After two weeks thru Lubbock, Albuquerque, Gallup and San Angelo, I returned to Austin on June 22. Travels were beautiful.
TX has had much rain-wildflowers were blooming even up in the panhandle. New Mexico on the other hand is in terrible drought with a visible wildfire outside of Gallup.
A highlight each year is spending time with the residents, mostly Native American at Villa Guadalupe nursing home in Gallup; a ministry of The Little Sisters of The Poor. I play music for daily masses-seeing the joy in the faces of the nuns and residents (they don’t have music like this often)….well that was pure gold. Also I’ll play a music program for them. You should hear them sing the Wolf Song! Seeing them loosen up and be children once again. The smiles on them, staff, and me too of course…priceless. This ridiculous song has brought the world so much joy. I spend much time with the residents, listening, learning and smiling. I am loved like a son.
Performances were good including a last minute set for the Gallup Art Crawl. A BIG thank you to my friend Priya Sudarsanam for being the liaison for almost everyone Gallup it seemed. Numerous hikes in the area proved to be as magic as ever. Despite sand fleas that itched like fire and record high winds it was always the pure joy of discovery at every turn. I am at home in Indian country.
Spent a few days on the ranch of Danny Stokes near Fence Lake NM. Thousands of acres lay all directions and we covered a few indeed. Exploring an area they call the waterfall-it has many Anasazi petroglyphs upon the boulders. Nearby was a dwelling area-you find pottery shards everywhere, and down the way was likely a hunting ground. All this in his “backyard”. I’m hooked! Also of note were accounts from several people of cattle mutilations and other unexplainable moving lights over the years there. Freaky to hear first hand. Regardless I’m still hooked!!
Also stay w/my godmother and cousin in Albuquerque. Much exploration of the incredible landscape and people of New Mexico, I’m falling in love with that place.
Some recording in San Angelo, TX for Daniel Makins upcoming release was wonderful. He moves to TN soon. We recorded in his beautiful and near empty house. That record will be a sweet document of his home there. On the way home through Llano, Texas I caught up with Harriet Myrick and we ended up jamming for a few hours. This trip showered magic right to the very end. I am humbled and in awe of creation and the kindness of the Creator.
Ready to repeat!