Chili, Chocolate and Chihuahuas

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Chili, Chocolate and Chihuahuas

The Lovely Wife has jetted off to the great Midwest, leaving me behind to sort the pages of an unruly poetry manuscript in the company of Apollonia, the six-pound terror of Texas, and Ozymandias, her doting, but worried, twelve-pound shadow. As noon departs I note hunger’s first tentative touch, and head to the grocery store for supplies. I’m craving chili, but not having a particular recipe in mind, decide to see what strikes my fancy.

Ah, the sun at last!
No more rain, the yard’s drying.
Our dogs, shivering.

For my chili base I’ll sometimes toast dried ancho peppers, rehydrate and puree them, but I’ve recently replenished my chile powder stock (ancho, chipotle, New Mexico, cayenne, smoked paprika) and feel just a tad lazy, so I’ll use the powdered stuff. But I pick up a poblano, some jalapeños and two onions, and on my way to…

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New Music! Fistful of Stars (Tara Linda/Rafael Herrera)

It has been a fruitful song-writing summer; new lyrics and songs for project~Fistful of Stars. This is a first-time collaboration with long-time drummer/guitarist/song-writer, Rafael Herrera, (who has played drums in all of my bands for the last 12 years!)

TL-Rafa-4_8437 (2)We call our style-vibe; Wild West Border Acoustic. It all reflects our love of early Cali-Mex and Tex-Mex influences, with our favorite contemporary influences; pop cumbias, barbed wire blues, southern bayou ballads and others.

FistfulOfStars-TaraLindaThe new CD, Fistful of Stars features guitar (Rafael), accordion (Taralinda), bi-lingual lyrics, and Rafa’s GORGEOUS voice in the lead for several songs.  And THIS was indeed my favorite part: to share the vocal spotlight with Rafael…Aaaah! The world needs to hear Rafael Herrera’s voice; his soulful, heart-gushing, lead crooning and always perfect harmonies!  So far, folks are saying things like “its about time!”, “very visual…poetic, emotive.”  Which is all nice to hear.

Eclectic as always, our new 8-song CD, Fistful of Stars, is more stripped down in style and presentation than my usual work with full bands. Rafa and I doubled up on instruments, and took it all way down. It feels intimate to me; vulnerable at times, real always. I discovered each step, how simplicity creates intimacy. And if you’ve been following me since Tortilla Western Serenade (2010), you will recognized a few similarities; I put not 1 but 2 teaser songs on this CD for my next Tortilla Western Serenade project ;).

Fistful of Stars was written while moonlighting in our other projects. Rafa and I wrote these songs over six months, and recorded the CD Stars in 3 days in Northern California. We dropped the CD on tour in Germany this Summer. (There is a reason for this that I’ll talk about in my next music post.)

Listen and Download! For a limited time, you can Download Fistful of Stars at any Name-Your-Price amount.  Thank you ALL for supporting me over the years! Your support motivates me to write, and put out MORE music each year.

Music from My Heart to Yours,  XOX,

Tara

Heart – Filled

Two moons
and one solstice ago
his words came…

Heart-Filled

Two moons
and one solstice ago
his words came, woven in an Easterly
driven by frozen rain, unrelenting cold
they pushed West, gale force unyielding, sure
with 8 arms waving, hands cupped and overflowing
with nectar clear, light, soothing, sweet they pushed
head-on shadowed storms, unseen winds, inertia
up and over plains, mountains, heavy with mist,
each syllable, a ray of Sunlit compassion, multiplied hundreds more of itself~ traveled to the farthest coastal
cliffs, beyond bay and sea

Now the rain
Stillness
Now the jasmine
blooms at night
Taralinda © 2015
Thank you Mikial.

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Stellar Birth, Cosmic Wind

“Understanding ourselves as multidimensional beings is expressed through the Wind. The movement of the Wind…” Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo

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Source: NASA, Yellow Balls in W33

“Understanding ourselves as multidimensional beings is expressed through the Wind. The movement of the Wind–up, down, or across– expresses how potential takes form and how our minds are part of a dynamic dance with the atmosphere and the stars above. The internal, external, and even the cosmic Winds that can be perceived as a turning cross at a black hole, are a reminder of an ongoing process from whence even the most minute expression is inseparable. These winds are a spiraling pathway through which life’s potential arises as form.”
Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, The Seven Winds

NASA Photo “Explanation: Infrared wavelengths of 3.6, 8.0, and 24.0 microns observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope are mapped into visible colors red, green, and blue in this striking image. The cosmic cloud of gas and dust is W33, a massive starforming complex some 13,000 light-years distant, near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. Click on the NASA source to find out what causes the yellow ball bursts.