Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet from the album of the same name in iTunes

It was February and we were in Rio De Janeiro, one week prior to Mardi Gras. People were excited because they were having a trial run for the big event that was to happen the following week. Men and women were all dressed in their fancy costumes and they began to crowd around outside on the street for the mini parade. Since the price of hotels tends to sky rocket at this time of year, we felt that we had to move on. So we flew back to San Paulo to head on to Manaus by air. Manaus stands on the north bank of the Rio Negro just 10 km. from the confluence with the Rio Solimoes to become the mighty Rio Amazonas. Manaus is 3′ south of the equator and this was their rainy season (December to May). We arrived around midnight and took a taxis to our hotel which we had chosen from our trusty Lonely Planet Book. While in this part of the world it is almost obligatory to take a boat trip down the river to see where the two rivers meet, and this story I am about to tell you, happened to me. My parting words still stand today, “we must all learn to get along.” 3:50 min. 2 MB

Midnight in Manaus by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet in iTunes

This video is called Midnight in Manaus by swo8 Blues Jazz. Manaus is located deep in the Amazon full of magic and mystery. We landed in Manaus around Midnight. After locating a hotel from Lonely Planet we arrived at the reception desk without reservations. There was a middle aged Indian woman at the desk and she was surprised to see two strangers show up, unannounced, requesting accommodation so late in the night. It was a small business hotel – probably a two star, very modest in appointment. She escorted us to a sitting area where we met two other travellers who, by coincidence, were from the scientific community. They were intrigued that we had come from so far (Canada) to such a remote place. Immediately they started listing off places we must see while on our stay. BTW all our music by swo8 Blues Jazz can be streamed on most of the streaming sites. 3:30 min. 2MB


Après Avoir Lavé Mes Cheveux by L. Martel

This is a 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas called Après Avoir Lavé Mes Cheveux/After Washing My Hair and it is a companion painting to Femme Au Bassin. There is a third painting not yet finished. This painting brings to mind that old song “I’m going to wash that man right out of my hair”. I plan to do further work on it to bring it to completion. In this work, the washing has already taken place and one wraps the towel around their head to contain the wet hair.


O Rio Amazonas by swo98 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet in iTunes

The Rio Negro and the Rio Solimões meet to make the mighty Rio Amazonas and it is here that we hear the play between the flute and the Saxophone. That song always takes me back to the time we spent on the Amazon River. Along the side of the river there are tributaries that reach into the jungle where the rich vegetable and animal life can be found. Just to let you know all our music can be heard on Spotify and many of the other streaming apps. 2:51 min 2 MB

Winter Blues by swo8 Blues Jazz & Marilyn Armstrong

It is snowing here today and I thought spring was coming. I hear the Eastern Seaboard of the the USA has been walloped once again. Even my friends on the West Coast are having quite a time, weather wise this winter. So my wonderful collaborator, the great author and Photographer, Marilyn Armstrong and I thought we would amuse you with our song, the Winter Blues. Marilyn’s fantastic photos of some of the most outrageous winter conditions are not for the faint of heart. But we are a tough bunch, or so we think. If I had my way I’d be on the first plane to Rio. 3:20min 2 MB