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Dia De Los Muertos

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 2, 2009 02:31pm | Post a Comment

Every year I look forward to building my altar for Dia De Los Muertos. It’s become more important to me than Christmas or New Year's, and most certainly more than Thanksgiving. It's time for me to take time out and think of those who have left this world and look forward to their spiritual return via memories, stories and offerings. Besides images of family and friends that have passed on, I like to include musicians and artists who have inspired me in some way. This year, many great musicians from Latin America and Spain have passed. So this is my ofrenda to them. Pan De Muerto, Chocolate and Tequila for all spirits who visit. I hope you can include the souls listed below in your altar or in your thoughts today.

Mercedes Sosa (Argentina)
Argentine folk sing and outspoken activist. Along with Silvio Rodriguez, Victor Jara, Violeta Parra and many others, was part of the Nueva Canción movement. Nueva Cancion was the mixture of Latin American folk music and rock with progressive and politicized lyrics. Mercedes Sosa is not only respected in her native country, but around the world. Her most recent album, Cantora, contains collaborations with the likes of Shakira, Caetano Veloso and Luis Alberto Spinetta.

Jorge Reyes (Mexico)
Jorge Reyes started one of Mexico’s first progressive rock bands, Choc Mool, in the late 70’s/early 80’s. He played both guitar and flute while incorporating many indigenous instruments of Mexico. In 1985, Jorge went solo and released a series of new age albums based upon indigenous Mexican culture. He performed legendary concerts at famous Mexican archeological sites such Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza and his music was used for movies and television shows around the world. Coincidentally, he had an annual Dia De Los Muertos show at The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City that was widely popular.

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Gomez Comes Alive Day Of The Dead Altar

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 3, 2008 12:19pm | Post a Comment
I thought I would share my altar for Dia De Los Muertos. I've been doing this for the last several years. To me, death is not the end. I still feel the presence of people who passed on every day. Dia De Los Muertos is a day to honor remember those who have passed on to the spirit world.
On my altar I have family members, including my grandmother, my aunt Lola (Dolores), my cousin Robert Bobadilla and my sister Irene Gomez, who passed back in 2005, My friend Lance Hahn from the band J-Church is also there. Every picture that I picked has a meaning. The pictures of my aunt and grandmother came from the day when we were all last together as a family. the picture of my cousin was from my other sister's wedding. and the picture of Irene was from a party that she went to that she had lots of fun at. The pic of Lance was of him and I drinking 40's at his place in the Mission District in San Francisco after a show. I also included CD's of artists who had an impact on my life that have also passed on: John Coltrane, D. Boon, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Hector Lavoe, Ralpi Pagan, Duke Ellington, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Eazy-E and Jimi Hendrix. I rotate most artists every year except for D.Boon & Hendrix. They are always there.

I offer the spirits flowers, tequila and Pan De Muerto. I usually set it out for a day, hoping that the spirits will come down and absorb the essence of my gifts to them. Then I do a shot in honor of all of them and take the Pan De Muerto and give it to friends. So Amoebites in Hollywood, if you had some Pan De Muerto in the break room today, you shared it with some of the best people I had the pleasure of knowing in the physical world.

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