Accordion Babes Pinup Calendar & CD-2017!

Thank god for accordion babes. And women who keep writing music; the world is going to be a better place for it. This is unquestionably the best holiday gift I’ve given family and friends;  practical and fun, they love me more for it each year.  R.D.- Alaska

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Yes- after an eventful year off, traveling states and Provinces, evading authorities, accepting marriage proposals, recording and touring the world- the Accordion Babes are BACK with accordions in tow!

Now in its 8th year, this underground 2017 Accordion Babes Calendar and CD  of 12 female-led bands featuring at least one “babe” playing accordion- is now a global tradition!  This new 2017 Calendar/CD features Accordionistas from the Bay Area to Brazil, from Louisiana to France, all doing what they do best: taking the accordion into NEW territory while squeezing their way into hearts and homes around the world!

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Showcasing the talented, fun, sensual, often underground, and ALWAYS entertaining Accordion Babes, the Calendar includes a pro-compilation music CD- with one original new song that each of us has written and recorded the previous year. You’ll hear everything from Cumbias, French rock, Celtic-tinged madness, to sea shanty torch, Plus!

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Thank you!~ For supporting women musicians and our newest, lively and original musical creations. Always made with Love.  Get your calendar here!

Photos featured are from previous years calendars. Here is one of me mailing from the road; the Elvis Elves and I are all caught up with orders.

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We hear him first

two blocks away, past Grand Avenue

the din of a parallel freeway, his bass and back up.

Loud, small, young, maybe 14       he plays     alone,

nested in a 5-pc kit, on a throne, sidewalk street corner 

while hundreds run, tightrope-walk-balance, drive

play soccer around him.

 

Hard hitting and lush

his tempos tame time in waves that roll 

connecting our smiles from inside out before moving 

across the Lake      into open windows and back through

the Farmer’s market and up      on beyond blue where

hungry stars and planets await this little gift

of rhythm.

 © Tara Linda 2016

 

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Happy Hallows and All Souls! Days of the Dead~Art & Altars

It’s not too late to create your Day of the Dead altar; a warm place to welcome traveling souls who return to visit when the veil between worlds is thinnest.

We’ve enjoyed our first day of real rain here, even pouring over San Francisco’s World Series Parade this morning ;).
And I’ve particularly enjoyed the creative rush that first rains bring; new song Muses and a few teasers for more new jewelry (coming this weekend).  I just hope the clouds linger, stay all weekend long. For now, some newly discovered Day of the Dead Art favs…

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And a little Deviant Moon Tarot imagery for All Hallows. Check out the new deck that Sir Patrick is cooking up ( TRIONFI della LUNA).

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And one of my all time favorite Day of the Dead Tarot decks, Tarot of the Dead by Monica Knighton.

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And it’s not too late to create your Day of the Dead altar; a warm place to welcome traveling souls who return to visit when the veil between worlds is thinnest.

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I usually keep my altar up for a couple of weeks into November, or longer, in case some souls decide to take the scenic route home ;). In Oaxaca, altars are most commonly built on October 30th and October 31st in the homes of the Oaxacan people.  Be sure to have something for visiting souls to eat and drink!

“It is an old belief that the dead, after their long pilgrimage from the other life, arrive on earth tired and thirsty. Because of this belief, a gourd or glass filled with water is placed on the altar for them, as well as the other food offerings. The dead are welcome and expected to bask in the essence of this splendid fervor.” Mocadventures.com

Check out this  great article on putting your Day of the Dead altar together, with descriptions of the most traditional items, and ways to include family in commemorating loved ones who have passed- by Etsy Artisan Yreina Flores Ortiz.

I hope to visit the community ofrendas/altars that our Oakland Museum sponsors this weekend.  So check back.

Meantime, here are some fun Day of the Dead links to enjoy from other sources:

Celebrating Days of the Dead: Traditions, coloring books, baking bread

Celebrations 2014 in Oaxaco, Mexico

Myths about Day of the Dead : Previously posted to this blog.

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Celebrating Frida: The Art of Frances Perea

Every year, I post something around this time, to honor Frida Kahlo and her birthday… This year, I want to see Frida through artists’ eyes. So I’m asking several guest artists to talk about Frida as they see her, as they channel her~ her life’s experience and work~through and into their own art.

Every year, I  post something around this time, to honor artist-icon Frida Kahlo and her birthday (July 6). 

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Last year’s post, was about going to the Mission to see the new documentary of her years in San Francisco. I posted some of my favorite photos to commemorate her life with favorite quotes.

