Monday, January 11, 2016

And We Live Here!

photo © Mark Butkus 2015
Bienvenidos a Barra de Navidad!

Bluer skies than any true love’s eyes
Great tall palms waving in the breeze
Ocean’s warm...sometimes a crazy storm
But mostly it’s a life that’s full of ease
And we live here!

Extranjeros all and we’re havin’ quite a ball
Watch the big birds circle high above
Beach it with a book...and have another look
At someone with whom you could fall in love
And we live here!

So come on down...Oooh the water’s fine
A tall cool drink...a quiet time
Or meet some friends and just...Let go!

Time, like that sky, seems to slip on by
‘Fore you know, another day is gone
Then velvet night is here...stars so bold and clear
And lovers lie loving ‘til the dawn
And we live here!

— Patricia Dolan, Ned Neltner, Pamela Mills Ruzic

And We Live Here! is a song with many mothers and one father. Well two mothers — Patricia Dolan and Pamela Mills Ruzic — and one father — Lalo! The song appears on a CD by Lalo, a mix of bluesy rock numbers that evoke memories and passions of his home in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico.

Patricia Dolan is a permanent resident of Barra de Navidad and an avid traveler and explorer of Mexico. Patricia’s first appearance in the Bar None anthologies is in Last Call.

The first and last name of live music in Barra goes by only one name – Lalo. Ned Neltner has more than a dozen albums under his guitar strap and when he is not living in Barra de Navidad he plays in Jr. Cadillac. The rock and roll band of the Pacific Northwest for more than 40 years.

Pamela Mills Ruzic appears within our pages for the first time in Last Call as a co-writer of, And We Live Here! alongside Patti and Lalo.

And We Live Here! appears in Last Call: Poems, Stories and Art from the Costalegre

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