Dominican Republic

Goodbye Sunrise

We woke up at 5:00 AM after going to bed around mid nite, so very little sleep.

The anticipation of the upcoming trip back home and the unfrequent flyer jitters meant a fatigued night. We were both sad that our vacations were coming to an end and that we had to say goodbye to family and friends.

We had finished packing everything the night before so all that was left was the toiletries and knickknacks.

We made our way downstairs and placed our bags in front of the door.

The quietness of the hour made us pensive and we sat on the living room trying to absorb the last images of out homeland. Like making mental photographs for posterity.

My brother came downstairs and we put the bags in the car and said goodbye to the city…

The streets were empty and devoid of people. The capital roads, usually full of traffic, were also telling us that we were going to be missed. We crossed the city at record speed and in a few minutes, we were on the road to the airport.

Our goodbye sunrise…

Our goodbye sunrise…

This moment came and changed the whole perspective of the ending of our trip. The mood was quiet in the car. Partly because of tiredness, partly because we wanted to savor the moment.

The sun was saying “So long, come back soon, we’ll miss you…

We promised we will!

A 50 year Anthology

Just came back from the Dominican Republic, where I went with my wife to join my sisters and my parents in celebrating my little brother’s 50th birthday.

He wanted to have a completely different birthday than anybody else, and he been the creative person he is, he decided to marry his love for music with the event and celebrated his birthday with a concert.

In other words, he regaled everybody that attended his party with a concert where he and three other musicians played five songs; one for (and from) each decade of his life.

It was an extremely memorable and emotional birthday…

Sebas in Flight

Sebas in Flight

One of the musicians was my nephew Sebastian Mueses, playing Bass.

I am so incredibly proud (as his father is) of how breathtakingly talented he is. I believe that he will achieve impossible heights.

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They played Jazz versions and arrangements of Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees, 79), Is there Anybody Out There (Pink Floyd, 89), Spiritual (Josh Hayden, 99), Suffering (Lars Daniels, 2009) and finally Mild (Jakob Bro, 2019).

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The other musicians (Sebastian’s friends) were of the same caliber and the night was filled with music to the delight of all of us attending.

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At the end of the night, my brother’s sister-in-law made an incredible gesture. She decided to sing a few songs in his honor. None of the songs were rehearsed and these talented guys were able to perform flawlessly.

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As birthday’s go, this one was so unique, that I am sure that none of the people that were there that night are ever going to forget it.

Ara singing for us…

Ara singing for us…