SWAN LAKE IN THE DESERT – BY ALTZAR

"Everything is beautiful at the ballet" (Chorus Line, 1975) SWAN LAKE IN THE DESERT - BY ALTZAR Rarely does a piece come together as quickly as easily as my latest recording - "Swan Lake in the Desert."  Even though I have never played this music before, it took less than half an hour to go from inspiration …

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“CIELITO LINDO” & “LAS MANANITAS” by ALTZAR’S “MARIACHI BAND”

"CIELITO LINDO" & "LAS MANANITAS" by ALTZAR'S “MARIACHI BAND” Cielito Lindo I originally heard the music from the first part of this video (Cielito Lindo) on the grueling Kalalau Trail in Kauai in Aug 2012.  Whenever Elizabeth was struggling to climb up a particularly steep part of the trail, she would sing "ay, ay, ay, ay..." It sounded …

MY HAT’S OFF TO KATHRYN E. MAY, SPIRIT CHANNELER, WHO KNEW WHEN TO QUIT

ALTZAR'S LETTER TO KATHRYN E. MAY - OCT 28, 2014 Hi, Kathryn. One of my fellow-Stewards of the Earth has just posted your message "My Resignation" at our group's FB website. I just want to tell you that my heart goes out to you.  And I also want to CONGRATULATE YOU! Why? Because you are …

MUSIC THAT HEALS THE SOUL: “FIGLIO PERDUTO” (LOST SON) AS A CHORAL SYMPHONY

A Facebook friend posted a story on Bashar's remarks about the spiritual aspect of Beethoven's 2nd Movement from the 7th Symphony, known as "Figlio Perduto" (Lost Son).  The comments matched up perfectly with my own perception of this sublime piece of music when it first came to me three years ago while Elizabeth and I were …

“OBLADI, OBLADA:” BEATLES RETURN TO EAGLE’S NEST

Some pretty extraordinary things are happening at the "music studio" of Eagle's Nest these days. This afternoon, for example, I was practicing some difficult classical piano piece I have not played in a long time. Just to make sure I don't lose the touch. Then I started experimenting with various orchestral rhythms on my Clavinova. …