Saturday, April 1, 2017

Al Norte by Ricardo Naipes recorded in Southwest Detroit.

I know a little about this song and video. A friend of mine who knows Ricardo and played one of the guitar tracks on the song introduced me to this song a few weeks ago and told me a bit about the lyrics that are in Spanish if you haven't figured that out yet.  

The song is about the heartbreak of leaving your family behind in Mexico who sacrificed so you could risk everything in the desert to come to the North to try to make a better life, but how the people there treat you without honor and squash your efforts but you have to persevere to make some happiness.   

I grew up in Lincoln Park, Michigan about 10 miles away from where this video was made in Southwest Detroit.  I have to admit before I saw this video and heard what the song was about I never really thought much about how the Mexicans who made their way into the USA and Al Norte to Detroit as undocumented people to find work and somehow build a better life might actually regret leaving their family behind in Mexico, but duh.  of course anyone would.

Anyhow, I have spent a good deal of my free time the last couple weeks learning the song in Spanish. I hope to get a chance to belt this one out with my band sometime in the next few months if for no reason than to make people wonder why an old white guy would do that.  Enjoy the song, video and lyrics. And keep in mind Ricardo made this song before the rise of Trump as a politician.    




Sálvate del calor los cerros y el dolor pa' librar la pobreza y pa' vivir mejor. Te tratan sin valor Y critican tu voz Todos somos esclavos y aguantar es tu obligación. Vienes dejando atrás un hogar, el amor de una familia que todo te dobrigo y poder trabajar y sonar en un mundo algo mejor. Y preguntas porque vivo arriesgándome una razón se convertirían en mil, no hay respuestas, solo llantos porque al norte llegue a medio vivir. Pasas hambre y ardor sin comunicación pisotean tus esfuerzos y el llorar no es la solución. Es difícil pensar con tu familia atrás sin poder hacer nada si no estás allá tenemos que luchar por ganar algo de felicidad. y preguntas porque vivo arriesgándome una razón se convertirían en mil no hay respuestas, solo llantos porque al norte llegue a medio vivir. porque vivo arriesgándome una razón se convertirían en mi no hay respuestas, solo llantos porque al norte llegue a medio vivir.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Seen while hiking through New York City

Here are some pictures from a trip to Manhattan this week.  I am a yuge fan of the city.  It gives me so much energy to be out there hiking in the sea of humanity that finds its way through the streets. I've taken pictures of famous landmarks before. This visit I wanted to capture more city scenes with the people who bring them to life.  (click photos to enlarge)










































Friday, July 8, 2016

Sunlight fighting through the mist

I took this short video a couple days ago walking the trail near Old Man's Cave near Hocking Hills State Park near Logan Ohio.  There was a fine mist in the air around us but no rain, then the sun poked through the clouds and put on an amazing show for a few fleeting minutes.  Enjoy a moment of peace and beauty.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Detroit House Music Mix Pt II


The longer you listen the more you get why Detroit House Music is a thing.  I've lived here my whole life and never knew this was going on while it was happening. Belleville High is maybe 10 miles from here. I give you this musical artwork assembled by Gregors Soundhome..





Sunday, March 6, 2016

Stained Glass Window at Sweetest Heart of Mary Cathedral in Detroit

A large stained glass window at the Sweetest Heart of Mary Cathedral in Detroit.  When you visit Detroit, you need to see this wonderful stunning place, the largest Catholic church in Detroit and the most impressive Gothic Revival style church anywhere, dedicated in 1893 to the Polish American Community in Detroit.  


Monday, February 22, 2016

Walking Straight Up Harper

Not to make fun about the crimes that the suspect committed or how he escaped, but the 911 call is bound to crack you up as much as it did me.

Remarkable 911 Call led Police to escaped prisoner who was walking STRAIGHT UP HARPER! DON'T NOBODY WALK UP HARPER!"

Now I know this area pretty well, the near East side of Detroit.  I worked at a factory along I-94 in Detroit for some 15 years. Harper Blvd. kind of sorta follows I-94 from Detroit near Mt. Elliot to Harper Woods near 15 Mile Rd.

So when I heard this 911 call I knew I'd have to go for a stroll straight up Harper so I could say I've done what don't nobody does.

I love my city! Don't be scared of Detroit.  

Walking straight up Harper on 2/19/2016.  photo by Shelly Sute