50a42deb5b232cade08d884ee5ce25c1The Year before- I posted a very cool video showing Frida in her world; a day in the life.

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This year, I want to see Frida through artists’ eyes. So I’m asking several guest artists to talk about Frida as they see her, as they channel her~ her life’s experience and work~through and into their own art.  I’ll be posting a few artists’ work in the next week.

We begin with Frances Perea, an artist whom I discovered on Etsy (the global market place these days for art and artisan hand-crafted artworks.)  Everyday on Etsy, is a day to discover new photographers, sculptors, painters, collage artists, clothing and jewelery designers, you name it- from  all ends of the globe. And the community just keeps growing. I love seeing all countries represented, in all genres imaginable.  Crazy inspiring.

Artist Frances Perea: What I love about her work- it is bright, symbolic, colorful, meaningful, accessible coolness- the way, it seems, that Frida would have appreciated it too.

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Tara: Hi Frances~ I was very happy the day I discovered your art on Etsy. Thank you this interview.  I’d like to start by asking, how you see Frida and how does she move through your work?”

Frances: “My depictions of Frida are generally fun and light-hearted. She was someone who lived life with zest after all. I think she would have found great amusement at our devotion to her. Occasionally I delve into the more serious side of Frida’s life, searching for an interpretation of her wounded heart as in my depiction called “Aqui Me Ahogo, Y Tu?”

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Frances: “What inspires me most about Frida is the fierce tenacity she had for life in spite of the many difficult challenges she was faced with and had to live with. She was a living breathing work of art expressed in her dress, hair, jewelry, paintings and the way in which she opened her heart to those fortunate to have been in her circle of friends and family. She was also someone who was not afraid to speak her mind.”

Tara: I like your words “fierce tenacity”.  This is one thing I appreciate in so much art of Frida: certain features may show or symbolize a starkness or edginess- like her work- but it is so often juxtaposed in the bright colors of the Mexican culture; colors of celebration. This is what I cannot get enough of, in contemporary art that is influenced by Frida’s life.

Tara:  What is your favorite Frida Quote?

Frances: “My favorite Frida quote:

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

Tara:  Wow. Beautiful. What is new in your shop and in your creative endeavors soon on the horizon?

Frances: “The art I create currently featuring Frida, takes the form of paper doll collages.

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There is more to see at Frances’ Perea’s art shop here on Etsy– check her out: her evocative works are uplifting, compelling, and the prices are quite reasonable. They all make for great gifts.   

 

Best Last Minute Gift-Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar/CD! & Auction Winners

Are you stumped for the perfect gift? Are you ready to give up because youve missed posting that holiday gift? Wait! It’s all OK, because you are actually still ahead of the game for New Years!! Your friends and family will forgive all transgressions just for finding them the most unforgettable gift Ever!… the 2014 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar and CD!

Time to shout out winners for the silent jewelry auction to benefit Typhoon Haiyan victims: Margriet Schnabel for the Moss Memories earrings, and  JAK for – the 1920 Holiday Ball– Marcasite/pearl earrings. Yay! Contact me soon as possible so I can get your funds to CARE. Thank you for bidding & to Andrew Thornton for the idea. I will be dedicating other jewelry in my shop to continue raising money past the holidays.

Speaking of holidays, it’s that time of year again! Time to remind you that if you are stumped for the perfect gift, or if you’ve missed holiday posting deadlines, it’s OK, because you are still ahead of the game for New Years!!  Your friends and family will forgive all transgressions just for finding them the best, most unforgettable gift Ever!… the 2014 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar!

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I’m pretty sure that this is the ONLY calendar on the planet that features 12 accordion-toting femmes~ real musicians, who front bands, write music and tour~ all while demonstrating in genres and countries worldwide, that accordions are officially COOL again! Ha! Imagine that! Producer Renee de la Prade seriously jumped the pond this year by including accordionistas as far away as Canada ;), Norway, and France. 

Happily, the calendar comes with music! a 12 song CD featuring a tune from each musician in the calendar. And after 6 years of doing this- from posing, to sponsoring, assembling, distributing, and promoting with other accordionistas- I can attest (promise!) that this years musical compilation is the best yet. Seriously! Music ranges from rock, to jazz, pop, zydeco, cabaret and more surprises that will beckon your ear with every note. Unbelievably, this calendar/CD bundle of Joy is a mere $15, plus $5 Priority shipping (US only). Please order yours here: You will be supporting the arts and paying my heating bill at the same time 😉 

Here is my first photo submission that got rejected for being too artistic. 😉

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And I am thrilled to say that I’m up-to-date shipping out my orders!! This is me, with more clothes on, mailing them from the road, in a tiny, cold town somewhere in the wild west. 

