ST PATRICK’S DAY SUNSET FIRE AND WATER CEREMONY – a film by “Bob O’Dj” – An Irishman for a day and a lifetime – filmed at the Rainbow Shower, Maui, Hawaii after sunset on March 17, 2015 – music recorded by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic on a Clavinova earlier on St Patrick’s Day 2015

* * *

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.20.34 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.21.16 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.25.48 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.24 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.21.49 AM Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.25.06 AM

Sunset Fire-Water Ceremony

* * *

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 10.40.31 AM St Pat Cliffs of Moher


For those who may not be aware, this is also my North American Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 8.06.17 AMbirthday. I arrived here from Europe 45 years ago today.

So now I am only 45, according to St Patrick. Magic of being Irish. 🙂

How goes that Irish good luck-wish go? “May the wind be always at your back the road rise up to meet you.” 

To which I can now add:Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 10.40.31 AM

“And may the age keep on declining” (just like that of Brad Pitt’s character in the movie “Meet Joe Black“)

Here’s a quick recording I made before going off to do my “Farmer’s Yoga” in the gulch. 🙂

* * *

St Patrick’s Day Farmer’s Yoga

As to my Farmer’s Yoga today, it consisted of moving nine (9) railroad ties, each weighing about 200 lbs, about 100 yards up the hill. And then installing them to make a boundary between the cultivated lawn around the Anahata-Huaca-Ahu, the sacred place at the Rainbow Shower gulch, and the wild jungle farther up the hill.

St Pat farmers yogaIMG_3518 IMG_3517 IMG_3516

I moved the last four railroad ties by El Jeepo, as you can see. But loading them up into it was not much easier than flipping them up the hill manually, as I did with the first five.

* * *

Also, here’s my special musical tribute to St Patrick’s Day recording in Scottsdale a year ago today:

* * *

Bob O’Dj. – An Irishman for a day and a lifetime

 St Pat hatAlso check out Bob’s Irish Roots story

* * *

Update December 17, 2015


For the last several days, I have been hearing Irish-sounding music in my Third Ear every time I sat down to play something on my Clavinova. Maybe it’s because it’s the 17th of the month, like Saint Patrick’s Day. So finally, I decided to record what I was hearing and playing.

I have no idea if it is a part of some known Irish song or something original. It really doesn’t matter to me. Because I know this song is coming from my heart. The tears that well up when I play this slow ballad prove it is authentic.

So I will call it My Irish Roots – to go with the story about my Irish roots (

You can play this audio recording by clicking on the link below.  There are two variations – one with Scottish bagpipes another with the Irish ones.  Let me know which ones you like better.

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 12.26.10 PM.PNG

UPDATE DeC 17, 2015 – 5:50 PM HST


My friend, Rick Shultz of Tennessee, has just identified this tune as “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.” Which is actually a Scottish, not an Irish song.  No wonder my Spirit guides had me record the first variation using the Scottish bagpipes. 🙂  – in Royal Stewart Tartan

So maybe I should rename it “My Scottish Roots?” 🙂

In the portrait on the right, taken as my 1978 B&W passport photo, I am actually wearing a Royal Steward tartan tie. Though I had no idea at the time that that’s what that tartan signified. I just like the look and feel of it.

Which is how our Spirit guides work on us.

Here’s one vocal recording of it from “Songs for Children” by Hooplakidz

Here are the lyrics of the song…

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
my Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
O bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back, O bring back my Bonnie to me, to me:
Bring back, bring back, O bring back my Bonnie to me.

O blow ye winds over the ocean,
O blow ye winds over the sea.
O blow ye winds over the ocean,
And bring back my Bonnie to me.

Repeat chorus

Last night as I lay on my pillow,
Last night as I lay on my bed,
Last night as I lay on my pillow,
I dreamed that my Bonnie was dead.

Repeat chorus

The winds have blown over the ocean,
The winds have blown over the sea,
The winds have blown over the ocean,
And brought back my Bonnie to me.

Repeat chorus

My Bonnie leaned over the gas tank,
The height of its contents to see,
I lit a small match to assist her,
O Bring back my Bonnie to me.

Repeat chorus

Last night as I lay on my pillow,
Last night as I lay on my bed,
I stuck my feet out of the window,
In the morning the neighbors were dead.

Repeat chorus

My mother makes beer in the bathtub,
My father makes synthetic gin,
My sister makes fudge for a quarter,
Wouldja believe how the money rolls in?

Repeat chorus

My mother, she drowned in the bathtub,
My father, he died from his gin,
My sister choked on her chocolate,
My stars, what a fix I am in.

