Sunday, October 21, 2007

El Dia De Los Muertos

I know...morbid title, right? In Spanish, it means the Day of the Dead. It is a holiday celebrated primarily in Mexico, but our church has taken to observing it instead of/along with All Souls Day. It's a celebration of those who you've lost in your life.

In preparation for the service that day, our choir director found a perfect piece...haunting piece...He has a real knack for finding just the right piece of music. It's called Mata Del Anima Sola, and it has been haunting me for the last week. Here's a link to a group that did a fairly good rendition of the song. The tenor solo is luring and haunting. The english transaltion is interesting...and it's had me pondering its meaning all week.

Tree of the soul lonely,
wide opening of the riverside long
now you will be able to say:
Here slept Cantaclaro.

With the whistle and the sting
of the twisting wind,
the dappled and violet dusk
quietly entered the corral.

The night, tired mare,
shakes her mane and black tail
above the riverside;
and, in its silence,
your ghostly heart is filled with awe.

Would love your thoughts on it's meaning...

In the meantime, I also found a somewhat gruesome website. I don't believe this stuff, but found it interesting that the deathclock says I'll be 95 when I die. How weird is it that I've had more than one palm reader/psychic's give me that exact same age... Check out

That's it for me today. I'm sorry it's been so long since I posted. It's been a very busy couple of weeks.


ahna said...

Apparently, I will be 97 when I die - which is also a number that I've heard before... ohhh ahhh.
I love that song. I really like the percussive nature of the vocals in the beginning. I am still thinking about it. I will come back again, after I've thought about it. I love the imagery.
How is your hip?

christopher james said...

I'll be 92 when I die, so you have my blessing to remarry.

Nonna said...

AB - I knew you'd be familiar with the song! My hip...the same...a little worse...the cortisone didn't last long. I have an appt tomorrow with Dr. Morrey - my first. He's the guy who basically invented this surgery - did the first ever hip replacement in the US! So, I know I'm in good hands.

Nonna said...

Chris - I guess I better start looking now, huh? :)

ahna said...

I tagged you!

Patti said...

i was born on dia de los muertos and it is my secret badge of honor...