Mahalo Nomads & Beachcombers, Castaways, Drifters & Dreamers...
Face Beside the Fire is a forbidden island in the mind where conformity and dogma receive no neural berth.
Here the frenetic pace of modern life is but a distant memory and the natural world beckons you to indulge the primitive, the sensuous and sublime.
It is a place as timeless as infinity and infinite as imagination.
28 June 2011
07 November 2008
Sadly a great voice has been silenced by the inevitable march of time... The great Peruvian diva and songstress Yma Sumac left the material world last week.
Her spirit and music will live on in the hearts and minds of the many people she has touched.
R.I.P., Zoila Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo.
07 October 2008
02 October 2008
19 September 2008
And even though Tarzan didn't talk much, Weissmuller did come up with one of the most memorable sounds to emerge from cinema: The famous Tarzan yell.
Suddenly Burroughs' "victory cry of the bull ape" was given form, and kids across America were now hanging from trees and yelling at the tops of their lungs.
The Tarzan Yell
3 ounces orange curacao
1.5 ounces rock candy syrup
1.5 ounces orgeat syrup
2 ounces light Puerto Rican Rum
4 ounces St. James rhum
lengthwise strip of cucumber peel
2 limes (cut and juiced)
Cut limes and squeeze juice into a shaker containing shaved iced dumped in from one Suffering bastard mug; save one lime shell. Add booze and mixers. Hand shake. Dump without straining into mug and decorate with cucumber peel, lime shell, fresh mint and a fruit stick.
24 August 2008
Sumac began performing on radio in Peru in her early teens. Bandleader and composer Moises Vivianco discovered her and began promoting her throughout South America. In 1947, Vivianco and Sumac married and moved to New York City. She performed with Vivianco's combo, Conjunto Folklorica Peruano, until she was contracted by Capitol Records in 1950.
Sumac made a series of records on the Capitol Records label mostly singing exotic Hollywood versions of Incan and South American folk songs.
The combination of Sumac's extraordinary voice, her exotic, mysterious looks, and her stage personality made her a great hit for American audiences. During the height of her popularity, she appeared in the films Secret of the Incas and Omar Khayam.
Sumac has remained mostly out of the limelight since the late 1950s, performing intermittently. She did record a complete album, "Miracles," a Rock "tour de force" in 1971, as well as one cut on Hal Wilner's tribute to Disney music, "Stay Awake," in 1991. - from wikipedia
Yma Sumac performs Chuncho
Taita Inti (Virgin of the Sun God) - from The Voice of Xtabay LP
Accla Taqui - The Voice Of Xtabay LP
Ataypura - The Voice Of Xtabay LP
Xtabay - The Voice Of Xtabay LP
Remember - from the Miracles LP circa 1970
Flame Tree - from the Miracles LP circa 1970
17 August 2008
"For this dream of being awake suddenly was more urgent that the condition of actually being awake. He felt like an explorer who had at last walked into the true unknown and found that the treasure of discovery was the realization that true awareness needs not only the fact, but also the dream of the fact: these are the two vital ends to the journey between."
- from The Face Beside the Fire, 1953
Face Beside the Fire - from the Savage & the Sensuous
Bongos album by Don Ralke circa 1960
Voodoo Virgin featuring Almita
15 August 2008
In 1951, he did the same for the "jungle" school of exotica with his landmark "Ritual of the Savage" LP, for which he wrote the theme song of exotica: "Quiet Village." He crested the European cover wave with his only number one hit, "Poor People of Paris," in 1956. He produced and wrote most of the first album by the four-octave Peruvian songstress, Yma Sumac, "Voice of the Xtabay" (I've always wondered if "Xtabay" was pig Latin for "Baxter"). And he can be credited with anticipating the percussion school with his all-drums album, "Skins! Bongo Party with Les Baxter." – from SpaceAgePop.com
Moon Moods - from Music Out Of the Moon
Radar Blues - from Music Out Of The Moon
Oasis of Dakhla - from Tamboo
14 August 2008
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10 August 2008
So mix yourself a Mai Tai, drop a little umbrella into your glass, kick off your shoes, and put a Martin Denny album on the turntable and take a trip to the Hawaii of your mind. Aloha! - from spaceagepop.com
17 July 2008
"Careful man, there's a beverage here"
- Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski
"I originated and have served this thing since 1934... Anyone that says otherwise is a liar!"
- Donn Beach (aka Don the Beachcomber)
From 1937 notebook of Beachcomber's waiter Dick Santiago - decoded by Jeff Berry in "Sippin' Safari". This is apparently the original version of the drink, although Donn would later modify it over time.
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. Don's Mix
1/2 oz Falernum
1 1/2 oz. Lowndes Jamaican rum
1 1/2 oz. gold Puerto Rican rum
1 oz. 151-proof Demerara rum
Dash Angostura bitters
6 drops Hersaint or Pernod
1 tsp. Grenadine
6 oz. crushed ice
Put all into blender, with ice last. Blend for five seconds. Pour into glass and garnish with mint sprig. NOTE: Don's mix is 2 parts grapefruit juice, 1 part cinnamon-infused sugar syrup
17 April 2008
"I am the wind, the sea, the evening star, I am every one, any one, no one." - eden ahbezeden ahbez (April 15, 1908 – March 4, 1995), born George Alexander Aberle in Brooklyn, New York and adopted by a Kansas family and raised under the name George McGrew, was a songwriter and recording artist from the 1940s-1960s, whose lifestyle in California was influential on the hippie movement. He was known to his friends as "ahbe" and he refused to use capital letters to spell his name.
In 1947 Eden published Nature Boy. The song tells a fantasy of a "strange enchanted boy... who wandered very far" only to learn that "the greatest thing... was just to love and be loved in return".
The content of the song is based on a 1940s Los Angeles-based group of beatniks called "Nature Boys", of which Ahbez himself was part of. They wore long hair and beards, maintaining vegetarian diets and living according to Nature’s Laws.
Ahbez lived a bucolic life. From at least as early as the 1940s, he traveled in sandals and wore shoulder-length hair and beard, and white robes. He camped out below the first L in the Hollywood sign above Los Angeles, studied Oriental mysticism, and claimed to live on three dollars a week, sleeping outdoors with his family, and eating vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
For further reading and contemplation try Gordon Kennedy's excellent book "Children of the Sun".
Full Moon - from Edens Island
The Wanderer - from Edens Island
Edens 1948 Hit "Nature Boy" performed by Nat King Cole