RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA (Memories of the Alhambra)


Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra)… and of Anahata


Today, I went back to Spain. It was the Spain before it was known as Spain. I traveled to the Kingdom of Castile and Aragon, as the country was known after the Reconquista – (liberation from the Arab (Moorish) rule in 1492).

It was the Spain I knew 500 years ago when I was incarnated as King Philip II (1527-1598), son and heir to the throne of Charles V (Carlos V), the Holy Roman emperor (1500-1558) who understood the Alhambra was one of the jewels the Arabs had left behind.

My mother in that lifetime, Isabella of Portugal, was “was renowned for her beauty and reportedly was determined to marry only the greatest king of Christian Europe.” Enter Charles V (Carlos V).

Charles was born in 1500 as the eldest son of Philip the Handsome and Joanna of Castile in the Flemish city of Ghent, which was part of the Habsburg Netherlands.

One of the greatest quotes attributed to my 16th century father Charles V is: “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.”

I traveled on the wings of music which brought tears to my eyes.  The song is both plaintively sad and stunningly familiar. It is a guitar piece I have never played before. But as soon as I started, the melody flowed, with my tears, as if I had known it for a thousand years. I even anticipated the harmony, just listening to the song’s recording by Carlos Bonell.

Actually, it was more like 500 years. Not the age of the song, the period to which I time traveled inspired by that piece. The music “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” (Memories of the Alhambra) was written in 1906 by Francisco Tarrega after his visit to Granada. And it was about the place where my 16th century parents – Carlos and were married in 1517.

“I’ve gotta go back there,” I said to myself when I discovered that.

The Arab (Moorish) poets described the Alhambra as “a pearl set in an emerald.” And no wonder…


And just now, while hearing the Alhambra music again in my Third Ear, the above image morphed into this one – on my computer screen.  Literally! I just hit the screenshot to save it.


Magic! Musical and artistic magic. And technological. All working together on this Sunday Dec 4, 2016. Not only did I travel 500 years back time, but in an instant, I moved Granada from Spain to Hawaii.

You see, the above water scene is actually part of a rainbow picture on a beach in Kauai, Hawaii, another one of my most favorite places on this planet.

MEMORIES OF THE ANAHATA (Recuerdos de la Anahata)

And just now I got a hit that I should name my version of this music “Memories of the Anahata”, the sacred place at my Maui home the Rainbow Shower. Because it is another “pearl set in the emerald.” Take a look…


TWO PEARLS SET IN TWO EMERALDS – oceans and millennia apart, connected by music


Anyway, back to Spain, it is quite ironic that the destination of my today’s time travel should be the Alhambra of Granada. Because Granada was the only major city on our 2014 Tour of Spain and Austria (meaning of the Holy Roman Empire) which we actually did not visit. We were just too tired by the time we arrived in Malaga, and decided to spend an extra day there instead of driving to Granada and back (see SPAIN 2014 – 18 CITIES IN 7 DAYS – IN 100 SECONDS –

And so with this as a preamble, here’s just an audio “appetizer” of the first 2:40 minutes of “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” (Memories of the Alhambra) I recorded this afternoon.  As you will hear, I modernized the music using the Latin ballad rhythm (and I cried again while recording it this evening!) 😦

But since I cannot do the guitar tremolos on my Clavinova, I played in on a mandolin instead. Enjoy!

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Meanwhile, until I perfect “my Alhambra” and make it into a proper music video, here’s also a “best” (I concur) Youtube recording of the whole piece.

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And now, within 24 hours of conception to creation, recording and production, here’s my latest music video. It will transport you on the wings of music from Granada, Spain 500 years ago to Maui, Hawaii and back again – all within 5 minutes.

I have even thrown in a brief stopover in Germany to visit with a wonderful young guitarist Ana Vidovic. 🙂 And a flute variation of this wonderful Francisco Tarrega tune – for the Memories of Anahata.

Enjoy your musical time travel journey! I know where I’ll be going in my dreamtime tonight…

TWO PEARLS SET IN TWO EMERALDS – oceans and millennia apart, connected by music

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Direct link to Youtube:
For the full story, see…
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Is a trip to Granada next in the cards for me? Why not? After all, it was music that guided me to visit El Escorial and Aranjuez in 2014.

As I said after recording this piece of music…

TWO PEARLS SET IN TWO EMERALDS – oceans and millennia apart, connected by music

For the full story, see…

… “don’t be surprised if you see me in Granada at some point in the future. Yes, such as is the power and love of music. It can move people to do strange things.”

If that were to happen, it would not be the first time. Back in 2009, I similarly received a download of “Concierto de Aranjuez” music. Which I recorded in March 2009 on my rickety old piano (that I was very proud of at the time) – 🙂

In November 2013, I recorded a much better version of it on my Clavinova – CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ, SECOND EDITION –

And in May 2014, Elizabeth and I got to visit both El Escorial and Aranjuez during our Tour of Spain. For me, those two were the highlights of an amazing journey.

Which eventually led me to revelations of my lifetime as King Philip II who built the Palace of Aranjuez (see EL ESCORIAL: GRAND FINALE OF A MAGICAL DAY and RECONNECTING WITH LISZT IN MADRID, PHILIP II IN ARANJUEZ).

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