Mother’s Day is May 10th

Mother’s Day is May10th and the great American author and photographer, Marilyn Armstrong and I have worked on another collaboration. To commemorate this day, we have put a collage of our families together. There are some 8 generations of my family and several generations of Marilyn’s and her husband, Garry’s, family.

The song is bitter sweet because to be a mother, is bitter sweet. Our children bring us our greatest joys and our greatest sorrows. The first couple in the video is of my great-grandparents. My great-grandmother died in child birth leaving 3 babies and a husband. When my great-grandfather remarried the children were sent off to their aunt to be raised. The aunt is the lady sitting by the fire place. The first photo of children is of my grandmother and her twin sisters. My grandmother being the oldest would have missed her mother the most. Inspite of her early losses she became an extraordinary person and had a huge influence on me and my thinking.

To be a mother has got to be one of the most difficult endeavours to under take in ones life. We are given this helpless creature for a short period of time to nourish, educate and inspire before they disappear into the ether of adulthood. As a tribute to mother’s everywhere we dedicate this song, “Mother’s Waltz” by swo8 Blues Jazz and Marilyn Armstrong and we will release it tomorrow.

Posting in the Trot by swo8 Blues Jazz

It was rather dark that night in Rabat, Morocco. I must apologize for some of the pictures. After an evening of wonderful Moroccan food and belly dancing, there was a horse show. Quite exciting to be stampeded by these rifle carrying horsemen.They fired their rifles too. I hope you like the music “Posting in the Trot” by swo8 Blues Jazz. That’s me on my Altus flute.

The Senator’s Blues by swo8 Blues Jazz

No political system is perfect. Unseemly behaviour in government is as old as time itself. The Roman Senator, Cicero, in 42 BC stated  “a nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious….but it can’t survive the treason from within….they move freely among us…..and are heard in the very halls of government…..they infect the body politic….a murderer is less to be feared.”  With this little ditty I leave you to think about what is going on in your country.

Tribute to the Bardo Museum and those who were harmed or killed

On March 18, 2015 two unidentified gunmen attacked the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia and held many hostages. In the end some 22 people and one policeman were killed and 44 others were injured. Five Japanese as well as visitors from Italy, Poland and Spain were among the dead. We were at this very museum in 2012 and this short video will show you some of the wonderful exhibits from this museum. This is a tribute to the people who were killed and those who were injured at the Bardo. The song is called Prayer from the East.