Monday, July 06, 2009

Two for Taos

We've been having so much fun, its hard to keep up the blogging, but better late than never. After leaving the arts mecca of Santa Fe, we headed north to Taos, where we spent two nights at two very special Inns. I will write them up separately as they both deserve a focus in themselves. Taos has its own flavor. There are many, many galleries and stores, but the scene is somewhat more laid back if that is possible. The store keepers were very clever and diverse in their presentation, and while the square is not as lovely as it could be--too much concrete, too little green--the surrounding nooks and crannies of the town were filled with flowers, outdoor dining and delightful music.

We ran into a group, called "The Missing Parts" and pulled up a curb to listen awhile. I had to buy one of their CDs of course. It says on their website they are "an acoustic, instrumental trio from Tucson, Arizona. They play all original music inspired by Balkan, Russian, Klezmer, Flamenco, Tango, Classical, Heavy Metal, Southwestern, and Spaghetti Western melodies and rhythms. On the afternoon that we were blessed with a free concert they also had a young man play a creatively enhanced scrub board and and a fiddler. But here is what I know about the trio, thanks to their website.

Douglas Francisco, a native of East Tennessee, has musical roots in both Blues and Heavy Metal. He plays a the dobro, also called the lap steel or slide guitar, usually in an open D minor tuning. His original style is entirely self taught.

Brian Hullfish (the cellist) hails from the dirty part of Eastern New York. His musical roots run deep into American and Irish folk music. He plays with his eyes closed, like he’s singing, and if you are lucky, you might catch him grinning insanely when it’s sounding good.

Paul Wright, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, plays an original, intensely percussive style of acoustic guitar inspired by Flamenco, Tango, Balkan, Russian, Indian, and Heavy Metal chord progressions and rhythms.

The bottom line is we have been listening to the instrumentally eclectic music all through the Rockies..."Rocky Mountain High."--Ruth Mitchell

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