Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

  Me and Marlys and friends

An extraordinary number of guitarists have passed through San Juan Del Sur this month. Sonja from Switzerland had a good melodic tone - and Aaron from the States can string together some pretty mean riffs on his left handed guitar - he's not bad on a normal guitar, either.

I stare at his backwards guitar and my fingers get all twisted up, I have no idea how he switches between them.

Caleb has a rock and roll band back in Canada, and brought down a mac with garageband on it to work on some new material.

My favorite singer of all the musicians that have visited, Marlys (pictured), had the body of an amazon (she's 6 foot 1) and the voice of an angel. She'd "shmoosh" together songs like "Sexual Healing" and "No woman no cry" and really make them work. Here's a couple recordings of her teaching me to play a couple songs. (I think this is the first time I've published me on bass) Marlys came to SJDS for a two week stay which turned into two months.

It's too bad I didn't have a recorder (it got stolen, sigh) to capture the last jam we had. After most of a month playing together everybody had got pretty good, and there was some ferociously good jamming between her, me, Caleb, Sonya and Aaron at the party last Sunday. There's some more pics to be had...

It's just Aaron and Caleb and I now - and Aaron leaves next week - but two new guitarists and a drummer just showed up, we jam tomorrow night for the first time.

I gotta get an amp.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

  A chance encounter in San Juan Del Sur

I had a couple drinks with Eduardo Montealegre this past evening.

I don't know which is more unlikely - the Nicaraguan Liberal (ALN) party's candidate for president in 2006 just showing up unannounced in a bar/restaurant or me sitting at the bar in the first place (I am not much of a drinker).

Mr Montealegre came in second (28.3% of the vote) in 2006, and he's currently running for mayor of Managua in the upcoming (November) election.

We had a "frank exchange of views" - on everything from Jimmy Carter to 9/11 - being that I did not identify myself as a member of the press, and I had at least one sheet to the wind I will keep what we talked about private - it was pretty obvious that all he wanted was a nice night out with his family.

Can you imagine any politician at the national level in America just getting out mingling with the normal folk without it all being staged somehow?

The last politician to do that in America was Jesse Ventura.

Anyway, I got home and slept it off, and got up to write down what I remembered discussing and figured I should blog a little. I kind of cringe now at what I said about America's security theater post-9/11 - "Ziplock! Keeps in the terror".

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