Repeat chorus

I tried making beer in the bathtub,
I tried making synthetic gin,
I tried making fudge for a living,
Now look at the shape that I’m in.

Read more:
Follow us: @yugiohcardguide on Twitter | YuGiOhCardGuide on Facebook





Letizia Guiliani -Meditation of Thais 2

Today, I take a break from our Australian travelogues to create and post this music video.


To free myself from bondage toThais.

To find out who she is and how she enslaved me, read this…

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.46.23 PM

It is becoming a familiar pattern.  My Spirit guides download a piece of music to me, usually in dreamtime. The music grabs me like a python and won’t let go of its stranglehold until I record it.  At first, I have no idea what it is but feel compelled to play it.

During the time of gestation and bondage, the piece possess me completely.  It plays non-stop during all my waking hours.  And probably in dreamtime, too.  I can’t shake it no matter what I try. The only salvation is an eventual recording.

Well, that’s what happened with Jules Massenet’s “Thais Meditation” after we returned from Australia. I started hearing the piece on the flight over. It was on March 1 that I finally identified it and downloaded the sheet music.

What is Thais? It is an opera written by a 19th century French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912).  It premiered in Paris on March 16, 1894.masternumbers-659x388

“Aha,” I just realized. “Almost 111 years ago to the day.”

And you know me and the number “11” and its derivatives or multiples, like “111.”

[111: Wakeup call. 1:11 or 11:11 is certainly a magical sign. In fact, The Magician card is number 1 in the major arcana of the tarot. When you see repeating 1s, it’s like a wakeup call from the mystical realm. Look around and really pay attention to where you are and who you’re with. This is a cosmic confirmation that you’re moving in the right direction – From:

I have never seen or heard of the Thais opera before. Not in this lifetime anyway. But I must have heard this Meditation on a CD “Peace” that I have owned and first listened to in Maui in 2005.  Letizia Guiliani -Meditation of Thais 3

When it came to me this time, I saw it actually as music for a ballet or a figure skating performance. Not surprisingly, I discovered that the piece has been used extensively as such by major artists in the world of music and ballet. Even at the Olympics.

What is the Mediation of Thais about?

The Méditation is a symphonic intermezzo performed between the scenes of Act II in the opera Thaïs.  

In the first scene of Act II, Athanaël, a Cenobite monk, confronts Thaïs, a beautiful and hedonistic courtesan and devotée of Venus, and attempts to persuade her to leave her life of luxury and pleasure and find salvation through God. It is during a time of reflection following the encounter that the Méditation is played by the orchestra.

In the second scene of Act II, following the Méditation, Thaïs tells Athanaël that she will follow him to the desert. She surrenders to God. Massenet-1880-by-Pierre-Petit

The piece opens with a short introduction by the harps, with the solo violin quickly entering with the motif. After the violin plays the melody twice, the piece goes into a section marked animato, gradually becoming more and more passionate (Massenet wrote poco a poco appassionato). 

The climax is reached at a place marked poco piu appassionato (a little more passion) and is then followed by a short cadenza-like passage from the soloist and returns to the main theme. After the theme is played twice, the soloist joins the orchestra while playing harmonics on the upper register as the harps and strings quietly play below the solo line.  


The piece calls for solo violin, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns, SATB chorus, two harps and strings. The solo violin part is generally played by the orchestra’s concertmaster in an opera setting, or by a featured soloist standing in front of the orchestra in a concert setting. Such as by Katica Illenyi (video) in my today’s rendition.

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.46.01 PM Letizia Guiliani -Meditation of Thais 1 Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.46.13 PM    (scenes from the recording)

And now, with this as a preamble, here’s my version of the Thais Meditation. Now, that i’ve done it, maybe in a few days, my Spirit guides will free me of bondage to it, so I can resume playing some other music. 🙂

A film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – music recorded by on a Clavinova with English Chamber Orchestra as background sound – Katica Illenyi’s (violin) and Letizia Guiliani’s (ballet) Thais interpretations used used for video only

* * *


March 8, 2015

Today, the International Women’s Day, I take a break from our Australian travelogues to create and post this music video.


To free myself from bondage to Thais.

To find out who she is and how she enslaved me, read this…story.

But wait, what does the Meditation of Thais have to do with Australia?

For one thing, that’s where it geographically originated. For me.

Perhaps this video interpretation will help explain that answer..

Australia 2015 Slideshow Set to “Thais Meditation” Music – a film/slideshow by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – March 8, 2015

What does the Meditation of Thais have to do with Australia, where it geographically originated?

Perhaps this video interpretation will help answer that question…

Australia 2015 Slideshow Set to “Thais Meditation” Music – a film/slideshow by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – March 8, 2015

* * *