to, but it sounds wonderful!!

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