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You can’t tell, but the building is about 20 x 20ft big. Wait, can you believe it?! Near the middle of nowhere in the wild west, they limit parking to 10 minutes? Shocking!

You can also find my music on CDBaby, I-tunes, and digitally nearly everywhere you look. Thank you, so much, for supporting a world with music. xox!

The Tree of Life and Death- Day of the Dead Exhibit, Oakland Art Museum

What makes Oakland’s Day of the Dead exhibit special this year, is the depth of its symbolic presentation; overlapping the Day of the Dead traditions we now know, with the early, Meso-American symbolism and rituals of the first cultures- highlighting the Tree of Life and Death.

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Last weekend’s festivities- Food, music, masks, and special exhibits at Oakland’s Museum of CA.

Dod-3612Much of it still going on.  This is my favorite mask from Etsy artisan MasqueFaire.

What makes this year’s exhibit special, is the symbolic presentation; overlapping the Day of the Dead traditions we know now, with the early, pre-hispanic symbolism and rituals of the first cultures- highlighting the Tree of Life and Death.

The first MesoAmerican Day of the Dead rituals, held in August and September, coincided with seasons, harvest rites, and the return of La Monarcha who carried souls back to loved ones.  Before the Europeans changed the date to coincide with their calendar, Dia de Los Muertos celebrated the natural cycles linking man with nature.

Tree of Life and Death, complete, sacred, essential-

trunk standing firm on land, limbs skyward, branches

touching heaven, roots fearlessly growing into darkness, detritus, death~

connecting man with both realms~ underworld and divinity alike.

man today with his ancestors past…

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Day of the Dead was an agricultural celebration, and one recognizing the center of the life: “Axis Mundi; life-giving force at the center of the universe…”   The tree held not only the power of the life force for man within its column, but also the cause of cycles (time), and what was born of them: the movement of stars, moon, sun.

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DodAztec3705And to show the natural cycles of life and death together in partnership, this Dia de los Muertos exhibit is nested in the natural history wing of the museo- alongside stuffed bears and unearthed dinosaurs.  It is very comforting actually, to find myself standing firm, tierra firma, beside trees, or grinding masa for tortillas outside, or dancing to musica in the corridors… This is a great show, with lots of activities for kids; going on through Dec. 8th.  There is more-the first accounts of Aztec festivities, tree rituals in four quadrants, as documented by the Spanish… Go see!

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Reveal Day and Blog Hop! Art of Science Creative Challenge: Orion’s Nebula

Today is reveal day for the artists participating in the first annual Art of Science Creative Challenge first pitched here. The challenge: to create something, anything- inspired by this NASA image of the birthplace of stars… Orion’s Nebula! Check out these artists, poets, designers and Enjoy the Blog Hop!!

Today is reveal day for the artists participating in the first annual Art of Science Creative Challenge first pitched here. The challenge: to create something, anything- inspired by this NASA image of the birthplace of stars… Orion’s Nebula!

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I finished one piece and have others in the works- a bracelet, and pendants inspired by Marina Rios’ designs (resin dryng…), so stop back by in a day or so to see more.

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For the pendant on this necklace, I used a Mayan raku lentil focal (Wonderous Strange) with subdued but shimmering gold/pink/blue hues. From a gold hand-hammered link, dangles of large raw appetite, chalcedony, and smoky quartz teardrops.  (My first headpins inspired by Fanciful Devices- headpins tutorial.. Yippee! 😉

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The color palate of this photo was hard to cover completely! At first I started with saturated colors and lots of crystals for stars. But I was drawn to the Mayan lentil (as a pod for birthing…), and wanted to keep it more organic.  For the oranges and pinks, I used some coveted enameled rounds from Andrew Thornton, along with fire agate, and light citrine. Two more colors of blue Chalcedony for the aquas.  All finished off with grey, peach, and tanzanite colored silk sari ribbons.  I’ll post the other pieces as I finish them. (the picture keeps inspiring more!)

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There is a delay in blog postings (my west-coast bent and a late reminder)  😉  BUT keep checking back: the artists participating are a diverse (cool!!) group of poets, designers, jewelers,  photographers.  Some are posting after work today, from various time zones, or need more time  Check back over the next coupla’ days.

Happy Blog hopping!

Tara Linda      (You are here)

Angie Warren 

D of Wondrous Strange Designs

Andrew Thornton

Sarajo~ SJ Designs

Marina of Fanciful Devices