It’s never been a secret that I love.

I love many things, with great passion.

I love dancing.

I love music.

I love animals.

I love flowers.

I love bright colours.

I love rainbows.

I love rainy days.

I love water.

I love books.

I love cake.

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Tus Ojos (Your eyes)

Can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the album was released. God, it definitely feels like it was another life. Was I really a promising young researcher at some point?

Anyway, I got the album as a birthday present from one of my supervisors and friend of mine, the director of the Immunology Lab, where I worked at an assistant researcher all throughout my years in med school. In the form of a cassette, no less. Remember those? Yeah.

When I moved to Canada, that cassette was one of the many things left behind. But now, as of yesterday, I am the proud owner of a digital copy.

Excellent album. Great songs, all of them.

But Tus Ojos has been my favourite from day one. Continue reading

Today, I didn’t buy Swing music *gasp*

I got an iTunes gift card.

For the first time in, oh, I don’t know, ever, I bought music in Spanish. Nothing to do with Lindy Hop, Blues or Black Gospel.

I got music from Buena Vista Social Club, Gloria Estefan, Mocedades and others. Music I grew up with.

Good stuff.

This is my favourite salsa song ever. Gitana (Gypsy woman) by Willie Colón

Doesn’t it make you want to get up and dance?

The motion [picture] of my life

On my way to the studio early last night, I had this great post from fellow Gemini Girl (when you click on it, don’t let it confuse you. You did end up in the right place. We just happen to have the same WP theme) going around and around in my mind.

Even from the first time I read it, I could tell we shared common check points and traffic bottlenecks while we were doing the proverbial slip sliding away down the highway of life.

Only that mine didn’t exactly go in the same order. After managing to survive the childhood from hell, and graduating with honours from high school at 16, I found myself exhilarating with power but – unbeknownst to me, in a very precarious mental equilibrium. Oh, but I thought I WAS moving. Fast and furious.

Before I had time to understand what the hell was happening to me, I found myself married and with two toddlers at 21. And the brilliant scientific career I was supposed to have? Buried under a pile of laundry along with other various dreams. At least they were keeping each other company, I guess.

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Never a dull moment at Casa Colombiana

So, I woke up to the sounds of a violin.

I went to the living room and this is what I found:

Mi kickass daughter


Now, she’s going through Youtube violin tutorials to keep her busy while she start taking classes.

My daughter is awesome!

And now there a violin in our household.  Sweet!


Two Sleepy People

I’ve been in love with this song for a while.  I was first introduced to it by Toronto-based Terra Hazelton who did a wonderful rendition of it for her latest album, Give me what you got.

The song has been a staple in my iPod but tonight DJ Byron Alley played a version of if that I had never heard.  I asked him about it and he told me it was by Fats Waller.  Naturally, I youtubed it as soon as I got home and found (not surprisingly) many versions of it.  Ironically, the one I like the least was the one by Hoagy Charmichael who actually wrote the music.

However, I also found this little jewel, which is rapidly becoming my favourite rendition of this beautiful song.