Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cinco de Mayo in Southwest Detroit..

While most white people were celebrating Cinco de Mayo by sipping on a strawberry margarita at some lame Mexican Restuarant at the local strip mall served by a guy named Chad who was wearing a dollar store sombrero and sporting a fake mustache I was hanging out in SW Detroit with my friends totally absorbing the craziness surrounding me ....  ( No one was hurt in the filming of this video although some guy did crash and tumble into a table full of empty bottles at the end if you watch close.. lol.  ) 

SW Detroit Backyard Cinco de Mayo Punk Rock Mosh Pit

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Detroit July 2017 random pics

Just a few pictures from a weekend around Detroit.

La Posada on Springwells near Vernor.  Grocery plus Taquiera.  Amazing food
Parson and asada versions of quesadilla and taco are awesome. The green pepper sauce should come in gallon jugs  
This is just a small sample of  the wide variety of fresh baked goods at Sheila's on Springwells near Vernor. This is where you go in Detroit for the real deal Tres Leches cake

Heidelberg project so weird its funny in a pretentious creepy way.

More Heidelberg project American Pickers would buy this car as-is.

More Heidelberg project. IDK what to say about this

Pipe organ at Sweetest heart of Mary Cathedral, perhaps the most awe inspiring building in the city. 

Beacon Park Grand Opening Detroit gets new green space where everyone can wonder what was here before? 

Taqueria El Rey notice the attached Bud Light shed/kitchen. Go here to eat. Soon. 

Shrimp tostada, asada taco, parson quesadilla. Its all delish and 100% legit, you will feel like you are in the coolest dive taquieria in the world because you are.

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..